Update: October 4, 2022
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Although the recent announcement of Ringo Star’s postponement of two tour dates stated that he did not have COVID, the former Beatle, 82, has since tested positive for the virus.
In addition to the previous concerts at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan, and Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota, which were scheduled for Oct. 1 and 2 and have now been canceled, the next four dates on the Ringo and His All Starr Band shows have also been pulled.
Starr had reportedly showed symptoms of the virus prior to testing positive, according to an official statement on his website.
“It has been confirmed today that Ringo has COVID, and the tour will be on hold while Ringo recuperates,” read the statement. “Ringo hopes to resume as soon as possible and is recovering at home. As always, he and the All Starrs send peace and love to their fans and hope to see them back out on the road soon. We will keep fans updated with any further news or changes.”
As of Oct. 4, 2022, the following shows have been canceled:
October 1 New Buffalo, Mi – Four Winds Casino
October 2 Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino
October 4 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canada Life Centre
October 5 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Sasktel Centre
October 6 Lethbridge, Alberta – Enmax Centre
October 8 Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
October 9 Penticton, BC – South Okanagon Events Centre
In June 2022, the band’s tour was also halted due to COVID when All Starr band mates Edgar Winter and Greg Lukather also test positive.
Original Story, published on Sunday, October 2, 2022
Already well into his tour with his All Starr Band, Ringo Starr was forced to postpone two scheduled dates due to an undisclosed illness.
Scheduled to perform at the Four Winds Casino in Michigan on Oct. 1, the show was ultimately canceled hours before Starr was set to go on stage, along with another concert scheduled for the following day in Minnesota.
“Ringo and His All Starr Band (featuring Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter, Colin Hay, Hamish Stuart, Warren Ham, and Gregg Bissonette) are very disappointed to announce that they will not be able to play their show at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan,” posted the Four Winds Casino on their Facebook page before Starr’s scheduled show. “Ringo is sick and was hoping he could carry on, hence the late decision, but it has affected his voice so tonight’s show, scheduled to begin in a few hours, is canceled.”
The statement continued, “Ringo does not have COVID. Ringo and the band send peace and love to all the fans who came out tonight and hope to see you all soon.”’
The following show scheduled for Oct. 2 at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota, was also postponed. The venue posted a similar message, also clarifying that Starr does not have COVID.
In June 2022, the band was also forced to postpone the final 12 dates of their tour after band members Edgar Winter and guitarist Steve Lukather tested positive for COVID. The shows were initially planned for 2020 and initially postponed due to the pandemic. The band was nearly halfway through the 22-show run in 2022 before having to postpone shows once again.
Starr, who celebrated his 82nd birthday on July 2, recently released his third EP, EP3, featuring four new songs—”World Go Round,” “Everyone and Everything,” “Let’s Be Friends,” and “Free Your Soul—a follow up to his 2021 EP releases of Change the World and Zoom In.
“Every song on this EP relates to peace and love,” said Starr of the new EP. “When I was in The Beatles we started looking at the world in the ’60s and thanks to the hippies a lot of us had a change of mind and peace and love and helping each other and being kind if you can became our goal.”
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