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Zak Starkey was born on September 13, 1965 in London, England to Richard and Maureen Starr while in the middle of his father`s fame as the drummer with the Beatles. Although Ringo was famous, at home, Richie and Maureen made sure that Zak stayed mostly in the background, giving him a childhood as best as they could give him. After the Beatles broke up in 1970, Zak expressed an interest in music. He took piano lessons and learned how to play the recorder, however his main instrument was the drums. When Zak was 10, Richie gave Zak his first drum kit and gave him one lesson- feeling that his son should find his own groove behind the drums rather than to copy his own style. Zak practised by hearing records, mostly by the Who and driving his mother crazy. Keith and Zak struck up a warm friendship and Keith gave Zak a new, bigger, set of drums. They got closer when Zak`s parents divorced in 1975 and Richie moved to Los Angeles, California with visitation rights. However the divorce was painful for Zak and he blamed Richie for the divorce- their relationship had since been a bit strained. Keith gave Zak an open invitation to visit him whenever he wanted. Sadly, all that changed with Keith died of an accidental overdose of pills on September 7, 1978. At the age of 16, Zak had his first band, called the Next. He dropped out of school and moved into a cottage on his father`s estate in Tittenhurst Park. He was the youngest member of his band and had access to alcohol and would skip school in order to get drunk. Maureen found out and tried to send Zak to tutors, but it was no use. Unable to control his ways, Richie threw Zak out of the house. Richie was also experiencing his problems with alcohol. The Next changed their name to Monopacific, managed by Peter Butler, who was Keith`s assistant. Maureen`s boyfriend, later husband, Isaac Tigrett, gave Zak a job at the Hard Rock Cafe along with his brother Jason and sister Lee. At the age of 17, Zak had his first professional studio with The Spencer Davis Group. Monopacific broke up and Zak started to work with the Who`s bassist, John Entwistle. On January 22, 1985, Zak married his girlfriend of 3 years, Sarah Menedikes in a private, secret ceremony. The next day, Zak and Sarah announced to their families that they were married and the following day, Richie gave the newlyweds a reception party. On September 7, 1985, Zak became a father when Sarah gave birth to Tatia Jayne Starkey. Tatia`s birth helped Richie and Zak mend their relationship. Zak continued to work as a drummer, with the Crowds, Icicle Works, and A.S.a.P for many charitable projects. Zak formed his own band, ICE and released a record in Japan, where he also played a guitar on some tracks. In 1989, Zak joined his father in his All Starr Band and remained there until 1992 and 1995, touring around the world. In 1994, Roger Daltrey invited Zak to perform with him in his Daltrey Sings Townshend. During that year, Zak and Simon Townshend formed their own band, Animal Soup. He also had a side project, Face. In April of 1994, Maureen was diagnosed with luekemia. Zak rushed to her side and found that his blood and bone marrow typed closely matched hers and donated to try to save her life at the Fred Hutchinson Center for Cancer Research in Seattle, Washington. Sadly, on December 30, 1994, Maureen died peacefully with Zak and her family at her bedside. In 1995, John Entwistle and Zak joined Ringo in his All Starr Band and started to tour in the United States. However mid-way in the tour, back in England, Lee collapsed and was diagnosed with brian tumor. Ringo and Zak cancelled the rest of the tour and rushed to her side. Lee managed to survive the tumor. In 1996, Zak joined Pete Townshend, Roger, and John to perform as the Who for the special presentation of "Quadrophenia" and went on the road. In 1997, Zak joined the Lightning Seeds and continued his work with the Who. In 2000, he joined Johnny Marr + the Healers with success. On October 21, 2001, Zak performed with the Who for the Concert for New York City to fund for the Robin Hood Relief to fund family members who lost their loved ones in the September 11th attacks with Paul McCartney. In June of 2002, the night before opening night of the beginning of the new Who tour, John Entwistle died in his sleep, due to a drug-related heart failure. The Who cancelled the opening yet decided to continue on with the tour with Pino Pallendino on bass. In 2003, after the Who`s tour, Zak toured with Johnny Marr + the Healers in support of their new album. They opened for Pearl Jam during their Australia tour. In 2004, rumors circulated that Zak temporary was joining Oasis proved true when on June 25, 2004, Zak performed with them for the Glastonbury Festival. In 2006, Zak performed with The Who and Oasis, continuing to tour with the Who into 2007.
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Son of Ringo Starrr
Isaac Tigrett (step father) (Maureen Starkey second husband, Hard Rock Cafe co-owner)
Barbara Bach (step mother) (actress and model, Ringo Starr second wife)
Gianni Gregorini (step brother) (Barbara Bach son, with first husband)
Francesca Gregorini (step sister) (Barbara Bach daughter, with first husband), Augusta Tigrett (step sister) (Maureen and Isaac daughter)
Zak Richard Starkey (born 13 September 1965) is an English rock drummer well known for his unofficial membership of the English rock band The Who, with whom he has performed and recorded since 1994. He is also the third drummer to have appeared with English rock band Oasis. He has also worked with other musicians and bands such as Johnny Marr, Paul Weller, The Icicle Works, The Waterboys, ASAP, The Lightning Seeds and John Entwistle.
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Hard rock, alternative rock, britpop, post-punk, pop rock, art rock
Drums, percussion, guitar
Republic, Main Entry, RCA, Big Brother, SPV, Polydor, Geffen
The Who, Oasis, The Icicle Works, Iron Maiden, The Waterboys, ASAP, The Lightning Seeds, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Johnny Marr and the Healers, The Semantics, John Entwistle, Penguinsrising
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Zak Starkey is engaged to Sharna Liguz, they have been engaged for 3 years (since January, 2012).
He was married to Sarah Menedikes from 1985 to 2006.
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