Battling COVID again, Ringo Starr cancels rest of tour, including upcoming L.A. show
It’s going to be a long road ahead for the Beatles, especially after they’re forced to cancel the remainder of their tour due to the potential spread of the coronavirus.
Ringo Starr canceled all of his remaining concert dates for the foreseeable future, just a few days after he was forced to reschedule shows amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The singer-songwriter — whose last two live shows came weeks apart — made the announcement in a statement that came shortly after his bandmates revealed they’d also announced changes to concerts and other events in coming weeks.
“After extensive consultation with the band, my team and I have made the decision to cancel all remaining dates,” the statement read. “While there are many factors that go into making this decision it is in the best interest of everyone involved for us to take this action now to ensure the health and safety of our fans.”
“Due to continued concerns of COVID-19 spreading in the area, we have decided to cancel the remainder of the tour, with the only exception being two shows at Staples Center in Los Angeles. In light of the rapidly evolving circumstances, we ask that you please take this as an opportunity to cancel your ticket purchases for our upcoming shows.”
Ringo’s statement came shortly after a message from Paul McCartney, who posted a lengthy text message to fans on Facebook and YouTube. He revealed that despite the ongoing concern over the spread of the coronavirus, he is sticking to his plans to headline a private event that will take place the same weekend as a major awards show.
“I hope you can forgive me but I couldn’t be more proud,” he wrote on Facebook and YouTube. “I can’t tell you how important this is to me and the band.
“I cannot tell you how hard it was to try to keep it in the forefront of your heads all this time – the fans of course never stop being great, but there’s a lot of noise out there. If we just keep it in the forefront, that’s all that can