Blackmore’s Purple Passion
Ritchie Blackmore says he’d rejoin Deep Purple — for one show
By Gary Graff
July 20, 2017
He wouldn’t join the band for its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction last year, but Ritchie Blackmore is not ruling out playing again with Deep Purple — once.
The guitarist and Deep Purple co-founder — who quit the band twice, including mid-tour in 1993 — has resurrected his own band Rainbow after spending several years playing exclusively Renaissance-style acoustic music.
Now he tells RocknRoll Reporter that he would be game to play with Purple again for one special show: “I think if they were interested, and our dates would not collide, I would be [interested] for a single show because of the old times. But I don’t believe Deep Purple are interested in it. They have their niche. We are friends. I have been doing my music for 20 years, they’ve been doing it for 20 years. It’s probably not likely. Management — and I’m not talking about my own — would not like it, even if we were only interested in a single show. Their management would not allow it, I’m sure.”
Deep Purple is currently on the road promoting its new album Infinity, with a late summer North American leg with Alice Cooper and Edgar Winter starting August 12 in Las Vegas. Blackmore took Rainbow on the road for four dates in the U.K. in June, with no more shows on the books as of yet.