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Ringo Starr on the road, part 4: A night of magic in Albany, N.Y.

Ringo and the All-Starr Band at the Palace Theatre.
Ringo and the All-Starr Band at the Palace Theatre.
Sandi Anne Borowsky - used by permission.

On June 10, Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band played the Palace Theatre in Albany, N.Y. And Sandi Anne Borowsky told Beatles Examiner the night was magical for several reasons.

Ringo Starr at the Palace Theatre
Sandi Anne Borowsky - used by permission.

“This concert was so special to me in so many ways,” she said. “Not only was I getting to see my main man Ritchie, but I was free from the hospital and rehab after three weeks! Going against everyone’s wishes, I was going to see my man.

“My husband got me there at 7 p.m. as per requested for wheel chair goers. I started out in the fourth row left orchestra then went to the third row and finally ended up at the stage! Since I was early, it was nice to hang around and talk to his road crew. They were very funny. Ever look at someone and swear you know them? I was shocked when the band got on stage right at 8 p.m. to find I was talking to Gregg Bissonette!

“The back drop was different than previously,” she said. “This year the backdrop was a royal blue cloth with stars woven into it. Hanging down where stars (all white) with a big white star in the middle of the stage. The band entered the stage and well Ritchie just walks on. Everyone is on their feet for the first song “Matchbox.”

“During the shows, he always showcases each member of the band a few times. In my opinion there should be more of him and less of the others. Todd Rundgren as per the norm dances and works everyone up into frenzy. Coming off the main stage and walking back and forth on the front stage. At one point, he drops his mike.

“I may be one of the few out there, but I so adore the song ”Anthem.” I was on my feet for that one. The band sounded great, looked great and played very tight, working off each other’s in jokes and songs. I know they don’t do encores, but after two hours on the nose and 24 songs, I still wanted more. The women dancing by the speakers wanted more still. As always, the show ended with 'Give Peace a Chance.'

“Thank you Ritchie for a concert that I will hold in my heart forever. You made it so very special for me,” she says. Borowsky said Ringo looked and sang to her during the show.

Set List: “Matchbox,” “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Wings,” “I Saw The Light” (Todd Rundgren); “Evil Ways” (Gregg Rolie); “Rosanna” (Steve Lukather, Warren Ham); “Kyrie” (Richard Page); “Bang The Drum All Day” (Todd Rundgren); “Boys”; “Don’t Pass Me By,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen” (Gregg Rolie) “Honey Don’t,” “Anthem,” “You Are Mine” (Richard Page), “Africa,” (Steve Lukather, Richard Page), “Oye Como Va” (Gregg Rolie), “Love Is The Answer” (Todd Rundgren) “I Wanna Be Your Man,” “Broken Wings” (Richard Page). “Hold The Line” (Steve Lukather, Warren Ham), “Photograph,” “Act Naturally, “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Give Peace A Chance.”