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June 27th, 2012

Ringo Starr and the Beach Boys take the stage at Bethel Woods

Legendary Beatles member Ringo Starr (far left) was joined on stage by Richard Page, of the band Mr. Mister, and Todd Rundgren during a performance at the historic Bethel Woods Concert Venue site, home of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. For the Hudson Valley Press/ED MCCARTHY
By Reneé Ruwe
and Ed McCarthy

BETHEL WOODS - Two Iconic Bands, Ringo and his All-Star Band, and The Beach Boys opened the kickoff weekend on Saturday June 16th, and Sunday, June 17th, at the historic Bethel Woods Concert Venue site, home of the original Woodstock Festival.

Ringo Starr, the drummer of perhaps the most famous band ever, The Beatles, performed with his All Star Band, featuring a stellar line-up that included Todd Rundgren, and members of Toto, Santana, and Mister Mister.

The concert included many memorable hits, such as “It Don’t Come Easy”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Boys”, and “Act Naturally” from Ringo Starr; “Bang the Drum All Day,” “Hello It’s Me”, and “I Saw the Light” by Todd Rundgren; “Black Magic Woman” and “Evil Ways” from Santana, as well as many well-known hits from all his featured artists. A fan next to me said the highlight of the show for him was Mister Mister’s “Broken Wings.”

The fans were allowed to come up front and enjoy the finale of “A Little Help From My Friends/ Give Peace a Chance.”

The Beach Boys celebrated their 50th Anniversary Tour on Sunday by performing a 47 song set to the enthusiastic crowd, including selections from their entire 50 year history.

A fourteen piece band featured the still-living members, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks.  It was a special walk down memory lane for many in attendance.

Among the hits in their set was “Surfin’ USA,” which features music originally written by Chuck Barry for his classic, “Sweet Little Sixteen.” Brian Wilson re-wrote the lyrics, and if you check the copyrights, it is copy written to Brian Wilson and Chuck Barry.

The Museum at Bethel Woods also offered “A Tale of Two Posters,” coincidentally, which featured two unique artists with very different styles: David Edward Byrd and Arnold Skolnick, who created the original Aquarian Exposition posters. Before this weekend, the two artists had not seen each other since the 1960’s and are rumored to have become close friends.

Ringo Starr and his band even made a surprise appearance inside the Museum. Ringo was seen hugging an ecstatic fan, who was brought to tears.

Many more Bethel Woods concerts are scheduled and will soon be announced. For more information, check out

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