Gerard (Ringo) from Strawberry Fields Passed Away
Gerard Barberine, Jr. passed away this weekend. You know him best as Ringo from the Beatles tribute band, "Strawberry Fields".
The son of a drummer, Gerard actually can't remember when he first started playing drums. From his first trio in sixth grade to a stint as a session drummer in California, he can't believe his luck to be performing as his idol, Ringo Starr, in the Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band on the Planet, "Strawberry Fields!" Having spent two years in Paris, with a group called "Oddband," he returned to New York in 1981 to form one of the East Coast's premiere showbands, "Steppin' Out. " Gerard comments: "Of all the projects I've been involved with, ‘Strawberry Fields' is, without a doubt, the most exciting and rewarding group I've ever played with." Gerard brings to the stage Ringo's familiar mannerisms, as well as the flawless drumming musicality so familiar to the hardcore Beatle fan which has become our best audience for over a decade. He's probably the best "pure" drummer ever to portray Ringo - case closed! Gerard prides himself in using authentic Ludwig drums, Zildjian cymbals, a myriad of new, unique, and colorful costume changes, and of course, an arsenal of Ringo rings which are naturally Ringo's trademarks. Oh yes, we've forgotten one other thing - Ringo's nose!
Today, B103 mourns the passing of a great drummer, an all around nice guy, and a friend.