Music Legends Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr Cancel Concerts Because Of Covid


Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger tested positive for Covid-19 Monday, as two members of Ringo Starr’s band were also infected, forcing both rock legends to cancel concerts.

Key Facts

Jagger, 78, tested positive and canceled a tour stop in Amsterdam.

Starr, 81, said this weekend that his band will be postponing 12 North American shows to September amid the diagnoses.

Both Jagger and Starr are vaccinated.

Older adults are at higher risk of getting severely sick from Covid-19, and 81% of Covid deaths occur in people over the age of 65, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

Key Background

The U.S. reported a seven-day average of 108,548 new Covid-19 cases Friday, according to the CDC. While cases have increased or remained steady nationally since April, the rise is nowhere near the amount of cases that were being reported daily over the winter amid the omicron surge. At its peak in January, the U.S. reported a seven-day average of 810,524 cases.


Jagger and Starr are not the only musicians to cancel shows because of medical issues. Justin Bieber postponed shows in New York City on Monday and Tuesday after revealing over the weekend he is struggling with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. Bieber is experiencing partial paralysis in his face as an after effect of a virus. He canceled shows earlier this month before revealing his diagnosis.

Further Reading

Rolling Stones cancel Amsterdam show after Mick Jagger tests positive for Covid (The Guardian)

Ringo Starr Postpones Summer Tour Dates After All Starr Band Members Test Positive for COVID-19 (Billboard)

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