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Coverdale spoke to Blackmore

Classic Rock magazine cover, April 2015

…Or, at least, to his manager.

Classic Rock has some quotes from DC appearing in the April 2015 issue of the magazine (the one with In Rock on the cover, see above):

The tragic loss of Jon made me finally realise that life is too fucking short to hold animosity, bitterness and resentments.

So I decided to reach out to Ritchie to share the sense of grief and loss of Jon with him, and to express my gratitude to him for bringing me on board Deep Purple.

During the conversation we did discuss the idea of getting back together in some way, which was Jon’s wish.

After several discussions with Ritchie’s manager I felt I didn’t share their vision of the project. I sincerely wished them well and respectfully withdrew.

During this time I pulled out the albums and started messing around with some of the songs – rearranging ideas, adding a new bit here and there.

The bonus for me was I rediscovered my love for that time and the work all of us achieved together. Magical times.

I felt I had to prove myself. I knew I had been given an incredible opportunity and didn’t want to blow it.

But, my God, I was so young and naive. Thrown in at the deep end to sink or swim. The two sci-fi lyrics I wrote for Mr Blackmore, Burn and Stormbringer, I’d never written like that before. But then again I’d never been given music like that before.

Classic Rock April 2015 issue should be on sale now (or very soon) at a good newsagent stand near you.

16 Comments to “Coverdale spoke to Blackmore”:

  1. 1
    Heepfan says:

    What a shame they didn’t come to an agreement…. MK3 has always been my favorite line up of the band.

  2. 2
    kraatzy says:

    What a f…ing management …

    Come on Ritchie … lets kick yourself in your own ass and make this dream (of us ALL) come true.

    Maybe for 1 or 2 or 3 concerts and with 4523 camera on stage (or nearby) to take this event(s) an DVD history …

    Come on Ritchie

    Please …



  3. 3
    maya says:

    was there a point to reunite really apart from fans wanting it. think no, they r not the same people, havent played toghether for decades, all have progressed differently etc etc same as with led zep. mk 2-4 has left a huge mark on so many generations and music, so unless they weer dead ready skill and all wise to relive it, no gents dont. anyway they know what they want to do and if and how, regardless of our rantin cryin wishing or holdin breaths for.

  4. 4
    Paulo Glover says:

    With Ritchie and Glenn (I think Ian Paice would’t accept) they could name it PurpleSnake 🙂

  5. 5
    jeff says:

    I saw this quote somewhere else and Coverdale said discussed for a one time “charity event” and that if that is truly his position, I am not surprised Ritchie wouldn’t do it. I’m guessing money would naturally be part of the allure for everyone involved. What a weird thing to say “Charity?”

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    kraatzy @ 2- people have absolutely no idea what was ‘discussed’ between musicians, management etc, if anything ever was! Old Cov’s might have been getting all worked up over nothing, excited that Blackmore was actually talking to him etc! It is all hearsay, rumours, gossip, innuendo, riff raff etc, etc! When Jon Lord passed from this world, that was an ending in itself, in more ways than one! Cheers.

  7. 7
    byron says:

    Ritchie’s management wanted David dressed like Robin Hood on stage.

  8. 8
    Theo says:

    No as Peter Pan.

    Bandname should be PurpleRainSnake

  9. 9
    Sal says:

    Ritchie told him that he didn’t want to play Shoeshine music. Just kidding.
    It would be nice if David or any of the members of Purple guested on a Blackmore’s Night song. Joe Lynn Turner did. That’s probably going to be the most likely scenario for the musicians to play together again. Ritchie and his management seem very leary of taking part in a Rock event.

  10. 10
    nupsi59 says:

    Seems like many people try to reach Mr. Blackmore. First Joe Lynn Turner, now David Coverdale…

    “…but Ritchie never calls…” (Roger Glover in ‘Highway Star – A Journey in Rock’)

    Have a nice Day!

  11. 11
    Russ says:

    “…but Ritchie never calls…” (Roger Glover in ‘Highway Star – A Journey in Rock’)

    Does Ritchie get the messages?

  12. 12
    LRT says:

    Ritchie more than got the message, they talked. I suppose Ritchie and Ian the same over Lord’s passing.

    My big guess here is he tried to pour cheese on the whole thing by suggesting David do something Ritchie knows dam well is not up his alley, in order to have him give in because Ritchie didn’t want to do it anyway. This firs the same talk of no managers can be involved if he ever plays with Purple again, knowing dam well they have to be involved. His way of saying he wouldn’t do what he proposed. Ritchie mentality.

  13. 13
    Ron. says:

    Ritchie is retired! Blackmore’s Night is Ritchie letting his wife play pop rennaissance star. I saw them last May….Sold out mind you…Ritchie was not front and center. It’s all about Candy. If that is what makes him happy good on him.

  14. 14
    maya says:

    thanks LRT. hope i’ll like it. im afraid the set will include the usual tunes, id love to hear gypsy over mistreated, or u fool no one, lady doubl d, or comin home. not always burn, storm or soldier….especially as hughes covered majority of these in 2013, and ws did medley of burn/strom before too or soldier acapella. rb soemtimes playes soldier too. all in all if we get 5 totally unexpected dp songs in the set it’ll be wow. wouldnt hold my bearth but we never know, cmon david you know it makes sense (not to repeat the usual ones ;))

  15. 15
    Bob Cooper says:

    @ 2. The dream has already been realised: In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head, Who Do We Think We Are, Burn, Stormbringer, Perfect Strangers, The House of Blue Light, Slaves and Masters, Shadow of the Moon, Under a Violet Moon, Autumn Sky. How much better of a dream come true could one ask for from one musicians outstanding career?

    Try to go back and recapture the past with Coverdale’s broken down old shouting? I hope not

  16. 16
    Mickey says:

    Ritchie Blackmore would possibly do it if everyone told him not to do it!. Ritchie has always done the complete opposite to what everyone else wants him to do most of you dudes should know that by now.

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