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Stormbringer coming

David ‘Rock’ Feinstein told Classic Rock magazine a story of Blackmore the weatherman causing a riot by refusing to go on stage:

It happened when I was in Elf in the early 1970s. We supported Deep Purple at an outdoor show in the grounds of Cornell University, in Ithaca, Upstate New York. It was a three-band bill. We had the middle slot, with ZZ Top opening!

Anyway, I was in the car park beforehand with Ritchie, when he looked up at the sky and said: ‘I think we’re gonna get a storm.’ The next thing, he’s telling his guitar road to pack up his gear because he wasn’t gonna play in such conditions – remember, it was still dry!

ZZ Top were already on stage, but we were advised to pack up and get out of there, because once the crowd –- and it was a full stadium –- realised Purple weren’t gonna appear there would be real trouble.

It was was a wise piece of advice — a riot ensued, with all the bands having their equipment trashed.

The upshot was that it was the last rock gig Cornell University allowed to happen there.

And the weatherman in black was right in his forecast — it did rain that day.

24 Comments to “Stormbringer coming”:

  1. 1
    Gary says:

    A classic no-win situation, especially for the fans, but it looks like Ritchie made the right decision since it did actually rain that day.

    What other decision could have been made ?
    Risk electrocution ?

  2. 2
    JasonH says:

    Nice story, but the “Rock” is quite mistaken about Cornell never hosting another rock concert. For instance, the Grateful Dead played a legendary show there in 1977.

  3. 3
    Roberto says:

    how many people there?

  4. 4
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I read the interview last night with Dio on that site from Greece.

    Must be cucumbertime again…..

    Nothing special to talk about……
    The system wants to fights something like a body wants to fight deseases, allergies and so on…..
    The situation is theres nothing to fight about, lets slag something which does not need to be slagged anymore,,,,,

    Suddenly RB bashing all around….

    Its always all his fault isnt?!

    DIO blames a lot on him and slags off JLT in one sentence…..
    Dissappointed in you Ronnie.

    What did Joe ever do to you that you talk so sour about him?

    Ok, I remember you called him a NON ORIGINAL, just a 2nd hand Lou Gramm!
    Maybe if you d have had the grace and maturity to write a few love ballads for lyrics you could have rocked on for some more years with him?

    Everyone knows that a battle is to be fought within not by leaving the stage….

    A pity this site does not take the trouble to put a few more beatiful new threads about POSITIVE things.

    And I dont mean the zillionth of time promoting your Big Brother Mister Zero by boring us to tears with some more threads about his last solo effort.

    Everyone I speak lately is NOT impresed and find it an unoriginal and boring effort for a man his stature!!!!

    Passionate people like OTR who are doing a great job and giving loads of people long awaited wishes come true….
    They DESERVE some more spotlights instead giving stage to people who nothing better than do than repeating their personal insults.

    So, where are the threads to great quality YouTubes????!!!

    If you can post newies of BN and DP than you might as well can do the same for OTR.

    Have a nice weekend!


  5. 5
    Moreblack says:

    Good times.

  6. 6
    james jay says:

    greatful dead is dope folk music–not RnR.

  7. 7
    T says:

    Re: #4

    You make some interesting observations in that Blackmore is indeed the target of undue criticism which just seems to pop up out of nowhere from time to time–particularly on a “slow news day”.

    It is interesting to read the negative comments about an off-night performance, then read the glowing praise from some of these same detractors when Blackmore’s Night hit the target on a subsequent good night.

    Regarding the Dio interview, Ronnie Dio is one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time–and remains so even today. He is a true original who, along with early Rainbow, does not receive much of the credit for practically inventing the heavy metal genre–from the castle and dungeon lyrics and stage props to the way he articulates himself on stage.

    However, he does have a case of sour grapes. Unable to incorporate wizards and killing the king into Blackmore’s more mainstream-oriented radio-friendly vision, he had to go–and the post-Dio years saw the biggest commercial success in the band’s history, particularly under Turner’s tenure. Dio sees this as both a betrayal and a sell-out. Could there be some envy as well? Those first three Dio-era Rainbow albums are arguably Rainbow’s best. The next four, however, contained the hits. From a professional standpoint, Blackmore was right. Nobody likes a guy who always seems to be right.

    The fact that Blackmore called up Turner for a session with Blackmore’s Night also must be a bitter pill for Dio to swallow. That Blackmore is happy and having a great time in his current position is something that many people–Dio included–cannot understand.

    I believe that Dio is still waiting for that phone call for a rock reunion. It’s not a call HE needs–even if WE would like to see it happen. Dio is as iconic as an individual as he is as part of a band.

    In that regard, Dio needs to refrain from the Blackmore-bashing, look forward, and to continue being one of rock’s greatest vocalist-songwriters. Like he, I believe his voice has many years left.

  8. 8
    Rascal says:

    Isnt it about time the moderators stopped pandering to the majority? Please only use material and postings that are relevenat to Mr. Priests ‘peccadillo’s’…………….

    In other words no more SM/DP material, or any other ‘stuff’ that may suggest that RB isnt a god.

    Its very upsetting!

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Are you talking about my shoes?

    I prefer to walk the earth all year long on naked feet.
    But its no climate for that…..

    Yesterday I saw a nice and interesting doc about Fleetwood Mac on BBC 1.After that they sent a live show from Clapton and Winwood, way to goooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fleetwood Mac, talking about a band with great tensions within!!!!!
    And what about their excessive behaviour acting like superstars….like there was no tomorrow.

    Fleetwood and Mc Vie, the rythymsection admitted that they, though they still love England and Europe……they cant stand the COLD!!!
    Too old to cope with the weather overhere….

    Me too, every year its getting worse….

    And no money to escape to Hawai or Maui…..

    Living in the cold partly due to my 3 decades of DP and co addiction…..Spending all that money….

    Wish I had all that money I spent……

    On that and ahem junkfood and booze…..

    No regrets about the rest…..

    Espescially not about my cats…..

  10. 10
    greg says:

    Great comment ‘purplepriest’.I’m also tired of Ronnie’s comments about Blackmore’s moods and ego. Every great artist has big ego, ex.DIO=GOD.Why he won’t tell about Ritchie’s wicked sense of humor (check Lemmy’s comment),about good stuff.I love RB,DIO, DP, and every time someone brings some crap out I go like Ohh.. COME ON. I don’t know how much of this is true and I don’t really care.I love the music and I don’t listen music based on liking the artist personally.

  11. 11
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Dio has always busted on Turner, nothing at all new there, but ‘envy’ him? I doubt that much. I do hate it when he talks smack about others though, same with Gillan, Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes and Turner himself… they all tend to do it and that is a fact.

  12. 12
    Jeffs says:

    I didn’t see any Blackmore bashings in that interview. Ronnie was being honest and also said that he is genius and so he is, but no matter how much you love Blackmore as a musician (and I do), it is obvious that he can be a difficult almost vindictive character. This fact doesn’t make me admire his work less, just helps me understand how and why MkII broke up in 1973 at a time when they were the biggest selling band in the world.

  13. 13
    Woodruff P. Hoppinstopp says:

    rainy day dream away let the sun take a holiday

  14. 14
    Rascal says:

    Dio/Rainbow had far more appeal for me than any other Rainbow.

    Im glad Dio/Rainbow finished when it did otherwise we may had missed out on Dio/Sabbath and his own band, and that just wouldnt do!

  15. 15
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 12

    Indeed, he has never been positive about JLT, so its not a change.

    I sense more sour grapes in THIS interview about RB than before…..
    He has not always spoken this negative about him.
    Well, we all change from time to time…..

    Loving someone dearly, trying to be diplomatique after the break up…..helped by still loving them, and sometimes breaking loose in a negative way cause you feel betrayed, left behind…..

    Btw, its from this so called questionable site, isnt it Larry?

    Can you explain a bit why you think so?

  16. 16
    james jay says:

    @7 nice comment and point of view– true how Turner era Rainbow scored them in the lime light. though i believe “down to earth” was their best stuff. as for Dio–he was the only Rainbow singer who can stand alone in any band.

  17. 17
    stefan says:

    In my opinion there´s no dought RJD is the far superior vocalist of them all! When Ritchie decided to take a far more commercial direction, he reduced Rainbow to a “second class Journey” ! Nothing wrong with Journey if you´re into whimpy pussy rock, but why destroy such a heavy,enigmatic and grand class act and pussyfie themselves just to sell more records is beyond me! I´m sure if Ritchie had stuck to the initial formula, they would eventually have sold shitloads of records anyway! They could even have been the new Zeppelin and filled the void when “Bonzo” snuffed it! What could have been……..??????

  18. 18
    james jay says:

    rainbow 1 and 2 would not have survived the hair band times—thus rainbow 3 w/JLT and big hits. Rainbow 4 went down when the butt bearing no talent rappers appeared and some how gained a huge following. no argument dio is king-but JLT had the hits that made the ducketts.

  19. 19
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 17

    Yep, why discuss taste…..

    I would prefer the DIO era any day when having to chose to go back with a time machine……

    But I m also very fond of later Rainbow days.

    And hate Steve Morse era days…
    Seems illogical…..I do know that.
    Cant help it—–

  20. 20
    james jay says:

    @17 led zep overated like hendrix–rainbow’s down to earth satisfied both hard rockers and pussified rockers….you think?

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 17

    I think you are quoting Don Airey here on the Led Zeppelin thing?


    Would have been my choice too but God acts in mysterious ways, hehehe

  22. 22
    Jack11 says:

    When Deep Purple reformed JLT talked junk about Blackmore. And do you really think Dio was upset when JLT did a song with Blackmoress Night?

  23. 23
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 22

    Dunno what you re talking about.
    I feel Dio has some sour grapes because around 1998 there could have been a Rainbow reunion with Blackers, Cozy and HIM.

    Ofcourse, Cozy RIP, died and RB went on to do what he still does…..
    Thats very frustrating ofcourse……

    Who would not prefer a Dio and Blackmore reunion above the Heaven and Hell thing?

    I find the H and H dissappointing.

    It might give something on stage but the album, like FUSED, is wayyyyyyyyyyy to dark.

    The WARMTH of the early BS albums is missing IMHO

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    Ianzinnk says:


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