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A kindred spirit

It’s a poorly hidden secret that one Ritchie Blackmore has an admiration for one Ian Anderson. After all, after unknown amount of persuasion, Anderson played a flute solo on the first Blackmore’s Night album. The whole thing was arranged online. The solo was recorded overseas and overlayed in the studio later on. A little less known fact is that some time later said Mr. Anderson got a very stern notice from Her Majesty’s Customs to present his sorry arse at the nearest office for explanations. Turns out, there was a package in his name containing a handgun. In full compliance of the 2nd Amendment, but a big no-no back in the old country. That was Ritchie’s way to say thank you.


11 Comments to “A kindred spirit”:

  1. 1
    Jason Hillenburg says:

    Yikes! That’s a rather odd thanks.

  2. 2
    Robert says:

    I read this story in Anderson’s interview few years ago. He also mentioned that this was kind of a tongue-in-cheek gift from Ritchie. What Ritchie didn’t know is that Anderson in fact possesses a permit to own a handgun, so it turned out to be a genuine gift after all.

  3. 3
    Mats Karlsson says:

    Blackmore’s been very outspoken about being a Tull fan, so when was it a secret?

  4. 4
    David Wigerthsson says:

    Thank You!! LOL

  5. 5
    Patrick Michels says:

    That was funny! Ritchie always with the odd ball sense of humor

  6. 6
    Reinder Dijkhuis says:

    It’s not that odd – Anderson collects, or used to collect, antique guns.

  7. 7
    Joe Crowley says:

    Read Jerry Bloom’s Unofficial Ritchie Blackmore Biography “Black Night “. There’s a whole bunch of Ritchie’s pranks. Best IMO was when a band member looking for a writing credit for a song. So Ritchie had all his furniture where they were staying put up on the ceiling.

  8. 8
    MacGregor says:

    Classic Blackmore & as Mats @ 3 mentioned, Blackmore has always been a Tull fan from the 1970’s on! Cheers.

  9. 9
    Jim Collins says:

    In Guitar Player back in 1978 he told a story about seeing Tull recently and Ian Anderson jumping into his lap at the show.

  10. 10
    Elprupdeep says:

    Two greatest underated artists.
    Long live Ritchie & Ian.

  11. 11
    terho says:

    They are friends since way back,

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