After the post on Facebook from Blackmore that he was banned from Deep Purple Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame Induction, the president and CEO of the organization, Joel Peresman told Rollingstone.com that this is not true. Ritchie "is invited to come enjoy the evening and accept the award", says Peresman, who also revealed that he approached both sides’ managers in order for a reunion to happen on the ceremony, but Bruce Payne, Deep Purple’s manager, rulled it out.

Note that Blackmore, or his representantives posted this on Facebook: “Ritchie was honored by the offer of induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was discussing the possibility of attending, until we received correspondence from the President of the Rock Hall of Fame, who said that Bruce Payne, management for the current Deep Purple Touring Band, had said "No"..........!!!!!" Therefore Ritchie will not be attending the ceremony. He sincerely thanks all the fans that voted for him for their support”.

On the other hand Ian Gillan recently defended the band’s decision to perform on the ceremony with the current lineup of the band. "We were faced with a hard decision when we heard about the Hall Of Fame inductions. It was a surprise to us that [current Deep Purple guitarist] Steve Morse and [current Deep Purple keyboardist] Don Airey did not qualify as inductees. Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover decided upon the offer of a compromise which has been agreed with the Hall Of Fame and enables us to turn up on the night. Deep Purple inductees will accept the awards and then the living breathing Deep Purple will perform. It should be stressed that there is no slight intended nor any desire to upset anyone regarding this decision; it is purely a mark of respect to Steve and Don. I spoke with David Coverdale last week and he expressed complete understanding of the way it was being handled. Thanks, David. You're a gent. Outside of this event, there are no circumstances under which a 'reunion' could or would take place. So, let's all get up there, shake hands, smile for the cameras and get it done with dignity and respect for all the existing and past members of a very special family."

So, whether Blackmore didn’t understand, or he intentionally wrote that on Facebook. Or, maybe he desperately want to reunite with Deep Purple and his old pal Ian Gillan, but they won’t let him. Deep Purple looks like they are on the most realistic side, knowing that there is no chance for a reunion with Blackmore and respecting Steve Morse who has been in the band for the last 20 years and Don Airey who successfully replaced Jon Lord in 2002.

08 Jan

NO REGRETS

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In a recent interview he gave to Newsweek, Ritchie Blackmore revealed that he has no regrets for not reuniting with Ronnie James Dio in the so-called return of Rainbow that took place last summer. He said: "I hate to say it, but no, I wasn't. I'd finished with Ronnie a long time ago, and we kept in touch now and again, but I went on to other things, and he was in other things. We kept it very convivial and that, but I think neither one of us really wanted to get back together. He's a strong alpha male, and so am I; he wanted to go one way, I wanted to go the other."

In an interview he gave to French newspaper “Le Parisien” on July 4th, Ritchie Blackmore told something that all his fans dreamed about, hoped for, and maybe weren’t expecting anymore...

01 Jul

BLACKMORE: PUDGY AND FLAT

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Aerosmith bassist, Tom Hamilton, made some comments about Rainbow’s recent live shows, where he said that Blackmore looked “pudgy” and sounded “flat”. Hamilton is a member of Thin Lizzy’s anniversary lineup that played both “Monsters Of Rock” shows in Germany with Rainbow a few weeks ago. Talking to his bandmate’s, Joey Kramer, radio show on WZLX he said: "Right before they went on, they booted everyone off the stage. They had to watch from the side. And then they put up this tape across the walkway, like ‘do not cross’ red-and-white striped tape. Everybody’s just kind of standing there staring at them, like , 'Oh my God, who’s ever seen a band do that?’ But he really did not want anybody on the stage while he was playing." He also commented on Blackmore’s looks and playing. He called him “a little pudgy”, while he found his playing flat: "He was playing lead – it sort of sounded, just like, right off the record, and not in a real passionate way. A little flat."

19 Feb

DEEP PURPLE BAN BLACKMORE

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In an official statement a few hours ago Ritchie Blackmore stated that Deep Purple don’t allow him to take part in the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn in April. “Ritchie was honoured by the offer of induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He was discussing the possibility of attending, until we received correspondence from the President of the Hall Of Fame, who said that Bruce Payne, management for the current Deep Purple Touring Band, had said ‘No. Therefore Ritchie will not be attending the ceremony. He sincerely thanks all the fans that voted for him for their support”, this was the statement that was posted in Facebook.

One more show by the current Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will be released as a double album through Eagle Rock. It’s the band’s last summer performance at Birmingham’s Genith Arena. This was the only Rainbow UK show since the late ‘90s. We should remind you that the band’s singer is Lords Of Black frontman, Ronnie Romero. The show in Birmingham included “Soldier Of Fortune” and “Burn” originally performed by Mk.III Purple. This summer Blackmore’s Rainbow will play more UK shows.

Live In Birmingham tracklist
Disc1
1.    Over The Rainbow / Highway Star
2.    Spotlight Kid
3.    Mistreated
4.    Since You Been Gone
5.    Man On The Silver Mountain
6.    Soldier Of Fortune
7.    Medley: Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth) / Drum Solo / Bass Solo / Band Jam / Keyboard Solo
8.    Catch The Rainbow
Disc2
1.    Perfect Strangers
2.    Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
3.    Child In Time
4.    Stargazer
5.    Medley: Black Night / Woman From Tokyo / Black Night
6.    Burn
7.    Smoke On The Water

A couple of days ago the following message was posted on Ritchie Blackmore’s official Facebook page: “If there were more Rainbow shows, which songs would you want to hear in the setlist?” Blackmore played the final of three Rainbow shows on Saturday June 25th in Birmingham. Naturally, the “likes” flooded, as well as songs and band members’ suggestions that at the moment reached 2,300. What’s remain to be seen is whether Blackmore camp will announce more shows in the future. In the initial announcement it was stated that if those three shows went well (they were sold out in zero time) he would consider to play some more… in 2017! Have faith…

12 Sep

SINGER FOUND

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Ritchie Blackmore came back to the hot issue of his plans of playing Deep Purple and Rainbow songs

Glenn Hughes revealed that he rejected Ritchie Blackmore’s offer to participate in the new revamped Rainbow, marking the Man In Black’s return to rock since 1997. "Ritchie asked me to do it with him”, Glenn Hughes told HardRockHaven.net. “And I said no because he wanted to, funny enough, he wanted to use an unknown singer and I said, 'It's not me. It's not me to do that.' I've done that with David (Coverdale) and it was good. I don't want to do it again. It was something… I said, I very eloquently said, 'No, thank you. I really would like to see you, but I can't do this at the point where I am right now".

In a recent interview with German Rock’n;Roll Reporter Ritchie Blackmore said that he’d be willing to play one more show with Deep Purple for nostalgic reasons. "I think if they would be interested, and our schedules aligned, I would be available for one show — for nostalgic reasons. But I don't think DEEP PURPLE have any interest in that. They have their niche and are not into doing things like that. We are friends and I've doing my music for twenty years, and they're doing their stuff for twenty years. It's probably not likely [to happen]. Also, their management wouldn't like it, even if it was for just one show. Their management wouldn't allow it, I'm sure", the guitarist said. Remember that we have posted an interview we did with Don Airey recently where he told to Rockpages.gr that the band wouldn’t be interested in a reunion with Blackmore, not even for one show.

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