Ringo Starr to tour Australia

Ringo Starr says Australian audiences will see a lot more of him when he returns Down Under next year.

The ex-Beatles drummer will tour Australia with his newest All-Starr Band in February.

The supergroup is the twelfth incarnation of the All-Starr Band and includes Steve Lukather from Toto, Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey fame, Mr Mister's Richard Paige, Gregg Bissonette, who played drums for Dave Lee Roth, and multi-instrumentalists Todd Rundgren and Mark Rivera.

While the likes of Yellow Submarine and I'll Get By With A Little Help From My Friends are regularly dusted off during an All-Starr tour, the show also sees each band member perform hits from their own career.

Starr hasn't played an instrument in Australia since the Beatles twisted and shouted their way across the world on their legendary 1964 tour.

He remembers the "screaming atmosphere" and says he can't wait to return for longer shows than The Beatles' historic performances.

"In those days we only played thirty minute shows so people will definitely be getting a better deal this time round," Starr told AAP from Los Angeles.

"People were really excited that The Beatles were in town and it was a really amazing time.

If you saw it you were blessed I suppose."

-AAP

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