Watch Blackmore’s Night’s New Video for ‘Will O’ the Wisp’
Blackmore's Night offer fans a sneak peek at their upcoming All Our Yesterdays LP with a new video for the album track "Will O' the Wisp."
As singer Candice Night told Billboard, she was inspired to pen the lyrics for the song after watching the Pixar movie Brave. "I didn't know about the Celtic folklore of the Will O' the Wisp until i saw the wisps that were appearing in the movie that basically led the character of Merida through the forest and through the stone circles to the witches cottage," she explained. "It caused me to do more research into these little lighted beings that appear and disappear and change your life, change your fate through the woodlands. It was fascinating."
All Our Yesterdays, due Sept. 18, also includes a cover of the Sonny and Cher hit "I Got You Babe," which guitarist Ritchie Blackmore cites as evidence of the band's "audacity." "We're not locked into a box, unlike the old days where something like that would be talked down," he argued. "People would say, 'We're not gonna play 'I Got You Babe.' That just doesn't work in a hard rock band.' In this band we can do anything we want, which kind of puzzles a lot of people. They think, 'What are they, a Renaissance band? A pop band? a folk band?' No, we like to be everything."
Restrictive as he may have found them, Blackmore's "old days" remain a source of enjoyment for fans excited to hear about his temporary return to those rock 'n' roll roots with a handful of concerts planned for next year.
"I'm now 70, so I just felt like playing some rock 'n' roll for a few days," he shrugged on the subject. "We're going to do four or five dates of just playing the old rock stuff, [Deep 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 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."
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