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Starkey on stage with The Who, October 2008
|Birth name||Zak Richard Starkey|
13 September 1965 |
Hammersmith, London, England
|Genres||Hard rock, alternative rock, Britpop, post-punk, pop rock, art rock|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, guitar|
|Labels||Republic, Main Entry, RCA, Big Brother, SPV, Polydor, Geffen|
|Associated acts||The Who, Oasis, The Icicle Works, Iron Maiden, The Waterboys, ASAP, The Lightning Seeds, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Johnny Marr and the Healers, The Semantics|
Zak Richard Starkey (born 13 September 1965) is an English rock drummer. He is the son of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and Starr's first wife Maureen Starkey Tigrett. He is also well known for his unofficial membership of the English rock band The Who, with whom he has performed and recorded since 1996. He is also the third drummer to have appeared with English rock band Oasis. Starkey has also worked with other musicians and bands such as Johnny Marr, Paul Weller, The Icicle Works, The Waterboys, ASAP and The Lightning Seeds.
Early life 
Starkey grew up at Sunny Heights at St George's Hill in Surrey and then at Tittenhurst Park at Sunninghill in Berkshire. At age eight, Starkey became interested in music The Who's drummer Keith Moon gave Starkey a drum kit. Starkey called Moon "Uncle Keith". At age ten, he began teaching himself to play the drums. His father gave him only one lesson, but afterward discouraged his son's growing interest, hoping instead not to see him in the same business as his father. Although Starr has praised his son's abilities he is said to have stated that he had always regarded Starkey as a future lawyer or doctor. The Who's drummer Keith Moon was one of Ringo Starr's closest friends and Starkey's godfather, and although they "never sat together at a drum kit", Moon discussed drumming with Starkey, and gave Starkey his first professional drum kit, which later sold at Sotheby's for twelve thousand pounds. By the age of twelve Starkey was already performing in pubs and was later a member of a garage band called the Next.
In the early 1980s in 1985 Starkey appeared with a re-formed Spencer Davis Group. and on 22 January 1985 Starkey married Sarah Menikides. Shortly after his marriage, Starkey recorded a musical version of Wind in the Willows with Eddie Hardin. On 6 September 1985 his daughter was born, making Starkey's father the first of The Beatles to become a grandfather. In the same year he joined his father Ringo Starr on Sun City by Artists United Against Apartheid. Starkey replaced Chris Sharrock as the drummer in The Icicle Works in 1989, leaving the band the next year without appearing on any recordings with them. A B-side later issued by founder member Ian McNabb, featured Starkey on drums and is presumed to date from Starkey's tenure with the group. Starkey played on Silver and Gold (1989), a solo album released by Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith.
Starkey worked with John Entwistle with Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band and on Entwistle's album The Rock,. He then joined two members of the Who, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle on a tour entitled Daltrey Sings Townshend, in 1994. This tour developed from a two night performance at Carnegie Hall to celebrate Townshend's fiftieth birthday. In 1996 Starkey then left his band Face to work with The Who on their Quadrophenia tour. He received good reviews in this role and was praised by the music press, for a strong drumming presence,without trying to emulate the band's previous drummer, Keith Moon. Both Townshend and Daltrey stated that Starkey was the best match for the band since the death of Keith Moon.
In 2000 Starkey was a founding member of Johnny Marr & The Healers, however their album Boomslang would not be released for another three years. On 14 April 2001 he featured in both of the backing bands for the Steve Marriott Tribute Concert, appearing with others including Humble Pie, Rick Wills, Rabbit Bundrick, Bobby Tench, Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.
Balancing acts 
During 2004 Starkey joined the Britpop band Oasis and was featured on two tracks included on the Who's biographic album, The Who: Then and Now. In May 2005, Noel Gallagher revealed to the BBC that Starkey had participated in the recording sessions for Don't Believe the Truth. Starkey had recorded all but one track of the sessions originally called "Mucky Fingers". In an official promotional video for the album,[clarification needed] Starkey commented on Oasis their band and the sessions, stating: It was amazing. They're all singers, they're all guitar players, they're all songwriters, they're all producers... and they're all f*[clarification needed] drummers. He traveled as a sideman on the year long Oasis tour which followed and appeared in promotional videos for the associated singles. Still, Starkey wasn't an official member of the band, he rarely appeared with the rest of the band in other promotions. In April 2005 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.
Starkey was not available to record Endless Wire (2006) with The Who as he was on the road with Oasis at the time. He was available for the subsequent tour in support of the album however; The Who Tour 2006-2007, during which they appeared at Glastonbury Festival in 2007. The tour finished at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland on 9 July 2007. Pete Townshend's official web site, stated that Starkey was invited to become a full member of The Who after this tour, stating that "Some of you may have noticed in one of my recent diary postings that I welcomed Zak into the Who as a permanent member. This is something he doesn't feel he needs or wants. Let's just say that the door is always open to this amazing musician and whenever we can, we will always try to make it possible for Zak to work with the Who in the future." Starkey declined the invitation from Townshend, however.
On 14 February 2007, Starkey appeared with Oasis when they received the BRIT Award for Outstanding contribution to music. In 2007, Starkey featured on Paul Weller's single "This Old Town" along with Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and bassist Mani. On 12 July 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 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.
On 12 August 2012, he played with The Who at the finale of the closing ceremony for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.
On 12 December 2012, he played with The Who at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief.
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- Zak Starkey Artist Series Drumsticks (Zildjian). Coloured with The Who's red, white and blue colours, as seen on their live performance at the Super Bowl XLIV show.
Associated acts 
- The Icicle Works (1988)
- Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band (1992–1995)
- The Semantics
- The Who (1996–present)
- The Lightning Seeds (1997–2000)
- Johnny Marr and the Healers (2000–2003)
- Oasis (2004–2008)
Session discography 
- Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City (1985)
- Roger Daltrey - Under a Raging Moon (1985)
- Eddie Hardin - Wind in the Willows (1985)
- Mike d'Abo - Indestructable (1987)
- ASAP - Silver and Gold (1989)
- Pete York - Super Drumming II (1989)
- Ringo Starr - Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (1990)
- Tony Martin - Back Where I Belong (1992)
- Robert Hart - Robert Hart (1992)
- The Semantics - Powerbill (1996)
- John Entwistle - The Rock (1996)
- Simon Townshend - Among Us (1997)
- Eddie Hardin - Wizard's Convention, Vol. 2 (1997)
- The Lightning Seeds - Tilt (1999)
- Sasha - Surfin' on a Backbeat (2001)
- Johnny Marr and the Healers - Boomslang (2003)
- The Who - Then and Now (2004)
- Oasis - Don't Believe the Truth (2005)
- The Who - Endless Wire (2006)
- Broken English - The Rough with the Smooth (2007)
- Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul (2008)
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