Ringo Starr cancels 5 Canadian shows after COVID-19 diagnosis

Performing in front of a live audience still feels like magic, Ringo Starr told CBC Manitoba late last month as the former Beatle set off on the second leg of his tour with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band. Starr, 82, pulled out of his next five Canadian dates on Monday, including a show in Winnipeg slated for Tuesday, after a COVID-19 diagnosis. (Zoom - image credit)

Ringo Starr is cancelling five Canadian shows this month after the former Beatles drummer tested positive for COVID-19.

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band were slated to play Winnipeg's Canada Life Centre on Tuesday.

"Ringo hopes to resume as soon as possible and is recovering at home," says a Monday statement from Truth North Sports and Entertainment, which manages events at Canada Life Centre, the Winnipeg Jets' home arena.

The 82-year-old pulled out on Monday after his diagnosis, also cancelling shows in Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Alta., Abbotsford, B.C., and Penticton, B.C.

The band already axed shows scheduled for Michigan and Minnesota this past weekend after performing in Kingston, Ont., and Montreal last week.

The rock 'n' roll superstar is currently on the second leg of a North American tour that had him scheduled to hit more than two dozen cities in under two months.