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British musician Ringo Starr (EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT)

It's the season for Beatles in New York City.

Within a week of Paul McCartney playing a surprise show at Grand Central Station, Ringo Starr, 78, followed a more old-fashioned path at the Radio City Music Hall.

The drummer and singer headlined a two-hour show on Thursday night, sharing a generous amount of stage time with fellow rockers including Men at Work's Colin Hay, Santana's Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather of Toto and Graham Gouldman of 10cc.

Starr's fans spent much of his performance cheering and singing along.

"We love you, Ringo!" one fan called out, and Starr shouted greetings in kind.

It was not a time for lamenting the state of the world. The beloved ex-Beatle wore black, but bright stars hung above the stage and peace signs beamed from behind.

Starr's message for years has been peace and love and a happy look back, whether through such Beatles and solo favourites as "Yellow Submarine" and "Photograph" or through the songs of his current set of sidemen.

Since the 1980s, he has toured and served as master of ceremonies with a rotating cast of rock stars of a certain age - dubbed his "All Starr Band".

Audience members spanned three generations. They may have come to be in the presence of a Beatle, but they also shared flashbacks of early MTV with such hits as Men At Work's "Down Under" and Toto's "Africa" and cheered on the old Santana jams "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va."

At 78, Starr seems the least burned out of performers and the least changed from his prime, moving about the stage with the lightness of a man decades younger, his baritone showing no effects from his years of smoking.

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