Ritchie Blackmore's Unlikely Deep Purple Fill In
As a young musician 40 years ago, his first big moment came when he hit the stage with Purple in place of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who'd fallen ill during a US tour.
"I grew up in Texas and played in a band called Flash. When Deep Purple first came over in 1970, Ritchie got ill," Cross tells Spinner. "A promoter friend of mine told the band I could play guitar, and I did the gig. The promoter offered the crowd their money back but about 80 per cent stayed – that was a fun moment." more on this story
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