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Blackmore’s Night will release its new album called Autumn Sky on September 3 via Spinefarm/Universal throughout the world, and on Sony for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Additional cover art will be used for different territories. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include All The Fun of the Faire, Journeyman, Vagabond (Make A Princess of Me) and Strawberry Girl.

This CD is inspired and dedicated to Ritchie and Candice’s first child, Autumn Esmerelda, who was born on May 27, 2010. She weighed in at seven pounds, four ounces (3.9 kg).

Thanks to Blabbermouth.net for the info.

53 Comments to “Autumn Sky”:

  1. 1
    HZ says:

    Ritchie is in love and still in shape 🙂

  2. 2
    stefan says:

    Blackmore is old and soft….a lost cause I´m afraid, we´ll never see him rock again….except at the retirement home in about 10-15 years from now ! So sad…what could have been, guess we´ll never know…????

  3. 3
    kraatzy says:

    Hey Roger, Ian, Steve, Don and Ian …

    Look at Ritchie… he release his new album in September …
    and nothing news from you.

    That´s very lame.



  4. 4
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Looks to be stuck in one season, lol, couldn’t resist. Not one shot of Candice during her pregnancy is rather peculiar to say the least.

  5. 5
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    I look forward to this. Sorry, but even though I do from time to time poke fun at the Man in Tights for boycotting playing any Heavy Rock, I do enjoy Blackmore’s Night.

    Congrats on the little split tail Ritchie and Candice. Might be just what he needs hopefully. Another female in the house….which might eventually spark him into doing something a little more Manly on his Strat in order to regain his crown and show who truly wears the Tights in the family.


  6. 6
    kraatzy says:

    @ Tracy

    I was very amused about your posting.
    You got it.
    That is the one key factor.

    The other side was and is the DP management, for me the main reason,
    why Ritchie fucks them off.

    I think, Ritchie´s favorite DP Line up is (for me):
    Guitar: no question
    Organ: Jon Lord (but absolutly impossible because he would not)
    Vocals: Doogie White / Candice Night (ups…sorry Candice Blackmore)
    Drums: Ian Paice
    Bass: Roger Glover



  7. 7
    kraatzy says:

    And as a very amazing news, we can read at the same Blabbermounth.net -news
    about “Autumn Sky”:

    “This CD is inspired and dedicated to Ritchie and Candice’s first child,
    Autumn Esmerelda, who was born on May 27, 2010. She weighed in at seven
    pounds, four ounces.”

    … and you can read it at http://www.BlackmoresNight.com


    🙂 🙂 🙂 Hey J.R., you get a little sister 🙂 🙂 🙂

    No rumors – in fact real reality !!!

    And if Ritchie dies or is 85 and has gout-ridden or Parkinson´s disease…

    JR and Autumn Esmerelda can carry on Blackmore´sNight 🙂


    Cheers !!!!


  8. 8
    HZ says:

    Well, Stefan, seems to me that Candice keeping him young and alive, and soft is not the word in this case. I think that Blackmore enjoying his young and beautiful wife, and now daughter… Still, he has to take a last hard stand, for the sake of fans. Just one more time.

  9. 9
    stefan says:

    Kraatzy ! Sorry, but I can´t resist ! A new album from BN ??? In my opinion he has done the same album over and over again….can´t separate them played back to back…..no variation whatsoever, what´s the point ????

  10. 10
    elprupdeep says:

    RITCHIE doesn’t have to regain his crown… sorry… and doesn’t have to show anything , HE is the king.
    if Ronnie was still around it would have been a good idea, but without…
    rip Ronnie and long live to the KING.

  11. 11
    kraatzy says:

    @ 9 Stefan:

    THE point is: No new material from our friends of Deep Purple !!!!

    thats the point !!!



  12. 12
    purplepriest1965 says:

    No pics from a pregnant Candice means……??????

    A hoax?

    An adoption?

    Uhhhhhhhhhhhh, something else…….?

    Doogie White, singer for DP??????!!!!!!


  13. 13
    Pete says:

    Ritchie will be changing the name of the band to “Sleepless Nights”…

  14. 14
    kraatzy says:

    At all …

    Hey guys – There is only Rock´N´Roll but I like it.

    Fun makes fun …. (I mean my Doogie thing)


  15. 15
    stefan says:

    Well HZ….Maybe the reason he´s not soft in the tights area is the sponsorship by Pfizer…..VIAGRA !!! In the musical department….he´s just a cry away from being an old lady !!!!

  16. 16
    Moreblack says:

    Now Ritchie can be back to Deep Purple after this current last tour.

  17. 17
    jim says:

    never ever heard she was pregnant

  18. 18
    Woodruff P. Hoppinstopp says:

    When you dont do 250 shows a year you have time to make new records and baby too! Ritchie is still rockin

  19. 19
    AndreA says:

    the cover seems to be that a box of cookies to take with the tea here in Italy, what a drag ….. how sad .. it makes me feel older than what I am actually , poor RB, why does this?


  20. 20
    AndreA says:

    have a good cup of tea



  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    You re right.
    To much wine gave me headaches.

  22. 22
    hiza says:

    Ritchie Blackmore is The Black Knight, and always has been doing whatever he wants to do. I just love his attitude in music.

    After this new cd…and tour…maybe he has something different for us in his sleeve. For example, that Blues record he never made.

    Candice can now take a couple of years off the duty and concentrate to their
    new member of the family, I guess.

    It´s just so unfair and sad that the Great Late RJD is not among us anymore.
    Combination of these two Giants once again…never came true.

    Long Live Ritchie – R.I.P. RJD . R.I.P. Cozy.

  23. 23
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    star avenger @19….

    Funny you bring this up with such vigor….

    When I saw them play in North Carolina last year, Candice made many gestures toward their Keyboard Player whom also sings quite a bit along with Candice. You could cut their interaction with a butter knife it was so thick and syrupy. Ritchie was totally pissed and when it came time for Encore….he split, leaving Candice on stage to explain and make an uncomfortable exit. That was November 1st. of 2009. She was obviously pregnant at that time based on the fact that she has now supposedly given birth. Though the Blackmore’s are very secretive and under the radar, I believe that if this was a Good News event for the Man in Tights, it would have been publicized.

    Looks as though while his Tights were on, somebody else’s were OFF…


  24. 24
    Annemie says:

    It seems to be impossible for the common heard to enjoy or accept any kind of special news without gossip and pre/judgement.
    Please…just use all your brains together, it will help a little to think normal…at least as normal as possible 🙂

    Btw I love the Italian cookie boxes AND I like the new album cover !
    ‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever!’

    So needless to say I love to toast to Esmeralda .
    It is so wonderful to look at this fine baby who is presented in the original old fashioned way at the photo, watched by the cats. Esmeralda, a gipsy’s name ,loved by Ritchie, and the same goes for the cats, and the environnement, and for Candice…

    For me speaking…I love Tia Maria, and Amarulla, and Solene Porto….I toast at same time to my amazing drink mentor…with the porto…the rest is not available any more… 😉

    Cheers to all of you

  25. 25
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hey Trace

    Did you get to speak to them backstage about this?

    Still waiting for that report of your BN experiences which was denied, so I understood by THS headquarters, Tracy!!!!!

    Cheers, Mark

  26. 26
    Gary says:

    It would appear that Ritchie accomplished the artist’s goal, leave them wanting more ( for the Hard Rock fans ) ! If you don’t like Blackmore’s Night, so be it. If you do, all the better !

  27. 27
    HZ says:

    Well, guys, I don’t want to speculate, but I see him happy, let him be happy, just let him do one more tour or album for HR fans.
    Small amount of Rainbow, why not?!

  28. 28
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:


    as I already advised long ago, I didn’t get to speak to them. I don’t think anybody did. ‘TMIT’ was in a major snit and dashed off stage with his feather in his cap flailing behind with no Encore….



  29. 29
    Andre Sihotang says:

    Still wondering if it is going to be interesting or not?
    But it’s nice to see Mr. Black is still producing music especially in the grandiosity of his new born baby.
    Just want to taste the album..

  30. 30
    Chris says:

    I was also at the NC show in late 2009. I think the real reason Ritchie didn’t do an encore was he was pissed off at a heckler in the audience. Earlier, Ritchie had played this really complex solo and when it was over you could hear a pin drop except for some guy in the audience who yelled out “That was awesome, Ritchie!” in a goofy voice. Ritchie kind of made a face and mumbled something (my wife said he said, “How did you THINK it would be?” sarcastically). For the rest of the show he was in an ill mood.

  31. 31
    Annemie says:

    # 29
    Nice expression ! We’ll taste the album with the Italian biscuits 🙂
    # 30
    That makes more sence then those ridiculous gossip!

  32. 32
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    So Chris,

    A Heckler as you put it yells out something ‘Positive’ about Ritchie’s solo and that pissed him off????

    I know TMIT is moody, but that would downright insane to pull the plug at the end of a show because a Heckler yelled out an ‘Atta Boy’ to a performance. If that is what happened, then maybe Ritchie is who actually gave birth to their child, because that would be the ultimate ‘Chicken Head’ act he has done yet.


  33. 33
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Maybe my brain is leading me on but…..
    I seem to remember that you told us that you had a great experience and was denied an entry with your material about it on THS.

    Up till now I never understood why.

    Btw, what was your advice?

    Major snit…..

    Had to look that up.


    Cheers from puzzled man.

  34. 34
    Crimson Ghost says:

    She might cut him loose of the musical noose, be a real mother and send him back to work to bring home more bacon? Please do… who knows what he could do. But seriously, it’s time for another dose of Blackmore’s Night… I won’t digress, oops, too late now.

  35. 35
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I probably wont buy it again!!!!!

    So much for the times I dragged myself to a recordstore, being very ill or not, when a new work by the master was released.

    Combined with the behaviour I grew into at the times because I felt Cd s were way too OVERPRICED, of copying and burning…..
    Not a big chance I ll hurry myself to a shop.

    Before someone tries to crucify me because I rip off my favvourite artists……
    Not going to be hypocritical about this.

    It must very SPECIAL if I spend money on it.
    Since 1977 my financial side of life thoroughly got hurt because of my mania concerning buying musicrelated stuff.

    And every football knows what I m saying when I think certain people have been paid wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much over the years.

    In the end we all get BURNED.

    Well, at least musicfans have some kinda choice.
    Footballfans seem to be so addicted that they accept the fact that the PEOPLE pay that crazy industry in order to compete without good reasons.

  36. 36
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Priest, I did have a great experience. I tried to submitted my story to the Editors and they didn’t at the time seem to be interested in it because it wasn’t Purple Enough at the time. They were picking and choosing a little too biased due to my pissing them off regarding my opinion about their Topic Choices….

    Anyhow, my experience was 2 fold. We had great seats. We went in full garb and hung out with some very nice folks. Met Candice’s sister whom took pics of me and my lady. Said it would be posted on their official site. Haven’t checked yet. The only negative was the sudden exit by Ritchie at the end and due to his ‘snit’, all of us whom were dressed for the party were dressed for nothing….there was no party. “What, No Party!!!!! No Party!!!!…..LET ME OUT!!!!”

    Anyway, I was going to submit my whole story with some good pictures, but it was denied….


  37. 37
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Hey Priest….

    You may want to take a breath before you refrain from buying this one. Seems your Hero (and Mine) is doing something very interesting ‘this time around’. As a Bonus track…see below:

    “The new cd will have 15 songs including
    a bonus track of Ritchie playing electric guitar with Des Geyers”.

    See for yourself on his Official Website:


    Looks like he is beginning to answer the call for some STRAT TIME. Could it be that my premonition is taking form? Could this be the ‘Shape of things’ to come?????


  38. 38
    Danny says:

    “Look at Ritchie… he release his new album in September …
    and nothing news from you.
    That´s very lame.”

    Only thing that seems lame to me is the new album from BN…. Did you read some of the song titles? Makes me wonder if we get two free tickets to the Robin Hood amusement park with the purchase of a cd. Seriously…… If you were only doing 12 shows a year and had craploads of cash..you could put out an album a month if you set your mind to it.

  39. 39
    purplepriest1965 says:


    It s very good you DID have a good night anyway.

    Ritchie is known to act different towards fans from day to day, so it could not have been that surprising.

    In the past I ve seen BN shows for which I could have dressed up like a fool as asked from the band.

    I never got to it, I hate it when I MUST do something.

    In this case I felt insulted because as a long time fan since 1977 I was replaced from the first row, I WAS THERE EARLY!!!!!!to
    an inferior seat just because I was not dressed that ridicilous way!!!!

    Espescially the German shows in the 90 s gave me a bit of satisfaction because he bothered to do an electric set.
    I said a bit because he wheeled that awkward BN band and his syrupy girlfriend singing and playing things like SOTW and or Woman from Tokyo!!!!
    But his solo ing never failed to touch me.

    The same accounts for the bits and pieces he served up electrically on his BN albums.

    Some people think he does it to tease people like me or tries to lure them in for ticketsales.I dont know.

    I ll try to listen to the new, duhhhhhhhhhh, album again.
    I dont hold my breath for it, thats true.

    I dont think it will be something new.
    After all, he interpolated, ahem, electrical thingies in from the first album on.

    THIS MUST BE HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. 40
    PALUMBO says:



  41. 41
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:


    Funny how his soloing touches you so much, but then you complain that his electric efforts are always the same….

    What exactly do you want from him? Aside from replacing Morse in Purple. You do realize that Morse is Purple’s Official Guitarist and if TMIT came back he would be replacing Morse and would have to fill His Shoes. Somehow, I don’t see Little Richard playing anything by Morse (nor could he). So, here we would be….Back in Time. SOS.


  42. 42
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Well, I went across the nation to see him completely collapse under the pressue of one fan yelling out “Gillan!” The show was over before it even started, he did nothing but sulk once that guy said that. It was actually no secret for the rest of the night that he simply wasn’t happy about this. The guy was seated near me and when he said it, Ritchie looked over and nodded his head with disgust. It was a pisser because the venue was so nice and you could tell they were pumped before the idiot had to ruin things. He should’ve just let it go but he clearly let it bother him to the point where it affected the whole night. I feel personally that if that didnt happen he would’ve played the Strat that night, but he punished everyone for it. I wanted to strangle that guy, even though I look back on it with good reflection on how unprofessional Ritchie reacted to it. Such sensitivity is rather unnecessary, one must hold their mud a little better.

  43. 43
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:


    I can see TMIT right now. His face all pouty. I can’t see him being a little sensitive to someone yelling out ‘Gillan’. But I can’t see him being pissed at someone yelling out ‘Ritchie’. Either way, his unprofessional approach to such a matter show’s his disrespect for his fans and the rest of his band, which is why Purple are So much better off ‘Since he’s been Gone’…


  44. 44
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Some day they will feature samples with the right parts to give an idea of what’s really inside. ‘Dance Of Darkness’ sounds like it might even be Ritchie! The rest sends the usual message. Whoda thunk?


  45. 45
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:


    Overall from the snippets here, it comes across pretty lame. I sense it to be quite subdued and even further in just sounding like a support band for Candice to sing with. The song ‘Dance of Darkness’ of course has potential. Very reminiscing of past Ritchie efforts. Look forward to hearing the whole song and the whole CD, though from the sound of it at this point, I believe it is going to be the worst effort from BN yet. Don’t get me wrong. I have always maintained that I enjoy BN and their style. I’m sure I will play this one in our Castle OTH, but it sure seem to drip a little too much with the Candice touch and not enough of the band…


  46. 46
    purplepriest1965 says:

    If I dont adress something its because I m busy or just did not see it.


    What I want from Ritchie?
    I dont think he cares.

    Good for him if he s happy with everything.

    Listening to Autumn Sky PREVIEW, thanx for the link Larry, and its sorta of the thing I expected.
    But its a preview so probably there will still be something to like about it in the end.
    Right now I feel safe it s more of the same and really boring again.

    Tracy, maybe I do not understand you about his electrical efforts being the same.
    You imply it s like with Steve?
    You know better than that, you just like to tease me man.

    I did not suggest he offered much new in the last decades style or soundwise.
    But I just happen to like it!

    Its like a bad woman.
    Your experiences tell you she s a bitch but her charms and spells always bind you.

    I ve been there and must admit I ve yet not been able to get rid of that behaviour.
    Why is a bitch very often more exiting, inspiring and so on than a very kindhearted one……

  47. 47
    ryan says:

    bring ritchie and jon lord back !!! don airey and steve morse dont go with purple at alll!!
    long live mkII!

  48. 48
    David Coseni says:

    As if Ian Gillan worries about the banjo-player who wears black (nevermind Candice). Cheers, David

  49. 49
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Priest you hit the nail on the head….

    You like Ritchie’s sound, no matter how repetitive it is. You don’t like Morse too much, so you have no tolerance for his repetitiveness.
    All great guitarists have a certain manner of playing and a consistent arrangement to their style. If listened to them enough, you will find they continually repeat previous portions of all their solos. You just happen to be more attracted to Blackmore’s Repeated efforts than Morse’s. 2 completely different styles, both as complex.

    As for your Bitch thing….the goal in life is to make the right choices. I experienced the one you describe. That made me search for the one that has all the Positive characteristics instead. Beauty, charm, willingness to compromise and share in each other’s interests, and Love Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Sabbath, Dio, etc…..



  50. 50
    purplepriest1965 says:

    The flexibility to bent things out of shape is a true art.

  51. 51
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Priest @#50….

    yes, especially when it causes ‘stuctural damage’…he he he.

  52. 52
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Considering the experience I had with that album Steve made…..

    It did not really impress me, probably not surprising, hehehe.

    So the infliction of damage on a structural basis to me personally cant be that deep.

    On the other hand………

    You are right when you try to suggest Steve caused Structural Damage to this once great band and that that hurts, yes.

  53. 53
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Priest @#52-

    Steve was the “Chosen One”. Even by your beloved Jon Lord (whom also sold you out). Steve caused no damage. He continued the PURPLE CAUSE in answer to the rest of the Band’s calling. So did Don Airey after the Mighty Lord left. The rest of the band decided to continue after your Hero bailed out and decided to frolic through the forest of Wimpy Town. Orchestra’s and Mandolins. Purple did what they did. TMIT did what he did. Jon Lord did what he did. You are not happy with either…..Me? I like it all.

    Sorry you are so unhappy as usual….what else is new? Time to adopt another cat maybe????


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