The Beatles’ Ringo Starr postpones tour due to health issue: Did he catch COVID-19?

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band perform at Kings Theatre on October 31, 2015 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Ringo Starr, The Beatles’ former drummer, canceled a scheduled tour because he was “sick.”

Starr and his band were scheduled to perform at Minnesota’s Mystic Lake Casino, but he canceled due to a vocal problem.

His spokesperson told a news outlet that his current condition has nothing to do with COVID-19. It did not reveal the nature of his illness or provide any additional information about his health problem.

The show could be rescheduled, according to the news outlet, but fans can request a refund instead. Meanwhile, those already present at the venue heard the news but were not explained.

One concertgoer reportedly approached Mystic Lake management to inquire about the cancellation, but the group did not elaborate and only stated that Starr was ill.

Starr was also scheduled to perform at the Mystic Lake Casino in Minnesota, but the venue confirmed the postponement of his tour via Twitter.

The post read:

“The Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band concert scheduled for 8 pm Sun. 10/2/22 in the Mystic Showroom has been postponed. Ringo is sick and was not able to perform, thus the release of late notice, and his voice has been affected. Ringo does not have COVID-19.”

Both dates featured Starr’s All Starr Band, which included drummer Gregg Bissonette, Edgar Winter, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Hamish Stewart from the Average White Band, Colin Hay from Men at Work, and Warren Ham from Kansas.

Despite the possibility of a major COVID-19 scare, Starr and his team clarified that he did not have the dreaded virus. Nonetheless, his previous statement about not wanting it resurfaced.

In an interview with Esquire, Starr discussed his fear after the pandemic began. According to the drummer, he does not dwell on that fear, but the fact that many people died due to COVID-19 made him consider the possibility of experiencing it himself.

Starr reportedly had tuberculosis when he was younger and spent nearly a year in a medical facility. He was hospitalized for another six months after falling out of his hospital bed, which reopened his surgical wound following an appendectomy.

His fans now understand the source of his health concerns.