Ritchie Blackmore (72) is secretly delighted that after two decades he still gets off on his medieval pop band project Blackmore's Night. After all, nobody had expected that the Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist would turn his back on hard, loud rock music and only return to it part-time in the autumn of his career (more about this in the second part of the interview in the next issue).
eclipsed: How much Blackmore is in Blackmore's Night?
Ritchie Blackmore: You're talking to a married man who's realizing a musical project with his girlfriend then and now wife and mother of his two children [Autumn Sky, *2010, and Rory,*2012]. Are you expecting anything other than a diplomatic answer?
eclipsed: In other words: How satisfied are you with your role at Blackmore's Night?
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The true greatness of U2 proves itself in its live capabilities. Like no other band in the world, the Irish have been able to stage themselves anew again and again over the past four decades, and have captivated even the most critical of audiences. While their studio albums are subject to strong qualitative fluctuations, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are still a power on stage today. eclipsed shows why and garnished the whole thing with concert memories of its authors.
When married couples form a band together, this often seems strange to outsiders. And you're instinctively suspicious of saying, "It's only good!" This is Ritchie Blackmore's brief assessment of "musical family businesses", while Candice Night says in more detail: "So we can always be together, and if Ritchie has an idea, he can come to me and try it out with me right away"
When Richard Hugh Blackmore was born on 14 April 1945 in Weston-super-Mare in the English county of Somerset, he did not even allow himself to be sworn into a bourgeois life. At the age of eleven - the family now lives in Heston near London - he is given his first guitar and wants to become a musician. He takes lessons from studio guitarist Big Jim Sullivan. His career as a musician began in 1963. The most important experience: the show lessons of Screaming Lord Sutch. He heard Ian Paice for the first time during a stay at a star club. The drummer impressed him so much that he later brought him into the band instead of Deep Purple founder Chris Curtis. This is how Blackmore's Hire and fire mentality became apparent early on.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.