Life in the Slow Lane

October 14, 2008

Ringo Starr does Beatles fans a disservice

Filed under: Music — pauljlane @ 3:10 pm

Here’s a report from The Associated Press about Ringo Starr, who apparently has had enough of his fans.

Ringo Starr doesn’t want to hear from you.
If you do write, your letter will end up in the trash. That’s the message from Richard Starkey, aka Ringo Starr.
After 45 years of stardom, he doesn’t want to spend any more time answering mail or sending signed photos back to fans. The fan fatigue led the former Beatles drummer to post a sometimes angry sounding short video clip on his Web site telling fans that any mail sent to him after Oct. 20 will not be read or answered. British television stations broadcast the video on Tuesday.
“It’s going to be tossed,” he says on the video. “I’m warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do. So no more fan mail. Thank you, thank you. And no objects to be signed. Nothing. Anyway, peace and love, peace and love.”
The drummer and singer did not elaborate on the reason behind his decision to cut off a major point of contact with his many fans.
Starr, 68, has maintained a very active touring and recording schedule in recent years, drawing large crowds for performances with his All-Starr band. The band plays a mix of old Beatles hits, Starr’s many solo offerings, and other classics from the 1960s and 1970s. Starr usually serves as front man, though he sometimes plays the drums.
But he has angered longtime fans in Liverpool by telling interviewers that he does not miss his native city. Vandals there beheaded a topiary sculpture of Starr earlier this year — he was the only one of the four Beatles whose likeness was desecrated.

Now here’s a clip from “The Simpsons” that, although is from 1991, seems to tell quite the contradictory tale. Has he gotten crotchety in his old age?

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