Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bradenton's Rick Derringer on playing with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (with video)

Manatee County resident Rick Derringer, the guitar hero most famous for the self-penned hit "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" and "Hang on Sloopy," will be performing with Jeff Cook (Alabama) and Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) on May 4 at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium to raise funds for the Palmetto-based Del Couch Music Education Foundation.

Derringer told me today, for an upcoming feature story to advance the local show, that in addition to jamming with the other musicians he plans to perform a solo set and tell some stories.

Perhaps one of those tales will include the one about touring with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band in 2010 and performing the Beatles' "White Album" cut "Birthday" with Paul McCartney, who made a surprise appearance at Radio City Music Hall.

The show in New York City took place on Starr's 70th birthday.

Yoko Ono, Joe Walsh, Steve Van Zandt, Sarasota resident Brian Johnson, Jeff Lynne, Nils Lofgren, Max Weinberg and Foreigner's Mick Jones had just left the stage following a massive singalong rendition of "With a Little Help From My Friends," according to Then McCartney came out to play "Birthday" with Starr on drums and Derringer nailing those signature lead guitar licks.

"Joe Walsh arranged for the surprise appearance," Derringer said. "It was just a cool, cool experience. Paul McCartney jumped on stage to do 'Birthday' and Yoko Ono came up on stage and there was Ringo and his son Zak (Starkey). It was just fabulous."

—Photo of Rick Derringer with Brian Johnson and Paul McCartney from Derringer's Facebook page.

Jeff Cook (Alabama), Rick Derringer and Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) will join forces in Bradenton for Del Couch Music Education Foundation fundraiser

Derringer: Our Beatles connection

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