Ringo Starr Cancels Rest of 2022 Tour: Covid

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Ringo Starr (Photo: Scott Robert Ritchie; used with permission)

After testing positive for Covid-19 for a second time, Ringo Starr has announced the cancellation of the remaining dates of his 2022 North American tour with his All Starr Band. Starr shared the news today (Oct. 13) on his social media platforms noting, “I’m sure you’ll be as surprised as I was.” Several October dates were postponed but he returned for shows on Oct. 11-12 after testing negative. The next show was scheduled for Oct. 14. That and four others have been canceled altogether.

Earlier this year, two of the band members tested positive for Covid. The news of that postponement on June 11, came roughly halfway through the first half of the run which began on May 27. At the time, the remaining dates were combined with an extensive second leg which began Sept. 5. “As the song goes, I’ll see you in September,” said Starr at the time. The classic rock veterans testing positive last June were Edgar Winter and Steve Lukather.

On Oct. 5, Starr announced the release of a live album recorded at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in 2019.

“We are so sorry to let the fans down,” said Starr at the time of the original postponement. “It’s been wonderful to be back out on the road and we have been having such a great time playing for you all. But as we all know, Covid is still here and despite being careful these things happen. I want to thank the fans for their patience, I send you all peace and love, and we can’t wait to be back in the Fall.”

The 2022 edition of the All-Starr Band: (L-R) Warren Ham, Edgar Winter, Colin Hay, Ringo Starr, Hamish Stuart, Gregg Bissonette, Steve Lukather (Photo: Mike Colucci; used with permission)

The tour was originally scheduled for 2020. On March 27 of that year, he moved it to 2021 citing concern and caution for the well being of fans, crew and staff due to the Covid-19 crisis. The band lineup has changed slightly as well. Continuing are Lukather, Colin Hay, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette, and Hamish Stuart. Due to scheduling conflicts, Gregg Rolie was replaced by Winter. See the complete itinerary below.

“This is very difficult for me,” said Starr, when he first postponed the tour in 2020. “In 30 years I think I’ve only missed 2 or 3 gigs nevermind a whole tour. But this is how things are for all of us now, I have to stay in just like you have to stay in, and we all know it’s the peace and loving thing we do for each other.”

The original 2020 tour was announcement on Nov. 4, 2019, on the heels of the release of Ringo’s 20th studio album, What’s My Name. Since then, Starr released three EPs including Zoom In.

Watch the video for “Here’s to the Nights,” which features many guests including Paul McCartney.

Related: Our 2018 concert review of the All Starr Band

Watch the original 2020 tour announcement

Starr turned 82 on July 7.

Watch Ringo sing “Photograph” with the All Starr Band in 2022

Ringo Starr & the All Starr Band 2022 Tour (Tickets for future tours are available here and here)

Sep 05 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood (was June 17)
Sep 6-7 – Baltimore, MD – Lyric Theatre (was Jun 14-15)
Sep 09 – Easton PA – State Theater (was Jun 11)
Sep 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Arena (was Jun 18)
Sep 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Metropolitan Theater (was Jun 19)
Sep 15 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine, PAC (was Jun 24)
Sep 16 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall (was Jun 26)
Sep 17 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock (was Jun 25)
Sep 19 – Atlanta, GA – Cobb PAC (was Jun 22)
Sep 20 – Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union Live (was Jun 21)
Sep 22 – Providence, RI – Providence PAC (was Jun 12)
Sep 23 – Bridgeport, CT – Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater
Sep 24 – Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sep 26 – Montreal, Quebec – Place Bell
Sep 27 – Kingston, Ontario – Leon’s Centre
Sep 28 – Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
Sep 30 – Mt Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino
Oct 01 – New Buffalo, MI – Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds New Buffalo
Oct 02 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Oct 04 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canada Life Centre
Oct 05 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – SaskTel Centre
Oct 06 – Lethbridge, Alberta – Enmax Centre
Oct 08 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
Oct 09 – Penticton, BC – South Akanagon Events Centre
Oct 11 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall – S. Mark Taper Auditorium
Oct 12 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Hall
Oct 14 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic Center
Oct 15 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheater
Oct 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theater
Oct 19-20 – Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico – Auditorio Nacional

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours

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  1. BeatleStone
    #1 BeatleStone 14 October, 2022, 08:59

    Get better Ringo, you’re the best. Keep on rockin.

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