Zak Starkey's :
Bands, Gigs and Sessions,
greatest musical lesson I ever learned from my dad
was to play with as many
people as I could."
- Zak Starkey, Modern Drummer July '97
The following is an incomplete, but hopefully fairly
accurate list of Zak's work to date. Please follow the hyper-links for more detailed
information on a given subject. Again, any additions or corrections are more than
Pick a year to explore.
- Jan 13 2011
- The Who perform for the Killing Cancer Concert. Zak, Simon, Pino and Rabbit also back Debbie Harry and Jeff Beck during the event!
- Nov 11 2010
- Zak and Sharna attend Mick Rock's "Exposed: The Ages of Rock N' Roll" book launch party in London.
- Aug 22 2010
- Zak, Sharna, Lee and Augusta seen backstage at the V Festival, Chelmsford. They along with members of Kasabian and Noel Gallagher arrive at the hotel for the after party and end up crashing the wedding reception of Zahl and Hajigul !
- July 29 2010
- Zak attends opening of Liam Gallagher's new Pretty Green shop, Carnaby St., London
- July 24 2010
- Zak on drums as part of one-off cover-band-'supergroup' The Silver Machine at the 1234 Festival, London.
- July 7 2010
- Zak, on hand with his sibblings and multiple famous guests help Ringo celebrate his 70th birthday on stage at Radio City Music Hall, NYC.
- Feb 24 2010
- Zak and Sharna attned the James Small show during London Fashion Week. They also attend the after party.
- Feb 2010
- The Who play half-time at The Super Bowl.
- Dec 22, 2009
- The Who release another Greatest Hits CD
- Nov 7 2009
- Zak attends Liam Gallagher's launch party for his Pretty Green clothing label.
- Aug 13 2009
- Zak attends Jet's acoustic seven song set at Parker McMillan (part of This Feeling Club Night), London.
- July 23 2009
- Zak attends Kasabian gig at the Roundhouse, "wearing a see-thru black jumper that was too big for him" (according to NME).
- June 27 2009
- Zak and Sharna photographed backstage in the Hard Rock Cafe VIP area with HRC's original 'lovely' Rita Gilligan during the Hard Rock Calling festival, London.
- May 20, 2009
- Zak attends the Kasabian 'secret gig' to launch the album "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum"
- May 7, 2009
- While in Santiago, Noel Gallagher is asked to compare his experience with Chris Sharrock to 'a sex turkey'.
- March 8 2009
- Zak attends the Keith Moon Blue Plaque unveiling at the site of the Marquee Club, London.
- Jan 2009
- This DW kit is for sale ... looks VERY familiar ...
- July 12, 2008
- Zak with the Who tape VH1 Rock Honors in LA. It airs July 17th. They also play a private gig on the 16th.
- March 2008
- Zak and Sharna head off to INDIA - they spend a few days at the 5* Shreyas Retreat (according to the other retreat guest, the couple with only two days advanced notice ended up there by punching “yoga retreat India” into Google - Shreyas’s was the first site to come up) and then headed off to the celebrations at Sai Baba's retreat for two days before returning to Shreyas for the remainder of their stay.
- April 9 2008
- Zak photographed backstage at the TCT concerts, Royal Albert Hall.
- Feb 2008
- Zak in LA with Oasis for final recording and mixing of upcoming 7th studio album.
- Nov-Dec 2007
- Zak in Abbey Road Studios recording with Oasis - the band's 7th studio album slated for August 2008 release.
- Nov 6 2007
- Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who DVD released. Chronicles the band up through the release and tour in 2006's Endless Wire.
- Oct 29 2007
- Oasis releases "Lord Don't Slow Me Down" DVD documentary of the 05-06 tour
- Aug 2007
- TheWhoTour.com releases their "Fragments Fan Club DVD" to their platinum members.
- July 6 2007
- Zak appears with Weller and Coxon in Jonathan Ross performing "This Old Town".
- July 2 2007
- Paul Weller and Graham Coxon release (for download, vinyl release July
30th) their one-off single "This Old Town" that also features Zak on drums.
- July 2007
- The July 2007 issue of Modern Drummer published its Readers Poll results
- and int the Best Rock Drummer category, Zak was number 3, behind Neil Peart
(#2) and Chad Smith (#1).
- Feb 23 2007
- The Who Tour resumes with a stop in Reno NV
and will continue through ending July 9th in Helsinki.
- Feb 14 2007
- Zak drums for Oasis when they appear on the 2007
Brit Awards (accepting
the award for Outstanding
Contribution To Music)
- Feb 08 2007
- Zak, girlfriend Sharna and sister Lee photographed at the Virgin Media launch party in London.
- December 2006
- Zak is on the cover (with his Zildjian advert on the back cover) of Modern
Drummer January 2007 issue!
- Oct 28 2006
- Zak joined Kasabian for 3 songs during their
Electric Proms appearance at The Roundhouse (one day prior to The Who's EProms
- October 2006
- Zak appears in a pictorial/interview with daughter Tatia in Hello Magazine (issue 936 dated 19-09-2006). First official print report of Zak and Sarah's separation.
- September 2006
- Zak snapped by photogs at Fashion Week in NYC
- Late Summer 2006
- Penguins appear on My Space - the musical outlet of Zak and girlfriend Sharna Lugiz.
- June 2006
- The Who world tour begins with Zak in the proper seat!
- Apr/May 2006
- Zak records "Black Widow's Eyes" with The Who for the upcoming "Endless
Wire" album due for release in Oct.
- Mar 31 2006
- The last gig on the Oasis Tour - Mexico.
- Dec 12 2005
date for John Entwistle's The Rock to be released (for
the first time in the UK) by Sanctuary. (Zak on drums). This release will contain
BONUS Material - out-takes and demos.
- Nov 23 2005
departing Japan on the 22nd, Oasis arrives in Sydney and the members all attend
the gig by The Strokes at the Gaelic Club.
- Oct 18 2005
is in attendance for Rachel Fuller and Friends' free concert at the Bedford Arms,
Balham, which included performances by friends such as Pete Townshend, and SIMON
- Oct 10 2005
- OASIS, nominated for 5 2005
Q Awards, take home the BEST ALBUM and PEOPLES CHOICE awards.
- Zak and Oasis attend the Paul McCartney Madison Square Garden
- June 7, 2005
- Ringo releases 'Choose
Love'. Though he is not mentioned in the booklet credits, Zak IS pictured
(though microscopically) in a group shot on the 1st inner page of the CD booklet.
The same photo, larger but with added obstructing effects, is used on the dual
disc's DVD "Song By Song Analysis" for "Give Me Back The Beat"
- explaining the original concept for the song was to have multiple drummers including
Zak, Charlie Watts, Jim Keltner and Ringo.
- May 30, 2005
album 'Don't Believe The Truth' release date. Zak on drums.
- Boston Herald "spots" Issac Tigrett, daughter
Augusta and step children ZAK and Lee Starkey, brunching at Sonsie to celebrate
Augusta's graduation. [There was no pic online, and due to Zak's current schedule,
I fear poor ol' Jason may have been mis-identified as Zak once again!]
May 16, 2005
- Oasis single 'Lyla'
set for released.
- May 10, 2005
- The start of the 2005-2006
Oasis tour season at The Astoria, London! The Tour continues on through the
end of March 2006!!
- May 6, 2005
- Zak attends the final
CREAM REUNION show at The Royal Albert Hall.
- March 2005
US dates for Oasis in Sept & Oct are announced
- Pete posts a diary entry on his site announcing that Who
plans for 2005 have been places on hold with no eta.
- Feb 2005
announces dates in the US and Canada for June. Zak will be touring with them as
- Pete Townshend posts on his site about the upcoming *possibilities*
for The Who in 2005 - including a NEW LP and a Tour
during the first part of the year.
- Nov 6 2004
- Oasis announce
a series of UK Stadium dates for June and July 2005!
Tickets sellout fast. Zak on drums.
- Oct 31 2004
- Zak hooks up with future girlfriend Sharna Lugiz while in LA.
- Oct - Nov 2004
with Zak, spend time in Los Angeles, recording for their new LP with producer
- Sep 14 2004
- The Who
Live In Boston DVD released in the US. It was released in the UK and Japan
in July, and is the 2002 Sept 27th Mansfield MA show.
- Sep 10, 2004
joins Bernie Marsden and his All Star Lineup at The Party
In The Paddock 2004 to raise money for Cancer Research UK and the National
Kidney Research Fund.
- Aug 2004
- The Who return to Australia
for the first time since 1968, and then go on to play dates in Japan and Hawaii,
finally ending their mini-tour in California.
- July 31, 2004
hand-me-down Mercedes sells at auction for
£8,550 (£3,550 over the catalogue estimate)
- June 2004
Steve Marriott Astoria Memorial Concert (from 2001) is FINALLY
out on DVD!
- June 28 2004
The Best of Ian McNabb is released, and features a bonus disc with 2 tracks
(formerly only available as b-sides in 1994) with Zak on drums.
- Zak drums for Oasis at the 2004
- June 23 2004
- Zak makes his drumming
debut with Oasis at the Poole Lighthouse.
- After warming up in Birmingham and Cardiff,
The Who play the Isle of Wight Festival 2004
- The Who played dates in Boston
and New York.
- April 2004
& Gladrags - The Mike D'Abo Songbook is released on CD, and features most
of the tracks found originally on the 1987 LP Indestructible
- Again the Who make available "Official Bootlegs" of
there 2004 gigs through the Encore Series at themusic.com.
Profits benefiting the Who's supported charities.
- March 30, 2004
Who Then and Now 1964-2004 cd is released. It
features TWO NEW WHO tracks - Real Good Looking Boy and Old Red Wine
- both with Zak on drums and produced by SIMON Townshend.
- March 29
- The Who play the Royal Albert Hall
after three earlier warm-up gigs at The London Forum
- February 2004
Job DVD was to be released in the US, but is
delayed until May, then again with no ETA
- January 2004
about Zak possibly being Alan White's replacement
turn out to be correct!
- Janurary 6 2004
version of the Live At The Royal Albert Hall triple CD released.
- November 19 2003
announces on his site that he, Roger, Zak, Simon, Rabbit and Greg Lake recorded
the song "Real Good Looking Boy", and
that he and Roger will play the Royal Albert Hall in March of 2004 to once again
benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.
- November 2003
Job - a DVD of the 1999 Pixelon performance is released in the UK. US release
was to have followed in Feb of 2004, was bumped to May, and then apparently shelved
over legal issues.
- October 2003
- If we can believe Roger
Daltrey's hopeful statements during the summer of 2003, the remaining Who and
touring band members might actually make it into the recording studio!!
- The Sept 2003 issue of Modern Drummer (on newsstands 8/5/03)
features "Remembering The Who's Keith Moon" which includes interviews
with Kenny Jones, Simon Phillips and Zak Starkey.
- June 30, 2003
Who Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2000 CD set released
in Europe. US release due July 22. Features bonus tracks from their RAH 2002 set
- Summer 2003
- The Healers are said to be working
in the studio on new material that they hope will be released early in 2004.
26 - May 25, 2003
- The Healers return
to the US for another round of gigs.
- Feb 10, 2003
Healers are shown performing "Down On The Corner" on The Late
Late Show with Craig Kilborn, [ the performance was recorded Feb 4th]
8 - Mar 4 2003
- The Healers perform in Australia
- Feb 6, 2003
- Euro and UK dates for the Healers
are announced! (March 14 - April 3)
- Feb 4, 2003
releases Johnny Marr + the Healers album "Boomslang"
in the US [Feb 3 in the UK].
- Jan 22, 2003
- Johnny Marr +
the Healers perform "Last Ride" live on The Late Show with David Letterman.
- The first single on imusic from Johnny
Marr + the Healers titled "Bangin' On" released in the UK.
- The Healers start a brief US
tour, (Jan 15 - Feb 3) before moving on to open for Pearl Jam in Australia
and Japan in February.
- Dec 17 2002
- Pete York's Superdrumming
DVD is released
- Nov 29, 2002
- Zak and Sarah attend the
George Harrison Tribute Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
- Zak drums as part of Roger Daltrey's backing band of 'friends'
at the Stars 2002 Gala benefit for the Fulfillment
Fund, at Fox Studios in LA. They did a seven song set of Who classics.
- Zak, along with many members of the Who's extended family
circle, including fans, attend John Entwistle's Memorial Service, held at St Martin-in-the-Fields
church in Trafalgar Square.
- Aug 23, 2002
- It was announced
that the Who would be releasing "Official Bootlegs" of the 2002 tour
through The Encore Series at themusic.com.
Profits will benefit the Who charities.
- July 31, 2002
announces that they have signed Johnny Marr and that Johnny Marr's Healers will
release their debut album in early 2003. The band had previously
released a single on Johnny's own label in 2001.
- Zak along with members of the Who and their extended family
attend the funeral of John Entwistle held at St Edward in Stow-on-the-Wold.
- The WHO, with Zak on drums, tours the US Tour
dates and details even though they suffer the loss of founding member John
Entwistle. The start was delayed, and the band carried on in tribute. Pino Palladino
was given the enormous task of filling in on bass.
- June 27, 2002
Entwistle dies of heart failure in his sleep at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas
- the night before the Who's US tour was scheduled to begin.
- The Cowdray Concert ( a benefit
for The White Lotus School and Tibet House Trust). An evening of
guest artists performing Beatles songs, with Ringo closing the show! Ringo's back
up band for the evening included Zak on drums, Bernie Marsden, Ian McNabb, Peter
Gordeno, and Dave Caitlin-Birch.
- June 10 - 14, 2002
rehearsing with The WHO at Pete's Oceanic Studios, London. Tour
dates and details
- Apr 23, 2002
- The Steve
Marriott Memorial Concert CD is released. Zak was the drummer in the heavily
featured houseband that night.
- March 16, 2002
de la Rose Pop - Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Zak, along with brother Jason, Peter
Gordeno, Gary Nuttall and Bernie Marsden back up RINGO STARR as he performs at
this annual charity ball to benefit the Princess Grace Foundation!
- Johnny Marr's Healers are due back into
the studio to mix and finalize recordings for their anticipated CD release!
8 & 9, 2002
- The Who perform 2 concerts
during the week long Teenage Cancer Trust - Teen Spirit Benefit concert series,
Feb 2 - 9th at London's Royal Albert Hall. Tickets went on sale Dec 7, 2001
- Concert For New York City DVD
is released - and contains the entire four song set performed by the band in 2001.
27, 28 and 31st, 2002
- The Who's two nights at Portsmith Guild Hall
and one at Watford Colosseum serve as warm-up gigs
leading up to The Teenage Cancert Trust.
- Jan 2002
for the first time on CD, Wind In The Willows - the
studio version that Eddie Hardin and Zak released in 1985 on
- Nov 27, 2001
- The 2-CD compilation of The
Concert For New York, released by Columbia. A DVD of the event was released
- Nov 14, 2001
- The Tony
Ashton Memorial Concert is held at the Buxton Opera House. Zak, Bernie Marsden,
Mickey Moody and Phil Spalding do a four song set on BEATLES covers!?! The evening
featured many many perfomers including Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Neil Murray, Zoot
Money, Chris Farlow and many more honoring Tony Ashton!
- Nov 14, 2001
Hurst releases a "two-for" CD of earlier works called Home
- My Time. Zak is credited as being on the bonus demo tracks that date back
to about 1984.
- Nov 12, 2001
- German teen
idol Sasha Alexander releases the CD Surfin' On A Backbeat.
Zak plays drums on 4 tracks.
- Fall 2001
- At various points
all year long, both Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have publicly commented that
The Who will be entering the studio in September!
However, after the October 20th MSG concert, Pete was reported to have made statements
that put the prospect of a new Who Lp in the "no go" category, [NY Daily
News- Mitchell Fink -102201] while a UK paper [The Sun - 102301] keeps the hope
alive through an apparent quote from Zak saying there may be a new album from
the band next year.
- Oct 20, 2001
- The Who, with Zak on drums,
perform a blistering four song set at The Concert
For New York - a benefit for the victims of the World Trade Center Attack.
THE highlight of the evening !!!
- Oct 1, 2001
- The first
single from Johnny Marr's Healers is finally be
released! "The Last Ride" (originally announced for Sept 10) was released
as both a CD single and special 7" along with tracks "Need It"
and "Long Gone". Johnny Marr has started up his own label (New Voodoo
/ Pacific), that is being distributed in Europe through Universal. No US distributor
at this time. The band signed with iMusic in 2002 and released
their LP in 2003.
- Sept 25, 2001
announced for spring, this was the actual release date for the DVD The
Who and Friends at the Royal Albert Hall. Filmed at the Teenage Cancer
Trust benefit show, and produced for DVD by MCY.COM. A sampler DVD was distributed
to audience members at the Grammy Awards in Feb, when the Who were honored with
a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- July 29, 2001
- Zak helps out
on drums for Bernie Marsden at The Bath International
Guitar Festival 2001 - ABC Night. Gary Moore was originally scheduled, but
due to a throat infection, had to cancel.
- June 30, 2001
joined Eddie Hardin in Naples Italy to record some tracks for Italian artist Mario
Fasciano. Originally Eddie had planned to return in August with Steve Hackett
to continue work on some additional tracks, but it seems, according to Eddie's
website, that this project is no more.
- June 2001
The Songs of The Who tribute CD is released. Zak with the actual Who are on
the disc, backing Kelly Jones' version of Substitute from the 2000 Royal Albert
Hall TCT concert.
- Summer 2001
- Feb brought the publication
of the false rumor that The Who would be playing the
- April 20, 2001
- Zak was a special guest
among many at the Steve Marriott Memorial Event. A
Celebration of legendary guitarist Steve Marriott's work took place at the Astoria,
marking the 10th year since his passing. Backing for many of the speical guests
was provided by The Zak Starkey House Band!
The CD was released 2002.
The DVD in 2004
- Feb 2001
- Ringo Starr
And His All Starr Band - The Anthology So Far CD
is released. All of disc 2 and much of disc 1 feature performances with Zak on
- Early 2001
- Early in the year, Zak played drums on
a version of Lennon-McCartney's "And I Love Her". Produced by Nick Rudrum
and arranger Julian Nicolas, it features the children from Peasmarsh Primary School
on backing vocals
In April, The Sun reports about the project being in the
works, and lists Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Art Garfunkel, Zak, The Corrs, Julian
Lennon, the children from Paul and Linda's local Peasmarse school and others as
willing to take part. It is planned as a double CD, with the proceeds to benefit
the charity Women and Cancer - and was due in 2002.
- Nov 2000
- Zak was
again with The Who when they toured the UK briefly,
concluding with a benefit concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust which raised over
£1,000,000! The event was filmed for UK Pay-per-view and for eventual release
- Oct 2000
- The DVD version of The British
Rock Symphony is released (May in the UK). It was compiled from the 1999
UK concerts that featured Zak on drums, but is a different presentation than the
PBS-VHS version released in Feb.
- Sept 2000
- Johnny Marr's
Healers (as they were billed) contributed their version of "A Woman Like
You" to the People On the Highway - A Bert Jansch
Encomium tribute CD
- Fall 2000
Marr's (Smiths, Electronic) first solo CD, backed by his band called Healers
was due out at this time. Zak Starkey is on drums! A promo CD single of Last
Ride, surfaced during the summer on a private label, while the band was still
shopping for a major label deal. Johnny's management has also circulated a 5 track
Cd-EP. A single was released in 2001 on Johnny's own label.
The band signed with iMusic in 2002 and released their LP in
- Summer 2000
- THE WHO toured
the US, and once again, ZAK WAS ON DRUMS!! The tour was broken into three
segments (working around various band members' other commitments) and ran from
June through late September.
- July 14, 15 and 16, 2000
- On the
14th, Johnny Marr's Healers (with Zak on drums)
played The Leadmill in Sheffield, UK as a warm-up to the 15th & 16th gigs
where they opened for The Happy Mondays & Oasis at the Reebok football stadium,
Bolton (outside of Manchester) UK.
- June 16, 2000
Ashton Testimonial Show - To celebrate Tony's recovery from his recent illness.
The concert took place at the famous Abbey Road Studio in London. Only 300 tickets
were available. The musical guests came from all eras of Tony's work, and include
Pete York, Geoff Whitehorn Chris Barber, Eddie Hardin, Zoot Money, Mash, Johnny
Johnson, Dave Williams, Bernie Marsden, Mick Moody, John Entwistle, Zak
Starkey, Joe Brown, Jon Lord & Ian Paice.
- June 6, 2000
Who perform as part of a benefit concert for The
Robin Hood Foundation, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, in NYC.
- individual tickets cost $2,000 and the price of a table ranges from $20,000
to $50,000 to $100,000. Simon Phillips sat in on drums as Zak was on tour in Europe
with the Healers.
- May 30,31,Jun 2,3,5,7
Marr's Healers open for Oasis on these European dates!
- May 25, 2000
Marr's Healers, with Zak on drums, make their live debut at the Sugar House
- April 10, 2000
- Exclusively through MusicMaker.Com,
the Who CD The Blues to the Bush was released.
It features live tracks pulled from the 1999 House Of Blues and Shepherds Bush
- February 2000
- The British Rock
Symphony is released on VHS video. It was compiled from the 1999 UK concerts
that featured Zak on drums! A DVD version (different) from the same tour was released
later in the year.
- January 27 - 30, 2000
- The Lightning Seeds
played Scandinavia as part of the Venue 2000 rock
festival! Zak would not be with the band when they briefly tour Germany in March
and April - Matt from Dodgy takes his place.
- January 11, 2000
in for his dad at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Liverpool, Zak handed over the keys
of a £28,000 specially equipped minibus to a representative of the Sanfield Park
Special School from West Derby. The bus was a donation by Ringo Starr's personal
charity, the Lotus Organisation.
- January 2000
the band founded by Johnny Marr and Zak Starkey, finished recording their LP and
are shopping for a record label. Zak originally mentioned the project way back
- December 31, 1999 - Jan 1, 2000
Lightning Seeds appeared at the Cream 2000 Festival
on New Years Eve, at Liverpool's Pier Head.
- December 1999
(PBS) broadcast The British Rock Symphony, recorded
during the 1999 UK summer gigs! This was eventually released on VHS in Feb 2000
- December 22 & 23, 1999
- The Who, with Zak on drums, rock
two nights at the Shepherd's Bush Empire!!
- Intended time of release for Lynn Sheppard's Ocean
City CD. Zak is credited on drums for 5 tracks. (still unreleased as of Nov
- November 25 - Dec 16, 1999
- Zak hits the road with
The Lighting Seeds for a mini tour of the UK!
- The Lighting Seeds single "Life's
To Short" was released on the 15th, followed by the album Tilt
on November 22nd.
- November 12 and 13 1999
- THE Maryville
Academy Benefit was held at the Chicago House of Blues. Instead of Pete acoustic
solo as had been the case the last two times, this year THE WHO, including Zak
on drums rocked the joint!!!
- October 30 and 31 1999
- Neil Young's
Annual Bridge Benefit Concerts featured an ACOUSTIC
set both days by the reunited WHO, with Zak on percussion.
- October 29,
- THE iBash99 launch party for
Pixelon featured an electrifying performance by the reunited WHO including Zak
- October 19, 1999
- The studio version of The
British Rock Symphony is released in the US. The recording features Zak on
drums, and many guest vocalists such as Roger Daltrey, Eric Burdon and Alice Cooper!
(It was already released in the UK and Japan during the summer '99. (A VHS and
DVD of the 99 Live Tour were released in 2000).
- According to both Eddie Hardin's and Ray Fenwick's web sites,
Eddie and Ray had formed a new touring band with Zak on drums. The band "ER"
planned rehearsals for the summer, with a goal of gigs and possible recording
in the fall. This then got put on hold, as Eddie went out on a Hardin and York
reunion tour, and Zak was swamped with Who, Lightning Seeds, and other commitments!
- Eddie Hardin releases Wizards
Convention - The Masters. Most of disc 2 is a reissue of 1997's
Wizard's Convention 3 CD, but better sounding.
- June 1999
was the drummer for The British Rock Symphony during
its European leg in June and July. Also touring with the BRS on those dates was
Simon Townshend on guitar, with special guest vocalist Roger Daltrey. Zak was
not part of the 1998 US tour, but did participate in the 1998
debut performances. (A VHS and DVD of the 99 Live Tour were released in 2000).
- March 1999
- Simon Townshend Band releases Animal
Soup CD - the secret bonus track features Zak on drums!
- Oct 6, 1998
release date of the CD: The Whole Of The Moon: the music
of Mike Scott and The Waterboys. This features a previously unreleased track
from the Sept '97 Mike Scott radio session with Zak on drums.
- BMG / Global Satellite releases Super
Drumming: "The Best" - which features two tracks with Zak.
- July / August
- The Lightning Seeds perform at a
number of UK festivals: Glastonbury, Guilford, and V98!!
- July 1998
is announced that Zak will be drumming for Pete Townshend when he appears at A
Day In The Garden (Woodstock) on Aug 15. This turns out NOT to be the case...
- June 14 1998
- The Lightning Seeds
have the #1 song in England - "Three Lions '98" - it remains for three weeks (would
have been longer if England had not been knocked out of the competition!)
- Zak mentions that he is excited about starting work on a project
with ex-Smiths Johnny Marr. The results would finaly start to surface in 2000.
- Zak is a featured guest performer with The
British Rock Symphony for their three premiere performances. This unique event
toured the US this summer with special guest Roger Daltrey. Zak's prior commitments
to The Lightning Seeds and others, prevented his joining the '98 US Tour. He DID
join in the the 1999 UK Tour.
- Feb 10, 1998
London Philharmonic Orchestra's Who's Serious: Symphonic
Who is released. Two tracks (1 & 10), feature the DST band from 1994 (Zak,
Simon Townshend, etc).
- Wind In
The Willows - A Rock Concert rereleased by Angel Air. Zak on drums. Recorded
in 1991, it was originally released on CD in 1992 and finally
made it to DVD in 2003!)
- November 1997
joins The Lightning Seeds for their live appearances
in Nov/Dec, promoting the Like You Do CD. He replaced
Chris Sharrock, who had left the band earlier in the year. Deja vu?? It was Sharrock's
seat that Zak filled briefly for Icicle Works back in 1988! Zak would record and
tour with the 'Seeds in 1998, 1999 and early
- Sept 9 1997
- A re-sequenced, remixed
and remastered version of Simon Townshend's Among Us
cd is released. Zak plays guitar on two tracks.
- Sept 4, 1997
drums for Mike Scott (x-Waterboys), during a live
Virgin Radio Session in London. Ian McNabb is on bass. "Rare, Precious And Gone"
from this session is later released on a Mike Scott/Waterboys best of CD called
Whole Of The Moon released in 1998.
- Sept 1997
- Jeremy Stacey vacates the drummer's seat in Mike
Scott's band, and Zak fills in for shows in Belgium and Holland. When the
tour reaches the UK in November, Geoff Dugmore is Mike's new drummer.
- Ringo Starr and His Third All-Starr
Band - Vol. 1 is released as an exclusive Blockbuster Music CD, available
only at Blockbuster stores. It features 12 tracks, recorded at Budokan Hall Japan,
June 1995 during the third All-Starr tour.
- April 1997 - Summer '97
Who continued to tour Quad though Europe, a returned
to the US in summer.
- Feb 1997
was slated to do some session drumming for (Smithereen) Pat DiNizio's solo album
- recording of which was to begin in April with Don Dixon producing. Zak's Who
schedule forced him to drop out, and he was to have been replaced by drummer Tony
Williams, who was probably best known for playing with Miles Davis. (Unfortunately,
Tony Williams passed away Feb 22 1997)
- Feb 2, 1997
for Pete Townshend's band that played at Pete's Olivier
Nomination Award bash.
- Jan 31, 1997
- Eddie Hardin's Wizard's
Convention 3 is released in Japan. Zak plays guitar and drums on two tracks.
(this CD later reissued as part of Wizards Convention: The Masters
- Dec 1996
- The Semantics
CD Powerbill is finally releases - but only in Japan!
Was available as an import throughout most of 1997 and then deleted. This album
was originally recorded for Geffen in 1993, but was shelved.
- Oct 1996
- The Who (formerly billed
as TED), take Quad on the road, altering it slightly from the MSG incarnation.
- July 1996
- T.E.D perform Quad in what was to have been the
only US performances - Six nights at MSG, NYC.
- T.E.D performs Quad in Hyde Park.
- Spring 1996
leaves the band Face in order to join Townshend, Entwistle & Daltrey, (T.E.D)
for the Prince's Trust presentation of Quadrophenia in
Hyde Park, London.
- Jan 1996
- The Rock,
John Entwistle's CD finally sees release - not once, but twice this year!
Simon Townshend Band: Among US CD is released. Zak
plays electric guitar on "Ecstasy Heaven" and slide guitar on "When She Sleeps".
A remixed, resquenced version would be released in 1997.
Hardin's When We Were Young released. One track
has Zak on drums.
- A CD by Wiseguys International (Chris Tassone)
called Looks Like Ringo, Sounds Like John, is released
and features Zak and John Entwistle on most of the tracks.
- Late 1995
the band Face.
- Sep 16, 1995
Sings Townshend band plays The Who Convention, The Bottom
Line, Shepherds Bush, London. An international tour was scheduled, but never took
place. (They had toured the US in 1994 ).
- Summer '95
- Tours as member of Ringo's 3rd All-Starr
Band, along with John Entwistle.
- March-May 1995
(along with JAE) in Eddie Hardin & friends "Wizard's
Convention II" recording sessions at Gallery Studios, Chertsey. Originally
released Sept '95. Re-released on Angel Air Records in 1997.
- Jan 1995
Animal Soup with Simon Townshend, and others from the
DST Touring band. Playing the London clubs & started work recording an LP
during early spring of 95.
- Late 1994/ early 95
- Ringo's 3rd All
Starr Band tour book bio mentions that "Most recently Zak has been in London Recording
Studios working on tracks for the forthcoming classical Who CD with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra." This was actually with the London Philharmonic Orchestra,
and it finally saw release on Feb 10, 1998 as "Who's Serious")
- Summer 1994
- Tours as drummer for the "Daltrey
Sings Townshend" tour. DST would play the Who Convention in 1995.
- Ian McNabb releases two CD singles
and a cassettes single that contain extra tracks featuring Zak on drums. Zak had
previously filled the drumseat for Icicleworks breifly in 1988.
Semantics record an album in LA for Geffen Records. Zak is on drums, Peter
Asher producer. Was never released by Geffen, but available only as Japanese import
briefly in 1996-1997.
- CD, VHS and Laser
Disc versions of the 2nd All-Starr Band Live From
Montreux are released.
- Robert Hart's 2nd CD is released,
simply titled Robert Hart. Features Zak on drums for
a number of tracks.
- Moody Marsden CD - Never
Turn Our Back On the Blues released. Zak on drums.
In The Willows - A Rock Concert released in Germany. Zak on drums. This 1991
recording was rereleased in 1998, and finally made it to DVD
in 2003! )
- Tony Martin's (Black
Sabbath) Back Where I Belong CD released. Zak on drums.
- Oct - Nov '92
- Zak Tours as drummer for Joe
Walsh, who hit the road almost immediately after the All Starr Band tour ends.
- Summer '92
- Tours as a member of Ringo's
2nd All-Starr Band.
- June 24 1992
Woman released by Japanese artist Eikichi Yazawa. Zak drums on two tracks
of the album.
- Apr 6 1992
- George Harrison performs at the Royal
Albert Hall in support of the Natural Law Party, which has its roots in the teachings
of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This was the first time Hari appeared on stage in
the UK since the Beatles' break up. Among those in attendance: Ringo Starr, Julian
Lennon, Zak, Jason, and Lee Starkey, Mary McCartney,
Maureen Tigrett, Joe Walsh, Gary More, Ray Cooper. Ringo and Dhani Harrison joined
George during "Roll over Beethoven".
Zak played drums for Joe Walsh's opening
- Dec 1991
- The Moody Marsden Band:
drums on tour for this band featuring Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden. A
live CD called Never Turn Our Back On The Blues is released in 1992.
- Late 1991
- Zak drums for Rexx &Johnson during their
LA record company showcase gig.
- Jun 1991
- Wind In The Willows Live:
It was performed at the Zeltfestival, Freiburg Germany. The line-up differs slightly
form the LP's cast. It was recorded and shown on German TV, and later released
in Germany on CD in 1992, and re-released by Angel Air Records
in 1998. It is finally out on DVD in 2003!
- Drummer for a short-lived solo project of Andy
Taylor (Duran Duran guitarist), probably sometime between 1985 and 1992.
- Zak was one of THE GUITARISTS for the band Spin
Out during the early 1990's.
- Zak on occation
would drum for a local "pickup" band in the area called Lend
Us a Quid
- Nobody's Child
- Romanian Angel Appeal is released. It features a Ringo All-Starr track recorded
1989 at the Greek Theatre in LA, with Zak sitting in on drums.
- Late 1990
- Playboy magazine says John Entwistle is putting together
a band with Joe Walsh, Keith Emerson and Zak Starkey. (The
- April 1990
- ICE releases
a full length CD and at least 2 CD singles in Japan. In June, ICE does a brief
Japanese tour. Besides drums, Zak also plays guitar on most cuts. He stepped out
from behind the kit and played guitar live for a few numbers during the tour.
A.S.a.P (Adrian Smith and Project): drums on the
Silver & Gold.
Summer 1989 At a number of gigs throughout
the tour, Zak sits in on drums when his dad is down front singing with the '89
All-Starr Band . This was captured on video and audio Sept 3rd at The Greek
in LA. [A track from this appears on the 1990 Nobody's Child
benefit CD, and can be seen on the video releases.]
He would be a full band member in the 1992 and 1995
- Dec 1988
Icicle Works: Zak spent a brief stint as the drummer
of this Liverpool band for a few gigs. He also worked on som solo recordings
of Ian McNabb's, released in 1994.
Aug 1988 Pete
York's Super Drumming: Zak was a guest drummer for this second incarnation
of Pete Yorks drumming extraveganza! Portions were shown on German TV, and
released on LP and CD in 1989. A number of compilation CD's also feature tracks
with Zak. A DVD was also released in 2002.
April 1988 Zak
reportedly turns down an offer to tour with the band A-Ha to pursue a record
deal for his band ICE. By December a record deal
was in the works. Their CD was released in Japan in 1990.
1988 Eddie Hardin's Situations LP
is released. Unconfirmed Zak involvement.
1988 Reported to be on Denny Laine's Lonely
Road LP - drums on "Without Your Love".
Late 1987-early 1988 - Zak drums for the band Ashton (also
known as Modern Pilgrims) for a number of record company showcases in and around
- Zak backs John Entwistle, Gary Moore, and others during a 'super group'
appearance on a TV fundraiser for the TV5 Drugs Trust.
June 1987 With Zak on rhythm guitar, and brother Jason on drums,
they appear together for the first time in a band called MUSTY
JACK SPONGE and THE EXPLODING NUDISTS!
April 1, 1987 Zak was
the drummer for the "supergroup" backing band at the Stand
By Me: Aids Day Benefit Concert held in Wembley Arena. Featured artists
included Elton John, George Michael, Boy George and Holly Johnson, Bobby
Womack. The "supergroup"
also included: John Entwistle, Andy Summers, Jody Lynscott, Robin Le Mesurier,
Steve Nieve, and Herbie Hancock!
March 1987 John
Entwistle and a number of associates, friends and strangers performed at
a showcase sponsored by Hamer Guitars - Bass and Sound Check Magazine, at
The Dorian Gray Nightclub at Frankfurt Airport as part of Frankfurt Music
Messe - one of the World's biggest trade shows. The band reportedly included
Zak Starkey, Joe Berger, Jon Hammond, Jack Bruce, Nick Mason, Phil Collen
& Steve Clark (Def Lep), Steve Stevens (Idol), and assorted-rotating-walk-on
guest jammers. One of the many join-in jammers was guitarist Tommy
Denander . The event was video taped by Jon Hammond for his MCTV show "The
Jon Hammond Show" .
LP by Mike d'Abo is released. Zak is on drums. Most of this LP was included in
at 2004 CD retrospective release Handbags And Gladrags.
- 1986 Can be seen in
the studio with John Entwistle during an Entwistle segment of the program Life
Styles Of The Rich & Famous (most likely from The
Sep 13, 1986 Dad throws Zak a 21st
birthday party at 'Tittenhurst Park'.
1986 Participant in the Anti-Heroin
project's It's A Live-In World
Rock: drummer for this John Entwistle band. The recordings would not be
released until 1996!
1986 Rock guitarist Laurence
LA album is released in Japan only. Zak is on drums.
- 1985 Participant in
The Crowd's benefit recording of "You'll Never
1985 Chris Thompson's Radio Voices
LP. Drums on "Lies".
1985 Zak is one of the seven drummers
featured on the title track of Roger Daltrey's Under
a Raging Moon. He also makes a walk-on appearance at Daltrey's MSG show
Dec 9, 1985.
Sept 1985 Participant in Artists United Against Apartheid
"Sun City" project
1985 The Language
Of Rock N Roll, by Bob Young and Micky Moody is published in the UK. It
is a humorous glossary of terms and words used in the Rock world. Very funny,
with great cartoon illustrations. One of Zak's original crossword
puzzles is included.
Jun 24, 1985 Release of the LP, Eddie Hardin
& Zak Starkey's Musical Version of Wind In The Willows.
(issued on CD in 2002)
Feb 1985 Nightfly:
drummer for this band featuring ex-Bad Co and ex-Whitesnake members (Boz Burrell
/ Micky Moody). They play a number of gigs througout the UK, with intentions
of recording and album that has never surfaced.
1985 A "thank
appears in the credits of Denny Laine's Hometown Girls
LP, but Zak's exact involvement unclear and unconfirmed.
1984 Zak records some demos for Mike Hurst's
Sundance. Two surface in 2001 on one of Mike's CD's.
A novelty record by 3 year old Natalie Casey is said
to be the first release to have Zak on drums... It reached number 72 on the
UK sharts on 1984.
1983 Samantha Fox releases her very first singles
under the name S.F.X. Some Sam Fox FAQs and Bios report
that the band included "Ringo Starr's Son" [which Zak denies ... read
- 1982 Zak has been
quoted a few times saying that his first professional studio gig, at age 17
was with the Spencer Davis Group. He is quoted in a 1987 Modern Drummer
article as having done about 30 demos with them. Now whether these were strickly "Spencer
Davis" demos, or he is also counting all the demos he was on for Eddie
Hardin and associates during that time period is unclear.
sits in on drums with his former band Dead Meat, for a gig
at The Bridge House, in Bracknell. The band's then drummer, Adrian Metcalfe
(who went on to the Nashville Teens in '82) was unable to make the gig,
as Zak filled in after a single rehearsal at The Lodge.
- 1983 Monopacific gets going. They are
managed by Keith moon's former associate, Peter "Dougal" Butler.
27, 1981 Ringo's Wedding: Apparently another star-studded jam
session this time at Rags, following his father's marriage to Barbara
1980 Zak and two other members of Dead Meat, split off to
form a new band. For a short time, this group temporarily reverts
back to the name The Next.
Eventually they will become Monopacific
first band The Next, change their name to Dead
Meat, and add a second guitarist.
27, 1979 Clapton's Wedding: He reportedly participated in star studded
jam at Eric Clapton's marriage to Patty Boyd Harrison.
formed his first band, The Next, with
the guitarist from next door, a singer and a bassist - all of whom
where in there late teens and early 20's - Zak being the youngest.
They would change their name to Dead Meat in 1980.
1969 Published Artwork: A picture that he drew (this time
in ink or pencil) is used as the back of the picture sleeve to
Beatles Xmas Fan Club Flexi Disc.
Jan 1969 Artwork
Displayed?: Seen hanging on one of the sound baffles near Ringo's drum kit in
scenes from Let It Be, is a painting said to
be by Zak but this is not confirmed.
Updated: Sunday, February 20, 2011
Created: Dec 1996
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