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Ringo Starr set to perform in the Triangle, years after HB2 cancellation

FILE - In this July 2, 2016 file photo, Ringo Starr performs at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Within a week of Paul McCartney playing a surprise show at Grand Central Station, Starr followed a more old-fashioned path Thursday night, Sept. 13, 2018. The 78-year-old drummer and singer headlined a two-hour show at Radio City Music Hall, in New York, with thousands spending much of the performance standing and singing along.
FILE - In this July 2, 2016 file photo, Ringo Starr performs at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Within a week of Paul McCartney playing a surprise show at Grand Central Station, Starr followed a more old-fashioned path Thursday night, Sept. 13, 2018. The 78-year-old drummer and singer headlined a two-hour show at Radio City Music Hall, in New York, with thousands spending much of the performance standing and singing along. Photo by John Salangsang/Invision

Ringo Starr is coming back to the Triangle, three years after he canceled a show because of objections to House Bill 2.

The once-and-forever Beatles drummer brings his All Starr Band to Durham Performing Arts Center on Aug. 6. The concert, announced Monday as an additional tour date, celebrates the 30th anniversary of Ringo and his All Starr Band, according to a news release. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1.

Starr’s date means that the Triangle will get shows by both surviving Beatles this year. Paul McCartney is scheduled to play Raleigh’s PNC Arena on May 27.

Starr was previously scheduled to play Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre in June 2016. But he canceled that show in protest after the NC General Assembly passed HB2, the so-called“bathroom bill” that, among other things, required transgender people to use the bathroom that matched the gender listed on their birth certificates.

Bruce Springsteen, Boston and Pearl Jam were among the other acts who canceled North Carolina shows over HB2 that year.

“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred,” Starr said in a statement then explaining his cancellation, according to a story in The News & Observer. “Spread peace and love.”

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In 2017, the General Assembly passed a compromise repeal that undid enough of the law to start luring acts back to North Carolina. Maroon 5 and Cirque du Soleil are among the boycotting acts that have returned to perform.

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