In a conversation with late-night show host Conan O’Brien, former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr got real about his feelings regarding Beatles fan conventions. The multi-day festivals, much like Comic-Cons or other large-scale fan events, draw Beatles lovers of all ages, nationalities, and persuasions eager to sit back and let the evening go.
The “Photograph” singer throughout the years has had a love/hate relationship with the Fab Four’s devotees but his comments to O’Brien could be taken as a sign that the eldest Beatle, in the end, does care.
Ringo Starr, third from left, signs an autograph for a young fan as his fellow Beatles (left to right) George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney look on | Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images
Starr’s spotty relationship with Beatles’ fans
In 2008, Starr took to his website to formally ask the band’s fans to stop writing him. It wasn’t clear at that point what had set off this request by the “It Don’t Come Easy” artist, but his remarks were anything but unclear. It was an unwelcoming message the artist formerly known as ‘the funny Beatle” issued to fans.