“I spent the night at the Count Basie Theater's yearly gala, which was combined with the Ringo Starr and the All Star Bands 2014 concert tour,” he said. “The Count Basie Theatre was opened in 1926 as the Carlton Theater and renamed after Red Bank resident and legendary jazz musician William "Count" Basie in 1984.
“The theater itself seats just short of 1,600 people and was sold out on this evening. One of the first things Ringo said when he took the stage was, 'All of our songs will be played in 'swing time' in honor of jazz legend Count Basie." He also asked the audience "How are you enjoying your gala?'”
Gannon says Ringo was extremely interactive as he flashed peace signs and continually pointed to folks in the audience. Even the rich and affluent let their hair down and enjoyed the two-hour show. The audience also showed their love as they sang along with Ringo and band.
“There was a lot of smiling done by the current band Steve Lukather, Greg Rollie, Greg Bissonette, Richard Paige, Todd Rundgren and Warren Ham,” Gannon said. “The party continued after for the VIP's as a band played outside under a tent.”
According to Ringo's press office, the band played the setlist they've been playing for the rest of the tour: Ringo Starr: “Matchbox,” “It Don't Come Easy,” “Wings”; Todd Rundgren: “I Saw the Light”; Gregg Rolie: “Evil Ways”; Steve Lukather: “Rosanna”; Richard Page: “Kyrie”; Rundgren: “Bang the Drum All Day”; Ringo: “Boys,” “Don't Pass Me By”, “Yellow Submarine”; Gregg Rolie: “Black Magic Woman”;
Also, Ringo: “Honey Don't,” “Anthem”; Page: “You Are Mine”; Lukather: “Africa”; Rolie: “Oye como va”; Rundgren: “Love is the Answer”; Ringo: “I Wanna Be Your Man”; Page: “Broken Wings”; Lukather: “Hold the Line”; Ringo: “Photograph”, “Act Naturally,” “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Give Peace a Chance.”
Following the Red Bank, N.J., show, the tour is winding its way through Atlantic City, then on to North Carolina, then back to New York State before heading off to the Midwest for Michigan, Illinois and and Ohio. The band will tour into mid-July, then return to touring in October.