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Blackmore on Richard Quest’s show

Blackmore on Quest For Rock’n'Roll show, CNN Intl, airdate Sep 22/23 2007

As we have reported previously, Blackmore appeared on the Richard Quest’s show Quest For Rock’n’Roll which aired over the weekend on CNN International.

The segment runs for 10 minutes and is rather well done. It revolves around the SOTW riff, with the bad old days aptly illustrated by the Hofstra footage, and then Ritchie appearing in the studio with his acoustic. He demonstrates the right and the wrong way of playing the riff and talks about his affection to medieval music, all of this on the backdrop of his very dry wit.

The second half of the segment is entirely devoted to a British air guitar contest, where SOTW soundtrack (Made in Japan version, if I’m not mistaken) is featured briefly.

For those of you who missed the show for one reason or another, you can now watch it online.

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the link.

20 Comments to “Blackmore on Richard Quest’s show”:

  1. 1
    stoffer says:

    This interview with Ritchie is a MUST SEE for any fan of RB or DP, simply awesome. (the air guitar stuff was also slightly amusing)

  2. 2
    True Believer says:

    You have to hand it to The Man. He certainly compells your attention.

  3. 3
    T says:

    Mr. Quest was intrigued! He looked like he was on a cloud…

    Blackmore comes across as very intellectual. It’s interesting to hear him speak…and to admit he thought they were guitar “rifts” (kind of fitting though!)

    It’s not surprising that “Smoke” is the exposition of the first movement of the Fifth backwards–I have a photo of a painting of a young Beethoven…and it looks just like Blackmore! (Cover of Von Karajan Deutsche Grammophon set).

    However, “Smoke” is not the Fifth *literally* backwards. He just means the Fifth descends…”Smoke” ascends. Similar intervals (before someone goes off and corrects me, I’d not gone and figured them out). Not close enough for RB to owe Ludwig “a lot of money” but an interesting insight into the man nonetheless.

    I’d like to see a rock album of songs like “Fires at Midnight” (one of his best ever solos) but I’m happy for the man that he has found his niche.

    More power to him.

  4. 4
    mr. moonlight says:

    Ritchie Blackmore is The Greatest!

  5. 5
    AndreA says:

    RB at Quest For Rock’n’Roll ? but now only DP plays RnR,not RB….now he plays just for pensioned people…

  6. 6
    Henrik says:

    – Blackmore is a true genius, and the first rock guitarist to understand the importance of practice!

    Up to 6 hours a day.- So while Page was flamboyantly gigging it up w/ the Yardbirds in the US, Blackmore just practiced. And wipes the floor w/ contemporaries guitarplayers.

    And he is a great songwriter as well.

  7. 7
    Kees van der Heijden says:

    Thanks Ritchie for smoke and.. still the best…

  8. 8
    Sandbagger1 says:

    With that great commanding voice of his, Ritchie could recite the phonebook, and it’d be an interesting listen. Which leads me to this, since he’s so into this whole Renaissance/Medieval affair (as I am too, btw), why not release spoken word/audio books, Ritchie reading fairy tales! I’m serious. 🙂

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    AndreA, get a life!

    DP right now should be pensioned disgracing the name once build by Mister B.
    And sent home that fiddler……
    I have seen enough smiley’s forthe rest of my life…….
    Or what would you call someone smiling allthe time? Insane?/

  10. 10
    AndreA says:

    you are right,i was only joking for sayng that for me it is a pity too see MR.BLACKMORE playng that kind of music. To be honest I get trouble listen that music played by RB…even if I like to listen different kind of music,I mean popular music from mediterraneo or from North europe like irish sound etc…But I find very very very sad to see Candice On Stege singing “child in time” or “temple of the king”. DP are DP,Rainbow are Rainbow.BN are BN. Rock is Rock and others are not the same. I thank Morse for what is doing in DP (I hope he enjoyes DP for long time) but I miss the stratocaster sound in DP like Jon lord,even if I appreciate DonAirey.
    cheers amigo

  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:

    People are strange…….
    On one hand I ‘ll find myself utterly bored by listening more than 30 minutes to BN.
    On the other hand, I can appreciate their versions of DP and Rainbowsongs……..

  12. 12
    fabio says:

    Surely Ritchie was joking while explaining how he copied the 5th of Beethoven for “Smoke on the water”. Really the two riffs are not comparable (backwards, in parallel 4ths…but Smoke’s riff is all in major key). Maybe he’s feeling a bit of nostalgia when he played rock some years ago…he’s romancing some old past stories. Anyway…great humour and a sort of replica when he tries to teach to Mr.Quest how to play…alike with Hugh Hefner in 1968!

  13. 13
    rascal says:

    The banjo player took a hike………………………thank F**k he did!!

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Rascal…….. You can.t be a real DP fan………….

  15. 15
    Rascal says:

    I enjoy Blackmore era DP, and Morse era DP………………that makes me a fan (serious, real, true……….just words, I dont live a breathe DP, cos I also have a life!!).

    Your comment- ‘DP right now should be pensioned disgracing the name once build by Mister B’…………..is pathetic…………………and you call yourself a fan!!

    If it had been left to Blackmore DP would have finished 14 years ago!!

    Blackmore has gone, Im glad he went, cos I (as a DP fan) can still enjoy their music.

  16. 16
    jmastersherm says:

    Gillan ruined DP, not Blackmore. DP sucks ass without RB and Jon.

  17. 17
    Sami says:

    “Let’s mock TMIB in every given opportunity…that’s the Purple-spirit &
    True Fan mentality, right!?”
    Some people here aren’t the cunning linquists they so desperately
    wish to be…talkin’ about having a life, doesn’t seem so to me!!

  18. 18
    Sami says:

    …and don’t criticise Morse here, either : It’s a sore spot & forbidden topic for some people it seems…

  19. 19
    Stormbringer says:

    You’re absolutely right jmastersherm.DP sucks big time without Blackmore and Lord!!!!!!

  20. 20
    Rascal says:

    Ladies, Ladies, Ladies

    Why oh why do we need to do the Blackmore/Morse insults.

    Particularly when we have JLT to take the piss out of!!

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