Not a reference to Since You Been Gone, but the NEC show. I don’t know anyone who managed to get tickets today (Friday) except the ticket scalpers who have certainly managed to get through, with offers of tickets at double the face value and more already all over the web. I must confess I was a little surprised it sold out at all, never mind so quickly, but as my circle of friends are all of the slightly older and more jaded variety, I hadn’t picked up on the groundswell of demand from younger folk anxious to see what the man’s reputation was built on, rather than what has been eroding it for the last two decades.
This was brought home to me by Peter Judd, who teaches at the University here, and was greeted earlier this week by an enthusiastic young student bounding in wearing his vintage repro Rainbow t-shirt and asking if he’s heard about the gig! Just because me and Pete recall seeing the first line-up at Preston Guildhall when Rainbow were in their prime, doesn’t mean everyone had such an opportunity.
The problem is even if Ritchie does do a second show – which would seem a no-brainer to me (although the adverts do make much of it being the “only” show) – I’ve no idea what is to stop the spivs scooping all the tickets up a second time to make a profit on. Personally I would have made it applications in person at the box-office only, that would have sorted the men from the boys. Or the cross-dressers. Still the lack of tickets certainly settles any issues about whether I should bother or not. Ann resolutely refused, on the grounds that Ritchie still owes her money for ruining the last NEC Purple show (and not turning up at Nottingham on one of the later Rainbow tours!).