Ringo Starr has tested positive for COVID, forcing the cancellation of several North American tour dates.
Representatives of Starr, 82, yesterday issued a statement, which reads, "Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band were forced to cancel their recent shows at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo Michigan and at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN due to illness.
"It has been confirmed today that Ringo has Covid and the tour will be on hold while Ringo recuperates.
"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."
The confirmation follows an initial flat-out denial of the positive from the Four Winds Casino.
"Ringo is sick and was hoping he could carry on," the venue had initially said, "hence the late decision, but it has affected his voice so tonight's show, scheduled to begin in a few hours, is cancelled. 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 All Starr Band includes luminaries such as Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter, Colin Hay, Hamish Stuart, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, and had already canned a dozen dates following positive tests for both Lukather and Winter.
As things stand, the tour is due to kick off again on 11 October in Seattle.