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Nobs hope for Blackmore in Montreux

Billboard did an interview with Claude Nobs (founder of Montreux Jazz Festival etc) earlier this spring. During the interview, Billboard mention that Deep Purple are closing the festival this year, to which Claude Nobs reply:

“It is going to be a special evening. I don’t know who they are going to invite. I hope Ritchie Blackmore will join them. I know they are trying.”

Read the full interview here.
Thanks to Billboard and Francesco for the information.

26 Comments to “Nobs hope for Blackmore in Montreux”:

  1. 1
    Milan says:

    Yeah of course and I´m the archbishop of canterbury! Well if it turns out true and it´s even going to work out then I will eat Charlie Chaplin´s shoes! Really!

  2. 2
    Fabio says:

    Mr. Nobs maybe is only doing a few marketing… when the tickets are sold out, the truth will come 🙂

  3. 3
    Milan says:

    Well the tickets sold out about two weeks ago when this interview(I think) wasn´t published yet

  4. 4
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Almost feel off my chair………

    Please God (And everything what looks like it/him) :

    Let it be so!!!! Let this TORTURE end!!!!! No more annoying Morse sound, no more YOKO ONO HELL!!!!

  5. 5
    Marcel Vinicius says:

    Mr. Noobs!!

  6. 6
    legris says:

    funky claude became funny claude.

  7. 7
    legris says:

    meaning that claude is just joking.

  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Marcel…..are you from Belgium? Little brother complex and all? hehehe
    I KNOW it should have been FELL instead of FEEL…..
    It was late and I was shocked, Every Blackmore fan should be……for Godssake…..(BACH=GOD and Blackers follows, hehehe)
    Now Morsy can finally return to his farm…….and fly over it…wandering how and when it grows…….

    Jeeeeeeeeeeeeez, SOLD OUT and BLACKERS might be there…..
    Do I have to buy my ticket now on the black market?

  9. 9
    Ed King says:

    It would be amazing if Ritchie comes out to play . He did mention he wouldn’t mind doing a one off , but don’t expect it to be permanent . Steve Morse is a tremendous player and I’m sure isn’t going anywhere . If it does happen hopefully they will put out a dvd , I just watched 96′ show and it’s amazing !!!

  10. 10
    rob says:

    NEVER gonna happen, stop slagging off steve.

  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:

    “Stop slagging off Steve…….”


    I am a DP/Ritchie Blackmore follower since 77 ……and I do not think it’s FORBIDDEN……. to speak out again and again that, indeed!!!, Steve is a very nice(…)guy and can play but is WRONGGGGGG for Deep Purple. Anyone with a musical ear can understand that : He does things to the music which do not do them justice……
    Why should people like you blabber on for years about the “so called” quality in SM’s playing and I am not allowed to deny that?!

    Ritchie wrote the bible/book/format for deep Purple(…) and steve is still not reading it right. AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS!!!!!!

    And I do not care what Ian Gillan(One of my heroes!!!)says otherwise…… Decisionwise it’s all buisness…..Not music……

    “And so…..the seasons change……”

  12. 12
    Norbert says:

    I am a DP a n d DD (Dixie Dregs, later on also of the SMB) follower since 76 and I am sure, Steve is definitly the right man for DP the last years !

  13. 13
    Jacflash says:

    Jon Lord’s going to be there. I would bet a silk pajama that Ritchie has been invited; whether he shows is another matter, of course.

  14. 14
    Sameer Barua says:

    Steve’s DEFINITELY the right guy for the *current* Deep Purple. Would his style have fit in during Made in Japan? Probably not. The goal isn’t to sound like Mk II though, it’s to create a good exciting sound with what they have now. Ian Gillan of 2006 is an empty of shell of Ian Gillan of 1972. That doesn’t make him bad, just different. The same goes for Steve vs. Ritchie. It’s a different sound for a different band.

  15. 15
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Dear Sameer……Can you tell me ……what are you on?

  16. 16
    Marcel Vinicius says:


    I wrote “noob” thinking about the amateurs… the newbies… I dont know if in english you write “noob” in casual texts… but here in Brasil we just put a portuguese accent to the english word and many of us ussually writes oobs instead newbie……. anyway… language confusions… I love this =P…. the fact is I tried to call Mr Nob an amateur about Purple things…

  17. 17
    Stephen Berg says:

    Blackmore is gone. Morse is the guy. The band sounds fabulous today and they all look like they are having so much fun.

    Blackmore looks like he is having a blast with Blackmore’s Night, if their latest DVD is any indication.

    Let the past be the past. Ritchie is a completely different player than he was in 1972, and his interests lie elsewhere. (He has turned into an acoustic monster!)

    It would be cool to have him and Morse onstage. They both admire each other’s playing. Steve is right for today’s band. Ritchie is part of the storied past. Purple plays what they want with whom they have. They beat the snot out of most bands today. Morse can be repetative at times, but so could Blackmore.

  18. 18
    Barrie says:

    I have to agree whole heartedly with those in favor of Steve Morse. The chemistry is right otherwise the same thing that Blackmore did, would also be Morse’s demise. Blackmore brought Purple to the edge of destruction prior to and during his departure. Steve Morse has brought peice and harmony to a band when it needed it most.
    It’s always nice to see old band mates re-unite, but this would be like flogging dead horse. You have to come to terms with DP as they are today, vibrant and fresh. This is the best recipe for great music.

  19. 19
    rob says:

    i agree with barrie, steve is the man, i just saw the lads at monsters of rock. they were awesome. the chemistry is right long may they continue.

  20. 20
    Jacflash says:

    There was talk not too long ago of having some sort of reunion thing where every living Deep Purple member past and present would participate somehow. Maybe this is it?

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Flogging a dead horse is exactly what DP is doing…….

    With Ritchie they WERE “doing their thing” right…….

    We can dot his for hours and hours…..for years and years…..
    History will be straight honest about it : Deep Purple died in 1993…..

  22. 22
    Barrie says:


    I’m not undermining Ritchie’s great contributions to DP, as I was once an admirer of his too. History has proven that already. Deep Purple evolved after 1993 and certainly didn’t “die”. I think if anyone “died” it was Ritchie Blackmore. Jon Lord moved on too, and DP didn’t “die” when Don Airey was brought into the fold. That’s certainly evident with attendance at the shows, and the demand & release of new albums.

    It’s a lot like reading a book, you can’t just keep reading the same chapter over and over again. We may have our favorite chapters but a good book must be read all the way through.

    I don’t expect you see it my way, but the fact you’re participating on a forum based mainly on the latest incarnation of DP, shows you are still interested. Otherwise, you’d be posting on a Blackmore’s Knight forum (perhaps you do?).

  23. 23
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I have a broader view than that……

    I know it’s a controversial topic…

    But do I sense some wish for ex communication here?

    I KNOW that this site champions the last incarnations very much……That has to do with the commercial side as well, I understood…….

    I NEVER never slith my troat(…) than not speaking to to you again : I just speak out….
    It is my right.(…)

    Are you annoyed I do and spoil your party/mood?
    Some people are spoiling my party/mood as well, since 1993 as a matter of fact……..

  24. 24
    Barrie says:

    Hahaha … “party / mood”. I rarely ever party these days and my mood is on a steady even keel. An I’m only annoyed when I misplace something or the beer fridge is empty. Even worse when I misplace my beer!

    I think if you mean disappointment, then Stormbringer in ’74 was just that. A weak LP and Blackmore knew it (along with the fans) and pulled the plug with DP. Fans back then couldn’t bear to see the result as Tommy Bolin stepped up to the plate. He took a terrible beating in the media and at the shows.

    Today it’s a different story. After round two with Deep Purple, Blackmore bore the brunt of negative attention and Steve Morse was warmly welcomed. So you never know how things will be portrayed or viewed by the public.

    I think if you put it to a vote, the majority enjoy DP as they are today and have fond affections for the MKII lineup also. Time has a way of obscuring past differences but it’s impossible to concieve Blackmore as a returning member, period. At least as long as Ian Gillan has a breath.

    As far as spoiling your “party / mood” since 1993, you have non other than Ritchie to thank for that. Wasn’t he dubbed Party Pooper of 1993? I could be wrong … hahaha.

    Thanks for the chat purplepriest1965

  25. 25
    David Sanderson says:

    Is this ‘Will he, won’t he’ thing still going on? So what’s next if ticket sales for the UK arena tour (for which I’ve already booked) are poor, we can expect rumours of a possible mk2 reunion to put bums on seats? Barrie summed it up perfectly, we all love the classics and a bit of nostalgia but Steve Morse has been in DP for nearly 13 years, Don has played on the last 2 alums, the band are still as good as ever ( the dark years of 1987 to 1991 aside) so let’s all move on please.

  26. 26
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Barrie :

    Not trying to undermine Blackmore’s contributions? he WROTE the BIBLE od deep Purple, Steve is still not able to read it right!!!!

    In the past members said that trying to replace Blackers was stupid, why did they try again?

    About your last remark :
    For the zillonsth of time :
    Ian was the one messing(Trying to polish my language here, Svante, hehehe)up big time during the Battle rages On Tour shows,NOT Ritchie, the man was SUPERBBEEEEE.. (…)
    And Gillan knows that. Or did he try to forget by drinking too much? Gillan forgot his words during the shows and looked like :” I don’t care , you will show up anyway……”
    Talking about a disrespectful attitude against HIS fans…….

    Still, I have to remind all those angry readers : ian Gillan is and was my all-time hero. But the TRUTH is the TRUTH……

    And yes, I know ritchie is a strange chappy also…..
    Aren’t we all?
    I am…..for sure…..

    Will have a beer with you anytime, pal……


    I saw several GREAT shows in 1987. Bad ones too, that’s true…..
    History is being rewritten all the time, I know….
    But I WAS there!!!!!!!
    Great renditions of “The Unwritten law”and “Dead or Alive”as welll…..

    It’s a pity they (again!!!) took the wrong shows to put on an album…..”Nobody’s Perfect”(Taking inside pics of the “Perfect Strangers” -Tour!!!!”

    Cheers to you too!!!


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