This just in – Ringo Starr, otherwise known as Richard Starkey, would be hairdresser and luckiest man in rock history, has decided that he will accept no more fan mail and give no more autographs.
I’m not sure how feel about this. Ringo is 68 now, and we’re a long way from Beatlemania – or from Ringo’s solo career. Sure, he does the All-Starr band thing, but that just a glorified “oldies” tour with Ringo and other aging Boomer rockers playing to adoring audiences who are there to remember when they were all young and not dependent on Viagra, Retin-A, or – Depends.
Ringo tells us in his video post that he has too much to do. Maybe that’s so – though I can’t imagine what a 68 year old millionaire rock star would have to do. I suppose he’s acting roles, records…no… wait, no, he doesn’t. Maybe he’s become devoted to golf, like a lot of guys his age.
I think about his band mates – Paul, of course, still writes and records, although he’s working now only for a core audience – not that money matters to him at this point. John and George are at the mercy of their wives - and doing very well.
And certainly some of the fan mail and autograph requests he’s received have gone to dealers and opportunists – a burgeoning number of whom now populate E-Bay and other sites. And Ringo has said in an interview that he was dealing with a stalker. One can’t blame him for a strong reaction. After all, that %$#$@ Chapman was a stalker….
But I can’t help feeling slighted somehow. And I’m guessing I’m not alone.