Monday, October 19, 2015
Ritchie Blackmore's 1st Rock Show in Nearly 20 Years Reportedly Confirmed
In 1997, guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore (formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow) decided to call it quits for good from the heavy rock scene so he could focus on making Renaissance music with his wife Candice Night in their folk band Blackmore's Night. However, after nearly two decades Blackmore has decided to strap on the Strat one more time to do a few rock shows next year.
That being said, one of these shows has already been reportedly confirmed. According to SWP.de Blackmore and his band will supposedly be playing the Monsters of Rock festival in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany on June 18th, 2016.
In an interview with Billboard, Blackmore talked about his reasons for returning to rock briefly as well as what his band will be like:
“I’m now 70, so I just felt like playing some rock ‘n’ roll for a few days. We’re going to do four or five dates of just playing the old rock stuff, Purple stuff and Rainbow. I’m doing it for the fans, for nostalgia, and the singer I found is very exciting. He’s a cross between [former Rainbow frontman Ronnie James] Dio meets Freddie Mercury. So, this will mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I’m sure he’ll become pretty famous because of his voice.”
I'm definitely curious to hear how this new singer sounds. Would be nice if Blackmore would do another rock album even if it wasn't under the Rainbow name, but somehow I don't see that happening. Then again, we all thought Blackmore would never return to rock in any capacity; so I guess never say never.