Lonely is the night at the Ringo show
Colin Hay and Billy Squier rolled through Tampa Bay last night, performing with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band. Times pop music critic, Stuck in the 80s co-host and work-wife Sean Daly and I headed over to catch the show -- and to try to weasel some face-to-face time with Colin, Billy -- maybe even Ringo.
Our efforts: Denied! The band wasn't taking ANY visitors. None. (Though we did hang out with 60s pop-rocker Gary Puckett backstage. Gary's a great guy -- I got to shake his hand and tell him it was an honor, which it was. I saw him some 20 years ago at the same venue.) Still, we were crushed, but figured that a bunch of Men at Work and Squier tunes would soothe our angst.
Wrong again! Colin had three tunes -- "Down Under," "Are Ya Looking at Me," and "Who Can It Be Now." No "Overkill?" Not happy. But we were downright devastated that our man Squier got only TWO TUNES -- "Lonely Is the Night" (which really rocked) and a slightly disappointing version of "The Stroke." (I don't blame Billy. That's a tough song to do live.)
Sean wouldn't leave his seat at the end of the night. He kept staring at the stage in disbelief, hoping Squier would pop back out and crank out "Everybody Wants You." It was like disappointing a 5-year-old on Christmas morning. I wanted to buy him a pair of rollerskates on the drive home.
The good news is that Billy's voice and guitar work is as fresh today as it did in the early 80s. (His long hair is gone though. He's got a buzz cut that will remind you of a certain 80s blogger.) A few more songs would have nice though. Even one more.
This is Squier's second tour of duty with Ringo. Maybe it's time for Billy to head out on his own. Put together a tour with Squier and a couple other early 80s rockers, and you'd have a can't-miss show.