Yes, 73-year-old Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is returning to Casino Rama – just two hours north of Toronto – to launch his latest All-Starr North American tour on June 6.
Starr, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday night at the Grammys and also performed with fellow Beatle Paul McCartney on the broadcast and later for a Feb. 9 TV special celebrating the Fab Four’s first U.S. visit 50 years ago, will also arrive at Rama a week early for rehearsals.
The only other Canadian date on his 2014 trek is Vancouver’s Hard Rock on July. 15.
Otherwise, his All-Starr band remains the same since 2012: Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Gregg Rolie (Santana,Journey), Todd Rundgren (Utopia, The New Cars) & percussionist Gregg Bissonette.
“I love playing with this band,” Ringo said in a statement, “and I can’t wait to get back out and play with them again.”
In recent years, Starr has rehearsed and launched his North American trek at both Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls and Casino Rama.
Tickets for Starr’s Rama date, $60, $70, $85, go on sale Feb. 4 at the Casino Rama box office, TicketMaster, by calling toll free 1-877-599-RAMA (7262) and online at casinorama.com with an eight ticket limit.
Advanced ticket purchase for Players Passport Club Members begins Feb. 2, and for Facebook Fans & Club Members Feb. 3 under usual conditions.
Katy Perry has added a second Toronto concert on July 19 at the Air Canada Centre with tickets, $29.50, $46.00, $90.50 & $150.50, on sale Monday at TicketMaster, livenation.com.
Her first date is July 18.
In other concerts news:
- Critically acclaimed indie-rockers The National host a three night residency at Massey Hall from April 9-11 with Daughter opening.
Tickets, $49.50 and $69.50, are on sale Friday at Masseyhall.com.
- American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips visits the Sony Centre on March 14 with tickets on sale Friday at ticketmaster.ca and the Sony Centre box office.
- Foster the People of Pumped Up Kicks fame play Massey Hall on May 13 in support of their new album, Supermodel, out March 18, with tickets, $39.50, $49.50 and $59.50 on sale Friday at Ticketmaster and ticketmaster.ca.
- Sweater Weather hitmakers The Neighborhood play Sound Academy on March 22 with tickets, $27.50-$37.50, on sale Saturday at Ticketweb.ca, Rotate This and Soundscapes.
- Swedish DJ Avicii of Wake Me Up fame plays Rogers Centre on May 17 with tickets on sale Jan. 31 at livenation.com.
Canadian singer Trevor Guthrie, formerly of marketed boy band soulDecision, finds himself in the running for a Grammy Award on Sunday night for best dance recording.
The nominated song is This is What It feels Like, which Guthrie made with Dutch deejay Armin van Buuren.
But, initially, Guthrie told QMI Agency he wasn’t open to such a collaboration when it was proposed by a friend a few years ago.
“I felt like it was just a guy behind a turntable playing music,” said Guthrie who is based in North Vancouver.
“I didn’t understand what the big deal was back then. And for me, I’m a singer, I’d rather go see a band like Coldplay or U2 or something, like live music happening in front of me. So I was completely against the idea.”
Now that This is What It Feels Like went to No. 1 in 31 countries and is up for a Grammy, Guthrie expects he and van Buuren will work together again.
“Me and Armin talked about getting in the studio in early February and doing a followup,” said Guthrie. “We’re talking with (Dutch deejay) Hardwell. He’s the new No. 1 deejay, he wants to do a song with me as well so I got some really good options.”
Guthrie, who had a hard time getting anyone to take him seriously following the 2005 breakup of soulDecision, says he has a backlong of material.
“I’ve got all these songs which I’ve been writing the last ten years which are acoustic guitar based because I was having a hard time getting phone calls back,” he said. “Part of me wants to just release these clever, simple YouTube style videos that are just pure art, creative things, interesting songs. And put those out randomly on the side and continue writing songs that I can work with other deejays, play in the clubs doing dance music. Ten years ago I couldn’t see myself doing this but now that I’m a part of it and I’m seeing the crowd react, I get what it’s all about and I’m actually falling in love with the whole EDM scene.”
Seventies’ rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive are rolling on down the highway and right into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
The group, consisting of Randy Bachman, Fred Turner, Blair Thornton, and Robin Bachman during the height of their popularity from 1973-79, will be inducted at the 2014 Juno Awards broadcast live on CTV from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on March 30.
Their hits include You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, Takin’ Care of Business, Let It Ride, Roll On Down The Highway and Hey You.
“Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s unforgettable music impacted people worldwide and continues to resonate with music fans today,” said Melanie Berry, President & CEO, CARAS and the JUNO Awards, in a statement.
“It couldn’t be more fitting that we honour them in their hometown of Winnipeg.”
BTO Previously won seven Junos in the ‘70s.
You’re going to hear Katy Perry roar in Canada this summer.
Perry’s Prismatic world tour – named after her No. 1 album Prism with her biggest single ever Roar – will visit the following eight Canadian cities with opening acts Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara opening on select dates: July 15, Montreal, Bell Centre; July 16; Ottawa, Canadian Tire Centre, July 18, Toronto, Air Canada Centre; Aug. 26, Winnipeg; MTS Centre; Aug. 28, Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre; Aug. 29, Calgary, Scotiabank Saddledome; Aug. 31, Edmonton, Rexall Place; Sept. 9, Vancouver, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena.
Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Jan. 21 at citiprivatepass.com.
Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets early via Facebook on Jan. 23 Details for Facebook pre-sale and the general on sale will be announced soon.
Additional information is available at www.KatyPerry.com.