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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.

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Ritchie Blackmore Rules Out New Rainbow Album or Tour

Ritchie Blackmore's "return to rock" sounds like it's going to be every bit as brief as he originally promised.

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Ritchie Blackmore Being Sued by Label

The former Deep Purple and Rainbow legend is being sued for allegedly not doing enough to promote one of his albums.

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Ritchie Blackmore Discusses Rock Show Set Lists, Still Mulling Additional Dates

Ritchie Blackmore's upcoming rock shows will focus on music from across his storied career, with a 70/30 split between Rainbow and Deep Purple Songs.

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Joe Lynn Turner Calls Ritchie Blackmore’s New Rainbow Lineup a ‘Cover Band’

Former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner thinks Ritchie Blackmore is doing fans a disservice with the new version of the band he's scheduled to debut later this year.

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Ritchie Blackmore Claims He’s Being Barred From Deep Purple’s Rock Hall Induction

It sounds like Deep Purple's long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will pass without an appearance from former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

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Deep Purple’s Ian Paice ‘Wouldn’t Put Money Either Way’ on Ritchie Blackmore Playing at the Band’s Rock Hall Induction

The members of Deep Purple have rarely minced words about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they're not about to change their tune now that they're one of this year's freshly inducted acts.

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Ritchie Blackmore Leaving the Door Open for Future Rainbow Shows

Disappointed that Ritchie Blackmore has only booked a handful of shows with his new Rainbow lineup? Take heart — this could be just the beginning.

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Ritchie Blackmore Posts First Photo of New Band

Preparing for his first rock concert in nearly 20 years, Ritchie Blackmore posted a picture of his new band during rehearsals.

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Ritchie Blackmore’s First Rock Show Reportedly Confirmed

The first rock-focused concert by Ritchie Blackmore in nearly two decades has apparently been confirmed.

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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."

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