In its long history that dates back to the 1920s, the Kings Theatre has hosted vaudeville acts and movies, but probably never a Beatle. But on Oct. 31, it was the site of the final show of the current U.S. tour of Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band and Marie Lacey was among those who saw the show at the theater, which closed in 1977 and reopened this year after an extensive renovation. “It was in this beautiful, simply gorgeous theatre that Ringo concluded this tour,” Lacey said.
Ringo and the All-Starrs had a special Halloween surprise for the crowd. “The entire band came out in Halloween costumes for the first song,” Lacey said. “Ringo wore a skull mask to match his sequined skull T-shirt. Todd Rundgren was in a green wig and ghoul mask. Richard Page was in a suit with a Donald Trump mask. Steve Luthaker had on google-eyed glasses and was dressed in camouflage. Gregg Rolie was dressed as The Lone Ranger. Warren Ham had a werewolf mask with a T-shirt that said ‘Mr. Fab.’ And Greg Bissonette was dressed as Winnie the Pooh.”
She said the stage backdrop included a huge spider web complete with black spider. Jack O’Lantern faces were also added to the large stars on the curtains. “I have never seen Ringo so energized with any other band except for the original Fab Four,” Lacey said. “He was smiling and laughing the whole time. The audience was very enthusiastic, which I am sure spurred him on.”
Lacey said one point in the show made Ringo laugh a lot. “Ringo mentioned that when he wrote ‘Don’t Pass Me By’ and penned the line about ‘you were in a car crash and you lost your head,’ he thought he might be in competition with Lennon and McCartney as a writer. He couldn’t stop laughing!,” she said. “It appears to me that Ringo has a new appreciation and is so more accepting of being part of the Beatles.”
As with other shows, fans were allowed to go up to the stage near the end of the show. “I had an aisle seat and as the show was approaching the last few songs, a security guard tapped me on the shoulder and indicated I could go to the front to the stage,” she said. “So different from when we used to be prevented from doing this! It was so much fun being so close!”
The show also had a couple of special guests. “Max Weinberg and Steve Van Zandt came on and joined the band for ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ for the finale,” she said. “What a wonderful Halloween treat! I was so lucky to have been able to attend this night!”
Here’s the Oct. 31 set list: “Matchbox,” “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Island in the Sun,” “I Saw the Light” (Todd Rundgren), “Evil Ways” (Gregg Rolie), “Rosanna” (Steve Lukather), “Kyrie” (Richard Page), “Bang the Drum All Day” (Rundgren), “Boys,” “Don’t Pass Me By,” “Yellow Submarine,,” “Black Magic Woman”/“Gypsy Queen” (Rolie), “You’re Sixteen,” “I’m the Greatest,” ““You Are Mine” (Page), “Africa” (Lukather), “Oye Como Va” (Rolie), “I Wanna Be Your Man,” “Love Is the Answer” (Rundgren), “Broken Wings” (Page), “Hold the Line” (Lukather), “Photograph,” “Act Naturally,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Give Peace a Chance.”