The Ultimate Ritchie Blackmore Magazine established 1996

 

LATEST NEWS updated 26th June 2012* 

MBTP- ISSUE 39

MAGAZINE NEWS*

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Special Dio Tribute issue 
 
includes a previously unpublished interview done during the time of Dio's Magic album, where he talks about his solo career and experiences with Rainbow and Black Sabbath. 
 
Also included is an article on his early career by the man behind www.padavona.com a look at Rainbow's Long Live Rock 'n' Roll rough mixes, plus many messages of condolences from his fellow musicians and of course the personal thoughts of you the reader. 
 
There is also the usual array of Blackmore related news, including the Rainbow remasters that are finally seeing the light of day; album reviews including Autumn Sky, an extract from Colin Hart's book and the chance to win a copy, plus a true story of Ian Paice & Rod Evans supported by Deep Purple! 

 

RAINBOW

THE EASY WAY

 Rainbow... The Easy Way: A Guide To The Official Recordings is a forthcoming title that guides the reader step by step through all the official recordings; album, singles and radio broadcasts in chronological order.  More details can be found at Wymer Publishing's site
 
A title documenting Ritchie's early career up to 1967 is also in the pipeline.  It will included the most detailed listing of Blackmore gigs from 1959-67 ever published.

RAINBOW & DEEP PURPLE

COLIN HART

 Colin Hart's book is receiving good reviews.  It documents his career as tour manager with Purple and Rainbow from 1971-2001.  Plenty of fascinating stories involving Ritchie!   
More details can be found at Wymer Publishing's site

RAINBOW

REMASTERS

On Stage and Long Live Rock 'n' Roll will be the next Rainbow titles to follow in the deluxe remasters series.  Track listings not finalised yet but they will both contain additional material.  

RITCHIE BLACKMORE

A MAN, A GUITAR, A LEGEND

A Ritchie Blackmore musical is to be staged on 28th April in Rome. 
 
RITCHIE BLACKMORE 
A Man, A Guitar, A Legend

The show aims to represent the story of the guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore in a musical excursion from the beginning to nowadays and sees the alternation of bands on stage that trace, through the execution of songs and medleys, the most significant groups which Ritchie was the founder of (Deep Purple and Rainbow) and ending with Blackmore's Night.

The project includes a narrator who, during the show, gives general information about the Master's life, beginning with the most basic such as birth and childhood to the beginning of his career and then continues with his musical history, enriched by anecdotes and curiosity. 

There will also be a screen on which images and films scroll during narration from one song/medley to another. 

The show will end with an explosion of colours by background and medieval/renaissance costumes of the last Ritchie’s group: Blackmore's Night. 

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

2011 USA TOUR DATES



© Mike Garrett

Friday 13th May Queens World Cafe Live, Wilmington, DE Tickets  
(promo code is "blackmore") 
Saturday 14th May Sherman Theatre, Stroudsburg, PA Tickets
Thursday 19th May Berklee Performing Arts, Boston
Tickets: ticketmaster  (password AUTUMNSKY) 
Saturday 21st May Tarrytown Music Hall, New York
Tickets (pass code "moreblack") 
Sunday 22nd May Bolton Center, Bayshore, Long Island SOLD OUT  

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

2011 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES



© Mike Garrett

Thursday 21st July Burg Veldenstein, Neuhaus a. d. Pegnitz, Germany www.nuernberg-ticket.com  
Sunday 24th July Zitadelle Petersberg, Erfurt, Germany
www.eventim.de  www.ticketmaster.de www.appel-rompf.de   
Friday 29th July Wasserschloss Klaffenbach, Chemnitz, Germany 
www.eventim.de  www.ticketmaster.de www.appel-rompf.de
Saturday 30th July Meresburg Schloss, Merseburg, Germany
 www.eventim.de  www.ticketmaster.de www.appel-rompf.de
Tuesday 2nd August Paderhalle, Paderborn, Germany
www.lb-events.de 
Wednesday 3rd August Stadthalle am Schloß, Aschaffenburg, Germany
www.lb-events.de 
Saturday 6th August Burg Hirsau, Calw, Germany www.1reservix.de   
Tuesday 9th August Maritim Hotel / Congress Centrum, Ulm, Germany www.lb-events.de 
Saturday 12th August Burg, Burghausen, Germany www.lb-events.de 
Tuesday 20th September Finlandia-talo, Helsinki, Finland Tickets
Friday 23rd September Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia  Tickets
Sunday 25th September BKZ Oktyabrsky, St. Petersburg Russia Tickets  

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

2011 UK TOUR DATES



© Mike Garret

Friday 30th September York Opera House
Saturday 1st October Buxton Opera House
Wednesday 5th October Birmingham, Town Hall
Saturday 8th October Salisbury, City Hall
Tuesday 11th October Swindon, Wyvern Theatre
 
To order http://www.ticketline.co.uk/blackmores-night-tickets
 

RAINBOW

REMASTERS

Rising and Down To Earth deluxe double CD remasters  
are now available.  Order from the
Wymer shop.  

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

AUTUMN SKY

Blackmore's Night has announced details of its eighth studio album for release in September. As mentioned below the inspiration behind it appears to centre around Ritchie and Candice's new daughter. 

 It is due for release 6th September and is now  
orderable from the Wymer shop.   
 
A promotional video can be viewed on YouTube
  
Thanks to Kev Dixon for notifying us of it.

RITCHIE & CANDICE

BABY FACE

Most surprising news to hit us in ages is the announcement that Ritchie has become a father again at the age of 65! Candice gave birth to a daughter on 27th May.  They have called her Autumn Esmerelda.  According to the official Blackmore's Night website, the birth of Ritchie and Candice's newborn is the inspiration behind the next Blackmore's Night album, to be called Autumn Sky.

RAINBOW

RONNIE JAMES DIO

Ronnie Dio tragically lost his his fight with stomach cancer on 16th May. 
 

"My heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever".  Wendy Dio

You can leave your condolences on Facebook 

 

 


 

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

2010 TOUR DATES



© Mike Garrett

European Tour dates have been announced for September. 
 
Full details can be found at Blackmore's Night's Website
 

DEEP PURPLE

KNEBWORTH

  

This June will see the 25th anniversary of Deep Purple's only UK reunion gig at Knebworth.  We need your memories and snaps for a forthcoming publication.  Please email them to us now. 

MBTP

MAGAZINE NEWS

 ISSUE 38 AVAILABLE NOW! 
 

This issue predominantly focuses on Rainbow and Blackmore's Night- Blackmore's creations that between them have spanned quarter of a century.  Includes interviews with Don Airey and several former Blackmore's Night members reminiscing.  
 
Also articles on Rainbow's two '83 shows in Cardiff, news on the forthcoming BN album, plus a chance to win the new Rainbow Anthology.  Also includes a look at the recently unearthed Made In Japan film footage, Blackmore's earliest live recording, the rare Adam Faith re-issued session reviewed, plus loads more.  
 
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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

MINSTREL HALL

Blackmore's Night has created its own label called Minstrel Hall and will be re-issuing the first four studio albums that were previously available on SPV Records that went into administration last year. 

JERRY LEE LEWIS

EARLIEST LIVE RECORDINGS

The earliest known live recording to feature Blackmore emerged late last year on the Deep Purple Hub taken from a French radio broadcast of Jerry Lee Lewis performing at the Paris Olympia in June 1963 

RAINBOW

RONNIE JAMES DIO

With the recent announcement of the cancellation of Ronnie James Dio's UK tour it has been announced on his official website that Ronnie has been diagnosed with stomach cancer.  A statement from Wendy Dio, his wife/manager reads as follows: 
 
"Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans.

Thanks to all the friends and fans around the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up.

Long Live Rock and Roll, Long Live Ronnie James Dio
"

 

 

Dio photo, © Alan Perry
 

MBTP

MAGAZINE NEWS

 ISSUE 37 AVAILABLE NOW! 
Includes interviews with Joe Lynn Turner, Ian Anderson and DVD producer Drew Thompson, Stormbringer 35 years on, all the latest on the Rainbow remasters, Blackmore's Night gig reviews, and the first man to replace Blackmore in Purple in 1970. 
 
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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

NEW ALBUM

"We are already half finished with the new CD.  We’ll be doing the rest over the winter", said Ritchie in a recent interview with Fender.  Read the full interview here.  

Thanks to Kev Dixon

RAINBOW

REMASTERS SERIES

The Rainbow remastered series gets underway with a revamped Anthology release in September.  Jerry Bloom is working with Universal on the series, and has written the sleeve notes.  This new Anthology contains a previously unreleased track, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, which was mooted as a possible single in 1980.  The version included was recorded live at Donington.  The album also includes two live tracks from Cardiff 1983, that have not previously been re-issued on CD. 
 
The first batch of the remastered albums are on course to be released in February 2010.

Order Now!

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

SECRET VOYAGE US TOUR 2009



© Mike Garrett

US Tour dates have just be announced as follows.

14th October Cleveland, OH - House of Blues 
The password for the Cleveland Show is CREATE

17th October Chicago, IL - House of Blues 

27th October Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre

29th October New York, NY - Irving Plaza 
Special code word "voyage" for New York city show Irving Plaza Oct 29
 

Jürgen Blackmore

OVER THE RAINBOW

Over The Rainbow has announced a full scale European tour, although sadly it doesn't include the UK, but then given how cynical so many people over here are that isn't surprising!

For the full details check out the press release.

JON LORD

WRITING FOR RITCHIE!

In a recent interview Jon said that he would love to write something for Ritchie to play. He also talked about any possible Deep Purple reunion, or not as the case may be. Read it all on the official Jon Lord website

IAN GILLAN

ONE EYE TO MOROCCO

 Ian Gillan's latest studio album is available to order from our online store.  On his own website Gillan praises his guitarist and executive producer, Michael Lee Jackson.   
 
"Michael Lee Jackson was there from the beginning, offering what can only be described as a holistic contribution".

MBTP

MAGAZINE NEWS

 DOWNLOADS COMING SOON! 
We will soon be making downloads of the magazines available to buy online.  These will be specifically aimed at overseas fans who may well be put off by the overall purchase price of the magazines with the additional postage costs.   
 
The first few issues should be online within the next week in PDF format and will be able to be printed directly from your computer.

JOE MEEK

TELSTAR MOVIE

The new movie portraying the life of Joe Meek is in the cinemas from 19th June.  Ritchie Blackmore who was Meek's number one guitarist is played by Matthew Baynton.  

 

According to the promotional blurb, "Director Nick Moran thought Baynton's light, natural comic touch and skill at playing guitar was perfect for the role of Blackmore, guitarist and rock god". 

OVER THE RAINBOW

SWEDEN ROCK

Prior to performing at Sweden Rock festival Over The Rainbow did a fascinating 20 minute press conference.


LORD HUGHES

CHILDLINE ROCKS

On Monday 1st June Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes reunited for the first time in 33 years at the Childline charity gig at London's Indigo2.  As with the previous years event it was a superb night, brilliantly organised and hosted by BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris.  Lord performed Pictured Within with Steve Balsamo, then Thunder joined them on stage for a superb version of Child In Time, that had the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!

Glenn Hughes then entered the stage and did a great version of You Keep On Moving with Lord - another magical moment.  Lord then left and Hughes raised the roof with a blistering Mistreated followed by Soul Mover with shared vocals with Thunder's Danny Bowes.  

The show was recorded and the CD was available after the show! It can also be ordered from www.concertlive.co.uk

Special thanks to Childline organiser Daryl Clark and to Bob Harris for making it a great evening.  

Last year Hughes and Paice, this year Hughes and Lord, what are the chances of Hughes and Blackmore next year!

DEEP PURPLE

HISTORY, HITS & HIGHLIGHTS

The forthcoming double DVD release is truly the Holy Grail for Purple fans.  Having been fortunate to have already seen this it is without doubt a dream for Purple fans, and even includes video clips that have not circulated before on YouTube or with collectors.  Even those that some fans may have previously seen such as the LWT footage, 1970 French TV broadcast and the famous Leeds Polytechnic Project can at last be viewed in excellent quality.  With nearly 5 hours of footage we unreservedly recommend this double disc. Order from our store now. 
Full review will appear in issue 37 of More Black than Purple.

DOOGIE WHITE

UK TOUR DATES

Ex-Rainbow / Yngwie Malmsteen frontman Doogie
White has reunited La Paz, one of his pre-Rainbow bands for some summer shows:  
 
19th June - Renrew Ferry, Glasgow 
20th June - East Kilbride Artburst Festival 
21st June - TBA 

Jürgen Blackmore

OVER THE RAINBOW

Over The Rainbow will be playing the following US dates in July: 
 

6th - Ocean City Music Pier - Ocean City, NJ 
8th - Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MI (Opening for BTO) 
10th - Crocodile Rock Cafe - Allentown, PA 
11th - The Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ


Thanks to Rob Fodder for the info. 
 
Check out footage and press conference of the band in Russia

RAINBOW

LONG LIVE ROCK 'N' ROLL STORY

The story of Rainbow's 1978 album Long Live Rock 'n' Roll will soon be published by Wymer.  This 64 page CD-size book will detail the making of the album and is designed to sit neatly on your CD shelf as a perfect compliment to the album.

Order Now!


BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

SECRET VOYAGE TOUR 2009



© Mike Garrett

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT TO PLAY THE UK THIS SUMMER? 
The Buxton Opera House announced a show for 3rd June, but no sooner had their brochure gone to press they were informed the date was cancelled.  As soon as we have more details we will post them here.  However the more predictable German dates have now been announced: 
Jun 27 'Fernsehgarten' TV show
July 17 Kloster Buch, (near Dresden)
July 3 State Castle of Sychrov, Sychrov (Czech Republic)
July 19 Museum Burg Linn, Krefeld 
July 5 Spandauer Zitadelle, Berlin
July 25 Burg Creuzburg
July 7 Plassenburg Castle, Kulmbach
July 26 Burg Greifenstein
July 11 Museumsplatz, Bonn
July 29 Burg Harburg
July 12 Kongresshaus Stadthalle, Heidelberg
July 31 Kloster Hirsau, Calw (near Stuttgart)

Jürgen Blackmore

OVER THE RAINBOW

Jürgen Blackmore, son of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, has a new band called Over The Rainbow. Besides Jürgen, the band features ex-Rainbow members Joe Lynn Turner - vocals, Bobby Rondinelli - drums, Tony Carey - keyboards and Greg Smith - bass. Over The Rainbow has already done some dates in Russia, and have more lined up for Japan and elsewhere.

Thanks to Rob Fodder for the info. 
 
Check out footage and press conference of the band in Russia

ROCK AID ARMENIA

RARE FILM FOOTAGE

Rare film footage of Ritchie laying down  
the solo to Smoke On The Water for the  
Rock Aid Armenia charity record in 1989  
has just been posted on YouTube.  Check it out! 
 
Thanks to Rob Fodder for pointing it out

MBTP

MAGAZINE NEWS

 ISSUE 36 COMING SOON! 
Issue 36 is currently in production. We exclusively reveal the whereabouts of Ritchie's beloved old Gibson! We also include thoughts on the new Blackmore's Night album, a reappraisal of In Rock, more news and thoughts on the forthcoming Rainbow remasters plus interviews with Glenn Hughes & Candice Night. 
 
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ISSUE 35 AVAILABLE NOW! 
Issue 35 features an exclusive interview with Jon Lord about his superb Durham Concerto, and many other parts of his career, including Jon's  thoughts on Ritchie Blackmore and potential future Deep Purple activity! Also included is the most comprehensive look at Deep Purple's BBC sessions yet published, an interview with former Deep Purple roadie Ian Hansford and a look that goes beyond the myth of Deep Purple's explosive performance at the 1970 Plumpton Festival.  
Expected late March 2008. 
 

ORDER NOW! 

WYMER UK

RECORD FAIR

     

 
Wymer UK will have a stall at the forthcoming record and CD fair at Esquires Club in Bedford on 12th October 2008 

 

Admission is free and it is open from 4pm-7pm. If you are in the area feel free to pop along and say hello to us!

Mrs BLACKMORE the Fourth

BLACKMORE TIES THE KNOT

     

 
After nineteen years together Ritchie Blackmore is finally going to tie the knot with his partner Candice Night. As reported elsewhere on the Internet they will wed in October in New York State.  
 
This will be Blackmore's fourth marriage, but he still has some way to go to out do the medieval theme set by King Henry VIII, who incidentally, apparently wrote one of Blackmore's favourite tunes Greensleeves!

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

SECRET VOYAGE TOUR 2008

 

 


  © Mike Garrett

May Info
 Friday 30th Plock, Poland  Free concert
June Info
Sunday 1st  Gothenburg, Sweden www.lorensbergsteatern.se 
Ph: 031-7086200  
www.ticnet.se  Ph: 077-170 70 70
Tuesday 3rd Stockholm, Sweden www.ticnet.se  Ph: 077 170 70 70
Thursday 5th Talo, Helsinki, Finland * Tickets from: Ticket office   
Phone sales: +358 (0) 600 10 800 or +358 (0) 600 10 020    
Friday 6th Tampere, Finland * http://www.lippupalvelu.fi 
Ph: 0600 94500 / Ticketmaster  
Ph: +358 (0) 600 10 800 or +358 (0) 600 10 020 
Wednesday 11th Oktyabrsky, St Petersburg, Russia  TBC
Friday 20th Chateau Gardens, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic http://web.ticketstream.cz  http://www.ticketpro.cz/  http://www.ticket-art.cz/
Sunday 22nd Bykov, Czech Republic http://web.ticketstream.cz  http://www.ticketpro.cz/  http://www.ticket-art.cz/
September Info
Tuesday 2nd Philharmonique, Essen  www.philharmonie-essen.de  www.eventim.de 
Wednesday 3rd Aegi, Hannover www.hannover-concerts.de   
Ticket Hotline 0511 444066
Friday 5th Stadthalle, Chemnitz  
Thursday 11th Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg www.meistersingerhalle.nuernberg.de www.kartenkiosk-bamberg.de 
Saturday 13th Brahms Saal, Karslruhe www.kka.de  www.eventim.de 
Sunday 14th Leiden halle Hegal Saal, Stuttgart www.mruss-tickets.de

Blackmore's Night will not be touring this year after Sept 15 2008.

DEEP PURPLE

CONVENTION

     

 
Wymer UK is pleased to announce a Deep Purple convention to take place at Esquires, Bedford on 3rd May 2008 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the inception of Deep Purple.  
 
The all day event will feature Glenn Hughes,  
Nick Simper and Burn. 
 
(check out the review of Glenn & Paicey at childline  
and view footage from the soundcheck)

There will also be a raffle during the day with prizes of two VIP Packages to the Deep Purple show in London on July 30th. The 'Purple Envy' packages have been kindly donated by www.deeppurple.com and include early entry to the venue, an exclusive merchandise package, a backstage tour, and a meet & greet with band members. For more info click here
Thanks to Planet Rock for advertising the event on its website.

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

GUITAR FOR SALE

     

 

Barry Waller, (aka Baron St James) former bassist with Blackmore's Night is selling the Taylor acoustic guitar he used on Blackmore's Night's 2007 tour.  
For further info check the details on Barry's site.

BLACKMORE

SMOKE ON THE WATER

     

 
Check here to hear Smoke On The Water  
like you have never heard it before!  
 
Thanks to Neil Dunnachie for the information.

JON LORD

VOTE FOR DURHAM CONCERTO!

Classic FM is running a poll to establish listeners favourite classical piece for Classic FM's 2008 Hall Of Fame. You need to vote for three pieces, so be prepared to pick to other pieces as well. Click here for Classic FM's voting page. 

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

TV APPEARANCE

 
© Mike Garrett

Blackmore's Night will be on German MDR TV show "Weihnachten bei uns" at 11.00 local time on 25th December 2007.

Thanks to Rainer Klos for the news.

BLACK KNIGHT 

JAPANESE & GERMAN EDITIONS

The Japanese translated version of Black Knight the unauthorised biography written by Jerry Bloom was published on 30th November in Japan by Shinko. 

Fans in Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be pleased to read that Black Knight is available in German. It can be ordered from Amazon.de
 

BLACKMORE & Co. 

INTERVIEW BOOK

We are pleased to announce a new 180 page publication, The More Black than Purple Interviews, which collects together some of the best interviews published within the magazine over the past ten years, alongside some previously unpublished ones.  
 
In addition to the interviews, there is background information behind them and a selection of photos, many previously unpublished. 
 
More details can be found at the MBTP store

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

SHOWS CANCELLED!

  

The two shows in Michigan and Ohio on 12th and 14th October due to Ritchie being ill. We have no further information with regards to the nature of Ritchie's illness but as the rest of the tour appears to be going ahead we can only assume it is minor.

BLACKMORE

SMOKE ON THE WATER ON CNN 

  

Ritchie recently spoke to CNN about that most famous of riffs. 

Follow the link here then click on Smoke On The Water.

JON LORD

MALCOLM ARNOLD FESTIVAL

Jon Lord will be performing the 'Concerto For Group & Orchestra' on 7th October with the RPO at the Derngate Theatre in Northampton. 

The concert is part of a weekend of events celebrating the life and work of Sir Malcolm Arnold. According to the venue's website, the Concerto will also feature Roger Glover, percussionist Ray Cooper and Conductor Paul Mann.

For more information check the Derngate website. 

Jon Lord is also premiering a new work at Durham Cathedral on 20th October. Tickets are only available from the Box Office at the Tourist Information Centre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 0191 384 7641. touristinfo@durhamcity.gov.uk  (credit cards are accepted). 

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

NEW DVD COMING SOON!

  

Blackmore's Night New DVD 'Paris Moon' is set for release in Germany on 2nd November 5th November for the rest of Europe
and 6th November in the USA.

The show was filmed at Olympia, Paris on 20th September 2006.
More details about track list and artwork as soon as possible

 
Check out all the other new and forthcoming releases at the MBTP Store

JOE MEEK

TV DOCUMENTARY

 
Arena's 'Strange World Of Joe Meek' documentary made in 1991 is to be screened on BBC Four Wednesday evening at 10.20pm.

 

Thanks to Graeme Irwin for the info. 

SAXONDALE

SECOND SERIES!

 
The first episode of the second series of
Steve Coogan's comedy Saxondale has several mentions of Deep Purple, and one specific one about a new four-piece band put together by Jon Lord! Coogan plays the character Tommy Saxondale, a former roadie who now works for a pest control company. Hillarious stuff, especially for anyone in the business! Essential viewing!  
 
Clearly Coogan is a huge fan of seventies rock. If MBTP can get an interview with him, the news will be posted here first!

TONY DANGERFIELD 

MEMORIAL NIGHT

A memorial night for Ritchie's former sixties band mate, Tony Dangerfield is being held on 1st September at the Scout Hut in Hendon.  
 
It is hoped the proceeds will fund a commemorative stone in the local church and perhaps a bench dedicated to Tony.  
 
Musicians are welcome and Mick Richardson who played with Tony in Black August and Nick Simper in Dynamite is organising the itinerary. Mick's telephone number appears on the poster.

    

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT

GERMAN TOUR ENDS WITH DEPARTURE

 

Hot off the press comes the news that backing vocalists Sisters Of The Moon have quit the band at the end of the current German Tour. Allegedly due to some dispute over their own CDs being sold with the merchandise. Evidently this has had a knock on effect with regard to the forthcoming DVD release, which has now been put back to October, because they plan on making some new promo videos to accompany it. Apparently new backing singer or singers have already been lined-up.

TONY DANGERFIELD 

R - I - P

Ritchie's former sixties band mate, Tony Dangerfield was found dead at his home on Saturday (21st July). Tony was one of the many faces I interviewed for the book and we kept in touch ever since. His new album has recently been released and was reviewed in MBTP 33.  
 
Called 'The Rebel's Got Soul' it perfectly summed Tony up. He had just been barred from his local pub where he has been going for decades, because he refused to take any notice of the new smoking bans!  

A rebel to the end, he will be missed by all those who knew him.   
 
Tony's funeral takes place at Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium, Holders Hill Road, London NW7 1NB, Tuesday 31st July. All friends and associates are welcome. It starts at 3.15 although people should arrive by 3.00pm.
    

DEEP PURPLE 

MK I DVD RELEASE

 

The entire broadcast of Deep Purple MKI on Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark is now, for the first time, officially released on DVD, titled Playboy After Dark, Collection Two. Rami Mähkä recently got this and says, "While some other artists had two tracks (artists usually did two numbers in a show), DP only had one: Hush. I was afraid of the worst! But I just hit Hush, and then, fingers crossed, rewinded... and it was all there! It's thrilling, it's brilliant! The band do a short version of And the Address (check out Rod's dance moves!), then a nervous RB gives Hugh (Hefner) a guitar lesson, and the latter then does a short interview with a notably cool Lordy. The band then do (the previously released) Hush. The coolest DP archive clip for a long, long time!"  
 
It's worth pointing out that this is a box set with 6 hours of stuff from the show, and Purple's bit is only a few minutes long. I'm sure it will appear on a proper Purple compilation in the future, so unless you need this now, it might be worth to wait a while. 

Thanks to Rami Mähkä for the info.

CANDICE NIGHT 

UK RADIO APPEARANCE

 

Candice did an interview for UK radio with Paul Franks on 11th June 2007. Check it out here: http://www.past-tense.co.uk/  
 
Thanks to Mike Garrett for the info.

DEEP PURPLE

ON THE BEEB!

  


A new series called Seven Ages of Rock started on BBC 2, Saturday May 19th.  

The fourth one in the series was broadcast the weekend of 10th June, entitled Never Say Die. It centred around the most controversial and misunderstood of all rock genres- heavy rock. With Black Sabbath as the undisputed Godfathers. The show also included Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Metallica, but was rather perfunctory. How many people watching didn't know the Smoke On The Water story? And if they didn't then in my view they would be better off sticking with Eastenders!  
 
For more details on the series check the BBC website.
 
MBTP

MAGAZINE NEWS

Issue 33 - Available now! 
 
Includes:  

* Winter Carols - Is it a classic? 
* Gillan & Paice talk about Ritchie & BN 
* Gordon Giltrap's Blackmore story  

* Andy Powell's Blackmore story

* Black Knight biography - readers feedback 
*
Interviews with Candice, Stuart Smith & Walter Giardino 
* Slaves & Masters (slight return)   
* New release information 
 
* CD & DVD reviews 
* Archive fun and much more!    


NOT TO BE MISSED! SUBSCRIBE NOW! 
 

MICK CERVINO

VIOLENT STORM 2007 TOUR DATES

  

Former Blackmore's Night bassist (and currently with Malmsteen) has announced European tour dates for his band VIOLENT STORM

June 
Friday 1st Spirit of Rock Festival, Eishalle Deutweg-Winterthur, Switzerland www.spiritofmusic.ch   
 
Saturday 2nd Co-Headline with DANNY VAUGHN ( of TYKETTO) Corporation, 
Sheffield, England www.corporation.org.uk 

Wednesday 6th KB Hallen, w/ HEAVEN AND HELL, Copenhagen, Denmark www.kbhallen.dk 

Thursday 7th Stengade 30, Copenhagen, Denmark (Headlining show)
To buy Tickets go to: www.stengade30.dk 

Saturday 9th Sauna Open Air Festival, Tampere, Finland www.sauna-open-air.fi 

Sunday 17th Dudley, England, support band to be confirmed (Headlining) 

Monday 18th The Camden Underworld, w/ Dublin Death Patrol, London, England

Friday 22nd Bang Your Head Festival, Ballingen, Germany www.bang-your-head.de 

DEEP PURPLE

PLANET ROCK

  

April is Deep Purple month on Planet Rock radio. Check the Planet Rock website for all the details. 

RAINBOW

GRAHAM BONNET UK TOUR

  

Graham Bonnet is touring the UK this summer with the Taz Taylor Band.

JUNE

Fri 22nd, Rock Café 2000, Stourbridge
Sat 23rd, Rock Café 2000, Stourbridge
Mon 25th, The Limelight, Crewe
Tue 26th, Riffs, Blackpool
Thu 28th, The Boardwalk, Sheffield
Fri 29th, The Dolls House, Abbertillery, Gwent
Sat 30th, The Royal Standard, Walthamstow, London

JULY

Sun 1st, The Brook, Southampton
Tue 3rd, The Waterfront, Norwich
Thu 5th, The Diamond, Sutton in Ashfield
Fri 6th, The Twist, Colchester
Sat 7th, The Riga Bar, Southend
Sun 8th, The Stables, Milton Keynes 
Thu 12th, Komedia, Brighton www.komedia.co.uk

DEEP PURPLE

CD WITHDRAWN

  

Following high-profile complaints from Ian Gillan on BBC Radio, Sony BMG has withdrawn the Live At NEC release they reissued in January. We will look at this in more detail in the next issue. Hear what Ian Gillan said here

NICK SIMPER

THE GOOD OLD BOYS

  

Following the success of the Good Old Boys gig on 9th March, original Purple bassist Nick Simper returns to the Angel, Bedford on Friday 3rd August. Tickets are £4.00 in advance, available from Rob Vernon (GoodOldBoys@RobVernon.com) or Mike MacKechnie (webmaster@nicksimper.com), or you can take your chances and pay £5.00 on the night.
JOE MEEK

FILM SHOWING & RADIO SHOW

  
© David Peters

In commemoration of 40 years since Meek died (3rd Feb 1967), there is a special night at the National Film Theatre in London on Friday 9th February 6.20PM NFT2
 
The Flipside: Live It Up The Flipside is a new initiative at the NFT. Its mission: to seek out film and TV that is weird, wonderful, offbeat, unseen, outrageous and downright unlikely - from the trashy to the terrific - combining main features with way-out extras in search of strange new worlds of cinematic experience. Groovy pop musical with David Hemmings and Steve Marriott. Fab sounds from Heinz, The Outlaws, Jennifer Moss, Gene Vincent and many more. 
 
 
Plus Joe Meek speaks, live footage of the Honeycombs and a big screen showing of the 1991 Meek BBC documentary at 8 20! 
 

Plus rare colour film of Screaming Lord Sutch in his blood-drenched heyday, and The Tornados dressed as robots! Afterwards, in the NFT Café Bar (free admission): DJ Big Beat Kris spins far-out Meekian waxings until midnight! Joint ticket available with Arena: The Strange Story of Joe Meek £12.50, concessions £9.25 Book tickets online http://www.bfi.org.uk/incinemas/nft/film/7175 
 

TUESDAYS starting 6th February 21:30 Holloway Dreams: Joe Meek Story 
1/3. The story of a true original, record producer and sonic innovator Joe Meek. Born Robert George Meek on 5 April 1929 in Newent, Gloucestershire, Joe became Britain's premier independent record producer in the early sixties, as renowned for his pioneering recording techniques and eccentric personality as for the futuristic sounds he created.

Thanks to Mark Jones, at BBC Radio Gloucestershire for the info

DOUGIE WHITE

CORNERSTONE TOUR DATES

Cornerstone, the Danish/British melodic metal band
featuring Yngwie Malmsteen /ex-Rainbow frontman Doogie
White and ex-Royal Hunt bassist Steen Mogensen, has
lined up the following tour dates:  
 
Apr. 13 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Rock 
Apr. 16 - Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos Saal 
Apr. 17 - Ludwigsburg, Germany @ Rockfabrik 
Apr. 18 - Nürnberg, Germany @ Avalon's Dust 
Apr. 20 - Dornbirn, Austria @ Conrad Sohm 
Apr. 21 - Pirmassens, Germany @ Rockkneipe zur Schwemme 
Apr. 22 - Verviers, Belgium @ Spirit Of 66 
Apr. 23 - Bonn, Germany @ Klangstation 
Apr. 25 - Hamburg, Germany @ Ballroom Hamburg 
Apr. 26 - Foetz, Luxemburg @ Race One 
Apr. 27 - Helmond, Netherlands @ Plato 
Apr. 28 - Uster, Switzerland @ Rock City 

DEEP PURPLE 

TICKET MUSEUM OPENING!

 

The World's first online Deep Purple ticket museum is being opened in January 2007. It is the brainchild of life-long fan Tonny Steenhagen who has collected hundreds of tickets from Deep Purple's first four line-ups between 1968-1976. 
 
The ticket museum can be found at www.deep-purple-ticketmuseum.co.uk 

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT 

UK GIG

 


It has just come to our attention that Blackmore's Night will no longer be performing at the 3 Wishes Faery Fest on Sat 23rd June 2007 at Colliford Lake Park, Bolventor, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, UK.

No doubt some of Ritchie's fans will be relieved, while others who had already ordered tickets will be disappointed. The reasons have not been explained but one fan who enquired about tickets was told by the festival organiser Karen Kay; "I have literally just been informed by Carole Stevens, the manager of Blackmore's Night that they will no longer be performing at the festival, which is very disappointing indeed." Maybe the thought of possibly wearing faery wings on stage was too much for Mr. B! 
 
 
We understand that other UK dates will be announced soon.


Thanks to Pete Lewis for the info. 

DAVID COVERDALE 

MKIII? NOT QUITE YET!

 

Recently on Nicky Horne's show on Planet Rock Radio, David Coverdale played down the possibilities of a reunion of the Deep Purple MKIII line-up. He suggested the rumours were spread by fans, partly as a result on Coverdale recently signing to the same label as Ritchie. He said he is happy with his career as it is, and thought Ritchie felt the same way. 
   
 

GLENN HUGHES 

ON THE ROAD

 

Glenn Hughes starts his European tour on 28th October.  
Check out the full tour dates at www.glennhughes.com  
   
 

BLACKMORE ET AL

TOP TEN FAVOURITE GUITAR SOLOS

 
With Planet Rock having run a poll to find the listeners favourite top 40 guitar solos (Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb came top), MBTP has been running its own poll.  
The results have all been counted and the top ten will appear in issue 33.  
 

The full results will be published here shortly after issue 33 is published.
 

 

SAXONDALE

BLACKMORE MENTIONED IN NEW TV COMEDY!

 
In
Steve Coogan's new comedy series Saxondale on BBC 2, Ritchie got mentioned a few times. Coogan plays the character Tommy Saxondale, a former roadie. In the episode broadcast on Monday 10th July in one scene Saxondale gives a gift of a sculptured leopard to his daughter's boyfriend telling him that he got it from Ritchie Blackmore the Deep Purple guitarist before explaining that Ritchie gave it to him on the Rainbow Rising tour! 

GEYERS 

OFFICIAL UK WEBSITE

 

The official UK website of Ritchie's favourite band is now on line.  
Follow the link here to see it. 

BLACK KNIGHT 

UNAUTHORISED BLACKMORE BIOGRAPHY

 

Apart from Black Knight the unauthorised biography written by Jerry Bloom published by Omnibus Press on 4th September, former Deep Purple and Rainbow tour manager Colin Hart has written a book and is currently negotiating publishing deals. There is also supposed to be at least one other book on Blackmore being written.  

It has also recently been announced that Ritchie is participating with "Doc Calvinson" on a book. An official statement from Minstrel Hall music said: "Candice and Ritchie have authorized Doc Calvinson to write their stories. It will be The musical history of Ritchie Blackmore-past and present - as well as their own biographical account of Blackmore's Night. This book will be accurate as they are participating in the authoring. If you want to read the true story this will be the one to read." Make of that what you will! Whether or not it is Ritchie's response to the other books currently in the pipeline is at this stage unclear.

CARLO LITTLE

NIGHT OF HONOUR Sunday 26th March

 
Ritchie, Carlo & Rick Brown in 1962  
© Neil Newsome

The night of honour at Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham to celebrate the life of the late Carlo Little who passed away last August was a great success. All proceeds from this event were donated to the South Tyneside Hospital, Ward 10 for terminally ill patients where Carlo spent his last weeks.
 
And a fair amount of money was raised. During the auction one guy paid £950 for a fully signed Rolling Stones 2006 tour T-shirt! I pulled out of the bidding at £900 when I realised it wasn't my size!

CLASSIC ROCK

MARCH ISSUE

Ritchie featured on the front cover of the March issue of Classic Rock, published on 8th February. It is part of a 'where are they now' feature but if you are expecting a highly complimentary article think again! Bear in mind the front cover says "From Deep Purple to Rainbow to folk playing pixie."  
 
Are daggers drawn? Read what Pete Makowski has to say about Blackmore's Night. MBTP31 will look at the response to the article with Makowski's response to the criticism as well.
 
 
Classic Rock & Metal Hammer's Rock 'Decades: 1980' had a four page Deep Purple article.

JON LORD

HENLEY FESTIVAL

Jon Lord will be performing the 'Concerto For Group & Orchestra' on 7th July at this years Henley Festival. It will feature the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Forkgen and an all-star rock band including Jon on organ. Other musicians to be announced. 

HIGHWAY STAR

AND IN FIFTH PLACE...

BBC's Top Gear motoring programme survey to find the nations favourite all-time driving tune had Highway Star making it to the shortlist of 5, along with Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild, Radar Love by Golden Earring, Queen's Don't Stop Me Now & Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell. Sadly it only ended up in fifth place, with Queen eventually polling the most votes. You clearly didn't vote enough times between you all! 
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OTHER NEWS

 

  MBTP is currently working on a project with former IGB guitarist Ray Fenwick, and we are seeking quality live photos of the Ian Gillan Band taken between April '76 and June '78. If you have any photos or can point us in the direction of someone who might, please email us at; mail@moreblackthanpurple.co.uk 
 

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On March 24th this web site was moved to a new location, due to a chronic lack of disk space at our old site.   
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