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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERT RITCHIERingo Starr and his All-Starr Band flash Starr’s trademark “Peace and Love” sign. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERT RITCHIERingo Starr and his All-Starr Band flash Starr’s trademark “Peace and Love” sign.

Ringo Starr cancels 2020 tour, including State Theatre concert in June, because of COVID-19

Friday, April 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN pwillistein@tnonline.com in Focus

Ringo Starr has announced that he is rescheduling his Spring 2020 All-Starr Band tour because of Covid-19.

Starr’s tour cancellation includes a June 6 concert at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, rescheduled for June 7 next year.

The State Theatre website advises ticket-holders for the June 6 concert: “Please hold on to your tickets. They will be valid for the new date.”

The 2020-2021 All-Starr Band features Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart.

“This is very difficult for me,” stated Starr, who drummed for the world-famous group of “Lads from Liverpool,” the Beatles.

“in 30 years, I think I’ve only missed two or three gigs, never mind a whole tour.

“But this is how things are for all of us now. I have to stay in just like you.

“And we all know, it’s the peace and loving thing we do for each other.

“So, we have moved the spring tour to 2021. My fans know I love them, and I love to play for them and I can’t wait to see you all as soon as possible.

“In the meantime, stay safe. Peace and love to you all,” Starr stated in the press release.

With the Beatles, Starr sang ”Yellow Submarine,” “With a Little Help from My Friends” and their cover of “Act Naturally,” and sang and wrote “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden.”

Starr’s solo career hits include “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph,” “You’re Sixteen,” “Back Off Boogaloo” and “No No Song.”

Starr isn’t the first or only major music star to cancel or postpone tours because of concerns about the Coronavirus.

Headliners canceling or postponing tours and concert dates include Elton John, Rolling Stones, Celine Dion, Camila Cabello, Cher, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town. Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Tool, Thom Yorke and Wilco.

Festivals have also been cancelled or postponed, including Coachella 2020. rescheduled to Oct. 9-11, 16-18; Bonnaroo, rescheduled to Sept. 24-27; Monster Energy Up & Up Festival, rescheduled to late summer, fall; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival, rescheduled to fall; SXSW, Austin, Tex., which was canceled, and Summerfest, Milwaukee, Wisc., rescheduled to Sept. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19.

Also, the 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards is postponed to September.

The bulk of Starr’s dates have been rescheduled for 2021:

Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario, Canada, May 29, new date to be announced

Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario, Canada, May 30, new date to be announced

Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, N.J., June 14; rescheduled to June 1, 2021

Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston, June 10, rescheduled to June 3, 2021

Bank of NH Pavilion, Gilford, N.H,, June 11, rescheduled to June 5, 2021

State Theatre, Easton, June 6, rescheduled to June 7, 2021

Beacon Theater, New York, N.Y., June 2, rescheduled to June 8, 2021

Beacon Theater, New York, N.Y., June 9, rescheduled to June 9, 2021

Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, N.J., June 7, rescheduled to June 11, 2021

Beacon Theater, N.Y., N.Y., June 5, rescheduled to June 12, 2021

Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, R.I., June 13, rescheduled to June 13, 2021

Modell Lyric Theatre, Baltimore, Md., June 16, rescheduled to June 15, 2021

Modell Lyric Theatre, Baltimore, Md., June 17, rescheduled to June 16, 2021

PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, June 20, reschedule to June 18, 2021

Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass., June 19, rescheduled to June 1, 2021

Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, June 21, rescheduled to June 20, 2021

Cobb Energy Centre, Atlanta, Ga., June 23, rescheduled to June 22, 2021

Cobb Energy Centre, Atlanta, Ga., June 24, rescheduled to June 23, 2021

St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, Fla., June 26, rescheduled to June 25, 2021

Hard Rock Casino, Hollywood, Fla., June 27, rescheduled to June 26, 2021

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla., June 28, rescheduled to New June 27, 2021