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Sunday, February 21, 1999 THE HARTFORD COURANT B7 Ringo And Friends Get By On Hits CONNECTICUT'S LARGEST BEST By MATTHEW HAY BROWN Courant Staff Writer As if to prove his he climbed behind his kit and kicked into Brooker's "Whiskey Train," the blistering barrelhouse blues number, with Brooker pounding authentic New Orleans piano and Rundgren loosing searing blues from the small frets. mi nn fJ nlf nU were many. Starr led a raucous "Boys," drew dancers with his crowd-pleasing "No No Song" and revived "Back Off Boogaloo" played properly, as one long drum fill Bruce pummelled his five-string bass through the dark psychedelia of "I Feel Free" and "White Room." Brooker wrapped his remarkable tenor around a soulful "Whiter Shade of Pale." And Rundgren, who could be Joey Ramone and Howard Stern's third twin, brought the crowd to its feet with what Starr called "the piece de resistance," the manic "Bang on the Drum." "As long as we keep you in here," Starr said, the jingle of slot machines barely audible inside the casino's event center, "the money stays in your pocket" The 23-song set closed with the traditional singalong "With a Little Help From My Friends," Starr doing jumping jacks to the end of almost two hours of terrific music played well. The song list for Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band at the Mohegan Sun Casino Friday included "It Don 't Come Easy," "Act Naturally," "Whiskey Train," "I Saw the Light," "Sunshine of Your Love, "Shooting Star, "Boys," "Love Me Do," "Yelbw Submarine," "Conquistador," "Hammer in My Heart" Tm the Greatest, "No No Song," "Back Off Boogaloo," "I Feel Free," "All Right Now," "1 Wanna Be Your Man, "Bang on the Drum," "White Room," "A Whiter Shade of Pale," "Photograph," 'You're Sixteen" and "With A Little Help From My Friends. At MARCH 5-7 Fri 5-9pm Sat 11am-9pm Sun 11am-6pm Early on Friday night, Ringo Starr asked his Mohegan Sun audience if anyone had been in attendance the last time he brought his All-Starr Bdnd to the casino.

Letting the inevitable cheers subside, he "Then you're going to know all the songs." t)n his second pass through the stijte in the last year and a half, Sfcrr brought more of what brings thfe boomers out a generous helping oBeatles and solo hits interspersed wjthqually well-known songs by a sejection of his classic rock contemporaries. Because his 10th anniversary All-Starr Band looks a lot like the 1997 version with Gary Brooker of Picol Harum on keyboards, Jack Bijuce of Cream on bass, Simon Kffke of Free and Bad Company on drams and Todd Rundgren in for Peler Frampton on guitar the new set list closely resembles the old But that was good enough for the capacity crowd Friday, the first of sell-out nights at the Uncas-vijie casino. The All-Starrs played Ringo on the opening to "It Don't Come Easy," and the Beatle's appearance oivstage elicited gasps and screams lik it was 1964 all over agaia Starr, leai and bouncy at 58, sang the solo hifcand "Act Naturally" before explaining the show's format "I sing a few songs and then go back behind drums, where I belong." Over 450 Exhibitors Over 100,000 sq.ft. cf Exhibits Builders, Contractors Materials Kitchens Bathrooms Decks, Patios, Porches and Sunrooms Outdoor Buildings Landscaping Paver Stones Acres cf Convenient Parking $2.03 All Day Grand Prize Give-Away Vacu-FVSald Central Vac from i Grand Central Systems rv Itni ROCK REVIEW Ringers all, the band shifted seamlessly to a crisp read of Rund-gren's power-pop "I Saw the Light" Then Brooker and jack-of-all-trades Tim Coppello left the stage, leaving a power trio-plus bass, guitars and double drums in place for Bruce's protometallic "Sunshine of Your Love," which devolved into a thudding psychedelic jam with Bruce and Rundgren trading melodies and Starr filling spaces with his characteristic stutter-step rolls. The band reunited for Kirke's "Shooting Star," with Starr 10 feet away as he sang, the line about Johnny hearing his first Beatles song brought chills.

The show continued in the same vein, Starr turns alternating with dead-on readings of the All-Starrs' eclectic oeuvre. Disappointingly, Starr didn't attempt anything from the terrific "Vertical Man," his 1998 comeback attempt, save its misguided remake of "Love Me Do." "I had a record last year," he said. "It probably didn't make it this far north." But the crowd was content to hear the hits, and the highlights CT EXPO CENTE i 1 Plus Hourly Drawings Exit 33 off 1-91 (Jennings Road) Between Meadows Music Theater and Hartford Jai-Alai Connecticut's Newest, Largest, and Easiest to Reach Show Facility i from tha Traasura wf-fvM Chest of Gifts. a Home Depot Product Knowledge Seminars and Kids' Workshops throughout the day. I oUvfi Participating Sponsors: r)cXaror6ourant ft i.

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860 563-2111 Civil libertarians have attacked it. No sacrifices. No gimmicks. No monthly plan premiums P'l NEW YORK Ignoring the near certainty of a legal challenge, the city announced Saturday that it will become the first municipality in the nation to seize the vehicles of motorists arrested for drunken driving. "In our efforts to reduce the number" of deaths on the highway, we are going to implement this program on Monday," Police Commissioner Howard Safir told reporters at police headquarters.

"And henceforth, anybody who is arrested for driving while intoxicated will have their car seized and it wfll; then be forfeited to the city through the civil process of civil forfeiture." $inf the city announced several weeks ago that it was considering the policy, civil libertarians have attacked it as excessive. On Saturday, Norman Siegel, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said the city's new interpretation of state law would be challenged in court (We agree that drunk driving is a prpblem, but we believe the city is going about it in the wrong way," Siegel said. "We are looking into the legality of the issue. Inevitably, there will be litigation." Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said he is confident the plan will hold up in coujt He said the city had spent a lot of timfe making sure the new policy was "legal, constitutional and a fair balance of the rights of individuals as'igainst the right to protect soci-ety' According to city officials, it will work this way: Motorists with a blood alcohol level of 0.10 percent -the Jegal limit or higher will have their vehicles seized on the spot Mfhile the motorist faces prosecution; in criminal court, the vehicle sezure will be part of a separate proceeding in civil court And because civil proceedings require only a preponderance of evi- dence for guilt rather than guilt beyond a reasonable doubt motorists acquitted of drunken driving in criminal- court may still lose their cars in civil court "You are going to have situations in which the person is acquitted but the car is seized," Giuliani said. Added Safin "I think the inten tion of this program is not to return cars." Vehicles belonging to banks or car rental agencies can be returned but the businesses will be responsible for paying storage fees.

The vehicles of motorists arrested on the lesser charge of driving while impaired with a blood alcohol level of 0.06 to 0.09 percent will not be seized. The Giuliani administration's top lawyer, corporation counsel Michael D. Hess, said similar applications of state forfeiture laws including those involving drugs and prostitutes found in cars have been tested before. "This is a new application of a legal process that has been tested and approved constitutionally over several decades," he said. Maureen Fisher-Riccardella, state chairwoman of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, hailed the city's plan.

"Drunk driving is a violent crime and the weapon of choice is a vehicle," she said. "In this crime, somebody has made the choice to drink, the choice to drive and the choice to put us all at risk. People who continue to make that deadly choice will now have another choice: subway, bus or cab." Asked where all the cars will be stored, Giuliani responded: "This is a big city. We'll figure out a way to do that." (No kidding.) ConnectiCare65 benefits include: Medically necessary hospital care $5 primary care physician office visits $1,000 annual prescription allowance One pair of eyeglasses per year Lab and X-ray services Emergency services worldwide' WOMEN PROFESSIONALS: Call 1-800-883-6565 to speak with a representative today. (TDDTTY number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-229-5695.) iMfigi Connectifiare A Medicare Choice Plan For You Realize your full potential as a Financial Consultant You've earned your success with hard work and entrepreneurial spirit As a woman, you're looking for a new career Opportunity with more professional freedom.

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