Pandora: A Starr reborn hopes fans keep the faith

Author: By Alice-Azania Jarvis

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.

Mario gets to grips with reality (TV)

*Mario Testino collected a Medal of Excellence at Monday’s Walpole awards.
Still, it’s not all glamour for the Peruvian photographer. “I watch the X
Factor
!” he insisted. “I would love to photograph [last year’s
winner] Alexandra Burke. Why not? Sometimes you hear somebody’s voice and
you want to photograph them just because they’re so magical, no?”
Whatever you say, Mario.

Agassi serves up an endorsement

*With his tell-all autobiography Open awaiting a spot atop the Christmas
bestseller lists, Andre Agassi reveals his own preferred reading material in
this month’s Vanity Fair. So just which authors are the tennis champion’s
all-time favourites? CS Lewis and, er, JR Moehringer. An American
journalist, Moehringer has authored just two books ? one a memoir of his
childhood, and the other a ghostwriter’s job on… Open, the autobiography
of Agassi. Who would have thought it?

Suits you, Sir Ben

*Ben Elton is soon to depart these shores in favour of sunnier climes down
under; one thing he won’t be taking is that spangly suit worn during his
Friday Night Live days. “I gave it to Annie Lennox,” he tells us. “She
wanted something to auction. She didn’t tell me how much it went for. I
didn’t want to hear that it was a couple of measly quid.”

Bell’s dark side

*”I only have one other suit in my wardrobe,” proclaimed the
white-clad Martin Bell yesterday. “A black one. For funerals. I find
myself wearing it more and more.” Bell, who continues to play it coy as
to whether he’ll stand at the next election, was the guest of honour at the
Oldie Literary Lunch. They must have asked him to lighten the mood.

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