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.
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Announce 'Memories in Rock II' LP
Ritchie Blackmore's live shows with the 2017 edition of Rainbow are being commemorated with the release of a new CD/DVD package titled 'Memories in Rock II.'
Ian Gillan Explains Why Deep Purple Reunion With Ritchie Blackmore Won't Happen
Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan has revealed his reasons for refusing a one-off reunion with former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.
Ritchie Blackmore Reportedly Refused Hughes, Coverdale and Lord Deep Purple Reunion
Glenn Hughes said that three-fifths of Deep Purple's Mark III lineup once unsuccessfully tried to reunite with Ritchie Blackmore.
Steve Morse Says Ritchie Blackmore's Return to Deep Purple Would Be ‘Nice’
Current Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse said it would be “nice” if his predecessor Ritchie Blackmore could return to the band for a guest appearance.
Blackmore's Night Announce 'To the Moon and Back' Compilation CD With New Tracks
Blackmore's Night will mark their 20th anniversary as a band with the release of the new double-disc compilation 'To the Moon and Back: 20 Years and Beyond.'
Ritchie Blackmore Says He Would Play a ‘Single Show’ With Deep Purple
Ritchie Blackmore said he’d be prepared to play a “single show” with his former colleagues in Deep Purple, mainly for nostalgia reasons.
Listen to Ritchie Blackmore's Two New Rainbow Songs
Ritchie Blackmore has released the first songs credited to Rainbow in 22 years.
Ritchie Blackmore Says He Would Play With Deep Purple Again
Ritchie Blackmore has gotten over his bad feelings about Deep Purple, and he’d play with them again if he was invited, he said.
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow to Release Two New Recordings and 2016 Concert
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have two new songs -- "Land of Hope and Glory" and a new take on "I Surrender" -- available for pre-order.
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow have Recorded New Music
The 21st-century incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow have recorded new music, the band leader has revealed.