Zak Starkey’s passion for music evolved as a kid when he was gifted a drum kit by his father’s close friend, Keith Moon, who is also his godfather. Learning to play drums on his own, Zak began performing in pubs when he was just 12 years old. Soon, he also became a part of a garage band The Next.
Enthralled by the concerts and performances of his father Ringo Starr, Zak Starkey decided to pursue a career in the same field at a young age. Starr, who had taught his son to play drums just once, praised Zak’s abilities but did not desire to watch his son become a drummer. Instead, he wanted Zak to be a doctor or a lawyer.
Zak’s official career started in the early 80s as a part of rock band The Spencer Davis Group. Starkey’s early notable works include Wind in the Willow with Eddie Hardin and Sun City with his father. In 1988, Zak joined The Icicle Works, replacing Chris Sharrock, the same drummer who later replaced him in Oasis. Zak left The Icicle Works without releasing any recordings, following which he had brief collaboration with artists Ian McNabb and Adrian Smith.
The early 1990s were marked by Zak joining Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band. He left his father’s band in 1995 to focus on the album The Rock, a solo work of The Who member John Entwistle. In 1994, he once again joined Entwistle, along with Roger Daltrey on the Daltrey Sings Townshend tour.
Zak left his band called Face in 1996 to become an official member of The Who. His godfather Keith Moon served The Who as a vocalist and drummer till his death in 1978. He had the chance to work with Keith during the band’s Quadrophenia tour.
In October 2001, The Who gave one of the most memorable performances at the Madison Square Garden which was proclaimed as the band’s comeback. The ground-shattering performance which was claimed as “one of the 50 moments that changed rock and roll” by Rolling Stone was the last performance with John Entwistle.
Starkey had worked with The Lightning Seeds from 1997 to 2000 before he founded a group called Johnny Marr & The Healers. His association with the group ended in 2003 after they produced their debut album Boomslang.
In 2004, he joined Oasis and recorded all but one track of its album called Don’t Believe the Truth. Starkey continued to work with Oasis and The Who side by side until May 2008 when he left Oasis. The band split in 2009. Following his separation with Oasis, Zak Starkey has majorly worked with The Who in its tours and albums. His involvement in the music world spanning nearly 4 decades has not only made him a popular but a rich star. As reported, Zak Starkey’s net worth till date is approx. 20 million USD.