Zak Starkey

Newborn Zak

Zak with Ringo and Maureen

The Who in the 60's before Zak

The Who today with Zak


Zak Starkey, born September 13, 1965 in London, England is the drummer for English rock band Oasis.

He is also the first-born child of The Beatles legendary drummer
Ringo Starr (real name: Richard Starkey) and his first wife, Maureen Cox.

At the age of eight, Zak Starkey became interested in music. At ten, he started teaching himself how to play drums after receiving only one lesson from his famous father, Ringo, who reportedly did not want him following in his footsteps. Although Ringo praises his son's undeniable skills and talent, he said that he "always regarded Zak as a lawyer or as a doctor", not a drummer like himself.

60's rock band The Who's drummer Keith Moon was one of Ringo Starr's closest friends and Zak's godfather, and although they never sat together at a drum kit, Moon discussed drumming with Zak, and gave Zak his first professional drum kit, which later sold at Sotheby's for twelve thousand pounds. By the age of 12 Zak Starkey was already performing in pubs and later in his teens was a member of a garage act, the Next. He eventually landed work with a re-formed Spencer Davis Group. In 1985, shortly after getting married, Starkey released a musical version of Wind in the Willows with Eddie Hardin.

In 1996, Starkey left his band Face, to fulfill a childhood dream of joining The Who. He has received very good reviews in this role for being a strong drumming presence but without explicitly imitating Moon. Zak has been the full-time drummer for The Who since their 1996 Quadrophenia Tour. Both Townshend and Daltrey have stated that he is the best drummer The Who have had since the death of original drummer Keith Moon. He has provided drumming for one track on The Who's new album Endless Wire, and for two new tracks released in 2004.

In 2004, Starkey joined the Britpop band Oasis, filling a void left by longtime drummer Alan White's departure. In May 2005, Noel Gallagher revealed to the BBC that Starkey had recorded in the recording sessions (March-December 2004) for their new album, Don't Believe The Truth.

Starkey participated in every show on Oasis' 2005/2006 world tour and also appeared in the promo videos for the singles. However, as he isn't an official member of the band yet, he very rarely appeared with the rest of the band in promotional activities such as interviews and photo shoots.

After the end of tours in April, Noel Gallagher confirmed that Starkey was invited to be Oasis' official drummer, but that couldn't materialize before his current working engagements with The Who were completed in mid-2007.

OnFebruary 14, 2007 Starkey appeared with Oasis when they received the BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

On July 12, 2008 Starkey drummed for The Who at the 3rd annual VH1 Rock Honors, celebrating the band's long career.

His participation in the making of the Oasis album Dig Out Your Soul was confirmed on 11 December 2007, when the official Oasis website published a picture of him with the other band members. However, it was announced that Starkey would not perform on the Dig Out Your Soul Tour, and he drummed for The Who during their tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2008. On 7 February 2010, Starkey appeared with The Who during the half time show of Super Bowl XLIV at the Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida.

On 30 March 2010, Starkey played with The Who during their performance of Quadrophenia at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Starkey performed "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Give Peace a Chance" with his father and numerous guest stars (Yoko Ono, Nils Lofgren, Little Steven, Jeff Lynne) on 7 July 2010, at Ringo Starr's 70th birthday party held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He also made several guest appearances for Red Hot Chili Peppers.






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