After contracting Covid-19, Sir Ringo Starr canceled a number of his forthcoming North American tour dates. Before becoming unwell this past weekend, the 82-year-old former Beatle had just finished a run of shows with his All-Starr band in the US and Canada.
After abruptly postponing two dates, Ringo’s spokeswoman announced that “it has been verified today that Ringo has Covid and the tour will be on hold.”
The drummer is “recovering at home,” they stated, and they anticipate him performing again shortly.
All scheduled tour dates in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia for this week have been postponed. Ongoing shows in the US and Mexico have not yet been decided.
His spokeswoman told the BBC,
“We will keep fans updated with any future news or developments.”
Ringo Starr admitted last year that he had avoided getting Covid-19 by staying indoors as much as possible during the early stages of the pandemic.
He admitted to leaving the residence six times since last March to USA Today. “If you can, try to assist safeguard yourself.”
He admitted to the magazine that he was hesitant to go on tour in 2021 despite taking two doses of the vaccine, saying: “It won’t be secure, in my opinion. The end of that. living in the present.”
In May, the tour finally resumed in Canada, and since then, Starr has performed at more than 25 concerts.
The musician achieved prominence in the 1960s as the laid-back, laconic drummer for the Beatles. He sang the lead vocals on songs like Yellow Submarine and With A Little Help From My Friends, and after the Beatles disbanded in 1970, he had a successful solo career.
In 1989, he established his All-Starr band, in which “everyone on stage is a star in their own right.” Legendary rock musicians including Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Todd Rundgren, and Sheila E have been a part of the lineup’s ever-changing cast.
Sir Ringo was given a knighthood in 2018 and inducted as a solo performer into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.