The Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr has been forced to cancel a number of concerts after falling sick with an unspecified illness.

The 82-year-old and his All-Starr band were scheduled to play in New Buffalo, Michigan, on Saturday, and at the Mystic Lake Casino in Minnesota on Sunday.

Sir Richard Starkey MBE, known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who achieved international fame as the drummer for the Beatles.

“Ringo is sick and was hoping he could carry on, hence the late decision, but it has affected his voice so tonight’s show, scheduled to begin in a few hours, is cancelled,” a statement read.

A spokesperson for the band said the illness was not COVID-19 related but provided no further information on what Starr’s illness was, other than that his voice had been affected.

He turned 82 in July and celebrated his birthday with a Peace & Love Birthday Celebration at Beverly Hills Garden Park on July 7, where he encouraged fans to get behind the Black Lives Matter movement

He regularly tours with the All-Starr band, and recently won an Emmy, along with fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, for his work on the documentary The Beatles: Get Back.