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Blackmore’s Night cures insomnia

Hate to say this but the Blackmore’s Night show in Cleveland was one of the most boring shows I have ever seen.
Candice seemed to lose her enthusiasm half way thru the show. If you have insomnia, this show would have cured it.RB was non-existent, very unenthusiastic playing.
Could it be because it was the first show of the tour? I don’t know. I have seen them 8 times, this show was the worst. Very disappointing.

30 Comments to “Blackmore’s Night cures insomnia”:

  1. 1
    Gary says:

    In an Official release from Blackmore’s Night dated 10/16/09:

    A message from Candice on the road…

    What a great time with a great audience for our 1st show in cleveland, ohio. Over 2 hours of song, laughter, dancing, fun and great memories.
    Thanks for all!

  2. 2
    Finn says:

    I hope the reason could be that he wants the Fender back for real again. Maybe I’m dreaming. I hope not.

  3. 3
    kraatzy says:

    There are a lot of opinions, why this can be expected:

    1.) Mr.Blackmore has a meeting with his other face ??
    2.) Mr.Blackmore has no desire !!!
    3.) The audience had it coming to it !!!
    4.) Mr. & Mrs. have (had) a marital quarrel ?
    5.) That is, why you were a part of the audience ! (Sorry)
    6.) He had only a bad day/night !

    The colour BLACK is called black because there is a deep secret in this colour. A lot of mystical, obscure …. if you know what I mean. And if you read the name of our hero, there is a little bit (over 50%) of BLACK in it. That is the main reason, because nearly nobody understand Mr.Blackmore.

    But in fact, that is the thing, that makes he to stand allone ! And the same makes him so ingenious at the same time.



  4. 4
    stefan says:

    Ha,ha I´m not surprised ! I´ve been using their music for years for that very purpose ! A couple of numbers from any of their albums and I´m off to dreamland,useally the same dream comes popping up….Ritchie on stage….with his Strat….playing hard rock….Carole and Candice gagged and tied to the whipping post….If only, If only….ZZZZZZZ !

  5. 5
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Hopefully this will not be the case on November 1st, in Charlotte, NC. The review of the Cleveland show seems in total contrast. Maybe Candice was PMSing…..Hell, might have been Ritchie. He’s been know to PMS from time to time. Hope he and she brings the Midol to Charlotte….


  6. 6
    Gary says:

    Hi Tracy, Why don’t you express your concerns about Candice and Ritchie PMSing and their possible need for Midol to MnstrelHal@aol.com ?

  7. 7
    yentzman says:

    Don’t worry Chicago was outstanding. Played 2 1/2 hours. Lots of improv including electric versions of Woman from Tokyo, Smoke, and Black Night. Candice did not want to sing these but Ritchie gave her a look and sang them and rather well. These songs were not on the set list so I know it was total improv. They played twenty five songs. Blackmore was in great spirits, joking and talking with the audience.

  8. 8
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Sounds like the reviewer was determined to be disappointed or something, making it impossible to be positive at all. But who knows, after all she is a she and thats one point in her favor.

    Funny one, Trace!

  9. 9
    Dave says:

    Not surprised it was a snoozefest. Once you have seen Ritchie live, be it with Rainbow or Deep Purple, sitting through renaissance music with the multi untalented Candice Knight on vocals must make watching senior tour golf rather exciting…….

  10. 10
    Tom says:

    I was at the Cleveland show.
    let me start by saying this, the tickets showed a 7pm doors opening. There was a long line outside and it was cold. Doors never did open till 7:30pm. I had standing room only tickets. Albert the opener came on after 8pm. Lots of bagpipe and hurdy gurdy music. Nice and interesting but,lulled the crowd into a coma.
    When BN did come out they had energy. Ritchie seemed playful enough. More animated than I had ever seen him. Handing out drinks to the crowd. Recognizing people when they called his name. Even rubbing his guitar across Candice’s butt in a playful way. the sound guy killed the mood by not getting it right until more than half the show was gone. Ariel was a disaster vocal wise becasue of the sound. By then the crowd was not in it so much. After 2 hours it was done. Wanted more so did others around me, but those up front sitting seemed to have dozed off and the band noticed.
    I did enjoy it, very different than a straight up rock show. wife was even impressed and she never listens to them. Too closely related to DP she always said. Her mind was changed after the show though.

  11. 11
    micke says:

    Is it Candice Night or Candice Blackmore these days? She’s got great charisma if nothing else..

  12. 12
    AndreA says:

    ahah!aha!a!ahah!ha!! yes sure…I ‘ve ever known this…last week I bought LIVE IN MUNICH’77 (Rainbow mk3)..wonderful….now? what a shame…

  13. 13
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Hi Gary. What is this e-mail and why? I already made the comment here. Just a little tongue and cheek from a true fan.

    What amazes me are those who gripe about this BN Music. If it isn’t your cup of tea play something else or go to another concert that suits your taste. They have never expressed that they set the night on fire (except for at Midnight…he he he). They play nice melodies with a Blackmore touch. It’s their goal and in all actuality, the Purple Medley should be left out. It truly doesn’t go with rest and I wouldn’t complain if they left it out. I go because I Like the stuff. Otherwise I wouldn’t go. I buy the CDs because I like the stuff. Otherwise I wouldn’t buy them….(ok, maybe I would because I am an avid Purple Related Collector). Such as with JON LORD’s concerto junk. I Don’t LIKE it. But some do. But I buy it because it is part of the collection. It’s packed away and has never been played. Would I go see him if he came to my town? Yeah, but I wouldn’t bitch because I already know what to expect, and would just admire his playing what he seem content playing. I wouldn’t after the fact be pissed and express to all how unhappy I was that he didn’t Jump all over the Hammond and blow the roof off. It’s not what those shows are about…


  14. 14
    Gary says:

    Ok Tracy 🙂

  15. 15
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ Tom

    Its often a bad sign when women or the wifes dig the music, then you know something is very wrong!

    Hi Tracy

    You re the most unbelievable flip flop concerning your attitude towards BN.

    And its, again, telling that you prefer BN stuff above Jon Lords……

  16. 16
    stefan says:

    Good argument Tracy !

    I too collect almost anything related to DP, icluding BN ! I do however hear everything at least once before it gets archived,if i don´t like it !

    Most of Jon Lords stuff and BN useally gets archived almost immediately after one listen…..It just makes me snooze off ! From time to time there are glimses of glory were the “hang on a minute” anticipation wakes up, but it´s very rare!

    If BN plays Copenhagen again in the near future I`ll consider attending the gig!
    If I do, there will be no point bitching about it afterwards since I knew what to expect! Hell, I may even praise them since I have no positive expectations at all…..time will tell ! ROCK ON !

  17. 17
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Glad to see you decided to make it out to the show Tom.

    Fair and honest enough Tracy.

  18. 18
    Halle says:

    I, too, was at the Cleveland show. Although I have every bit of music they’ve recorded, it was the first time I’ve seen them in person. Obviously, I am entranced by their music. Other than the sound issues on a couple of the songs, the music was wonderful, Candice was beautiful, Ritchie smiled, all the band members were there, and as a most special bonus I got to see Albert and hear him pay his bagpipes and hurdy gurdy – what a treat! I was up front – and even though I lost my voice for 3 days due to “hey-ing” and singing along, and even though I still have raw patches on my hands from clapping along – I could have kept going all night. No one in the front was “dozing” (as mentioned in an earlier post). We were treated to over two hours of their magic – and it was magic. (We were confused and sad though that there was no encore or handshakes – don’t know what that was about). I consider myself quite lucky that I had an opportunity to see this band in person, and hear their incredible music live. I hope I will have the opportunity again, and most strongly suggest that if you have an opportunity to experience BN for an evening, you do so.

  19. 19
    Proff No Good says:

    I have been a DP and Rainbow fan since the age of 11. I am now 38. I have always loved all line ups from the DP and Rainbow era’s. I am still trying to get into BN. It does not do it for me, but i do respect the direction Mr B has taken.

    I was very lucky to go and see him on my 25th birthday in London for the Stranger in us All tour. This was after years of worhsiping Rainbow and not being able to see them live. November the 3rd 1995 is on record for being one of the longest and happiest gigs he did with Rainbow.

    This is the memory i hold on to and cherish. I have seen Purple without Mr B and it was great to hear the tunes that shaped my teenage years live at last.

    I have seen Dio on his own, and he was truly spectacular. I will be going to see Joe and the boys when OTR comes to the UK. Its the songs that are important, not the line up politics. After all how much longer will these older guys be out there doing it.

    There are no new bands from the last 10 years that are making me think i will be chasing them still in another ten years, except maybe The Cat Empire form OZ. They have shades of Purple in them, and they are a soul, reggage, jazz and hip hop band with no Banjo player.

    We were all just spoilt by having such wonderful artists entertain us for all those years. I envy anyone who is 10 – 15 years older than me, for being able to see these bands in their prime.

    Oh and as for all the slagging off that go’s on here to the various members of the groups we chat about…. get a life and grow up. What was once great is now a time gone by…. but my 11 and 12 year old sons dont care who did what to who. they just love the music.

    a riff is a riff.

    And that for me is a blessing…. cause they could be into High School Musical.



  20. 20
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Ghost….where is the Flip Flop?????

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 19

    Always funny to see someone implying He s the grown up.
    Well, I think you ought to be with children.

    I dont have children and a wife.

    I still have all my NON grey hairs and I cherish the child in my eyes.


  22. 22
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Are you sure you’re talking to me? Priest is the one who said you ‘flip flopped.’ But to each their own concerning that, you’re entitled to a mood swing or two if he is entitled to as many as he has.lol!

  23. 23
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Woops…..sorry Ghost. I did it again. Got you and Priest confused. Please don’t take it personal….

    My question at #20 was meant for you Priest at #15.

  24. 24
    Eugenio says:

    A genius like Blackmore can not be doing this nonsense. brings 15 years of his musical life thrown away. this music is more aligned to free time in Rainbow or Deep Purple, one is there when he does things to change but then continue doing what you can do better. and not have this thing as the center of your musical life, this man lost his taste for black

  25. 25
    Danny says:


    I think alot of people would love nothing better than to see RB return to rock. That said, even in the early days of Purple, RB talks about his love for renaissance music. Obviously now he can play pretty much what he wants and not worry about whether or not he will make money out of it. He is doing what he enjoys.

  26. 26
    Proff No Good says:

    @21 im sorry to be confused, but what are you going on about purple priest 65?

  27. 27
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 25

    I NEVER said I dont like DP and other rockers doing very differnt things.
    ON THE CONTRARY, I strongly support that.
    I like variation
    Thats why I love Jon Lords work

    It s just that the way it turned out with BN was a big dissappointment

    BOTH DP and RB can do so much better.

    But thats my opinion.

    Appearantly they get away with it and attract enough followers…..

    Or are there more people like me, trying and trying for ages to like it anyway?
    So masochistic……

    Well, luckily enough….Sometimes it turns out good.

    LONG LIVE OTR!!!!!!

  28. 28
    Crazy Horst says:


    Some people just can’t stop whining about Blackmore’s departure from Hardrock.
    How pathetic!
    And how easy to blame it on the women (it’s always the bitches’ fault, innit mate?).

    Why don’t you face up to reality? Another “Machine Head” or “Rainbow Rising” just will not happen. Period! Blackmore ceased to be a driving force in hardrock around 1977 – probably got bored with it or anything.
    After that date, most of the records that he contributed to, were mediocre offerings that fell way below the standard he had set before – occasional highlights not withstanding. He just hasn’t got it in him anymore.

    I personally appreciate the Renaissance/Pop he does with BN much more than the AOR crap that he composed since 1978. I think he found a niche in which he felt he could age gracefully.

    If you don’t like this music, all right. If you go to a concert and it was boring – why not express your disappointment?
    But there’s no need for all this self-piteous “prodigal son – attitude” if you don’t expect to find hot shit in old farts! There are so many young bands playing as hot as DP did in 1972 (Bigelf, Sienna Root, Wicked Minds, Electric Swan, Space Debris, Porcupine Tree, RIverside…) – there’s really no reason to despair!!.

  29. 29
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 28

    Tried to follow here….

    Are you talking to me?

    I already said ages ago that RIVERSIDE is one of my favourite new bands…..

  30. 30
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Crazy Horst @28….

    Great entry…..Yes, I will admit, I do slam (sarcastically) Mrs. Blackmore more than I should. Mostly due to feeling that she has more to do with Blackmore totally evading hard rock. I concur with you regarding the rest. Have stated same thing over and over. Going to see him November 1st for the second time. thoroughly love the stuff, but do find myself longing for him to do a rock album from time to time. I don’t believe he has no interest in it. Someone whom plays as he did, expressing himself so vigorously through his guitar for as long as he did, doesn’t lose interest. You may divert for periods, but you can’t avoid the natural feel that exists in that type of talent. Whether or not one finds him ‘mediocre’ as you state as of after 87, is entirely an individual point that I don’t support though. But that’s a view that is subjective to each individual’s taste and observation. I guarantee he wants to do something in the Rock vain though. I also guarantee he is being held back. Either way, in the end, it’s his decision and the whiners need to get over it….He has given us plenty to enjoy over the years, and luckily for some of us that enjoy BN, he still is….

    Haven’t heard anything from the bands you suggest. Will check them out….thanks.


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