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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 05:15 AM
Message from Ringo

http://media.ringostarr.com/video//2008-10-10/2008-10-10.mov

Ringo Starr: No more fan mail

Updated: Oct 14, 2008 06:16 AM EST





London - 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.

The good-natured drummer, who also enjoyed a brief acting career after star turns in Beatles' films "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!," guest starred on a 1991 episode of "The Simpsons" in which he is shown scrupulously answering every piece of fan mail that comes his way.

"They took the time to write to me, and I don't care if it takes 20 years, I'm going to answer every one of them," Starr says on the show.

In his mail, he finds a package from Marge Simpson that contains a portrait she painted of him back in the Beatles heyday. He puts it on his wall and writes back to tell her - a few decades late - how much he likes her painting.


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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 05:44 AM
I know what he means about being busy.

I'm way too busy seeing other bands live to arrange the time to see the All-Starr band.

I'm not saying he doesn't have the right, but he could have been a bit more tactful about it.

Maybe he skipped his afternoon nap and was a bit cranky that day?...

 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 05:47 AM
George wrote it, Ringo attempted to sing it:

I don't ask for much, I only want your trust
And you know it don't come easy
And this love of mine keeps growing all the time
And you know it don't come easy
Open up your heart, let's come together
Use a little luck, and we will make it work out better





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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 07:10 AM
He should be grateful that people remember him!


 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 07:42 AM
Ringo, not Lou Gehrig, is the luckiest man on the face of the earth. He should remember that. About 10 years ago when he played the conductor on Shining Time Station one of the "kids" working the set asked Ringo what he did previously. His response was " I was in a band you may have heard of, they were called the Beatles."
 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 07:54 AM
He owes no one any autographs..etc.

The man is 69 years old, give him a break.

At one time he tried to answer and sign all he could.

I imagine it gets old after a while.

People can make jokes about him if they want. He was just as much a Beatle as the rest.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 09:28 AM
I bit my tongue on the previous thread bashing Ringo, but no more.



1. The guy has probably given out thousands of autographs, and he is just being kind enough to let people know that if they send him something, they probably won’t get it back.

Whether you want to be his fan that’s your business, but he is not obligated to sign autographs.

2. I don’t understand all the knocks on his drumming. IMO he is a great drummer and a huge part of the Beatles sound. Sure, he is not Ginger Baker or Keith Moon, and thankfully so. Ringo’s style fits the Beatles perfectly. His drumming perfectly compliments each song and establishes its “personality” and overall sound. And, of course, he keeps the beat.

There, I said it.



 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 09:30 AM
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1. The guy has probably given out thousands of autographs, and he is just being kind enough to let people know that if they send him something, they probably won’t get it back.

Whether you want to be his fan that’s your business, but he is not obligated to sign autographs.

2. I don’t understand all the knocks on his drumming. IMO he is a great drummer and a huge part of the Beatles sound. Sure, he is not Ginger Baker or Keith Moon, and thankfully so. Ringo’s style fits the Beatles perfectly. His drumming perfectly compliments each song and establishes its “personality” and overall sound. And, of course, he keeps the beat.

There, I said it.

i agree

 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 09:40 AM
I agree too, The Beatles would not have been The Beatles without him. He was/is one of the four, always will be. No one else could have played the drums like he did on all of the Lennon/McCartney songs. It was one of those moments, the stars were aligned when the 4 guys got together and magic was made for many many years from the four of them. Would not have been the same without him, besides his drumming, his personality added so much to the mystic of the Fab Four. He is a living legend. Wish they were all still with us.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 10:53 AM
I will never understand why people feel that celebs owe them an autograph. Ringo deserves time to enjoy his life and pursue his interests. All that Ringo owes anyone is to give you his best effort when you purchase a CD or go to one of his concerts.Beyond that, I appreciate it when celebs are courteous and polite to fans that they encounter.
 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 12:29 PM
I certainly can't fault Ringo for this. We can only imagine how much time he's devoted to signing things and answering fan mail for over 40 years. He has a right to end it, and I do think it nice he has given warning.
Someone said he should be grateful anyone remembers him!? Who wouldn't?
I agree, he's as much a Beatle as Paul, George and John.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 12:32 PM
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He is a living legend.


Perhaps... Ringo could just exercise some tact, "Legend" or not..

 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 12:35 PM
I think Ringo is a fantastic drummer. Listen to the parts he came up with for I Feel Fine, We Can Work It Out, and many other mid-60s tunes. This was the mid-60s, he was very innovative and ALWAYS rock solid.

Oh, and if he doesn't want to spend a huge chunk of the last few yrs of his life answering fan mail, um, who can blame him?

 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 12:42 PM
Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues and you know it don't come easy.

Try to see it my way. Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.

All I have is a photograph and I realize you're not coming back any more.

Now you're expecting me to live without you. That's not something that I'm looking forward to.




 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 01:02 PM
I do not find his message rude having seen him interviewed many times- imo it was very cool of him.
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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 01:50 PM
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I do not find his message rude having seen him interviewed many times- imo it was very cool of him.
Peace and love...


Yes. 2 things, how many other celebs of his status are still even attempting to sign autographs? ... And how many of them when they actually stopped, let the fans know that they would throw them away after a certain date? I actually thought it was cool.

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 02:05 PM
He is just giving the fans a heads up. Nothing wrong with that.

I do not think it means he will not autograph something in person. He is just quitting the mail in stuff/requests.

[Edited on 10/15/2008 by rottinpeach]

 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 02:10 PM
I really don't see this as being anythging more than a public service by Ringo. You know like putting yourself on those do not call lists. Anyway I have always thought RS was one of the most underrated drummers of the rock era, but I find myself listening more and more to Ringo garza and his bros tha my ample Beatles collection....but that's just me...I don't want to get off on a rant here....lol

 

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  posted on 10/15/2008 at 05:22 PM
I was walking down a street in Manhattan at about 9PM one night a few years back and passing a "record store", noticed a long line of people holding CD's and waiting for the artist's autograph. I inquired as to who it was, found out it was Ringo, bought a CD and got on line (on break from work, mind you). Waited a good half hour and then got up to the table and was face to face with A BEATLE!! I was speechless; he broke the ice "My name's Ringo" he says in that Hard Day's Night accent.
I'm, um, I'm, um, Elizabeth says 55+ year old Beatlemaniac. "Well, how'd you do", asks Ringo.
Grinning from ear to ear, I told him, "just fine, after all these years". He giggles and autographs my CD - God bless you, he says and laughs and shakes my hand.
I'm sure he's has had quite enough of that. I got lucky. I touched a Beatle.



 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 01:27 AM
At his age,he has earned the right to do whatever he wants.I'm glad he still likes to get out and play for us.That is enough for me.......and ,yes,I hope he makes a lot more money,too!
He influenced style which is such a huge contribution........more than technical prowess to me.His feel is an industry standard and when we musicians see some drummer with a great and relaxed feel and even time,we say something like"He is like a Ringo!"
Hey,I am grateful he is alive and kicking!He is old enough to retire from autographs at this point.I am sure he will be grateful for a little more privacy and free time in his day.Peace and Love,Peace and Love,Peace and Love!

 

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  posted on 10/16/2008 at 08:53 AM
Can't blame him at all, I can certainly see where he'd be tired of it all. But if you've ever seen his All-Star Band, he oughta give up singing as well!! If he'd just stick to the drums, everything would be fine.

 

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