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He likes to play for a hundred people

Bonus track for the Blackmore’s Night interview:

Thanks to Gary Poronovich for the heads up.

18 Comments to “He likes to play for a hundred people”:

  1. 1
    notlob says:

    She doesn’t half-talk…..

  2. 2
    Adel Faragalla says:

    From now on I will only watch these kind of interviews on my old phone. I can’t afford to smash the screen on my new phone.
    Peace please

  3. 3
    Peter J says:

    If he goes on playing lame with low-level musicians and producing awful and stupid music like he’s doing since a decade at least…then yes he won’t play to more than 100 (poor) people!

  4. 4
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    Only a hundred people like to hear him playing. So, everything is well then. A hundred plus one are happy.

  5. 5
    Rost says:

    For all those here who cry and complain about Ritchie, please remember:
    1) There were no Deep Purple without Ritchie.
    2) You do not like his current music style. Ok, just do like me do not listen to it.
    3) Stop write your mediocre staff. Who you are? What you did in your life?
    Some respect for someone who make all of us happy with his music during 50+ years.
    4) Btw, even today Ritchie still play much better than Gillan sing (especially live).

  6. 6
    johan says:

    I attended two BN fanclubconcerts when he played for 100 people more or less. It was fucking brilliant. Watching him from a few feet away, is an experience I will never forget.

  7. 7
    Catweazle says:

    Ritchie seems to be happy.
    And that’s good for him.

  8. 8
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Rost @5

    Blackmore’s Night will be the opening warming up act for DP in 2025 world tour and Candice will join Ian Gillan on vocals for smoke on the water.
    Believe me when I say when the curtains go down one day on DP the fans will only remember each band member equally and none of these nonsense about who is better than who.
    That’s why Ian and Roger left in 73 and that why Roger was so upset about the way Ritchie was running Rainbow with this hiring and firing business without believing in a solid group of band members blending together.
    Ritchie is a loner and selfish and likes to be in his own bubble. He had the best line up in DP MK2 and he blew it and that’s how I see things.
    And whether you think Ian Gillan voice is good or not just remember that DP as a sold group without Ritchie has toured the world 10 time or more and performed to a combined audience that could approach 100 million or more while Ritchie can only get few hundreds and to hide his embarrassment he says he is happy to perform to 100 people well by the time he pays the rest of his band members he will be out of pocket.

  9. 9
    Peter J says:

    @ Rost : Adel answered very well to your intellectually mediocre comment, as you say.

    Gillan si still giving great enough performances to sold out arenas everywhere in the world, si most people seem to be happy with his vocals, sorry for you.

    Moreover what’s most important ? To me it’s not even the performance (especially at 75) but what an artist give to the people.

    Gillan still gives more to the audience in one show than Ritchie has been given for about 15 years now. Fact.

  10. 10
    Svante Axbacke says:

    Oh, please… Blackmore vs. Gillan is the oldest argument in the book. You can do better than that! I think most of us like some of their stuff and dislike other stuff.

  11. 11
    Rsscal says:

    Agreed . Please dont start the Gillan vs Blackmore crap

    Particularly when we have JLT to poke fun at!

  12. 12
    Nicola says:

    Blimey, having read the above comments, for a minute I thought I was on Twitter! Where does all this anger come from? Thanks to the site for posting the video, I enjoyed it if some didn’t. All I’ll add is that people like the type of music they like, whether it’s rock, blues, jazz, folk, Medieval music, classical or country. It’s not a competition, it’s part of who we are. Richard & Ian are in their 70s, why do some people expect them to be as good as when they were in their 30s? Ian has aging vocal chords & years of too much drinking & smoking behind him. Ritchie has arthritis. I’m glad Richard isn’t doing Purple anymore because he’s happy playing Renaissance music. It is possible to like both!

  13. 13
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Nicola @12
    Your comments are so sweet God bless you.
    I wouldn’t call it anger I would just call it writing with passion.

  14. 14
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Nicola@12, I second Adel@13. :>

    ‘Nuff said. And now I’ll finish up listening to Emmy Lou Harris and change over to UFO. Then put some Tal Farlowe in, and then perhaps Johnny Cash. I haven’t listened to Judy Garland in some time. “We must be somewhere over the Rainbow, Rainbow, Rainbow….”

    Come to think of it, I haven’t listened to Yes in a while. Hmmmmn, Tales or Relayer?

    Ted :>

  15. 15
    Peter J says:

    Well, to me the problem isn’t (at all) what type of music Ritchie is playing…it’s all about the lack of quality and, even more important, about how much an artist gives (or not) to the fans. He could play flamenco or reggae, that could be great for me…as long as he puts on a decent work.

    Some of us are a bit tired of him appearing on stage without any kind of rehearsals, leading to shameful performances like the Rainbow tour…people are paying so they deserve at least a decent amount of work from the band, especially when tickets aren’t exactly cheap.

    Gillan is always trying his best (to the point where you might expect him to drop dead right away), for that I respect him. Same thing with Glenn or JLT for example. That was my point guys, nothing about the style of music.

    And again I agree with Adel, it’s not anger, it’s passion : I don’t want such a great artist as Ritchie to be (rightfully) called a “lame player” by his peers or in the press (even though we don’t care too much about press, yes, I know my MTV lyrics) 😉

  16. 16
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Peter J@15
    What goes around comes around and karma will hit you back.
    I totally agree with your comments.
    Remember Ritchie’s excuse when he left DP in 93 in the middle of touring. I quote him ‘whats Ian Gillan is doing apart from getting drunk every night and appearing on stage ” the bottom line is Ritchie complained about how Ian was in bad shape on the tour so he said enough and left.
    I agree that he doesn’t appear to be putting an effort in preparing for the Rainbow recent shows and his performance is average but I guess Candice is not storming out of the tour complaining that Ritchie is drinking a lot of beer and doing endless pointless interviews with questions he already wrote.

  17. 17
    Georgivs says:


    Things Blackers said in ’93 were not just excuses. By that time Gillan had had a history of subpar performances, throughout the 1980’s and later because of drinking and not taking care of his voice. He only collected himself when it became that Ritchie was leaving. The final shows of that tour were sort of attempts from RB and IG to give big ‘FU’s to each other. Blackmore’s FU was certainly louder as his playing was superb. Gillan had some brilliant moments, but even at that great show in Stuttgart he forgets lyrics and struggles with high notes. Blackers certainly had a point.

    @16 Just to give credit where it’s due, Ritchie did play the music of choice very well, up to some point. To some of us, his high point with BN was ‘Fires at Mindinght’ and things went downhill after that. To me, his last interesting album was ‘Autumn Sky’. He still had his fine moments with BN, too.

  18. 18
    Peter J says:

    You have a point about IG in the 80’s but RB was himself playing quite lame and sometimes even terrible at that time, so he was definitively not in a good position to talk about professionalism…
    And to be more precise IG was singing extraordinary well from 89 to 92 so he didn’t wait for RB’s departure.

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