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Codswallop soup

Ritchie Blackmore, St.Petersburg June 11, 2008. © 2008 http://spblife.info/, used with permission.

A couple of new interviews with Blackmore’s Night.

Greg Prato (of the Tommy Bolin biography fame) has conducted a short but rather interesting interview with Ritchie and Candice:

UGO: Ritchie, what is your favorite Deep Purple album and Rainbow album, and why?

RITCHIE BLACKMORE: I don’t know, it was too long ago and I don’t listen to records that I have recorded.

UGO: Ritchie, would you consider playing with Purple one last time if the band was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

RITCHIE BLACKMORE: I wouldn’t consider playing with them although I haven’t really thought about it. As far as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame goes there are too many people that have been voted in there that have absolutely nothing to do with Rock and Roll for it to mean anything to me. Besides it’s too pretentious.

Read more on UGO.com (if the interview doesn’t show right away, you’ll have to click on the orange ‘continue to UGO’ button).

Another short interview appears in the online edition of the Boston Herald:

I didn’t embark on this project intending it to be successful. I just have an incredible passion for this kind of music and wanted to do it. During my final days in Deep Purple and Rainbow, I felt I was getting stale at writing hard-rock riffs, that I was repeating myself, and I just couldn’t stand it. So switching to this was rejuvenating, very refreshing.

Bob Dylan has always been one of my heroes because he’s never wanted to deal with the nonsense side of the music business. Having to follow this trend, talk to this person on the radio, be on this show. I find it’s very hard for me to do. I don’t like having to sell myself constantly.

Thanks to Greg Prato and BraveWords for the info.

15 Comments to “Codswallop soup”:

  1. 1
    HZ says:

    Yeah – Ritchie x marketing = 0

  2. 2
    Al says:

    sell myself constantly? he sold out with Joe Lynn Turner with the Rainbow and Slaves and Masters.If he is happy of what he is doing that’s fine but that Renaissance music and all these albums that are coming out every year are becoming stale.He is becoming a laughing stock wearing those medieval clothes and pretending to play music.His wife is not a real musician, and ripping off other traditional folk music and singing other people music is not “making music”.And it’s not cool dismissing the music that he was big part of and still playing some cheesy versions of the old music that he claims ” he never listens to anymore”.

  3. 3
    Roberto says:

    “I felt I was getting stale at writing hard-rock riffs, that I was repeating myself, and I just couldn’t stand it. ”
    Ritchie, this is exactely what you are doing now with Blackmore’s Night, repeating yourself…time for another switch…

  4. 4
    butttocks says:

    I really feel bad for ritchie. He doesn’t realise he is tarnising his legend as one of the greatist rock guitarists ever. As for the Rock In Roll hall of ( shame ) i could not agree more it is a complete joke. Eddy Trunk of the ( The Metal Show ) has stated many times, on air. That he still can’t believe that bands….. Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Bad Company, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden…….etc! still to this day don’t get their respect.

  5. 5
    Jeogger Matthews says:


  6. 6
    stefan says:

    Repeating himself…hmmmm, well….and what is he doing now ??? The same bloody album over & over again….!!!!

  7. 7
    Roberto says:

    the first 3 Blackmore’s night albums were interesting…but then just boring…the same album all over again…(like Ac/Dc, Motorhead or Iron Maiden)…it is sad Blackmore doesn’t realize it…but the power of the women is very strong…

  8. 8
    Gary says:

    I find it interesting that so many fans ‘ object ‘ to Ritchie returning to his musical roots and pursue them in their musical complexity ( chord structure, scales, and tunings ) yet the GREAT Jon Lord, who has also returned to his musical roots…no sarcasm ?

    And you want those two to work together again at least ?

    Personally, I believe that Ritchie doesn’t have the slightest interest in returning to his Hard Rock career. This is only my opinion. Why should he ? He’s done everything possible in that genre.

    So, now he’s enjoying himself with music, just like Jon Lord.
    No pressure…just having fun

  9. 9
    Alan Northwood says:

    My view is simply this. Ritchie has produced some timeless rock music with Both Purple and Rainbow so his place in the history of rock is assured.

    He has earned the right to do what he wants now and I for one applaud his determination to do what he wants and not pander to other peoples wishes.

    BN are still releasing quality albums on a regular basis which sadly his former colleagues do not seem able to do now

  10. 10
    Milos says:

    Codswallop soup is Deep Purple after Blackmore left and today Purple makes money with the songs of Blackmore. Purple haven’t made a new album after Rapture of the Deep.. Haven’t heard a worse album..

  11. 11
    Gary says:

    Ritchie Blackmore achieved the ultimate artist’s dream…leaving and having his fans wanting more 🙂

    Visit the Induct Ritchie Blackmore into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame FACEBOOK site…to see all phases of this incredible musicians career. A lot of rare footage too !

  12. 12
    purplepriest1965 says:

    As far as I know Ritchie does not value The Rock and Roll Hall Of Hame because of the inflated value of the institution.

    So whats the use?
    That WE as a fan get satisfaction out of it?
    Promotion for an underated GuitarGod?

    I got Classic Rock today.
    They have finally done with the era 1976/Rising.

    Its nice to see some recognition but was dissappointed that it mainly consists of old material.
    They suggest that they are looking back with Ritchie on the album which is very scarcely so.

    Nice to read Jimmy Bain finally conquered his addictions.

    Such a shame that this line up got set side by our Master.
    Such a waste.

    I really love Long Live Rock and Roll. They could have grown further, like Bain suggests in the article, from there but no……
    Ritchie wanted to see postmen whistle his tunes.

    From there on it gave us exiting moments with later incarnations of the band.But I must admit things were never the same again.
    Still I love a lot of the era with Bonnet/Turner.

    But I think if I had seen them live, Oh my god…so muich for a time machine, I would be much more frustrated about the strange ways of TMIB.

    In the article its suggested that Tony Carey, recoverd from cancer, will take Over The Rainbow back on the road.
    No mention of JLT or Bobby.

    Whats next?

    Anyone interested in Dio s Disciples?
    I m afraid I cant follow the choice of singers for this, ahem, project.

  13. 13
    Gary says:

    Hi Purplepriest…..the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame campaign for Ritchie Blackmore is for current and future fans to discover his unique talents and contributions to Rock and Roll. And Ritchie will continue to be an influence for many years from even now.

    The category Ritchie is in is ‘ Influence/ Musicianship as an individual contributing to the growth of Rock and Roll ‘
    It is a totally separate category from ‘ Bands ‘…such as Deep Purple and Rainbow…which also belong in the HoF in my opinion.


  14. 14
    The Holy Chair says:

    Hi Gary

    Good luck to you!!!

    I did sign ages ago.
    I thought : Why not? : )

    PS. Yeah, I shed another skin today and found my first choice.

  15. 15
    Chip says:

    Ritchie is happy I guess. But the music is stale. CN is (at best) a passable bar singer and the whole BN thing is a joke. I’m glad he’s out of DP as SM has recorded some pretty awesome stuff since 1995.

    Let him enjoy his sunset years, but don’t try to sell me on the musical relevance of this drivel.

    Someone compared this to JL and his classical work post purple. That is like comparing Mozart and the Wiggles. Jon’s work (though not my taste) is serious solid work and something he has always been passionate about. RB has created a joke band to keep his hot younger wife happy. More power to him…but it is what it is….

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