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Live from the Badger and Pussycat

Ritchie Blackmore was in a talkative mood, allegedly, after partaking at his in-house pub.

See it on Instagram if the above doesn’t work for whatever reason.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the heads-up.

26 Comments to “Live from the Badger and Pussycat”:

  1. 1
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Nice to hear Ritchie’s tales and banter with Candice. I don’t know if I agree about playing fast not “saying anything,” as someone told him. I think fast playing can definitely say something; not all melody has to be slow. But I do respect that Ritchie has always stuck to his guns about the value of melody.

  2. 2
    MacGregor says:

    Are there any people in Berlin over 30, ha ha ha. Good stories from the maestro & thanks for posting the Blackmore bar tales. ‘Pseudo Renaissance folk’ indeed, have to laugh, good on you Ritchie. Cheers.

  3. 3
    BreisHeim says:

    It makes me so happy to see our favorite guy giving us snippets.
    All my thanks to Ritchie and Candice.

  4. 4
    Gregster says:


    Good to hear that there may be a new recording coming, as that means he’s been keeping busy, & hopefully one of his four Stratocaster’s gets to blow some cob-webs out of the Marshall’s LOL !

    Look-out Long Island…And look-out Germany in November.

    Peace !

  5. 5
    John M says:

    That was great fun. Looking forward to more ‘tales from the tavern.’

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I will selbstverständlich eagerly welcome the merry bard and his fair missus, already getting into the swing of things …


  7. 7
    Wiktor says:

    Nice to hear from the man in black.. and i dont care what he talks about..if he really means what he says or not..I dont care..
    you hear from Gillan, Glover and Paice all the time..and thats great.. but seldom from Ritchie.. He´s still with us., stil alive
    even with a bad back and foot.. he´s still here.. cant ask for anything more. he does what he wants to do and thats fine with me.

  8. 8
    Uwe Hornung says:

    That was actually a very good, insightful, even revelatory interview, not too much goofing off by him either (though his comment “first of all my wife” to the question “whom do you listen to” is of course hilarious).

    Clears up a few things like the myth of Ritchie not appreciating Clapton (which I never believed for a second) and, yup, “I Feel Free” is my favorite Cream number too.

    Interesting that he thought the other Mk II members “intellectual”, didn’t we discuss this here only recently that Purple had underlying brain and not just brawn?

    I didn’t know about the six stents, but at his age it’s no surprise and likely a sensible precaution.

    Some confusion in the time line: Listening to ABBA as a “kid”? When ABBA broke internationally via the ESC in Brighton in 1974


    Ritchie was 29 and at the peak of Purple’s success! 😁

    I’m still waiting for the Blackmore’s Night cover of Fernando though, that would fit like a glove.



    It’s also my favorite ABBA song among the many great songs they wrote and performed – yeah, I’m an ABBA fan too.

    PS: Honestly, can there be anything more arousing + ultimately satisfying (for a stunted juvenile mind like mine at least) than Agnetha AND a Saab 35 Draken combined? At 02:17, never have a blond mane and camouflage painting … 💕💖 Alas!, I digress …


    I now firmly imagine ALL the Flygvapnet pilots of our newly baked NATO member to look like her, what a contribution to the Alliance!

    And the (lamentably long decommissioned) Draken was always my favorite modern age jet fighter.



  9. 9
    stoffer says:

    Such a nice comfortable interview, really enjoyed it!!

  10. 10
    MacGregor says:

    I would think the ‘kid’ reference is just that, when younger & looking back from now & some distance we were kids then, even at 30 years of age. Well it is one way of looking at life as it passes us by. The other saying we often hear, ‘their just like grown up children’ when someone is referring to older adults behaving in a certain way. It is very true as we all carry our inner youth with us, habits, rituals & certain aspects of our parents we picked up back then. Do we ever grow up, yes in some aspects but in others I am not sure. I have witnessed that in friends & family over time including myself on a daily basis. Those child like mannerisms etc. Older & wiser, hmmmmmm older indeed, wiser, the jury is still out on that one, ha ha ha. Cheers.

  11. 11
    janbl says:

    I did not listen much Abba but their guitarist (on several records), Janne Schaffer, I have seen many many times as he often toured in Denmark.


    He’s not in this clip though, but who cares?



  12. 12
    Svante Axbacke says:

    I’ll be on Long Island next week. Anyone have the address to this dump? 🙂

  13. 13
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @8: I was curious about the clip of Agnetha and Draken but can you imagine, that clip was blocked here in Sweden? Nato restrictions, I’m sure. 🙂

  14. 14
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Love to see Ian Gillan sharing a beer with Ritchie 😂
    Peace ✌️

  15. 15
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Are you serious? Min käre NÅTØ -brethren, jag ar distraught! In contrast, we in Germany have a habit of divulging our military secrets freely, especially to our Russian comrades. We invite them to our Luftwaffe telephone conferences so they can listen in.

    Can you see these here perhaps?



    You landsmaninna wears a fetching jumpsuit in the vid (with embedded Flygvapnet male pilot colleagues joining her) and is really distracting from the natural beauty of the Saab 35 Draken!




  16. 16
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Two stray finds while I was looking for Jon’s Country Diary music:


    Jon with Hayley Westenra, a Kiwi lass no less, but here on German telefffishün in 2004:


  17. 17
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Oh my, apologies, I got messed up where I was posting today, this belongs here:

    janbl wrote:

    “He’s not in this clip though, but who cares?


    True, he’d only distract me from Frida’s and Agnetha’s skirt lengths – or the absence thereof. Very sustainable these Swedes, saving on silk raw material exactly where it counts!


    Ritchie digging ABBA is an old hat, he came out with it as early as 1979/80 when he mentioned it in interviews while promoting Down To Earth and his (then newly discovered?) love for good pop + hummable melodies. He mentioned Blondie in that same interview too.

    It doesn’t surprise me one bit: ABBA and Deep Purple share pronounced European song structures, a healthy does of neo-classical influences and an overarching penchant for neatly engineered, streamlined arrangements.

    And I always found that Jon Lord, in his more pastoral English classical music moments (sometimes bordering on twee) wasn’t that far removed from Benny Andersson’s Nordic melodicism …


    Jon’s ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’ TV series soundtrack from 1984 sure sounded ABBA’esque to me:




  18. 18
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Travelling Swede @12:

    Look out for something like this, Svante, you’ll find it no sweat:


    The inhabitants are a friendly young couple – he seems a little older than her though – with lovely children.


    There is a diner close by, look for that first, start your search from there:



  19. 19
    Krister Adolfsson says:

    Maybe this one (Agneta + Draken):

  20. 20
    Gregster says:


    Adel said…

    qt.”Love to see Ian Gillan sharing a beer with Ritchie”…

    Sharing or wearing ??? – That is the question lol… !

    I’m sure they’re fine together now-days, & they would enjoy a beer or two for sure, as with any of the other members together…But the problem with that scenario is when the press finds-out, & all-of-a-sudden, some crazy, misled reunion bollox starts chasing its own tail again…Woof, woof !!!

    Peace !

  21. 21
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I can see that going just fine. Big Ian could always start the conversation with Ritchie light-handedly by saying: “So I hear from this one Australian guy that you’re pretty shit at improvising …” 😁

  22. 22
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “Krister Adolfsson says:


    Maybe this one (Agnetha + Draken):


    Holy Thor, I really seem to have struck a nerve here with our Norsemen! Women in uniform, normally more of an Australian obsession …


    For all our closet aviation fans, the legendary “Cobra Maneuver” largely identified with Russian fighter jets such as the Sukhoi SU-27 today was invented by Swedish Flygvapnet pilots with their Draken interceptors as the “kort parad” – out of necessity to combat unfortunate super stall tendencies of the Draken due to its tailless double delta wing configuration. It was part of their official training program.


    Still one hell of a good-looking plane.


  23. 23
    Gregster says:


    LOL !

    That’s about it !!! I guess I’d be the one wearing the beer then lol !

    Peace !

  24. 24
    robert says:

    Is it me or is the image reversed? Ritchie is playing the guitar left handed at the beginning of the video. He does same some nice things about RJD.

  25. 25
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @24: They are probably filming with the selfie camera on the phone. That reverses the picture on some models.

  26. 26
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Svante can of course try to explain it away all he wants, but to me it’s compelling proof how that evil witch Candice – cross yourselves! –


    has locked our Ritchie away (in a tower, for likely more than an hour …) and has been feeding us an avatar all these years …

    Sign up for #freeRitchie !!!

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