Ringo Starr has again postponed his upcoming summer tour with the All Starr Band after two of the band members contracted COVID-19.
“We are so sorry to let the fans down. It was wonderful to be back on the road and we had such a great time playing for you all. But as we all know Covid is still around and despite being cautious these things happen,” the former Beatles drummer said in a statement shared on his website on Saturday. “I want to thank the fans for their patience, sending you all peace and love, and we can’t wait to be back in the fall.”
The statement came hours before the band was due to play in Easton, Penn. Keyboardist Edgar Winter and guitarist Steve Lukather have tested positive for COVID-19. The shows were originally scheduled for 2020 but had been postponed once before due to the pandemic.
The band’s 2022 run kicked off in late May and was about halfway through when Starr announced on June 7 that Winter had COVID-19 but the band would continue. But after Lukather also tested positive on Saturday, the band was forced to postpone the remaining 12 dates – with further stops in Pennsylvania, as well as Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, Georgia and Florida – for fall.
The revised itinerary and rescheduled dates will be posted on Starr’s website at a later date.
The 81-year-old musician, who received an honorary doctorate from Boston’s Berklee College of Music last week, is still due to attend its annual Peace and Love Birthday celebration on July 7. Fans organize local events around the world. to help Starr “envelop the Earth in a wave of peace and love”. .