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The cat that walks alone

Jens Johansson, the keyboard player for the last incarnation of Rainbow, spoke to Blabbermouth on the future prospects of the band: I don’t know. You never know. At the moment, of course, with the pandemic, everything went completely right down to zero, all activities. I think he’s back to doing some stuff with BLACKMORE’S NIGHT. […]

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The floodgates have opened

The official Ritchie Blackmore Youtube channel we’ve discovered yesterday has posted 10 more clips of him talking about everything from Jimmy Page to his future in rock, along with a couple of live tracks. The spoken word bits for the most part are taken from the previousy released DVDs.

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Send lots of money

A new Ritchie Blackmore Youtube channel, ostensibly official, was inaugurated on June 23, 2022, with this unlisted video. It promises weekly updates of which not much has materialized since then

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Hobgoblins and pixies

A pretty nicely put together documentary on the history of Rainbow. It is stitched together from both contemporary interviews from the people involved (and some not at all), and retrospectives from Graham Bonnet, Richard the Difficult Misunderstood, Joe Lyn Turner, Bobby Rondinelli, and Dougie White.

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There’s your answer

Ritchie Blackmore has also resumed some very light touring with two shows in Pennsylvania. Here is some amusing anecdotage as told on May 19, 2022, in Harrisburg, followed by an old Purple classic Soldier of Fortune

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And that’s how they started Deep Purple

Guitar.com has more Blackmore quotes from his Sirius XM broadcast in April. On the nascient band that Chris Curtis was trying to form in early 1968: I was living in Hamburg and I got a telegram from Chris Curtis saying ‘Come on over, I need you. We’re making a band’. headed over to England. I […]

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He set the world on fire

Ritchie Blackmore was a guest host on SiriusXM’s Guitar Greats show last month (April 12) where he discussed some of his biggest guitar inspirations, and Jimi Hendrix in particular: When [Hendrix] came to England, Jeff Beck came up to me and said ‘Ritchie, we’ve got to do something about this guy’,” Blackmore said. “And I […]

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The supergroup that almost was

Louder has published online the story of Baby Face that originally appeared back in 2012 in the Classic Rock magazine issue 176. It’s a well written piece with quotes from Colin Hart and Paicey. Here’s how the drummer summarises the project’s fate: Phil’s voice was staggering, wonderful. But he couldn’t play, at least not to […]

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Gregorian chant one day, Bob Dylan the other

On this slow news day the mailman brought us a couple of semi-interesting tidbits for the trainspotting department. In a recent interview, Hollywood star Jim Carrey professes his love for Deep Purple and recommends Lazy off Machine Head in particular as “one of the great, great jams ever”.

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We have a plaque

[Updated March 2] Remember the petition to install a plaque honouring Ritchie Blackmore? Well, it succeeded:

Hi Everybody, Yesterday, I viewed a plaque dedicated to Ritchie at his place of birth in Weston super Mare. I inspired the writing and the owners kindly sponsored a large metal plaque and placed it on the outside of the building for all to see. We will have a full unveiling on Ritchie’s birthday in April. Thanks again for your support

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