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Fans for 50 years, 'Beatle Frank,' other boomers sing along with Ringo

Frank Lidinsky, Baltimore native and Towson attorney, is a first-rate Beatles fan, having attended the group’s first concert in Baltimore, at what was then called the Civic Center, in September 1964, when Lidinsky was a student at Archbishop Curley High School. He’s been a collector of Beatle-abilia ever since and has a room in his house devoted to the Fab Four. Not surprisingly, "Beatle Frank" made sure he had a great seat for Ringo’s concert with his All-Starr Band Wednesday night at the Lyric.
“The first time Ringo performed in Baltimore was at the Civic Center as the drummer for the Beatles for two shows for a combined audience of more than 20,000,” he says. “Now all of those screaming teenagers are on the Social Security and Medicare rolls and Ringo is 75 and a grandfather.”
Yeah, well, time marches on -- or, in the case of increasing numbers of baby boomers who grew up with the Beatles, it hobbles along.
“It certainly was a well behaved and polite group -- no rowdiness or storming the stage,” Lidinsky reports. “In fact, the performers had to encourage the crowd to get up and clap.”
In an interview in the October/November issue of AARP The Magazine, Ringo touts the joy of being a grandfather. He says he no longer signs autographs for fans (only for charities) and has stopped shaking hands while on tour for fear of germs.
“On stage, he was super friendly with the audience,” says Lidinsky. “He was full of life, and in top physical shape, doing jumping jacks at one point.”
Ringo started off with "Matchbox," "It Don't Come Easy," and "Wings" before moving to his Ludwig drum kit and tossing to the other band members. Steve Lukather of Toto sang "Rosanna" and "Africa,” Richard Page of Mr. Mister did "Kyrie" and "Broken Wings,” Gregg Rolie, an original Santana singer, performed "Evil Ways," "Black Magic Woman," and “Oye Como Va,” while Todd Rundgren offered "I Saw the Light" and "Bang The Drum All Day."
“The biggest crowd pleasers,” Lidinsky says, “were when Ringo led the audience in a sing-along to ‘Yellow Submarine,’ ‘Photograph,’ and ‘A Little Help From My Friends.’ After ‘You're Sixteen,’ the show ended with a tribute to John Lennon, with Ringo leading the audience in ‘Give Peace A Chance.’ Ringo snuck out during the finale and there was no encore.”
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