Me and my health: Ritchie Wynne on his lifestyle
The 58-year-old from Liverpool is lead singer in Beatles tribute band Made in Liverpool, who are headlining EastBelFEST at the Stormont Hotel on Sunday, May 5, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' Abbey Road album. Ritchie lives in Liverpool with his partner Avery and sons Lee (32), John (34) and Craig (30).
Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?
A: I've recently started going to the gym two or three days during the week and at weekends. I'm usually on the road gigging. When I'm away on tour, I do a lot of walking as not only is it great exercise but it's the best way to see a city. We've recently returned from a tour in Moscow where we saw Lenin's tomb and Red Square.
Q: What is the worst illness you've had?
A: I had a mild brain haemorrhage which was really scary and it certainly was a wake-up call to slow down a bit and de-stress. I've since tried to take life a bit slower and not burn the candle at both ends, which is tough. Sometimes if you're on a high after a gig you tend not to go to bed early and have a few pints instead of going straight to bed.
Q: How healthy is your diet?
A: It's relatively healthy and I now drink in moderation. Since the brain haemorrhage I've made a good few changes to my diet and made healthy choices. I don't go for a takeaway anymore after a gig and at home I avoid fatty foods. If I'm dining out before a gig I try to eat as much fish as possible, and potatoes and vegetables and no rich sauces.
Q: Any bad habits?
A: I drink a couple of pints of beer after a gig but, unlike the olden days, I do drink in moderation. The odd Monday or Tuesday I go out to my local pub for a few, as this is my weekend, but I don't go overboard.
Q: Do you drink and smoke? If so, how much?
A: I would have a maximum of six pints of beer per week. I've never smoked. I did try inhaling a cigarette once but hated it and nearly got sick.
Q: Do you take any supplements?
A: No, I don't take supplements - I get plenty of vitamins from my food. I eat a lot of fruit too. I believe that if you eat properly you don't need to take supplements.
Q: How do you take time out?
A: I always head away on a week's winter sun holiday in January when the band isn't too busy. It's a great way to kickstart the year. We're just back from Lanzarote. At home I love cooking and this helps me to chill and de-stress. I also like to eat out with my partner at our local Italian restaurant, Italia, which does the best beef lasagne. Going to the gym also helps me to switch off.
Q: How well do you sleep?
A: I find it really hard to wind down after a gig as the adrenalin is still pumping. I usually take a book to bed to help me go to sleep, but if I get really into a book I could find myself still reading in the wee small hours. The most sleep I would get any night is six hours.
Q: Do you worry about getting old?
A: No, because I'm already old! I live life to the full, thoroughly enjoy my job and feel like I'm living the dream. I still enjoy what I do and the day I don't I will certainly hang up my guitar. I've thought of retiring when I'm 64 - as Paul McCartney (left) sings: "When I am old and losing my hair!"
Q: What is your go-to product that keeps you feeling healthy?
A: Water, water and more water!
Made in Liverpool perform at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast, on Sunday, May 5 at 9pm. For tickets, contact hotel reception on tel: 9065 1066 or visit www.ticketsource.co.uk