‘Gary Glitter’ announces comeback tour via Twitter

'OfficialGlitter' account says disgraced popstar will release his autobiography in the coming months

EDIT: The man behind the @officialglitter Twitter account has come clean as an impostor.

A Twitter account claiming to belong to Gary Glitter is saying that he is plotting a comeback this year and hopes to undertake a live tour.

The 1980s popstar, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted in 1999 of possession of child pornography and served four months in prison. After his release, he relocated to Vietnam, where he was subsequently convicted of a string of child sexual abuse offences.

He returned to the UK in 2008 and said in a series of interviews that he would return with a new album and book at some point, but has remained silent. The account remains unverified.

The account Twitter.com/OfficialGlitter comes with the message: “The official twitter of Gary Glitter. Managed and updated by me. King of rock & roll. 2012 comeback tour details coming here soon. Watch this space!”

Further tweets read: “To answer your questions, yes, this is the official Gary Glitter twitter account. Updated by me, personally. I want to put my past behind me and focus on my music. Thank you for your messages of support.”

It goes on to say that he is in touch with Twitter to get the account verified. However, the recent reveal as a fake of a verified account apparently belonging to Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng means that even an officially verified account cannot always be trusted to be authentic.

Glam Rock star Glitter came to prominence in the early 1970s and to date has 20 million record sales to his name. His 26 hit singles spent a total of 180 weeks in the UK Top 100 between 1972 and 1995.

It goes on to claim that details of a “new tour, remastered albums and book” will be posted online soon.