Ringo Starr to Perform in Israel 50 Years After the Beatles Were Banned from Performing There

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

Photograph of The Beatles as on tour in 1964 (Library of Congress)

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.

Ringo Starr – Standing Still (YouTube/ RingoStarrVEVO)

In 1966, the Israeli government  designated the Beatles persona non grata out of concern their music would corrupt the country’s youth. Israel later apologized for the decision.

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

Starr will perform in Israel twice, the first night on June 23 and a following night on June 24, both at the Menorah Arena Tel Aviv, Israel

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