At 70-years-old, Ritchie Blackmore, former co-founder of heavy rock group Deep Purple, and former guitarist of Rainbow, has officially announced his return to the genre that gained him such notoriety in the late sixties and early seventies.
This past July, Blackmore had spoken with Ultimate Classic Rock and hinted the likelihood of a musical reunion with a handful of names he has worked with in the past, such as David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake), and Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow); although, in a separate interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, Blackmore eludes to his uncertainty of who he would be considering to partner with.
This month the English guitarist and songwriter announces that the reunion is a go, although there is still “a little confusion and some uncertainty” about the other musicians involved. No exact dates have been advertised yet, but the tour is set to commence next June. The list of songs he intends to perform will include only Deep Purple and Rainbow hits.
Fans will be filling venues once tickets go on sale, considering Blackmore has been on a hiatus from rock and roll for nearly two decades!
After Blackmore’s last stint with Deep Purple came to an end in 1993, and with Rainbow in 1997, he and wife Candice Night formed a new project by the name of Blackmore’s Night – a name combining both of their last names. The neoclassical metal band has released 9 albums since, with Shadow of the Moon as their debut album in ’97.
The couple has gained a significant amount of success playing throughout the world at Renassiance Festivals, as well as performing in historic locations throughout Europe for audiences dressed mostly in authentic renaissance attire.
Most recently, Blackmore sued both Deep Purple and HEC Enterprises after an audit totaled $1.16 million dollars worth of royalties unreported to the rocker.
But with legal drama still being sorted, and Blackmore’s Night’s upcoming September 18th release of their 10th studio album titled All Our Yesterdays, let’s hope not too much will get in the way before he hits the road next June!
Photo: Bert Treep