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What do you want to know about Deep Purple that you don’t know? I am sure you will find it in this book. Super-detailed, it kicks off from Blackmore’s childhood, describing the evolution in the career of all MkII members (that is  Blackmore-Gillan-Glover-Lord-Paice, for those of you that are not familiar with the Deep Purple jargon), and reaches to Jon Lord’s replacement by Don Airey (now, which Mk is that, even if you are familiar with the band you’ll still find yourself purplexed[sic!]).

A great, very well-written publication that aims to the friends of the band more, than those quite new to the facts and figures of the Purple Armada. At the back you will find a exhaustive discography of every member of the band year by year.

Yiannis Dolas

In a recent interview Ritchie Blackmore cleared out his position about his future plans with the new “Rainbow”. There is no chance for a tour, or a new studio album, said the man in black. “I thought I’d just get back to playing the old songs one more time. My commitment lies with Blackmore’s Night – this is just a few dates for fun”, said Blackmore. As far as his choices for the all-new lineup for the rock shows he commented: “I’m not a big fan of names," he says. "I believe in playing with good musicians rather than famous people.”

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…

The first video from the live CD/DVD "Memories In Rock" which features Blackmore's revamped Rainbow playing at Lorelei this summer was released and you can watch it below. The release day is set for November 18th...

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

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.

22 Feb

THE FANS DESERVE BETTER

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On a recent interview he gave to Eddie Trunk Joe Lynn Turner slammed Ritchie Blackmore about the re-incarnation of Rainbow commenting that the fans deserve something more than a covers band. Joe also said that it’s a mistake to use replacement musicians because Blackmore is a huge icon and deserves better than that. The singer also commented about his exclusion of the project: Well, I was shocked, only because for over a year… See, the truth is I wanted an authentic lineup for RAINBOW. I think the way that it should have gone down is an authentic lineup. I was talking to [bassist] Bob Daisley, [drummer Bobby] Rondinelli, [bassist] Roger Glover, [keyboardist] Don Airey… There's a whole bunch of guys out there that were really willing to sort of get involved with this… open up their schedules and get involved. And, apparently, Ritchie didn't wanna do that. He also expanded on how Blackmore’s manager (and mother in law) used his name as a member of the new Rainbow lineup, which wasn’t true and he also mentioned his ideas and proposals of making an extravagant Rainbow reunion followed by a live album and DVD etc. He once again expressed his surprise about the band Blackmore is joining and he said about the man in black himself: You've gotta understand something: he doesn't talk to people; he talks through people. I talked to Dr. Drew Thompson, I talked to Carole Stevens… I talked to these people instead of him. He always puts them in front of him so he doesn't have to actually converse with me — or converse with anyone, for that matter."

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.

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".

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