DF 39 - Birthday thanks & a raised bottom
The nineteenth has been a long and pleasant day so far. I spent the morning reading sack-loads of birthday greetings from all over the world. I can't tell you how much it means to me on this my sixtieth birthday. You are all so generous and I want you to know that I have read every word apart from the attachments - so, just a reminder to embed any text in future. I would reply individually if there were enough hours in the day, but there aren't so everyone please accept this thank you, thank you, I thaaaaaaaaaaaaank you all.
I am staying with Deep Purple's manager - Bruce Payne - for a week or so. See the first couple of paragraphs in DF 21 October 2001 for an autumnal view of his back garden.
I find that one of the very few negatives caused by near constant touring is keeping up with those bits of maintenance required for the continuing efficiency of my body. I'm on first name terms with many dentists around the globe but now it's time to have a ten million mile overhaul so I can be in good running order for the Rapture tour, that will last for a couple of years.
This afternoon I have been speaking on the phone to various international media types, about the new record. Someone asked me 'Why doesn't Deep Purple tour any more?', I replied 'Well we can't really can we - I mean if we toured any more we'd have no time off at all.' Apart from that the interviews went well and I got some good vibes from those who had heard advance copies of Rapture of the Deep.
After typing this I'm going for a few laps in the pool and then get ready for the evening. I have a dentist appointment at 7pm. After that I'm going to throw a couple of drinks down my neck - literally. It will be my pleasure to watch the local reaction as my numb mouth fishes in vain for the contents of an upturned glass.
So, thanks again for all the good wishes, I am truly overwhelmed. Tonight I will raise a glass to you all.
Cheers and bottoms up,
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