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

Dutch Radio Veronica has a brief interview with Blackmore following up to the three Rainbow shows he played last month. What is interesting is that he talks about future shows with quite a certainty and even discusses the future setlist.

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

23 Comments to “Besides money”:

  1. 1
    Dick Pimple says:

    Went to all three shows and they all had their high points eg. Stargazer at Loreley was stupendous and so moving in the ampitheatre. We got C16 Greensleeves at Beitigheim Bissingen in the shadow of the viaduct and Burn/SOF at Birmingham. Bring on more dates…I’ll be there!

  2. 2
    rene says:

    This is only a short cut of the interview. Veronica spoke an hour with Ritchie. It was a very open interview . In september they will broadcast the whole interview. The biggest news was he will play more shows next year and 95% will be Rainbow songs. So i can see Rainbow again.

  3. 3
    Andy Brown says:

    In Birmingham he played 8 DP songs

  4. 4
    Mark says:

    Wow it will be great to see Mr Blackmore with Ronnie Romero in Poland at concert. He is my best guitar inspiration as starting guitarist I am. Absolutely fantastic playing from Mr Blackmore are worth seeing it and Romero is great. Only drummer wasn’t as much on fire as it should be at recent shows. Rainbow and Deep Purple fans from Poland Katowice want to see great legendary riffs from Mr Blackmore again!

    It will be great pleasure. Hope to have two or more 2017 shows as in Katowice Wroclaw Warsaw because if only one there will be no chance to see the Concert by every Rainbow addicted fans from Poland

  5. 5
    DeeperPurps says:

    Its clear that the great night in Birmingham has given Ritchie the drive to play rock again. This is fantastic news!

  6. 6
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go cat go!. Woo-hoo!.

  7. 7
    nupsi59 says:

    So, our Ritchie is thinking about more shows…

    The only thing he has to do is to replace the rhythm section with a proper drummer and bass-player.

    Hopefully with more songs from the “Stranger in us all”-album!

    I wonder, what will be the “5%” Purple-song?!?

    Have a nice Day!

  8. 8
    MacGregor says:

    I still think they should do a few classic & maybe a lesser played song or two of DP songs! It breaks it up a little, & lets face it, it sure is great to hear him playing his riffs etc! Cheers.

  9. 9
    kraatzy says:

    Yes – more Rainbow Shows … I love it … give me (us) more … I am there …




  10. 10
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @7 nupsi59, I reckon Smoke On The Water would be a fair bet!.

  11. 11
    Anthony says:

    Great news indeed and Ritchie even acknowledged the band were under rehearsed which we kinda knew anyway. @7 Yes indeed….I would love to hear Black Masquerade and Ariel

  12. 12
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    A couple of things caught my ear. He stated that there had been talk of reforming Rainbow with David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes and others and that he sat on it, pondering for over a year and then decided no. I thought Coverdale and Hughes were trying to put together a MK3 Purple thing together. I never read or heard anything about a Rainbow Reunion with DC or GH. JLT was pushing for it big time with no luck. Poor JLT. The one who actually fantasized about the reunion and his name didn’t even pop up in Blackmore’s recollection.

    Another thing is that he does actually state interest in doing some more in the future and made mention of listening to what the fans have been stating about the shows. Mainly that he will do as most have bitched about and play mainly Rainbow music. So, since he seems to be ready to take advice from the Fans, he should follow suit and do what ALL of his fans have requested. MAKE A NEW ALBUM!!!! Give your new and present Rainbow Line-up their proper place in line….. if not for us, do it for them. I am quite sure they would love to take part in making new music with Ritchie under the umbrella known as RAINBOW.

    Either way, hope he comes to the STATES on the next go.


  13. 13
    byron says:

    Why not if he really wants ?I just hope he’ll get another band (with the exception of Romero who is awesome).Bring back Rondinelli,Daisley and a flamboyant Hammond player…there are plenty of them today.Find some Marshall amps (ask Yngwie,he has a lot of them and doesn’t use them on stage).Listen to your records and re-learn the intros..
    And do some proper rehearsal this time.

  14. 14
    Gerard Andral says:

    un nouvel album ça serait le top 😉

  15. 15
    MacGregor says:

    If the 3 performances recently are enough for Blackmore to get more serious with this Rainbow thing, well then they would have served a purpose indeed! Most people know they were under rehearsed, some would have never expected too much in the way of ‘perfection’ or whatever other word we may use! As I stated earlier, I always knew they were going out on a limb, so to speak, only playing three & 2 of those at outdoor settings (loathe outdoor performances at the best of times)! Blackmore stated well before these, that Jens would be playing a supportive role, with the occasional solo! He was never given a free palate to ‘go for it’. They hopefully will get into it more, maybe record a new song or three, doesn’t have to be a full album as these days most people don’t have the attention span to cover that anyway! Some do, but in a throw away society full of ‘arm chair critics’, maybe that would be a good thing! Not sure why some fans keep mentioning Rondinelli for, he is a decent drummer, but not great at all, he is a little cliched for me. A better drummer than Burgi ever was, but forget those guys! As for Daisley, not sure what he is up to these days, he lives out here in Oz land I thought. Is he retired in a way? This band just needs to play more together, both in rehearsals & of course live in concert & indoors! Play 20 or so concerts & film one of the later ones. Simple really! Cheers.

  16. 16
    Uwe Hornung says:

    MacGregor won’t believe it, but I’m happy to hear that Ritchie gives it another try next year – and with more Rainbow songs. I’m still waiting for a 15 minute live version of Gates of Babylon. And next time: Start with Stranded please!

  17. 17
    Rock Voorne says:

    Dont like Romero at all.
    Dont understand why so many people feel he is xcellent or something like that.

  18. 18
    clay l. says:

    There is only one song that should start a Rainbow concert and that’s….Kill the King!!
    I like the idea of Blackmore hiring younger musicians rather than veterans to fill out the band, after all the only name that matters is his.
    Also, If he’s serious about touring next year(hopefully in the US), then RB needs a more powerful band to pull it off.

  19. 19
    El Gibleto says:

    Was at Birmingham, could not understand why he played so many songs being toured by the current incarnation of DP. There are a few belting MK2 and Mk3 songs that would be far more interesting to hear that don’t get played any more. Burn and S.o.F were, alongside Stargazer just awesome. Am I the only one bored to tears by Smoke on the Water??? It’s a great song, but one day I will go bananas for having heard it once too often… Anyway, it was a great night in a geriatric sort of way, I’ll definitely be there next year…

  20. 20
    Hopkin Bopkin says:

    New Album or single-EP-MP – anything!

  21. 21
    Russ Fleenor says:

    Great to see the positive vibe here. I think rocking a sellout crowd at a big venue made Ritchie happy in a very refreshing way. After all that time to find you have a huge fan base that wants to see you has got to rejuvenate a guy.

  22. 22
    Alan says:

    I see no problem with Ritchie playing some of the same songs that the current line up of DP play. He wrote them after all so has a right to play them. No disrespect to Steve Morse, who is a good player, but he simply doesn’t play them quite the way Ritchie does. In fact no one does !

  23. 23
    mchar says:

    Sometimes fan’s expectations and desires make me wonder.
    Blackmore obviously is not playing rock again for nostalgia but for money and maybe to prove himself he still has it.
    He will not play the old album’s solos (he didn’t do it back then), he will not listen to fans for the playlist, he will not make a new album (there’s no profit) and certainly not listen to fans on beloved musicians.
    Even for the purpose of money we are lucky to watch him play again the old tunes with a clearer, despite the fact that his playing is more acoustical. After all I hated the 80’s and 90’s playing on Deep Purple. There was nothing new, no ideas, no feeling.
    Romero has a brilliant voice and he obviously studied Dio’s performances from the past. He even tries to copy the On stage album from 1976 on Catch the rainbow and Mistreated songs. The drawback is that he is not an entertainer on stage. I don’t expect to climb (like Dickinson) or run or dance but there are some moves that reinforce a performance.

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