Ringo Starr has announced that two members of his All Starr Band — Edgar Winter and Steve Lukather — have tested positive for Covid, forcing the band to postpone the last 12 gigs of their summer tour. These shows were initially planned for 2020, and ultimately pushed due to the pandemic.
According to the announcemnt, the band was halfway through the 22-show run when Ringo let audiences know on June 7th, during the second of three sold-out shows at New York’s Beacon theater, that Edgar Winter had Covid, but the All Starrs would play on. However, Steve Lukather has also tested positive for Covid, forcing the group to reschedule the remaining 12 shows, and adding them to the September tour, with the rescheduled dates still forthcoming.
Ringo addressed the postponed gigs in a statement:
We are so sorry to let the fans down. 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.
All Starr Band bassist Hamish Stuart was part of Paul McCartney's backing band from 1987 to 1993, prior to first hitting the road with Ringo in 2006. When we last caught up to him, Stuart said he felt completely at ease performing alongside Ringo: “It's great. It's a treat, y'know? (Laughs) He plays his thing, he is Ringo, and he's really — now that we've done a few shows, well everybody is starting to play a little more and things are starting to open up. It's really exciting. It's very good.”
POSTPONED: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band tour dates:
June 11 – Easton, PA – State Theater
June 12 – Providence, RI – PPAC
June 14, 15 – Baltimore, MD – Modell Lyric
June 17 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood
June 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Arena
June 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Metropolitan Theater
June 21 – Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union Live
June 22 – Atlanta, GA – Cobb Center
June 24 – St. Augustine, FL – The AMP
June 25 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock
June 26 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall