Ringo's son follows beat of dad's drum

March 12, 2004 at 1:27 PM
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LONDON, March 12 (UPI) -- Zak Starkey, son of ex-Beatle drummer Ringo Starr, has continued the family legacy by joining British bands Oasis and The Who as their drummer.

Starkey has been rehearsing with Oasis trio Noel and Liam Gallagher and guitarist Gem Archer for a March 30 charity performance to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust at London's Royal Albert Hall, Sky News reported Friday.

The Who's Roger Daltrey and Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics are also involved in the concert.

Starkey, who keeps the family name instead of adopting his dad's stage name, is as thrilled to be playing with Oasis, as the Oasis band members are to have a Beatles progeny in their midst.

"Zak has been desperate to play with Oasis for a while," said a source close to the band. "He's a big fan, and they're big Beatles fans, so everyone is happy."

Following the gig with Oasis, Starkey also will tour with veteran British band The Who, Sky News said.

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