Sir Ringo Starr to play Israel in June
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Sir Ringo Starr to play Israel in June

Newly-knighted former Beatle will perform in the Jewish state, 50 years after Israel banned the group from playing there

Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr

Sir Ringo Starr will perform this summer in Israel more than 50 years after the nation’s government stopped the Beatles from performing there.

The upcoming tour for the ex-Beatle drummer’s group Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band includes a June 23 concert in Tel Aviv. Other stops on the tour, which was announced in November, include France, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Luxembourg, Monaco and Italy.

In 1966, the Israeli government said the band could negatively influence the country’s youth. Israel later apologised for the decision.

Fellow former Beatle Paul McCartney performed in the Jewish state in 2008.

New Zealand pop singer Lorde several days ago cancelled a concert in Tel Aviv following pressure from pro-Palestinian fans.

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