Pandora: A Starr reborn hopes fans keep the faith

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Ringo Starr hasn't made the most – how to put it? – concerted of efforts to nurture his fan base in recent years.

First there was last year's assertion that he missed "nothing" about his home town, Liverpool, weeks after playing at the city's inauguration as European Capital of Culture (the claim provoked torrents of abuse in the local media, and prompted vandals to behead a foliage sculpture of Starr). Then came fan mail-gate (Starr posted an angry video on his website, threatening to throw away any fan mail and autograph requests sent after a specified deadline. "I'm warning you with peace and love, that I have too much to do," he explained). And who can forget Starr's churlish appearance in an advertising campaign for Aviva insurance ("don't call me by my stage name...") Still, it seems that the former Beatle will be looking to brush up on his charm skills over the festive season; he may be in need of those spurned fans' support in the new year.

We're told the now LA-based Starr – whose post-Beatles musical efforts haven't quite proven the groundbreaking material he might have hoped – has been working on recording his next solo album, Y Not, which he plans to release ahead of his being awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. An official release date has yet to be confirmed, though some sources are citing January. Fan mail at the ready, then.

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