A very happy Birthday today to Mr Ritchie Blackmore. Photographed here in Denmark 1981. Ritchie once told me one of the best genuinely unprintable Rock N Roll stories ever that goes with the picture of Deep Purple playing in Sydney, you can see the photo on the gatefold of the Fireball album. If I ever did a book, I might include it. I haven’t seen him in years but people don’t realise that whilst he can be a bit “difficult” he actually has a really great, dark sense of humour, mostly at everyone else’s expense. I actually miss seeing him.