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Suck you in, bleed you dry, and set you free

Doogie White reminiscences about his days in Rainbow:

The full interview is over half an hour long and can be found as a podcast on podfollow. It covers the range of issues from the British class system to his current job in Alcatrazz and their new album Take No Prisoners (due out on May 19).

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

15 Comments to “Suck you in, bleed you dry, and set you free”:

  1. 1
    MacGregor says:

    I always like to hear Doogie’s Scottish accent & all. He is a down to earth lad & good on him for writing to Blackmore & getting that issue sorted. I still like a lot of that Stranger In Us All album. More power to him. Cheers.

  2. 2
    Gregster says:

    You just have to love the accent ! Doogie seems like an easy person to get along with. Too bad there was only the one album from that line-up of Rainbow, & it’s title says-it-all !

    Stranger in us all ( indeed )…

    And as for “Suck you in, bleed you dry, & set you free”…That has to be the hallmark, non-disclosed agreement made between everyone, when joining into any band…It’s the other-side-of-the-coin per-se…( Or the fine print within an (imaginary) contract, that’s always overlooked ).

    I suggest that at the time, this incarnation of Rainbow was “its” farewell to the fans from RB, as with DP Mk-II(c) a few years earlier…It was time to rest the Stratocaster in its case, & turn the Marshall’s off for a long while…(Thankfully not for good). Rock & Roll was put to rest at last for RB.

    Peace !

  3. 3
    Adel Faragalla says:

    I would have loved to hear his demo sessions with Iron Maiden when he was trying to get the vacant job after Bruce was killed on stage on his last gig before leaving.
    Also I guess since he took all the money owed to him it just shows that Ritchie is not a gold digger even if it’s a big amount.
    Peace ✌️

  4. 4
    Nino says:

    I like Doogie’s interviews – he is always benevolent and fair.

  5. 5
    Doug says:

    Being a Jock I’m biased, but I could listen to him all day. Brilliantly articulate and so well presented too. Cheers 🍻


  6. 6
    ivica says:

    legendary unplugged


  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Dougie sounds like Nicola Sturgeon to me!

    I’ve seen him twice with Rainbow and twice with MSG/Temple of Rock (a silly moniker if there ever was one …) – with the latter he had to cover Phil Mogg, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Klaus Meine stuff and did that admirably well, without turning it into karaoke, unlike Ronnie Romero for instance.

    Blackmore’s penchant for discarding people is a not so nice feature of his personality. I saw the Doogie White-fronted Rainbow twice, once in Offenbach, Germany, and once in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1996 (we were vacationing in Sweden and I stumbled across the announcement that they were playing), by then that line up was already in its death throes and you could hear it all night though Dougie valiantly gave his best. I left the hall with the sinking feeling that I had – once again – seen Ritchie in a certain musical environment for the last time. And I wasn’t wrong either. Same thing with a Joe Lynn Turner-fronted Rainbow in Rüsselsheim in late 1982 and DP Mk 2.3 in Mannheim late 1993 (what an awful, depressing gig that was, just two weeks after a great one in Frankfurt).

  8. 8
    Micke says:

    @ 7 I saw them 2 days later in Lidkoping, Sweden and I felt the same as you, watching a sinking ship. Also saw them at Cirkus in Stockholm one year earlier and that was a very good show. I mean really, really good!

  9. 9
    Rock Voorne says:

    Maybe a bit off topic but nevertheless.


    My foggy brain thinks its kinda unearthed new footage or maybe just remastered?

  10. 10
    MacGregor says:

    @ 9- The guy by the name of Kevin Moore commenting on youtube says those filmed segments were filmed by Polydor for promotional reasons at Houston, Texas on July 10th 1976. I am not sure of the added Aussie fans speaking & carrying on after a gig & why that has been added? Any way it is interesting & thanks for that. Cheers.

  11. 11
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Bedankt RV, I actually saw segments of that (A Light In The Black) in 1976 – why do I remember things from 47 years ago clearly, but can never find my friggin’ iPhone?! – on German TV, and MacGregor’s helpful hopping-in of the source info now explains it: Polydor promo material! I’ve been wondering for decades where it came from and never saw it again. I still remember recording its crappy sound from the crappy TV speaker with a crappy mic to my crappy cassette recorder on a – wait for it – high quality BASF chrome dioxide C90 tape (my preferred brand at the time, I had lots of tapes). It sounded awful, but I was mighty proud, my first Rainbow bootleg. : – )

    Not the greatest Rainbow fan as everyone knows here, but, yeah, that stuff was back then compelling for a 15-year-old.

  12. 12
    MacGregor says:

    “I still remember recording its crappy sound from the crappy TV speaker with a crappy mic to my crappy cassette recorder on a – wait for it – high quality BASF chrome dioxide C90 tape (my preferred brand at the time, I had lots of tapes).” That brings back many memories, trying to record our favourite artists in that very manner as Uwe describes. Low behold any unsuspecting family member who happened to walk into the room making noise at those precise moments, ha ha ha. It was the only choice we had in an attempt to record anything. I remember doing that with Man On the Silver Mountain when radio 3XY from Melbourne, (the same one featured on this very clip), premiered the new song back in 1975. Those were the days, a little bit of sound engineering it was. Even further back in time what about the ‘crystal set’ our very first personally owned radio signal receiver (mid to late 1960’s), exciting times to be given one of those from Santa. Frustrating though trying to pick up the faintest of signals in ‘outback’ or near enough to outback Australia. But they did work. The technology was mind boggling back then, forget the iPhones. Cheers.

  13. 13
    Rock Voorne says:

    My tapes and VHS cassettes were destroyed trying to keep them in my shed

    I miss them. It had something, the whole thing.

    No space, so many books/cds/etc

    Such a shame

    And last summer one of my favourite trees died in the long dry summer. A Japanese Cherry tree.
    I was depressed and overestimated the powers of the tree, thought its old so it must live…..

    Did with care repair when it was ill 10 years ago and since it did well……

    Kinda sad about these things happening.
    And theres more coming…
    One of my cats, Lizzy, seems to be too weak to make it tru this year.
    Lets hope I ll find a cure…..

  14. 14
    MacGregor says:

    @13 – those ornamental trees, cherry, plum, etc only live for about 20 years or so, from my observations here in Australia at least. A shame it is when a quality plant succumbs to the inevitable. Can you replace it with another one or something similar? Cheers.

  15. 15
    Rock Voorne says:

    @ 14

    When I arrived here in 93 I already assumed it was planted by the former inhabitants many decades ago, since this hood was built in the 30 s.

    I did resize it and in the beginning watered it without knowing if it was necessary.
    10 years ago, dont remember how I found out , some heavy branches I opened were filled with compost, bizarre sight.

    I saw away the impacted branches and put protective stuff on the wounds.
    I even made a weird carving because the stem had 3 fat branches with a pit in it, so water and dirt could fester and I thought if it the little pit can loose its dirt it will not rot there.

    Someone said the tree was living on borrowed time which saddened me then already…..

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