Sir Ringo will be Starr of the show in Tel Aviv

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

RINGO STARR is to per­form two con­certs in Tel Aviv this sum­mer — mak­ing him the se­cond for­mer Bea­tle, af­ter Paul McCart­ney, to have taken to the stage in Is­rael.

The leg­endary drum­mer — who was knighthed in the New Year’s Honours — will ap­pear along­side fel­low rock leg­ends Steve Lukather of Toto, Greg Rol­lie of Jour­ney and Gra­ham Gould­man of 10cc, as the All-Starrs for the two shows at Tel Aviv’s Meno­rah Miv­tachim Arena on June 23 and 24.

The con­certs, which have been ru­moured for sev­eral months, were con­firmed on Tues­day as part of a 21-date Euro­pean tour that will also in­clude France, Aus­tria, Bel­gium, Czech Repub­lic, Denmark, Fin­land, Ger­many, Monaco, Nether­lands and Italy.

The gigs are ex­pected to in­clude a se­lec­tion of Bea­tles clas­sics, in­clud­ing With A Lit­tle Help From My Friends on which Sir Ringo sang the orig­i­nal vo­cals.

The tour takes place 52 years af­ter The Bea­tles were sched­uled to per­form in Is­rael in 1966 — but the band were stopped by a gov­ern­ment com­mit­tee which deemed them to be a “bad in­flu­ence” on Is­raeli youth at the time. It was a de­ci­sion that sub­se­quently em­bar­rassed Is­rael — and in 2008, Ron Prosor, the Is­raeli am­bas­sador to Bri­tain handed a let­ter of apol­ogy to Ju­lia Baird, sis­ter of the late John Len­non, ex­press­ing re­gret over the snub. Sir Paul sub­se­quently be­came the first Bea­tle to play in Is­rael in 2008 with a show at Park Ha­yarkon in Tel Aviv. Last week singer Lorde can­celled her planned Tel Aviv con­cert af­ter a cam­paign by BDS sup­port­ers.

Ex-Bea­tle will be joined by rock leg­ends


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