RITCHIE BACKMORE Is Considering a Return to Rock

06 July 2015
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Nearly two decades after a switch to medieval folk, former Deep Purple and Rainbow co-founder Ritchie Blackmore says he might play rock again – but not for long.

Just for a few days, next June,” Blackmore allows, in a new talk with the French newspaper Le Parisien.

But for now, I’m not decided on the persons I want to work with. I’ve got a good idea about the ideal candidates, but it wouldn’t be fair to say anything now. I will know exactly in one month who I want to have in this band to play Deep Purple and Rainbow songs. We will probably play three or four shows in June; that’s all.”

Blackmore, now 70, broke up Rainbow in 1997 to form Blackmore’s Night with his wife Candice Night. Their 10 ren faire-styled studio efforts include this September’s All Our Yesterdays.

He was a member of Deep Purple from 1968-75 and from 1984-93; stints in Rainbow followed both times, from 1975-84 and 1993-97.

More recently, former bandmates in both groups have mentioned possible reunions. David Coverdale, who was with Blackmore in Deep Purple from 1973-75, says Whitesnake‘s current tribute album Purple grew out of failed plans to play with Blackmore again.

Meanwhile, Joe Lynn Turner – a member of Rainbow from 1980-84 and then Deep Purple from 1989-92 – has also talked about the possibility of collaborating again.

I think that Joe will not be part of the adventure, and he doesn’t know it yet,” Blackmore counters. “He does his thing, I like him, and I made good albums and good songs with him, like “Street of Dreams’ (a 1983 Rainbow track that Blackmore’s Night later reworked). But I’m thinking about doing a mixture in the band, with famous people and not so famous ones. That’s my state of mind at the moment, and you’re the first person I talk to about it.”

Blackmore later surmised, presumably with a smile, that “there should be about three or four people who might be interested.”

Source: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/

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