We all love Ringo Starr, and I stood up for him last time he came out with one of his outrageous statements, that time his not wanting to only be remembered for being a Beatle.
But today, in a video on his official website, Ringo released a VERY angry message to his fans:
Here is the complete text of the message:
"This is a serious message to everybody watching my update right now. Peace and love. Peace and Love! I want to tell you, please! After the twentieth of October, do not send fan mail to any address that you have. Nothing will be signed after the twentieth of October. If that has the date on the envelope, it's gonna be tossed. I'm warning you with peace and love, but I have too much to do. So no more fan mail. Thank you, thank you. And no objects to be signed. Nothing! Ah, anyway, peace and love, peace and love."
I'm sorry, I just don't get it. Why is Ringo, all of a sudden, without warning, making angry demands of his fans?
I know, Ringo was the "reluctant" Beatle. When he was asked to join the Beatles by Brian Epstein in 1962, they were on the precipice of incredible world-wide fame, but that day when Ringo said, "Yes, I'd like to join," nobody could have known that, and Ringo had no idea what he was getting himself into.
Yes, living through Beatlemania from the inside wasn't easy, and Ringo's "done his bit" with the Beatles. He definitely deserves to have some peace in his life. No one begrudges him that, especially me. We appreciate all that Ringo has contributed to our lives and to the world.
But, doesn't he have people around him? Is there nobody advising him? His message today to fans felt to me like a slap in the face. He said "peace and love" five times, but his tone said he couldn't have meant it. Are those only words?
He says he has too much to do. What could Ringo be doing? Working on new music or the next All Starr Tour? What fan would go see him now, or ever pay for another Ringo CD?
Ringo, we owe you a lot. We love you and want what's best for you. We'll glady let you drift off into quiet retirement if that's what you want. But I think you owe us all an apology for today's crude message.
Pure McCartney Paul McCartney's personal mix tape
The Beatles on Ed Sullivan The 4 complete Ed Sullivan Shows starring the Beatles on DVD