Ringo Starr's press office confirmed Aug. 4 that the Ringo Starr All-Starr Band concert scheduled for Oct. 12 at Snowden Grove Amphitheater in Southaven, Mississippi has just been canceled because of travel issues. “They hope to make it back there on a future tour,” Ringo's press representative told Beatles Examiner.
No other shows on the tour have been canceled, according to current information. The concert was one of 16 shows set for an October mini-tour by the All-Starr Band, who just completed a series of U.S. dates in July. The shows in the Midwest and South were to cover Nebraska, Texas, Mississippi, South Carolina and Florida. The additional shows were announced in June.
In July, AXS-TV premiered “Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love,” a tribute concert event honoring Ringo that was sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation. The concert was shot on January 20, 2014 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The show featured performances by Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Ben Folds, Brendan Benson, Bettye LaVette, The Head & The Heart and Jesse Elliot and Lindsey McWilliams of Ark Life. The backing band included Don Was, Benmont Tench, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather and Kenny Arnoff.
The event launched the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund, which was established by the David Lynch Foundation to provide transcendental meditation instruction to at-risk students, women who have survived domestic violence and veterans with post-traumatic stress. The concert is currently available on demand on DirecTV.
In other Ringo news, though it hasn't been officially announced, Capitol Records will also release a CD, “Icon: Ringo Starr,” along with one for John Lennon on Sept. 9, according to listings on Amazon.com. An “Icon” CD for Linda Ronstadt featuring 11 tracks is being released Tuesday. (Thanks to Rick Glover.)