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Blackmore’s Night in the studio

Ritchie Blackmore, House of Blues Chicago, Oct 17 2009; photo: Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

According to their official website, Blackmore’s Night are “diligently working in the studio and going into final mix stage on the new CD”. No word on the release date yet.

In other news, Realms of Fantasy Magazine has published an interview with Ritchie and his better half:

WL: Is there any question that you’ve always wished someone would ask you in an interview, but no one ever has? If so, what would be the answer?

RB: Why do I not have a lower back tattoo. The answer is that it is called a tramp stamp, not that I have anything against tramps. We are all tramps at heart.

Classic Blackmore 😉

Read the rest of the interview.

23 Comments to “Blackmore’s Night in the studio”:

  1. 1
    HZ says:

    “Sometimes Candice will tell me I have played a riff or melody before somewhere else, I sometimes repeat myself. I sometimes repeat myself.” 🙂

  2. 2
    stefan says:

    Another sleeping pill on the way Ritchie ???? My wife played “secret Voyage” a couple of months ago when my inlaws were visiting us, and my mother in law loved it….she´s 76 years old !!!! That about says it all, don´t you think ?

    Please give us a rock album Ritchie before it´s too late….You´ve made the same album for more than a decade now, and I for one is bored beyond words….YAAWN !!! ROCK ON !

  3. 3
    Jack11 says:

    If Ritchie can put out a new album every two years who cant Purple?

  4. 4
    marcinn says:

    Happy Birthday, Ritchie!

  5. 5
    T says:

    My mother is also in her 70’s, likes Deep Purple and has “Smoke on the Water” as her ring tone. What does that say about Purple?

    Regarding Secret Voyage, the prélude to “Locked Within the Crystal Ball” is one of the best compositions Blackmore has done. He still retains many of the traits that we admired in Rainbow, particularly ‘classical’ arrangements, like this rondo, and some darker tone.

    His output of late is admittedly subject to taste–as is Purple’s–but one cannot deny his consistency in making studio recordings. Deep Purple is either unwilling–or unable–to produce new music on a consistent basis.

    Despite the strength of Purpendicular and to a lesser extent Abandon, the jury remains out on post-Blackmore Deep Purple after a string of decent but less than exceptional albums that appear years and years apart.

    Given that track record, I expected this 2010 album to be their swan song. Now it looks as though Rapture of the Deep is.

    If Purple can’t record in the conventional sense, they could still produce compositions one at a time, given the technology of home recording, and release a collection piecemeal via the internet. This even would allow the band few musical compromises given the minimal cost involved and would be aimed straight at Purple fans. What would Deep Purple produce without the restrictions of commercial concerns?

    With options such as this available to them, the only conclusion one can draw is that Deep Purple are content to tour.

  6. 6
    alf+ says:

    3 why?, is clear, because ritchie make Music in other side not in DP there where the good music is absent last many many years.

  7. 7
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Cheers Ritchie!!!!

    I promise IF I will take new cats your name will be on the toplist.

    Mark, Rotterdam

  8. 8
    Ray says:

    Sometimes I wonder who puts out more Cds, Blackmores Night or Glenn Hughes?

  9. 9
    Moreblack says:

    Happy Birthday Ritchie Blackmore!!!Long may you shine!!

  10. 10
    grannypants says:

    RB is a god!

    I’m sure the new album will be full of intricate playing and although its not DP it is still musicianship par excellence. Those deriding RB’s current music should shut up. The current DP banjo player cant come close to being as good as RB. In fact I would say RB and JL are the only ones being original out of the MK II lineup. The others are just “milkin the cow”…..

  11. 11
    Gary says:

    Happy Birthday to a Hall of Fame calibre guitarist !

  12. 12
    BlackSparrow says:

    happy birthday ritchie, here in the U.S. it is still APRIL 14TH.

  13. 13
    BlackSparrow says:

    Me wonders if APRIL 14th had anything to do with the song April or was that someone else?

  14. 14
    Moreblack says:

    And the crowd yelds Ritchie Ritchie Ritchie Ritchie Ritchie…

  15. 15
    Jim Sheridan says:

    Of course RB’s playing is great. It’s the singing and pop sheen in the production that lessens the BN experience for me. If they would do an all-instrumental disc, it would be AMAZING. In the meantime, I will hold out for the new DP and any archival stuff.

  16. 16
    scott says:

    happy birthday from a longtime fan ritchie!

  17. 17
    HZ says:


    Right to the point my friend. RB and JL both have something to say, the rest are earning some money on Machine Head, In Rock and Fireball. That’s the fact. Still I’d like to hear both of them together one more time in hard rock shoes, just for goodbye.

  18. 18
    AndreA says:

    BN….sad but true

  19. 19
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Happy Birthday to TMIB….

    Oh my, how he must be thrilled to read that some Cats will be named after him in the future. I guess when on is tiptoeing through the forest playing a Lute, it’s quite fitting to have a Feline comparison….


  20. 20
    Moreblack says:

    To 10 and 17 Beware!!!We could be banned from this forum when openning fire freely like this.

  21. 21
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @20: This is not a forum. And, no one has yet been banned from this site. Some posts are moderated, yes, but no one has been banned.

  22. 22
    HZ says:

    I don’t expect to be banned, I mean it’s my opinion, if sometimes it sounds harsh it’ll be moderate… I never get angry because of it. I truly believe that even though a lot of us don’t like what Ritchie does today, it’s still much more original and better in term of music sake than what current DP line up (that I don’t find to DP) does. Current DP line up rely mostly on what Ritchie has done which is normal, as DP became huge when Ritchie was in charge all together with Jon, and it’s clear as sunshine day. Ritchie and JL are playing some sort of classic and classic inspired music – I can still hear both of their genius musical talent that caught me into DP in what they doing today. But that’s only my opinion, nevertheless the fact that DP is what it is because of Ritchie and Jon is actually fact, not my opinion.

  23. 23
    purplepriest1965 says:

    We, the PEOPLE, proclaim this is a forum!!!!


    Maybe THS should link everyone with too maughty inclinations to the REAL THS forum?

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