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Quotes from and about Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow

Is there any chance that Deep Purple could reunite with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore for a one-off concert, or possibly even just one song, before the band calls it quits?

Ian Gillan: Everyone knows the history Purple was on the downslope when Ritchie left, and with Steve [Morse, Blackmore's replacement], we got back on the upslope again. So it would be, in the greatest scheme of things, impossible to do that. And I think it's gonna be increasingly difficult as the years go by, because no one has much interest in that sort of thing. We have no great passion or dislike for Ritchie — we're actually exchanging communications and ideas through our offices, so there's no nasty feelings left, I don't think, in that respect. But I think it's too late. We're thinking about the end now. And the other thing is it would just open the damn gates and all this whole damn thing would start all over again just when we put it to bed. As far as I know, everybody in the band would think that was a bad idea. And let's just let it rest. Let's just wish Ritchie well, and do what he does, and we'll do what we do.

Radio Rock 106.6 FM, Italy June 21, 2018

Satriani was asked for his reaction to Blackmore's comments (in Shadow Of The Moon Press Kit 1997)...

Joe Satriani: Well, it's unfortunate when somebody that you look up to has something negative to say about you. So that part will always hurt. I wouldn't hide my feelings about that. I get criticized on both sides of the fence for the opposite offenses," he continued. "And I don't quite understand it other than most of the time, when someone has criticism, it's because they're challenged and they feel that they have to strike out. So I get it — I understand why he would have to say something negative. I can kind of laugh at it, because I'm not like that myself. I tend to just look at the positive of another musician and focus on that.

Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon May 21, 2018

How would you compare this Rainbow line-up with the others?

Ritchie Blackmore: I will say something now, that is probably gonna upset a lot of Cozy Powell and Dio fans, but that's really how I think: This line up is the best line up Rainbow ever had. On the other side I'm always in the now on stage and off stage, which means that I had always loved the current line up of any band I was in the most.

Eclipsed Rock Magazine February 21, 2018

Tell me the story of the tattoo on your forearm, is it the song's lyrics "We believed we'd catch the rainbow Ride the wind to the sun"?

Ronnie Romero: Yes, it's the Rainbow song "Catch the Rainbow", and it's a very funny story. I didn't have any tattoo before the Rainbow shows began and one of the things that Candice and Ritchie told me while picking me for the job was that I really looked like a "regular guy", so normal and clean, without any tattoo; then the day before the Birmingham show, two years ago, me and the drummer and the backing singer went to a tattoo shop to get this tattoo in order to commemorate the amazing experience being absolutely sure there was not gonna be more in the future, like it had been a once in a lifetime experience.

On the day of the Birmingham show we went to do the soundcheck and Ritchie noticed my tattoo and was not very happy but after that I went back to Madrid and made many more cause I just love them! So this year after the shows in UK we went back to the tattoo shop and I made some more and while having dinner before the show with Ritchie he told me very seriously: "you got new tattoo... you're not looking good with them". And I was like oops!

SpaziRock Italy December 13, 2017

Ronnie, any chance that Rainbow will be touring America next year?

Ronnie Romero: I don't know, as I'm always saying, I'm just the singer. The person you have to ask is another one (laughs). But the truth is that the information they gave me about next year is very limited and so far I can just confirm that we're going to tour Europe in April with five concerts. But yes, it looks like we're going to do more shows in the second half of 2018.

Rock Axis, November 2017

Glenn Hughes about his former Deep Purple bandmate Ritchie Blackmore, who recently played a series of European shows to mark his return to the rock stage

Glenn Hughes: All I have to say about Ritchie is that he's seventy-two now. If I'm lucky, I'll get to be seventy-two. Ritchie is an oddball, in all the respect. I only wanna wish him a happy life.

He talks about not being happy, he wants to be angry or whatever he wants to do... Whatever he does in his life, he's a strange dude, but I just wanna wish him only the very, very best. I had a great time working with him, and I hope he continues forever.

Metal Talk - September 2017

Doogie White on his first Rainbow gig

Doogie White: Chic and my brother Ian and Rhona who managed La Paz came to the first Rainbow show in Helsinki. At the hotel Ritchie brought down his guitar and we sang ALL the songs we loved with all the people we love. My brother sang Soldier of Fortune and when Ritchie heard him sing he turned to me and said " If I had heard him first...you would not be here".

Glasband 80 - August 2009

How does Steve Morse feel about Blackmore's recent comment that he would be interested in playing one last show with Deep Purple?

Steve Morse: Fans would love it. It would be nice, I think, to see closure with everybody involved, and the bad feelings put aside. I think they'd all get a kick out of it if they could get past the psychological barriers. I am a fan of music, I'm a musician. I am not a politician. Now, a lot of people would feel intimidated, to have somebody come who's likely to play over them, standing in front of them and stealing the spotlight or whatever. But I thought, a lot of people would love to see this. And at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, I thought Ritchie Blackmore was going to show up. He could've played three songs, but I ended up doing them, because he didn't. That was up in the air.

There have been a lot of bad things said and done amongst the guys, and anyhow, it is like the ice has to be broken. I think that once that's done, they'd all have a great time. But I don't know how to go about doing that. Anyway, as far as I am concerned, all members, past and present and future [laughs] of Deep Purple, are welcome.

Billboard, USA - August 2017

Ritchie Blackmore on the future plans of Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore: I'm happy with the concerts we played so far. It was good fun to play all those old songs again. So of course we'll be back with Rainbow and play the songs that everyone wants to hear.

The rumor that we are going to Japan is true. Actually, I'm working on it a little bit now. The biggest problem for me are airplanes. I have a limit of six hours. If we go to Japan, it would be good to do it around March.

BURRN Magazine, Japan - September 2017 issue

A re-recorded version of Rainbow staple composition 'I Surrender' was digitally released on May 26th. Further material has been recorded with Rainbow, perennially spearheaded by former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

Ronnie Romero: In fact, one of the songs we have recorded is new material, and is an unreleased song. I don't know when that song is going to be released, but it's a really nice and good song. I think after the shows in the UK, we will see what happens as to the intentions of Ritchie Blackmore to make some new music, or do some new shows, or whatever. I don't have any idea right now. Probably we will have some idea at the end of June, after the UK tour.

Ritchie sent me this song some months ago. I expected something different, but the song sounds like the early days of Rainbow – the first album, the Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow album (August 1975) – so I think the fans will really like it. It's an idea, of course, we've been recording some different stuff; some new songs, and then some songs from the old albums of Rainbow. After this UK tour, we will make some decisions about recording a complete album, or just a couple of more songs, or whatever. It's all about Ritchie's feelings after this month. Right now, I don't know his ideas for the band, but I've got the feeling that if the shows go well, probably we will make some different stuff. If the shows don't go well, June will probably be the end of the new Rainbow.

Metal Forces Magazine - June 2017

Richie, it seems that everyone wants to see a final show of Deep Purple with you. What do you think about it?

Ritchie Blackmore: I think if they would be interested, and our schedules aligned, I would be available for one show — for nostalgic reasons. But I don't think Deep Purple have any interest in that. They have their niche and are not into doing things like that. We are friends and I've doing my music for twenty years, and they're doing their stuff for twenty years. It's probably not likely [to happen]. Also, their management wouldn't like it, even if it was for just one show. Their management wouldn't allow it, I'm sure.

Rock'n'Roll Reporter, Germany - July 2017

Joe Lynn Turner delivered some harsh words for former Purple and Rainbow band-mate, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

Joe Lynn Turner: I had worked with Ritchie's manager for over a year trying to put something together that was authentic. When I say 'authentic,' I mean authentic lineup, regardless of who was still around, who wasn't. We were going to have people that actually were in Rainbow... And they just pulled out at the last minute really and put this thing together. I had worked with Ritchie's manager for over a year trying to put something together that was authentic. When I say 'authentic,' I mean authentic lineup, regardless of who was still around, who wasn't. We were going to have people that actually were in Rainbow... And they just pulled out at the last minute really and put this thing together.

Why would anyone of [Blackmore's] iconic nature want to come out and not be as good as he can be? Because, obviously, the reviews haven't been that good. And that's not for me to say — that's what people are saying. It's obvious that it's just not living up to snuff. Why would anyone of [Blackmore's] iconic nature want to come out and not be as good as he can be? Because, obviously, the reviews haven't been that good. And that's not for me to say — that's what people are saying. It's obvious that it's just not living up to snuff. It's a shame that they didn't see the vision that they should have put an authentic Rainbow together, because all the fans feel disrespected in a way. They were hoping that they would get a chance to see at least some cast of Rainbow members, all in one place, all at one time. And that just didn't happen.

Illawarra Mercury, Australia - July 11, 2017

A few months back your old band mate in Deep Purple Ritchie Blackmore returned to his Rock roots with Rainbow for the first time in over 20 years. What did you make of it? Have you heard any of the footage with Ronnie Romero?

Glenn Hughes: I wasn't really sure. I'm glad he came back for his own sake, and, obviously, he wanted to make some electric rock music again after so long away. It's been 20-something years. It was his choice and his choice who he had playing with him. I wished him all the best and have nothing but total respect for him and he knows that. I hope he continues along the road he's on as his fans want more electric shows from him. All I want for Ritchie is happiness. Although I don't see him very often I still have good memories of him and it's all good between us.

Singing Ronnie's [James Dio] songs needs a special kind of singer and I think the young chap did a reasonably good job and I think Ritchie may well have found the guy for him. He was certainly a good fit for Rainbow.

Metal Express Radio - January 15, 2017

When you reformed Rainbow for the shows last June, were you disappointed that you weren't able to invite original singer Ronnie James Dio, who died in 2010?

Ritchie Blackmore: I hate to say it, but no, I wasn't. I'd finished with Ronnie a long time ago, and we kept in touch now and again but I went on to other things and he was in other things. We kept it very convivial and that, but I think neither one of us really wanted to get back together. He's a strong alpha male, and so am I; he wanted to go one way, I wanted to go the other.

Newsweek - January 7, 2017

Rodney Marsh Is To Blame For Deep Purple Re-forming...

Ian Gillan: Still being a QPR supporter, I think. I haven't been to Loftus Road for a while now, but I was at Wembley in 1967 when we beat West Brom in the League Cup final. I became good friends with Rodney Marsh [former QPR player]. He came to see us a few times. He came to a Gillan show once, around 1982. "Great show," he said, when he came backstage, "but it's not Deep Purple, is it?" I laughed it off, but it started me thinking. I called Jon Lord not long after that. We went out and had a meal and a chat, and the seeds of the Deep Purple re-formation were sown right there. So if you want to know who was behind that re-formation, blame Rodney Marsh.

Classic Rock Magazine - October 2015

You were a big fan of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow as well...

Bruce Dickinson: At 15 or 16 I discovered Ronnie Dio on The Butterfly Ball [a 1974 concept album, produced by Roger Glover]. I heard that on the radio somewhere and thought, Who the hell is that kind of singer? Wow what a voice! And then of course Rainbow came along with Rainbow Rising [in 1976] and I heard that and that was like, 'Wow, I've got to investigate this guy because this guy can really, really sing and in a very different way to the other guys.' Ronnie had a lovely soulful voice but it wasn't bluesy. I never got the blues out of Ronnie in the same way I got out of Ian [Gillan] doing something like Lazy.

TeamRock.com - August 2016

Ritchie Blackmore recently went out on the road with a new version of Rainbow. As a vocalist from that era and as a friend of Ritchie's from back in the day, what are your thoughts on the new Rainbow?

Glenn Hughes: He asked me to do it with him. And I said no because he wanted to, funny enough, he wanted to use an unknown singer and I said, "It's not me. It's not me to do that." I've done that with David and it was good. I don't want to do it again. It was something... I said, I very eloquently said, "No thank you. I really would like to see you, but I can't do this at the point where I am right now."

Hardrock Haven - August 2016

On the early-1980s formation of the DIO band, led by iconic heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio.

Vinny A: The interesting thing about that time period is Ronnie had a solo deal while he was in Black Sabbath. And his first plan was to, obviously, stay with Black Sabbath and then do the solo record with all his friends on it. And he wanted me to play on it, Cozy Powell and… all his friends that were in different bands, and it would like an all-star album; that was the original plan. But then when things soured up with Sabbath, things got a little bit funky, and he decided, that's it, he's leaving, then it became he's going to use that record deal to launch a new career, part of his career, and a new band..

Silk And Steel Power Hour - July 19, 2016

Thin Lizzy opened up for Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, and before going on stage, the band did something that Tom Hamilton (bassplayer Thin Lizzy) had never witnessed before.

Tom Hamilton: Right before they went on, they booted everyone off the stage. They had to watch from the side. And then they put up this tape across the walkway, like 'do not cross' red-and-white striped tape. Everybody's just kind of standing there staring at them, like 'oh my God, who's ever seen a band do that?', but he really did not want anybody on the stage while he was playing.

CBS Local - June 29, 2016