A new Starr is born: Ringo's granddaughter takes to the stage with her rock band

Ringo Starr's granddaughter, Tatia Starkey, has been pictured for the first time performing on stage with her band Belakiss.

Tatia is the daughter of Ringo's son Zak Starkey, who has been the drummer for The Who and Oasis.

Meanwhile, Ringo, 68, is going strong, touring the US with his All Starr Band....

A new Starr is born: Ringo's granddaughter takes to the stage with her rock band

By Richard Simpson
13th August 2008
Daily Mail

She crashed out the guitar chords like a born rocker.

And with Ringo Starr for a grandfather, that's exactly what Tatia Starkey is.

This is Ringo's 22-year-old granddaughter pictured for the first time on stage playing bass in her fledgling band, Belakiss.

Rock on: Zak's daughter Tatia Starkey lights up the stage

Her father is Ringo's son Zak Starkey, sometime drummer for The Who and Oasis.

But Tatia, who uses the stage name Veronica Avant, is clearly no slavish follower of family tradition.

After seeing her father's drumming forever compared unfavourably to her grandfather's, she wisely decided to become a guitarist.

Before playing at the Barfly venue in Camden, North London, at the weekend, Tatia told how Zak, now 42, tried to teach her piano as a child, but she would get bored and run away.

First appearance: Ringo Starr pictured with his first wife Maureen Starkey and their newborn baby Zak in 1965

It has taken her a while to return to music.

And even with Tatia and frontman Ruari Meehan - the son of The Shadows' original drummer Tony Meehan - in the Belakiss line-up, they have yet to land a record deal.

At the same time, 68-year-old Ringo is going strong - touring in the US with Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band.
  • The first contract the Beatles signed with manager Brian Epstein could fetch more than 250,000 at auction next month.
  • It is dated January 1962, nine months before debut single Love Me Do, when Paul McCartney and George Harrison were still under 21 and their fathers had to sign for them.
Weird...wonder how she sounds?

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