To coincide with the start of Ringo Starr's 2001 All Starr Band tour, Koch Records will release "The Anthology ... So Far: Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band," a three-CD live collection, Billboard Bu

To coincide with the start of Ringo Starr's 2001 All Starr Band tour, Koch Records will release "The Anthology ... So Far: Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band," a three-CD live collection, Billboard Bulletin reports. The set will contain the former Beatle's own classics from his last six annual summer treks, plus the hits of guest band members Dr. John, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Dave Edmunds, Levon Helm, Clarence Clemons, Todd Rundgren, Eric Carmen, Jack Bruce, John Entwistle, and many more.

"I've no fear of letting other people shine," Starr tells Billboard editor in chief Timothy White in an exclusive interview. "I love to play with people who shine -- that's what it's always been about for me. We're all playing together, and the fact you're singing the song is a bonus."

The Koch album is due July 24 in the U.S. The collection has already been released in Germany on Eagle Records.

The seventh All Starr Band tour kicks off July 26 in Toronto with a new lineup that features Sheila E., Mott the Hoople's Ian Hunter, Greg Lake from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, and Howard Jones. The annual rock ritual has featured a performances of such Starr and Beatles standards as "Photograph" and "Yellow Submarine."

Reflecting on the long road behind and ahead of him as a veteran Beatle back in popular global demand, Starr says he should have seen it all coming. "I took one lesson," he recalls. "My mother met some guy in 1958 in the Empress pub [the same Liverpool tavern pictured on the cover of Ringo's debut 1970 solo album, 'Sentimental Journey'] who was in a band, and she said, 'My boy wants to play the drums.' He said, 'Send him along, we're rehearsing in this hall on Thursday night.' I went down and he was playing the big bass drum in a silver band -- a marching band -- and it wasn't quite what I wanted to take up!"

White's extensive interview with Ringo Starr will appear in the May 26 issue of Billboard, and posted on Billboard.com tomorrow (May 18).