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Blackmore Sr. and OTR

OTR in St.Petersburg, Feb 16 2009. Screenshot courtesy of Nevsky Express TV.

JLT spoke to Classic Rock Magazine’s Geoff Barton about Ritchie Blackmore’s reaction to Over The Rainbow:

At first Ritchie was fine about it all. Then certain people – two of them – who are very close to him started to put ideas into his head.

Then Ritchie suddenly became very antagonistic. Things got so bad that he insisted Jurgen – his own son – couldn’t use the name ‘Blackmore’. Jurgen’s full name is Jurgen Richard Blackmore – it says so on his birth certificate.

So, he ended up sending a copy of that to Ritchie, to prove he had every right to the name. Thankfully, that’s all behind us now, and everything’s back on an even keel.

Thanks to Blabbermouth.net for the info.

44 Comments to “Blackmore Sr. and OTR”:

  1. 1
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Interesting indeed!

    JLT crack me up though, always has, always will. A taleneted bugger, but you know how many quirks can come with that.

  2. 2
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Its time for the return of the Man In Black!!!!

  3. 3
    Fernando says:

    Awkward! In so many ways. Joe Linquitto has always spreading bad words about someone (Simon is a cretin, David uses tapes to sing, current Purple is shit, etc). So, it is very likely he just made this one up too. On the other hand… trying to stop his own son to use the surname (as if it was a Trade Mark) is the typycal attittude of Mrs. Night´s mother son-in-law (remember Ritchie suing DP for using his face on a t-shirt, and then suing them for removing his face from the same t-shirt…). So, anything is possible, coming from Linquitto and Blackmore …

  4. 4
    Chrissy says:


  5. 5
    scott says:

    two people…hmmm.. i’ll bet their initials start with CS and the others are (CI, or is it CN, or CB?)

  6. 6
    Bo Finn Poulsen says:

    I can only hope that Ritchies reaction was because HE wants to get Rainbow back on the road again.

  7. 7
    kraatzy says:

    “… antagonistic … 2 people are very close to him ??? …”
    Who was this ?
    His management ?
    Candice her mom ?
    With big money in their eyes ?
    It seems to be very interesting to read about that !
    And it doesn´t wonder me, because there is indeed maybe a problem of commercially rights !

    But father and son – with the same name – what is the real problem ???
    I think perhaps there is a problem between stepmom and stepson !!??



  8. 8
    Rascal says:

    Surprised RB didnt ask for a blood test to confirm Jurgens parentage.

    RB shouldnt worry, OTR isnt a threat to the legend that RB created with Rainbow

  9. 9
    kraatzy says:

    Hey guys,

    Oct.25 – OTR in Bremen, Aladin is confirmed.
    … With me … !!!!

    I will send a review.

    🙂 ***LLRnR*** (-:


  10. 10
    Moreblack says:

    It’s not a bad idea.Ritchie would replace Jurgen and we be happy again lol.

  11. 11
    Maximus Pusilanimus says:

    Well… There can´t be someone worse than Ritchie. Judging by these words of JLT. He´s on a very long journey (on auto-pilot) for more than ten years. His thing with Candice should be only a side project, I completely agree with Ian Gillan that Ritchie is wasting his time. He´s a rock guitar god. Come on Ritchie!!! Get out of this lame and put Candice back on the kitchen!! Bring us some good heavy rock that only you can deliver!!

  12. 12
    Max says:

    two people = candice and carole ?

  13. 13
    daviep79 says:

    At least Jr is playing through a Marshall playing loud for people!!! Maybe the ol’man is gettin a little jellous! One way to end that: Drop that damn lute or fiddle and pick up that Fender and plug it in. You know U want to! I would like to think Ritchie would not discredit his own son in this way,but,since JLT is the source of the story,and the 2 people mentioned ,you just dont know.

  14. 14
    Robert Daems says:

    I don’t understand the fuzz about using his own family name. If were Ritchie I would make a fuzz about using the name Rainbow for a rockband….

  15. 15
    Bill Pierce says:

    If it came out of the mouth of JLT, can you really believe that s—??? come on, Ritchie wouldn’t do that to his own son. He’s not that big of an egomaniac!! Hey Turner, create your own band & quit using Purple’s credentials and ex alumni to get attention, And or Rainbow to, for that matter. Rainbow was RB’s creation, and he own’s the rights to all that comes from that!! Even if your Under the Rainbow!

  16. 16
    AndreA says:


  17. 17
    AndreA says:

    D.Stone/Carey R.Blackmore Doogie White B.Rondinelli Bob Dasley

  18. 18
    anka says:

    Ritchie is past it now, seen him many times and he’s to temperMENTAL. Last straw was a couple of years ago at the Reading half concert when he played like geoge formby and walked off after 60 mins. Was once my hero but have moved on as there is better guitarists out there.
    Let him be ruled by his mother in law, I bet Ian Gillan
    is pissing himself laughing because he saw her naked, perhaps thats what Ritchie is scared of

  19. 19
    D.H. Tree says:

    If what Joe says is true, then it has to be said Ritchie is getting even more petty and cantankerous as the years go on. He’s turning into a truly grumpy old man as the world forgets who he is.

    His own son. Wow. What a bastard. Great guitar player – the best – but not a very good human being.

  20. 20
    andre sihotang says:

    Another drama happen?

    Seriously, if this news is right, then again we face a nice bold story of rock’n roll..interesting..:-)
    And I wouldn’t be surprised if Ritchie sued his lovely son (his son? could u tell me where a father told a son not to use their last name for money sake?? ) to the court for using word ‘Blackmore’
    Tell me another stories in R’n Roll could be equal with this particular issue hehe..
    Ritchie Blackmore is rock’n roll..as always

  21. 21
    ratzmataz says:


    When will Mr. Blackmore get rid of the two characters that have destroyed him both as musician and as a Guitar God since that infamous ‘Night … Mare’ started back around early 90’s….
    Please, I hope this Blackmore’s ‘Night…Mare’ ends up soon….!!!!

  22. 22
    Moreblack says:

    Yeah,great,this is the real beauty of Rock n Roll,people who never grow up.LOL.a 64 year old man who still teases the crowd like was his first time on business.lol,and the crowd yeld,Ritchie Ritchie Ritchie
    Ritchie Ritchie Ritchie Ritchie Ritchie Ritchie Ritchie

  23. 23
    stoffer says:

    If this story is true and I do mean “IF”, then TMIB needs some serious help in the way of counseling! Would like to be a fly on the wall in those sessions.

  24. 24
    Sami says:

    Read Lisa Walker’s(executive asst. to OTR)statement on the quotes-section on http://www.rainbowfanclan.com,

    it’ll put a stop to this silly topic.

  25. 25
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Looks like JLT is preparing to get punched in the nose again by TMIB again. Now that’s worth buy a ticket for…..


  26. 26
    HZ says:

    Man, it was just that they didn’t want them to confuse people with Richard, Blackmore was not an issue, so that younger fans or people who don’t know as much about DP family tree and Rainbow as we crazy fans don’t think that they will see Ritchie. Blackmore was never issue, he’s Jurgen Blackmore, but full name is Jurgen Richard Blackmore. Honesty is needed in cases like this, especially with younger fans, if I was 17-18 years old and thinking I’ll see Ritchie and it appears it’s not him, I’d be dissappointed. This topic is meaningless in this form as that Ritchie said to J.R. don’t use your surname, and responsible is Candice or her mother. Man, gossip like on coffee with 4-5 old aunts don’t know what to do but to spread stories like these. They introducing him as J.R. Blackmore, or Jurgen Blackmore and that’s correct and it should be for mentioned reason.

  27. 27
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Like I said…….
    Over here we call news like this Cucumbernews, because its cucumbertime——
    If there is no news we make news—-

  28. 28
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Yeah, and the OTR Concert Posters have “RAINBOW” in huge letters while you can hardly see the tiny ‘Over The’. They seem fine with the ‘ambiguousness’….


  29. 29
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I was lucky enough to catch some real rainbows this summer
    Lots of rain and sun and there I went rushing outside or to the windows of my cave…..
    Looking out for one or two Rainbows…..
    Just like Ronnie witnessed uring the Rising sessions…..

  30. 30
    Al Cornish says:

    If he couldn’t be Jurgen Blackmore, how about “Jurgen Koskochekowitz?”

  31. 31
    Crimson Ghost says:

    The only thing not to believe is Turner’s reasoning.
    I believe every word of it is true, but I also consider the source for all his shock value intent.

  32. 32
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:


    Hey Priest…I totally understand the Cucumber thing….

    Unfortunately, I have offered 4 very good NEW items which are at least different from the constant “Tour Reviews” that keep being offered as news, and different from what has been constantly driven down our throats as fans to read, but the “Moderators” and “News” folks seem to have their own perspective as to what is NEWS and what is NOT. Seems the “Cucumbers” are in charge…..


  33. 33
    purplepriest1965 says:


    What a relief.

    I expected you were gonna say to shove those cucumbers somewhere.

    I m afraid I ve to agree again….
    On the MODERATORthing, that is.

  34. 34
    fabio says:

    yes, many people think now Ritchie is too much “mum and her daughter” oriented…anyway, the thing was fortunately just settled in the right way. Nobody could think of Jurgen as his father…also bearing the same name….obviously!!

  35. 35
    Jeogger Junior says:

    JLT and his band mates have to learn how to leave off DP shadows…

  36. 36
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Chasing Shadows~?

  37. 37
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Maybe they are trying to emulate their predecessors in changing their members more often than their underwear?

    I JUST read on the website of De Pul in Uden that Oliver Wakeman IS the keyboardplayer in OTR NOW!!!!!

    The pic on the site still shows the familiar one ith Tony…..

  38. 38
    englishrob says:

    I have just spoken to Joe about this “rumour” and can confirm that contrary to what is written at the De Pul website, Paul Morris is STILL a member of Over The Rainbow.


  39. 39
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Maybe De Pul made a mistake and Olivers band is the support?

  40. 40
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    ‘Maybe I’m a Leo’…….


  41. 41
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Well, uou sure aint no lion!

  42. 42
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    If I said I was….I’d be Lyin’

  43. 43
    Alpha says:

    Oh c’mon!
    Someone like Ritchie can still outkick anyone of these modern rock and roll clowns’ asses…. C’mon Ritchie: quit playing school girl’s choir crap and get into what you can do best: Hard-Wring-That-Neck-Rock-And-Roll….!

  44. 44
    grannypants says:

    Is it just me? JLT looks like a 65 yr old woman in the clip. It looks like Jurgen playing and his Aunty singing.

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