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Ringo, Eric, Pete, Joe and Andy Play For AA

By Paul Cashmere
Sun, 06 Jan 2008 00:52:16 +1100

The New Year's Eve show in Surrey, England featuring the supergroup of Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and Joe Walsh was a show put on by Eric Clapton for his Alcoholics Anonymous group.

The audience was treated to a virtual walk through the origins of rock and roll by the band calling themselves Complete Abandon.

With thanks to reader's responses to yesterday's request for information on the show, Undercover has been told about one of the greatest one-off shows of all-time.

The set-list comprised a few original songs from members of the band. Clapton's 'Cocaine' was there, so was Walsh's 'Rocky Mountain Way', Brooker's 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' and Starr's 'Boys'.

Old Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis along with a stack of Stax classics also made the list.

Eric Clapton put the show together for his Alcoholic Anonymous group. Clapton puts on this show annually and has been doing so for the last 20 years.

As they don't mention last names in AA, the band, along with Starr, Clapton, Walsh and Townshend is listed as:

Andy F-L - guitar(s)
Dave B - bass guitar
Henry S - drums
Chris S - keyboard
Sharon W and Michelle J - background vocals
Gary B - organ

Gary B is Gary Brooker from Procul Harum, Andy F-L is Andy Fairweather Low, once of Amen Corner and currently the guitarist for Roger Waters. We assume Henry S is Henry Spinetti, who has played with Clapton, Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Bob Dylan, Procul Harum and George Harrison. Chris S is Stainton. Michelle John and Sharon White were the backing singers.

So here are the songs the supergroup played:

Knock on Wood
Reconsider Baby
Judge A Book
Sea Cruise
Gin House
Rockin Robin
Rocky Mountain Way
Boys
Honey Don't
Old Black Joe
Auld Lang Syne
In The Midnight Hour
Hoochie Coochie Man
Lucille
Blueberry Hill
We Shall Not Be Moved
Goodnight Irene
Three Steps to Heaven
Cocaine
Shake Rattle n Roll
White Shade of Pale
Little Queenie

A review of the show can be found here http://www.in2greece.com/blog/2008/01/my-best-new-years-eve.html
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