Contact Us

Ritchie Blackmore

Ritchie Blackmore will always be best known for the titanic riff he supplied to ‘Smoke on the Water,’ but there’s more to the guitarist than Deep Purple. He also co-founded Rainbow, a band that spanned both neo-classical metal and more pop-influenced rock sounds over its lifespan, and later steered toward traditional folk-rock with Blackmore’s Night. But without Deep Purple, none of this would have been possible. Blackmore powered the group to fame between 1968-75, notching a pair of Top 10 albums in the early ’70s with a lineup fronted by Ian Gillan. In 1984, Blackmore returned to the band, reuniting the classic lineup for the ‘Perfect Strangers’ album. He followed that up with a reunion with Rainbow. As the only constant member of that revolving group, Blackmore provided the vision. But collaborators like the late Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner helped him bring that vision to life.

Joe Lynn Turner Says He’s Working on Rainbow Reunion With Ritchie Blackmore

YouTube
YouTube

Former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner says he's hopeful he can coax guitarist Ritchie Blackmore into a reunion this year — even though previous attempts to get the band back together have been unsuccessful.

Read More

Filed Under: , Category: News

Ian Gillan Admits He Used to Head Off to the Pub During Ritchie Blackmore’s Solos

YouTube
YouTube

The lead singer tends to get the lion's share of the spotlight in rock 'n' roll, but the gig does have its drawbacks, including the question of what to do with yourself onstage while your bandmates are soloing.

Read More

Filed Under: , , Category: News

David Coverdale Reveals Near-Reunion With Ritchie Blackmore

Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / YouTube
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / YouTube

Before David Coverdale decided to make Whitesnake's new album a tribute to his years as the singer for Deep Purple, he contemplated a full-fledged reunion with former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

Read More

Filed Under: , Category: News

Deep Purple – ‘Graz 1975′ Album Review

Deep Purple Graz
Eagle Rock

'Graz 1975' captures the Mark III Deep Purple lineup in one of its very last performances. However, this is hardly the sound of a band in its final hours.

Read More

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice Says He’s Sad That He and Ritchie Blackmore Are No Longer Friends

earMusic/Frontiers Records
earMusic/Frontiers Records

It seems that guitarist Ritchie Blackmore didn't break up with just Deep Purple two decades ago.

Read More

Filed Under: , Category: News

Ian Gillan Rules Out Reunion with Ritchie Blackmore if Deep Purple Is Elected to Rock Hall

Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore
Daniel Liebl, Getty Images / YouTube

Ian Gillan would rather turn down induction than be forced to be on the same stage as Ritchie Blackmore again.

Read More

Filed Under: , , Category: News

20 Years Ago: Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore Has Onstage Meltdown

YouTube.com
YouTube.com

What Deep Purple fans saw on Nov. 9, 1993 at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England, wasn't anything like a promised 25th anniversary celebration of the band. It was, instead, one of the final nights with founding member Ritchie Blackmore.

Read More

Filed Under: , Category: Anniversaries, News

Ian Gillan Has ‘No Desire’ to Reunite With Ritchie Blackmore

Deep Purple
John Minihan, Hulton Archive / Getty Images

It's been 20 years since Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple, and by all accounts, both he and the band are happier now. Still, some fans will never stop hoping for a reunion -- something that, according to singer Ian Gillan, will never happen.

Read More

Filed Under: , , Category: News

Ritchie Blackmore: ‘I Think a Lot About Death’

Ritchie Blackmore
YouTube

From his days with Deep Purple and Rainbow to his current gig fronting Blackmore's Night, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has always forged his own trail. It's something, as he recently explained during a Russian television interview, he attributes to his fondness for daydreaming.

Read More

Filed Under: Category: News

Top 10 Ritchie Blackmore Songs

Les Lee, Getty Images
Les Lee, Getty Images

As the primary musical architect behind not one, but two of heavy metal’s cornerstone bands -- Deep Purple and Rainbow -- and with a deserving reputation as one of history’s greatest guitar gods, Ritchie Bl

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ultimateclassicrock.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Register on Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a member? Sign up here

Register on Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!