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Little bit of a musical snob

Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night; photo courtesy of Frontiers Records

Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night were interviewed for their local paper Long Island Weekly, seemingly promoting their last album Nature’s Light that actually came out in March 2021.

The mood throughout the album is one of lightness and brings to mind tankards of ale being tossed back, peasant blouses, madrigals, and the kind of fanfare you might hear in the court of a Medieval king. With the current range of fantasy-flavored series like House of the Dragon and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power being all the rage, does the duo ever think their material might be a good fit?
“It is interesting because there are so many period pieces, whether it’s on television or films, that come out and do so well,” Night said. “The irony is that the only time one of our songs was used was in a Jim Carrey movie called Yes Man, and they used ‘Old Mill Inn’ at a party he was at.”

Blackmore added, “It’s funny, because I don’t follow that kind of thing. I’m more of a purist and want to be in the wood myself, hearing a piece of music written in the 1500s or 1600s. I’m a little bit of a musical snob. There’s only one film we saw—Elizabeth, where they actually played three real Renaissance songs played in the correct manner with the correct instruments. Candy and I were jumping up and down in our seats, at least I know I was. I was thrilled by the fact that they’d taken the chance to play it as it was supposed to be played. But it’s very seldom that you’ll hear these songs or melodies played in the correct manner.”

Read more in Long Island Weekly.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.

16 Comments to “Little bit of a musical snob”:

  1. 1
    Adel Faragalla says:

    I really hope my old collection of BN CD which I gave to charity did help with good causes.
    Peace ✌️

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Adel, you little evil (albeit highly entertaining!) thing, crawl back under your rock! : – )

    I didn’t know that the last BN offering was self-therapy work. In that case it has my blessing.

    As regards Ritchie’s newfound penchant for authenticity of Renaissance sound: With all the electronic drums, synths and Candice’s studio wizardry-beefed up vocals as well as general commercial gloss that populate BN’s recorded work, it has so far escaped me that they have actually been trying to sound like Pentangle for all these years, but you live and learn.


    I also distinctly remember Ritchie saying a few years ago that he was not a purist as regards BN sounding authentic, make of that what you will.

  3. 3
    stoffer says:

    I certainly can’t judge them for being happy with their music, I just find it boring AF

  4. 4
    Georgivs says:

    Funny interview. In the beginning it goes: “Gone were the Stratocasters and Marshall amplifiers and in were centuries-old instruments”. And the next thing you see is the photo of Candice and Ritchie with his trademark yellow Strat.

    And, BTW the way, I went on to buy Adel’s collection of CDs from that charity and now am playing them at full blast. “Sha-a-a-adow of tha Mo-o-on!”

  5. 5
    AndreA says:

    Sadly Poor man.

  6. 6
    Orhun Yakin says:

    Just saw this one, apparently an eventful evening in NYC.


  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Ok, even given Ritchie’s legendary short-fused temper, I can somewhat understand his reaction. He may have rightfully thought that he is too old to put up with crap like this.

    The venue should really offer to repeat the gig for free if they can entice the band to play there again.

  8. 8
    Adel Faragalla says:

    So funny 🤣 this band is a joke and they get treated accordingly. I feel sorry for the fans who support a clown with a pointy hand and blond wife with a heavenly voice.
    What goes around comes around to bite you where it hurts.
    Ian Gillan was right all along
    Peace ✌️

  9. 9
    Adel Faragalla says:

    You are a good man for supporting local charities. Don’t forget to recycle it back to charity when the sun shines in the morning.
    Peace ✌️

  10. 10
    Rock Voorne says:

    Allegedly there were countless shows Ritchie walked off prematurely.

    Somehow I missed my share of that.
    I also do not remember Rainbow or DP shows that were too loud.

    That being said I still witnessed a few shows where he went his own sweet way.

    1.Rainbow, Belgium,1982. Great show but became special because some idiots were throwing garbage , incl flashbulbs(…)on the stage and allegedly 1 or 2 hit RB in the face.
    So he left during SPOTLIGHT KID leaving Rosenthal to the task to replicate RBs solo on keus which felt great to me.
    I recall endless great guitarimprovisation during a thus very long I SURRENDER.
    But maybe he was still pissed off, he cut STONE COLD and went on to pay POWER, which I think is a garbagetrack.
    The band played the whole show.

    Funny experience.

    2. TBRO tour 1993.
    Gillan and RB .
    I suppose I witnessed one of their tantrums during SPEED KING in AHOY, Rotterdam, literally acting like kids having a row. So history before my eyes.

    3. BN in Paradiso Amsterdam, early 2000s(I m getting old). According to RB there was an annoying BUZZ in the sound so he personally on stage to tell us he could not proceed with the show. I have not heard a buzz but maybe it was true.That night I think he preferred to sit on a little boat tru the Amsterdam Canals.

  11. 11
    MacGregor says:

    Adel @ 8 -need anyone remind you Adel that it sounds like you have supported BN over the years, didn’t you purchase their albums. No matter what one thinks of an artist, that sort of scenario isn’t on. I didn’t read all that response from BN management, a little was enough if that is what happened. But as the saying goes, ‘that’s show biz’. There are worse case scenarios no doubt. Now back to what you stated, why should anyone be deliberately treated like that? And why do you think that that is a ‘good thing’. Cheers.

  12. 12
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Of cause my comments were out of order.
    I have total respect for RB as a guitarist but you have to understand just like any artist who paints arts some people could be fooled by its importance because it’s done by a famous painter but in reality at closer look you find it average or rubbish.
    But then what’s rubbish in my eyes can be amazing for others.
    Peace ✌️

  13. 13
    MacGregor says:

    @ 12 -all good Adel. That is pretty well the reason I purchased the first BN album. I have done that with a few musicians from bands I really like. Alex Lifeson from Rush & his solo record Victor was one. I loathed that after buying it & traded it in at a record store. Brian May’s first solo album ‘Back to the Light’ I think it was called. Not a poor album but I gave that away also as it didn’t grow on me at all. There are others & it happens at certain times. Cheers.

  14. 14
    AndreA says:

    I have bought only the 1st BN. It has been enough for my hearing. Bad boring stuff.

  15. 15
    Gregster says:

    Yo, it’s OK not to like the BN offerings…IMO it “is” an acquired / inherited taste of music, & it sure isn’t for me to be quite honest…A friend grabbed the first album on release, & I remember asking “Where’s that last Rainbow recording, probably better to put that on than this…Stranger in us all was it called” ???…

    Anyhow, perhaps we’re all musical snobs one way or another…I’ve got Banana’s playing at the moment, so I’m in a great mood !

    Peace !

  16. 16
    Rock Voorne says:

    BANANAS as a certified person traumatised and depressed casualty of war by the Steve Morse era I kinda like…..

    WTF(Hi Tracy)didnt they ever play SUN GOES DOWN????
    Never, aside from the espescially on stage displayed BRAVEHEART voice(Doogie, please come back , all is forgiven, cant stand the Hispanic voice)understood why Simon RobinsonI hi there()dismidded this veru enjoyable album and the TOUR was even more a big fuck you to the perpendicularists.Hell, even I dont inderstand where that album went.

    Having too much wine @ Rosa s Cantina because my SSRIsare not enough to keep me down.

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