No offense to all you Beatlemaniacs out there, but the best thing about the long-touring Ringo and His All Starr Band has always been the Funny One's stellar supporting cast. Sure, it's always reassuring to hear Ringo warble Yellow Submarine. But over the years, he has traveled with such prized commodities as Dave Edmunds, Peter Frampton and Levon Helm, all of whom shared spotlight time with the famous drummer. This year, Ringo's gold-plated backup band might be his very best. Men at Work's Colin Hay is a tremendous singer-songwriter; if he steps up to do an acoustic version of Overkill, you'll be floored. Seventies star Gary Wright will be good for Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive. And guaranteeing a raucous, rollicking time will be Billy Squier ripping out The Stroke and Everybody Wants You. Oh, and you get Edgar Winter and his Frankenstein. For Ringo, that's a lot of help from his friends.
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, featuring Billy Squier, Gary Wright, Edgar Winter, Hamish Stuart, Gregg Bissonette and Colin Hay, performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $69.50-$79.50. (727) 791-7400.