Flashback: Joe Walsh, John Entwistle, and Keith Emerson Form Short-Lived Supergroup

Watch them playing “Reelin’ in the Years” at a 1990 show with Steely Dan’s Jeff “Skunk” Baxter

In the summer of 1989, Ringo Starr proved that fading, under-employed rock stars like Levon Helm, Billy Preston, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, and Rick Danko could rise out of the casino and state-fair circuit by joining forces in a giant supergroup that plays nothing but their biggest hits. And for the past 32 years, his All Starr Band has given refuge to countless other artists who can no longer fill the big venues on their own.

But Ringo took a year off in 1990 and gave an opening for others to try out the formula. And since the Eagles, the Who, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer were all inactive at the time, a one-time-only union of Joe Walsh, John Entwistle, Keith Emerson, and former Steely Dan guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter came together to see if they could do it without a Beatle backing them up. Rounding out their lineup with drummer Simon Phillips and Canadian session singer Rick Livingstone, they called themselves the Best and launched a short run of Japanese dates in September 1990. READ MORE