Ritchie Blackmore recovering from finger surgery
Ex-Deep Purple guitarist healing from recent operation
By David Sands
April 1, 2016
Ritchie Blackmore is going to have to stay away from his guitar for a while.
Regrettably, the former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist has been sidelined for a couple weeks by a recent surgery. According to to his official Facebook page, Blackmore had an operation in late February to take care of a buildup of uric acid in a finger joint.
High levels of the acid can result in gout, if left untreated.
Luckily, Blackmore was expected to be healed up by the end of March. That’s soon enough to allow him to play with a reunited Rainbow later this summer. They’ll be performing a mix of classic Rainbow songs with a smattering of Deep Purple tunes at a limited run of European shows in Germany and the U.K. this June.
After that, the guitarist will tour Europe with his folk-rock band Blackmore’s Night and then head stateside in August to play for U.S. audiences in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Blackmore’s Night released their latest album, All Our Yesterdays, last September.
In addition to these touring plans, Blackmore will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Deep Purple on April 8. According to his website, however, he won’t be participating in the ceremony due to strained relations with his former bandmates.
“He was discussing the possibility of attending, until we received correspondence from the President of the Rock Hall of Fame, who said that Bruce Payne, management for the current Deep Purple Touring Band, had said “No”……….!!!!!” reads the post about the induction. “Therefore Ritchie will not be attending the ceremony. He sincerely thanks all the fans that voted for him for their support.”