Don’t write to Ringo Starr. No more fan mail, telling the former Beatle how much he and his music has meant to you or how much you enjoyed seeing him on his recent tour.
Just stop. No, really. Save the stamp. He doesn’t want to hear from you.
A crochety-sounding Richard Starkey posted a video on his website this week, warning fans NOT to send him anything to be read, answered or signed, after Oct. 20.
"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."
Too much to do? Like what, count his millions made from his fans?
However, on his website, you can still purchase — in case you have time — a Ringo Starr tote bag for $19.95 and a Ringo Starr hoodie for $54.95.
Oh, and there’s also a contest going on the site. "Ringo wants you, his loyal fans, to submit photos taken from his 2008 All Star tour. He will handpick his favorite and post it to the website, Ringostarr.com."
The winner will win a signed drum head. The contest ends Oct. 30.
Wow. Talk about mixed messages.
What do you think? Does this hurt your feelings? Does it change the way you feel about Ringo Starr?
Are you as amazed as I am that Ringo still got so much fan mail that he had to ask fans to stop sending it?