Life is what happens when you are making other plans~ John Lennon
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind~Gandhi
The time is always right to do what is right~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, December 28, 2018

2018: What a Year!!

Like every year, there are the highest of highs and lowest of lows. My year has been, in one word, interesting.

Was laid off for the first time and got a new job three weeks later.
-On 10/26/2018, I was laid off from my job. I worked as an Image Processor I for US Bancorp. My job had me scanning and processing financial documents all day. A few weeks before I was laid off, our big boss, Jane Biessener, had come in from Milwaukee, where she works. Apparently changes had been underway and of course, my department had no knowledge. The week of 10/26, we were told that changes would be happening. That Wednesday before I got laid off, I was called into a meeting with our boss Jane along with two of my coworkers, Pixie and Carrie. We were told, in no uncertain terms, that the Cincinnati location would be shut down due to that magical word called "restructuring". In my opinion, that means "We don't need you. Find a new job!" Of course, I cried because I had never had that happen. And as always, the HR rep told us that he would help us find a job. YEAH RIGHT! He did fuck all to help us. We were on our own. But, enough on the negativity. I applied for jobs and I did it hard. I was thankful and lucky enough to land a new job three weeks later. In fact, on the very day that I would have had to file for my severance pay, which was 11/26, that was my first day in a new department, still in US Bank. I am now a Lockbox Clerk 2. I process payments for retail. I have been working there for four happy weeks. I feel a lot calmer and a lot less stressed out here than at my last job. I only have two words- THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got two more tattoos.
-I should really post photos. I had gotten two more tattoos. I have a tattoo on the inside of my left forearm. I have always been fascinated by those tear away tattoos that tattoo artists refer to as "skin rips". I have a "skin rip" tattoo on the inside of my left forearm with the English flag inside. It's to represent part of my heritage, since I found out that I have 8% Great Britain in my heritage. Boy, that certainly does explain a thing or two. The other tattoo I have is on the inside of my right calf. It's of the Disney character Mulan. It represents my love of/appreciation for/interest in Chinese culture and history.

Bought tickets to see Iron Maiden
-Yes, that's right. This girl and her family are going to see Iron Maiden. Ironically enough, the day that the tickets went on sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members is also the day I was interviewing for my current job. While waiting for the manager to come to the lobby, I was playing Beat the Clock and trying to buy the best Iron Maiden tickets I could. It was hard doing it on a smartphone and trying to be fast about getting four tickets. But, I got them, and strangely enough, I am in the same exact general vicinity as I was when me and my family had gone to see Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. Which means I will have excellent photos!!!!!
Seen Lynyrd Skynyrd/.38 Special
-What really irritated me about this night was that .38 Special was supposed to play for an hour. They only got 45 minutes, which confuses me. Then, of course, Hank Williams Jr. comes on and does a two hour show like he thinks he's the headliner. He is, no offense to any fans, trashy to me. He had to keep changing hats for every song. He spit on the stage, which is about as uncouth as it is possible to be, and he had to keep throwing politics in between his songs. He is just absurdly trashy and uncouth. Not only that, these two older gentlemen kept hitting on me and my sister with their wives right there. But, all in all, seeing Lynyrd Skynyrd was amazing. My sister had bought the tickets, which were thankfully very reasonable. I know it made my mom happy because she said that "Free Bird" was played at her graduation. She had been a fan since she was a kid and it made her feel almost on the verge of tears to know she could see them on the tour they dubbed "Last of the Street Survivors" tour, named after their album Street Survivors. That show was amazing!!!!! If .38 Special ever goes on tour again, I'm buying tickets so that we can see two hours of .38 Special, not two hours of some hillbilly hick who changes hats repeatedly and basically believes everyone should support our idiot president and who spits on the stage like he owns it.
.38 Special

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Seen Judas Priest/Deep Purple again
-Yes, we have now seen these two bands twice. We saw Deep Purple for the first time in September of last year when they had come to Cincinnati to play at the Riverbend Music Center with Alice Cooper. And just this past August, they had come once again to play with Judas Priest, who was touring their recently released Firepower album. Man oh man does Judas Priest know how to rock!! I loved seeing the look on my sister's face when Rob Halford rode out on his Harley, done up in Firepower artwork to sing "Hell Bent for Leather". Another cool thing is that two of the roadies for Priest were raising money for Parkinson's Disease research by charging $5 to get a photo on the motorcycle Rob would ride. Of course, me and my sister both chipped in for three good reasons: A.) it goes to a good cause, B.) We're fans of Judas Priest and we both knew Rob would ride that bike C.) It was because of Glenn Tipton recently being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and we both thought he was the good looking one.

-As for Deep Purple, they were good, but a lot of their songs were long extended jam sessions. A lot of the songs they played I was not familiar with, like "Maybe I'm a Leo", "Wring That Neck", "Lazy" "Perfect Strangers", "It's Good to Be King". The songs they played that I did know were "Knocking At Your Back Door", "Strange Kind of Woman", "Woman from  Tokyo", "Space Truckin'", "Hush", "Smoke on the Water", "Highway Star". When we had seen Deep Purple the first time, they had ended the show with "Smoke on the Water". This past time they ended with "Hush". No disrespect to Ian Gillan, his voice seems to have taken on a nasally tone. He bobs and dodges around the high notes. I mean, I know he's getting older and probably can't do that high stuff anymore, which is fine. But it does seem like his voice is going out. Sadly, I think I'm starting to know what Ritchie Blackmore was thinking when he did those last few albums with Deep Purple and and how Ian's voice is just awful.
Found two more autobiographies that I read and loved
-That's right. I'm constantly looking for interesting rock or metal bios. I found two that I read and loved. Black Knight: Ritchie Blackmore by Jerry Bloom and Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest by K.K. Downing. The book about Ritchie Blackmore is a biography while the book about K.K. was written by him. I love books like this because sometimes the person will inject their own little thoughts and they are hilarious. Reading about K.K. certainly was eye opening. I never knew that he had such deep resentment for Glenn Tipton. Of course, they got along, but it seemed like it was just for the band's sake and not personal sake. As for Ritchie, reading that book was interesting. Of course, with him talking about the band Rainbow, I ended up going on the internet and listening to Rainbow's music and am now a fan. I want to get some of their albums. The song I like best is "Street of Dreams" from their album Bent Out of Shape. It has that nice pop-rock melody to it. No wonder it's Ritchie's favorite song.

Seen a cool movie about the band Queen called Bohemian Rhapsody. Also saw the new Halloween movie.
-The new movie Bohemian Rhapsody is awesome. It's essentially about how the band formed and how they played their famous gig at Live Aid. It's awesome. The new Halloween movie is interesting as well. It's definitely not for kids, which leads me to wonder why people had their children, aged 10 or under, in there. There was one part where the psychiatrist looking after Michael Myers gets his head stomped on and it bursts like a pumpkin dropped off a freeway overpass. Another part involves two police officers getting killed, one with a bullet to the heart and the other with his head removed, hollowed out like a pumpkin and his flashlight inserted inside. Not suitable for children

My mom had her first car crash in 41 years and was robbed highway robbery-style
-My mom had her first car crash when she was 16. A car had rear ended her not paying attention. Once again, things have come full circle. Friday night my mom had been rear ended by a box truck on I-75, coming back from Florence, Kentucky, where she works. It had been raining, which almost always guarantees the roads will be slick. My mom, of course, was taking her time because it was stop-and-go traffic. This box truck, not paying attention, had no time to stop and it rear ended her. Luckily, she was able to get off to the right side of the road. She was ready to murder the driver, lol. She was swearing left, right and center at him and of course, he says that there's no need to cuss, lady. The Fort Mitchell Police had come and collected her purse along with the ambulance who was there to take her to St. Elizabeth in Edgewood. After finding out that, thankfully, she had no broken bones, but mostly just a sprained back, wrist and shoulders, she was allowed to go home. Yesterday morning, we had gone out to collect her bag from work, which contains her Amazon Kindle Fire table, which she uses to read e-books, her MP3 player, a couple of spare phone chargers and a pair of brand new eyeglasses, which she uses when she takes out her contacts, we find the car is unlocked and the bag gone. Someone had robbed my mother. It's that old highway logic-broken down car, let's see what valuables are inside. And with it being right before Christmas, there might be Christmas gifts inside. My mom had been robbed!!

-The Fort Mitchell Police HAD NOT locked up my mom's car, as she was told. She was enraged, on fire, furious, every word for angry. And if you know her like me and my sister do, she cries when she gets angry. She kept saying "I hate people". I do not blame her. Luckily, my sister was able to contact Amazon customer service and have the Kindle shut down, unable to be re-registered. Because when my mom would buy e-books, her credit card information was on it. My sister talked to Amazon and told them the situation. That my mom's Kindle had been stolen. That she wanted it wiped completely clean so no one could use it. That it was only her Kindle that would be wiped clean, not her actual Amazon account. That all the books she had bought would still be available via the Amazon Cloud. So now, whoever gets that Kindle, thinking they have a new one, will be unable to use it. When they contact Customer Service to get it activated and read off the serial number, it will register as stolen. So it's now a $50 coffee table decoration. As for the MP3 player, the cord to charge it was also in there, so they now have a used MP3 player. Just hope they mind the buttons sticking. Sucks to be them! Luckily, me and my sister have my mom covered. My sister ordered my mom a new canvas bag with dolphins on it (my mom has a thing for dolphins) and I ordered a new Kindle Fire after Christmas, when they go on sale, for my mom. I'm even ordering a new tablet cover for her. I want purple because my mom loves purple; it's her favorite color. But she went ahead and bought herself a new 16 GB MP3 player. So, essentially, me and my sister did our good deed for the day. I also did another good deed- buying lunch for my mom. She's diabetic and if her sugar drops, she gets lethargic. I bought Subway for her since she didn't have breakfast.

-The point of this little situation is-I HATE PEOPLE! I've always hated people who think of only themselves and no one else. It seems to get increasingly worse the closer it gets to Christmas. People want to fight and be stupid over the things that don't even matter. To make matters worse, because of the idiots at the Fort Mitchell Police Department, my mom was robbed. She called them and told them she was robbed and they didn't seem to take it seriously. Like they thought a $50 Amazon Kindle Fire, a $60 MP3 player and a pair of $200 progressive-lens glasses was no big deal. Like it was low priority for them, when they had more important things to worry about, like useless idiots OD'ing on heroin or other drugs. They blew it off, saying they would "look into it". Which translates into "Lady, we have more important things to worry about than some tablet, glasses and an MP3 player". It's because of police officers like this that I have a hard time respecting men in uniform sometimes. These kind of police officers don't seem to take their job seriously, investigating a robbery, which is their job, look at it like "what do you want me to do about it?" while the ones who DO take their job seriously are not trusted by others. They do their job and investigate it and get nothing in return.

Saw Def Leppard/Journey
-We saw these two bands in May. I saw Def Leppard already, so it was my second time seeing them while for my sister, it was her first time seeing Def Leppard. It was both our first time seeing Journey live, though. My sister had bought the tickets and when she looked at the price later, it was hideously expensive. She couldn't figure out why until she looked at the breakdown of costs on the tickets. She had, unknowingly, bought a VIP meet-and-greet with Def Leppard. When she realized that, I think she blew a few microchips. The thought of meeting Def Leppard and getting a photo next to Joe Elliott and Phil Collen was enough to make my sister happy. When the blessed night came, she made sure to wear all her Leppard gear. What cracked me and my sister up, though, was when we got inside US Bank Arena, where the concert was, there were two lines-one for VIP meet-and-greet with Journey and one for Def Leppard. Everyone got in the line they thought was for Leppard, but turned out to be Journey. I never seen a line of people move so fast, rofl. Anyway, me and my sister, and about a hundred other people, mostly women, were in line to do the meet-and-greet. There was a black woman holding a child backstage with them and of course, now the rumor mill was up and running about who it was. Every one there thought it was Phil Collen's wife Helen, but it couldn't be. She was in L.A. and had just given birth to a baby. She wouldn't be able to fly just yet. It might have been the girlfriend or even wife of one of the other band members. I didn't ask because I felt it was not my concern. We got the photo, the photographer telling my sister to relax, lol. For her, it's hard to relax when Joe Elliott and Phil Collen are RIGHT BEHIND YOU! I was calm as ever, being near Vivian Campbell and Rick Savage, but inside, I was dancing like an idiot, jumping for joy! The concert, both bands, were amazing. When Def Leppard came on, they did a mix of early and new material, like "Rock Rock ('til You Drop)", "Let It Go", "Pour Some Sugar on Me", "Hysteria", "Animal", "Foolin'", "Love Bites", "Armageddon It", "Man Enough", "Invincible", "Undefeated", etc.


Def Leppard

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Black Knight: Ritchie Blackmore by Jerry Bloom

I just finished reading this. It's a very good book, although I don't know if Ritchie Blackmore is really like that, being labelled a bully by some, an immature prankster by some or a total out and out jerk or the author is making up stories. It's up to the reader to figure it out, I guess. It's interesting. Although, I doubt whoever wrote this did any proofreading on it. There are a few grammar and spelling errors here and there.

I look at him as being a musician who pulls pranks just to kill the boredom of being on tour. I used to think he was arrogant. After seeing a few interviews here and there, I've come to realize, he's not arrogant. He's probably just tired of all the drama that surrounded him during his days in Deep Purple and Rainbow. All the fighting he did with people like Ian Gillan or Ronnie James Dio would be enough to make anyone lose their hair from stress or even bite your tongue to keep you from speaking your mind. He, more or less, has a jaded view on Deep Purple.
This book is very interesting. Everyone pretty much knows about Ritchie Blackmore being a huge prankster. In the early days of some of the bands he was in, he was prone to chucking things out the window, nothing major, mostly bags of flour, trying to hit someone or something with them.

Richard Hugh Blackmore was born on April 14, 1945, in the town of Weston-Super-Mare, England. This is regarded, by some, as a resort town since it's right on the sea. His father gave him his first guitar, an acoustic. He even told young Ritchie "Either you're going to play this guitar properly or I'm going to put it round your head!"

Some of the earliest bands he was in include: Screaming Lord Sutch, Nero & the Gladiators, The Outlaws, Lord Caesar Sutch & the Gladiators, Neil Christian, etc. The list goes on. Almost each band he was in he wore some kind of uniform, whether it be dressed as a Roman gladiator, dressed in country western-type clothes or suits. Almost each person who has seen him play guitar will remark about how fast he can play, how good he can play. They will brag about his talents. He quickly became known as the Man in Black because all he was ever seen wearing was the famous color black. Of course, like most rock musicians, he will have changed relationships quite frequently. In fact, the longest relationship he had was with a girl from his neighborhood in England. In fact, he helped form Mark I lineup of Deep Purple

Mark I Deep Purple
Later on, in one of his many bands, they travelled to Germany and Ritchie fell in love with the culture. He fell for a local girl named Margrit. Together they married and had one child, a son named Jurgen. Unfortunately, their relationship did not last and soon Ritchie was falling hard for another German girl, this one a go-go dancer in the Reeperbahn district named Barbel, simply nicknamed Babs. Her wages as a dancer helped keep them afloat during the late 1960s, early 1970s. Bassist Nick Simper and singer Rod Evans were more or less let go because Ritchie wanted a darker sound, a heavier sound for the music of Deep Purple. So out with Simper and Evans and in with Glover and Gillan.

When he had formed the band Deep Purple, the first few albums were a mix and match of sounds. When reporters would do interviews, they would cite Jon Lord, organ player, as being the main songwriter when in reality it was the three other members of Deep Purple-bassist Roger Glover, singer Ian Gillan and of course, Ritchie Blackmore.

Later on, when Ian Gillan came in to the band, things were good, at first. Ian started drinking heavily and getting egotistical, thinking that because he was the singer for a band quickly becoming big that he was this superstar talent. As time went on, Ian and Ritchie were nearly at each others' throats. Between the years of 1971-1973, Ritchie had switched from a Gibson ES335 to a Fender Stratocaster, an instrument that has been linked to him to this very day.

During the years when the band was touring Machine Head, Ritchie was up to his prankster self, as usual. When the band would travel in a car, instead of a tour bus like today, bassist Roger Glover would be stuck sitting next to Ian Gillan. Ian would torture this young man relentlessly, from poking him repeatedly to playing around with him. It even went so far as one time when they were travelling that Ian had managed to get Roger's pants down and was trying to perform oral sex on Roger, coming very close to raping him, all the while Roger is fighting him off, telling him "Get off, Ian". Of course, all the pranks pulled by either Ritchie or Ian had one intended target-Roger. Ritchie would tie up Roger with rope and, because of his very thin frame, would put him inside a Marshall amplifier case and leave him on the Severn Bridge. The band would come back to find the case rocking back and forth and they would realize and know it was Roger trying to wriggle his way out. One common prank they would pull on him dozens of times involved stripping Roger completely naked and shoving him out of the car to walk home and fend for himself. It's things like this that have you wondering why Roger even put up with all of this. All of this would be more than enough to drive someone completely crazy!
Roger Glover, 1969
Roger Glover, current day

Another instance is when they were first recording In Rock, they were staying at a home in Devon, completely away from any distractions. By this time, Ritchie was heavily into doing seances. Ritchie had asked Roger if he had a crucifix with him because he knew Roger was a Christian. Roger said no and as such, Ritchie took an axe and proceeded to bash the door to bits just to get inside. Of course, Roger went ballistic and chased Ritchie down the hall with said axe until he found Ritchie cowering in the corner, saying "Roger, stop. I'm the guitarist".

During the Machine Head tour, Ritchie had his first full blown emotional breakdown. A roadie, wondering why he was not at sound check, had gone up to Ritchie's room to find that he had his head in his hands, crying hysterically. When he asked the man what was wrong, Ritchie said, with tears still streaming "I'm done with being pushed from one hotel to another. I didn't get into music to get pushed around like this. I got into music because I enjoyed playing". Ritchie had sought professional help, but when the doctor asked what was wrong, all Ritchie could or would do was cry. So it seemed the professional option to load up the Man in Black with as much tranquilizers as his body could take. It seems almost unusual to try and picture someone as strong and outgoing on stage as Ritchie Blackmore having a full blown emotional breakdown. But it does seem like the author wants to impress upon people that Ritchie is only outgoing on stage. In real life, he's a shy, private, very introverted person. That's the feeling I'm getting.

At the same time, his relationship with German girlfriend Barbel "Babs" Blackmore was disintegrating fast. She had moved to California after hearing of Ritchie's infidelity. She had heard that he had a certain way with women and it seemed like he was trying to fill some kind of void with women. Some rock stars did drugs. Some did booze. For Ritchie, his drug of choice was the female gender. When the band had been recording "Smoke on the Water", there was an incident where a roadie had caught Ritchie taking a woman somewhere for a little privacy, most likely to have a little adult time. So it could be said that Ritchie was almost caught with his pants down. He had wanted to go to California to try and repair the relationship.

Ritchie Blackmore and Barbel "Babs" Blackmore on the left. She was a German go-go dancer who kept the two going with her dancing wages. She's also the mother of their child, a son named Jurgen
Of course, at the same time, things with Ian Gillan were going south fast. Ritchie not only wanted Ian out, Roger Glover was given the choice to quit or be fired. This is odd because Roger is probably the nicest, most humble man in the world. Would never say a cross word about anyone. Didn't do anything to deserve getting the choice of fire or quit. He quit with a proper resignation like Ian Gillan did. And with them, sadly, out of the picture, in came two newbies. Ritchie had brought in former Finders Keepers and Trapeze bassist/front man Glenn Hughes to play bass and virtual unknown David Coverdale. These two would only go on to record three albums with Deep Purple-Burn, Stormbringer, Come Taste the Band. Glenn would sadly be fired for his massive drug habit while David would go on to form a band of his own, called Whitesnake. It was during the Stormbringer tours that Ritchie noticed Glenn and David, who were both big soul and funk fans, were trying to imprint their love of black American music onto the music of Deep Purple. Suddenly, it wasn't thundering organs and guitars. It was what Ritchie called "shoeshine music". The music had suddenly taken a turn for the odd. Ritchie had seriously considered leaving because he thought "No. This isn't me. This isn't the kind of music I like."

David Coverdale

Glenn Hughes
Everyone, of course, remembers California Jam '74 or simply CalJam '74. When Ritchie put his guitar through the camera because it had gotten too close to him. Things had been going wrong for him all day. Apparently, because of the giant rainbow behind the stage, Ritchie wanted to take the stage at sunset. It didn't go that way. ELO (Electric Light Orchestra for those who may not know) were supposedly the band who would close out the show. Everything was running ahead of schedule, which is almost unheard of in music festival situations. Ritchie wanted to take the stage at sunset and sure enough, he waited around until sunset and then took the stage. Of course, he would ensure something was set ablaze on stage. Stage destruction seems to be his forte. Sure enough, a stack of amps blew because of gun powder being inside. From then on, Ritchie refused to do music festivals because things never went according to plan. They either ran ahead of time or behind time or things never worked.

It was during his time in America that Ritchie had discovered a young band touring and opening for Purple called Elf. Fronted by young powerhouse vocalist Ronnie James Dio, the young singer impressed Blackmore with his vocals. By this point, Ritchie was done with Deep Purple. He was tired of doing music that he didn't care for or was impressed by. It was during the Stormbringer sessions that Ritchie seriously considered leaving. After chatting with Ronnie for a bit, he discovered that both he and Ronnie both had the same love of Medieval, 15th and 16th century culture as each other. They both also had what some would call a "British sense of humor". Despite Ronnie being an American, almost everyone who knows him describes him as being a total and complete Anglophile (someone fond of the culture of Great Britain). Suddenly, a light bulb clicked. He proposed to Ronnie the idea of forming a band with lyrics that force the listener to use their imagination. Ronnie liked the idea and suddenly the band Rainbow was born. The debut album was titled Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow only to give an idea of what the music was like. All other albums would have the band name Rainbow on it.

Things with Rainbow were going good. A lot less stress than Purple, but that ugly in-band fighting would soon rear its ugly head. Ronnie James Dio's then girlfriend Wendy seemed to be whispering things into Ronnie's ear, things like he was bigger than the band, he was better than the band and so on. Of course, Ritchie overheard this and started getting angry and almost everyone around Ritchie Blackmore knows he can have an explosive temper. It had started with a rumor that Ritchie Blackmore had been featured on the front of Circus Magazine without any other members of the band. When Ronnie confronted Ritchie about it, things went downhill. Ritchie just basically figured "I can't work with someone who gets so petty about something so trivial". Ritchie didn't want to be on the magazine without the band members and he even told Ronnie that wasn't his choice. Ronnie didn't want to listen
Why is it that Ritchie always looks as though he's in a bad mood?

Things with Ronnie then started going downhill simply because Ronnie had started developing a big ego, no thanks to his girlfriend. From the first album to Difficult to Cure, the band had a hard rock, neoclassical metal sound. But when it came time to record Difficult to Cure, the lineup had changed once more. Keyboard player Tony Carey had left due to stress of being the victim of constant pranks. Tony was in the lobby of the hotel he was staying in and he didn't realize that Ritchie was behind him while he mouthed off about the Man in Black. He was saying things like "He's just jealous that I can play faster than him" and other things. Of course, Ritchie heard every word and slapped him hard across the back of the head. He essentially told Carey "You are nothing" or something to that effect. With him leaving, in came Don Airey, who ironically, now plays keyboard for Deep Purple. Airey, however, took the jokes and pranks with good spirit.

Ronnie James Dio and Wendy Dio
Tony Carey
Don Airey

It was during the Long Live Rock 'n' Roll tour that Ritchie first noticed he was starting to lose his hair, his hairline was thinning. Either out of complete vanity or issues with self-confidence, he sought treatment for this in the form of hair transplants. Of course, all the band members didn't hold back in cracking jokes and general making fun of him, probably derailing his confidence a bit. With each album, you could expect lyrics about dungeons and dragons, fair maidens, fantasy-based lyrics. You could expect hard rock and neoclassical metal from about the debut album, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Rising, Down to Earth up until Difficult to Cure, which, by that point, had changed over to a more commercial pop rock sound. With each album, the music got better and better, each album attaining success, which was good for all involved. After that, the albums they released, like Straight Between the Eyes, Bent Out of Shape had a more commercial pop rock sound. Of course, the band changed lineups too. They had Graham Bonnet for one album and for a good majority of the albums they made, they had American vocalist Joe Lynn Turner. When Joe Lynn Turner quit the band later on, he went on to join Deep Purple as vocalist for the album Slaves and Masters.

Graham Bonnet

Joe Lynn Turner

By early 1984, at age 39, Ritchie Blackmore had finally attained his drivers' license. Mostly out of irritation from others having to ferry him around. During his time in Rainbow, Ritchie had, once again, fallen in love and gotten married. This time it was to the daughter of a prominent Long Island, New York doctor. This woman's name was Amy Rothman. For some reason, the band resented her from the word go. But, not shockingly, they would divorce on the ironic grounds of adultery. She would be accused of adultery and want the world handed to her on a silver platter while the man she was divorcing could also be accused of adultery. Some would say that Ritchie is an old school man. The man is allowed to cheat on his significant other as much as he wants to, but when the woman does it, it's all hands on deck, she's in trouble. So, once again, Ritchie was single, but not for long. He would, once again, fall for another woman. This woman being named Tammy Williams, who worked for a hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Of course, when his then wife Amy was messing around, Ritchie was messing around on her with a singer named Shoshana Feinstein, a singer trying to get  a pop-rock career going. Things with Tammy fell through, of course.

Ritchie Blackmore and 3rd wife Amy Rothman

During his time in Rainbow, the band had made nine albums- 1975 Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, 1976 Rising, 1978 Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, 1979 Down to Earth, 1981 Difficult to Cure, 1982 Straight Between the Eyes, 1983 Bent Out of Shape and a live album from 1977 called On Stage.

Of course, journalists were constantly trying to get stories about Rainbow, drum up publicity for the band. Unfortunately, one journalist had nicknamed the Man in Black "Bitchy Ritchie" after learning and discovering for herself that he was not too fond of doing interviews. Of course, the story made headlines, probably with the headline including "Bitchy Ritchie". Management for Rainbow was not happy. They were trying to drum up good publicity for the band and yet Ritchie, with all his moody glory, gave short, clipped answers, almost in a guarded tone, as if he was trying to filter what to say during the interview. During one of the last albums Rainbow made, Roger Glover had come to produce and was asked to take up the role of bassist. This was most likely Ritchie's attempt at making amends for giving Roger the choice of quit or fire years earlier. The band, some how, had come under fire for explicitly and overtly sexist lyrics in the track "All Night Long". To cause some laughs and take some of the seriousness out of the situation, Ritchie had appeared on the front of a magazine wearing stockings and a garter belt, claiming he "could be one of the girls". Obviously, he has a sense of humor.

By 1984, Rainbow was coming to a close because it was being suggested that the Mark II lineup of Deep Purple would reunite. They would reunite to make 1984's Perfect Strangers, an album considered by some to be pretty good, despite the odd lyrics in "Knocking At Your Back Door".

Unfortunately, Perfect Strangers, while it had some good tracks, proved to be not as successful as everyone in the band thought. Old tensions between Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore had resurfaced. Ritchie describes it as a situation with two alphas-Ian wanted to control the band since he was the singer and Ritchie wanted to control the band because he was the guitarist. The album that followed, The House of Blue Light, was a complete disaster. The tensions between Gillan and Blackmore became even more intense, mostly because Ian's voice was starting to go on a downward slide.

Towards the end of the 1980s, around 1989, a few members of Deep Purple, mostly Roger Glover and Ritchie Blackmore and a few other guys, had played in a soccer game against a Long Island, New York-based radio station. It was Deep Purple versus the radio station. While there, a young blonde intern named Candice Isralow, who adopted the stage name Candice Night, seemed particularly interested in the raven-haired guitarist. Candice was modelling but also had attended school for communications, which is how she ended up at the radio station. She said that he had walked up to her and said in his very formal, classy British accent "You're a very beautiful girl." She mentions that his way of asking her out was the old schoolboy method-having a friend tell her that a friend thinks you're pretty. She says, with a laugh, that he had taken off his cleats and threw one of his sweaty, muddy socks right in her face and from then on, she never worried about being girly and worrying about her nails or whatever. She felt an instant attraction to him; this was her own personal fairy tale.

She and Ritchie had gone to a local pub later on. She says it took about six months for the romance to set in. They both share a love of Medieval and Renaissance culture, even forming a band called Blackmore's Night to cover this type of music. They will often dress in period clothing and perform the music. My whole opinion on him and her together is that as long as they are both happy with each other, that is all that matters. And besides, they look like a really cute couple.

But at the same point in time, around the early 1990s, Deep Purple had reunited and recorded The Battle Rages On. This was a disaster of epic proportions because, once again, the tensions between Blackmore and Gillan had resurfaced. As for Blackmore's side band Rainbow, they would go on to record one final album Stranger in Us All, with singer Doogie White. Out of all the songs that Rainbow had recorded, Ritchie often cites "Street of Dreams" from Bent Out of Shape as his top favorite. Simply because it's rock but it's melodic. He does not usually care for intense rock. He likes rock music, but it has to have a melody to it. So once again, Ian was out and Joe was back. He did one final album with Purple, Slaves and Masters before he quit for good without looking back.

Slaves and Masters

With Candice Night, the two would form a band called Blackmore's Night and they would cover Renaissance and Medieval-type music with an occasional rock track. One song that always makes it into the live gigs is the song "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves". You probably would know this song if you heard it. This is one of those songs that immediately conjures up images of Renaissance or Medieval culture. To date, they have released 12 albums. They are: 1997 Shadow of the Moon, 1999 Under a Violet Moon, 2001 Fires at Midnight, 2003 Ghost of a Rose, 2006 The Village Lanterne, 2006 Winter Carols, 2007 Paris Moon, 2008 Secret Voyage, 2010 Autumn Sky, 2012 A Knight in York, 2013 Dancer and the Moon, 2015 All Our Yesterdays.