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Quotes from and about Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow

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

Doogie White went to see Rainbow in Birmingham

Doogie White: Enjoyed my evening at the Genting Arena watching my old band mate doing his thing with his new band mates. It was an evening of mixed emotions for me but probably not the ones some would expect. I was pleased for everyone on the stage and in the audience and New Ronnie did a great job. The Rainbow looked good too.

Doogie White on Facebook 2016

Memories of Shoshana Feinstein who did the backing vocals on the Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow album in 1975

Shoshana Feinstein: I used to sit in the living room of Ritchie's house when he first picked up his cello and listen to him play. We talked about starting another project that's more mellow (he loved Bach). But at that time in 1974 he was not ready to do so. He told me that his fans would not embrace him departing from the rock that he was doing those days.

Shoshana Feinstein on Facebook 2016

We had David Coverdale in Fireworks Magazine recently. He told us how he'd reached out to you, wanting to bury the hatchet. There was talk of you working together again, but that didn't pan out. Were you pleased he got in touch?

Ritchie Blackmore: It's always good to be friends, we're all getting older. I'd still like to know where he buried that hatchet, I've been looking for it! He's a nice guy. It's just he wanted to do something with the Deep Purple thing and I wasn't ready to do that, I was iffy about it, back and forth. We talked every now and again, threw around some ideas but I take what I'm doing now very seriously, I wasn't particularly that interested in getting together to do something Purple related. He was very nice about it and very patient because it went on for about nine months, and he eventually decided to do those songs with his own band.

However, I'll probably do something next June, doing all the Rainbow and Purple songs for a few nights, maybe four nights. I don't know whether it'll be a festival or what yet, but I'll pick some people to do those old songs and jam some Rock N' Roll, that I would find exciting. I won't know who the singer will be yet for a few weeks. I have a good idea who it is, but I want to try and recreate the sound... there will be a lot of Dio stuff, but he can't be the singer, obviously. That would have been something! I noticed when I wrote the list of songs I wanted to do, it was a lot of Dio stuff. There was some Deep Purple, and probably 'I Surrender' would be in there too, that kind of thing. That's still in the talking process at the moment, but yeah, looking at doing three or four festivals or shows in June. Hopefully somebody will be interested and turn up.

Fireworks Magazine - Issue # 71 Sept/Oct 2015

I feel a wee bit like that asking this question cos I'm sure everyone asks you it, but the Rainbow Re-union? Is that still on the cards? Are we there yet?

Joe Lynn Turner: Well let's put it this way. Are we there yet..ha. I read Ritchie's comment that he did in the Parisienne and he said you know, they asked him if Joe Lynn Turner would be involved and he says "Well no and he just doesn't know yet". Which is really a back stab. It's pretty classless. All I can tell you is this, I laughed at it because it sounded completely confused, and he said it again, and I've read it again, friends of mine have given me interviews with him and I think he's winding me up but even if he isn't I think, you know, he said that "He doesn't know it yet". I think he's making a mistake and he doesn't know it yet to be perfectly honest.

Moshville - July 27th, 2015

One of your former singers, Joe Lynn Turner, keeps repeating that you are going to reform Rainbow and give concerts next year. I heard you were in contact to play in a festival in France at that time? True or not?

Ritchie Blackmore: No, they are true, but there's also a little confusion and some uncertainty. I'm thinking about play rock again, just for a few days in June next year, songs of Deep Purple and Rainbow. But for now, I've not decided on the people with whom I want to work. I have a good idea about the ideal candidates, but it would not be fair to say now. I just know that I will be in this band to play Deep Purple and Rainbow songs. We probably do 3 or 4 shows in June, that's all.

I think Joe (Lynn Turner) will not be part of the adventure, and he does not know it yet. He does his thing on his side, I like him, and I made good albums and great songs with him, like "Street of Dreams". But I think I'll make a mixture with known people and others not at all. This is my state of mind right now, and you're the first person I talk. There should be 3 or 4 people, it's going to be interesting!

Le Parisien - July 4th, 2015

Will the fans will see a rocking Ritchie Blackmore one more time?

Ritchie Blackmore: Well, with Blackmore's Night I still play the electric guitar now and then, but I'm at a point in my life now where I would be just bored to play 90 minutes of straight hard rock all the time. 20 years ago I just played straight hard rock every night. That's great in it's own way but it would have just bored me to do it for the rest of my life, so I'm very happy with my current situation.

Guitar Magazine 2012

I must ask, it's the cheesiest, daftest question but how many times have you got lost in Hollywood?

Graham Bonnet: I don't know. I got lost on my bike. Does that count as Hollywood? I don't know. I was on tour with Rainbow and we were in Newcastle which is a foreign country as far as I am concerned – a foreign language and a foreign country. Our Tour Manager stopped and he said, " I need a p*ss and I can't find the gig". So I asked this guy out here and he was a guy, probably a bit older than I am – he was probably about in his 70's or 80's. I said, "Scuse me, do know where (whatever it is gig is in Newcastle)?" He said, "Waye Aye Man, Ya Gang Doon Heeya…", and his actual instructions were, "You go down here and the gig is a mile before the church. So what you have to do is go to the church, turn around and come back a mile".

It was like the daftest bloody directions you could ever hear. Our Tour Manager was actually from Newcastle and he said, "What the f*ck did he say?" (We all laugh). "You're asking me? You Geordie F*ck*r". (We laugh). Old Colin Coldhard – Oh man! It's just the directions were just ridiculous. So we had to find the f*ck*ng church and come back. Oh it was such a magic moment that day – it certainly was. It was a great gig that night but anyway...

Metalliville - January 30th, 2015

Ritchie Blackmore has historically preferred bassists who play with a pick. How did you accommodate him, being predominantly a fingerstyle player?

Greg Smith: I'm not a very good pick player. I learned with my fingers, and I don't have much experience using a pick at all. With Blackmore I ended up growing out my fingernails just a bit and angling them to get that pointed sound he likes. He was happy with that.

BassPlayer.com - August 27, 2013

Recently you said to another magazine that fans deserve the Rainbow reunion. Why did you say this?

Joe Lynn Turner: Well, I really believe so, because it was the major band for many many people throughout the world, internationally. Ritchie Blackmore is a true icon, he's a true guitar hero. In my opinion he's not one of the best. He is the best and the most original. I respect a lot what he wants to do now, and he does not have to stop that, but I think that in a window of time he should think to do something with Rainbow again because 2014 would be our 40 years, it would be our anniversary. That would be a beautiful moment to do this, this would be a perfect year.

And I don't understand why he doesn't think about this, because this is part of rock legend and history, and it would be such an honour to do a reunion, a resurrection of the band. Not only for the fans, who really want it, but also for the members, including past and present members. You know, it's a legend, I think it's probably one of the only possible reunions. You have Black Sabbath and other bands out there, but I think Rainbow supersedes every one of these bands, and I think this would be the most acclaimed reunion in rock history, and it would made rock history again. The fans deserve it for sure, they're screaming for it everywhere I go.

I hate to say it, but I've not spoken directly to him, but I have spoken to managers. I'm trying to convince his management that this is what we should do. That said, to be honest, I'm hitting a wall. I don't want to speak badly [about Candice Night and Carole Stevens]. But the truth is the truth.

Spacio Rock, Italy - December 15, 2014

When asked about a Rainbow reunion, Joe responded with the following:

Joe Lynn Turner: Well, I'm gonna be honest with you, right now. Yes! Possibly. It's very possible. Last year, I wouldn't say it. But this year I say it. It's possible. It's a very big possibility that something might, just might, happen. I heard talk a bit and all I can say is that I'm not supposed to talk about it, but I'm talking to you now, and all I want you to say is yes. It's a very big possibility that we may have a reunion. It will be phenomenal. (And when he was told that we hope to see him live with Rainbow, he replied: "Yeah, man! Keep your fingers crossed.")

Rock Overdose, Greece - August 25, 2014