Tag Archives: Ritchie Blackmore

Quick plays: MISHAPED PEARLS, LORDS OF BLACK

MISHAPED PEARLS Shivelight [Release date 25.05.18] Mishaped Pearls latest album’s title Shivelight comes from a word created by the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. The word describes the lances of sunshine that pierce through a woodland canopy. An apt description as Mishaped Pearls have … Continue reading

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Album review: HEAVEN & EARTH – Hard To Kill

HEAVEN & EARTH - Hard To Kill

Quarto Valley Records [Release date 13.10.17] It would be cruel to say that ‘Heaven & Earth’ is Rainbow-by-numbers but, cripes, bandleader – UK-born Stuart Smith -  looks like Ritchie (check the CD booklet!!) and apparently was mentored by him. The … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – Winter Carols

BLACKMORE

Minstrel Hall Music [Release date 20.10.17] Ritchie Blackmore’s move from the hard rock of Rainbow and Deep Purple to the renaissance folk of Blackmore’s Night, with his wife Candice, has always been controversial among rock fans, When I reviewed the … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – A Fire In The Sky

Deep Purple - A Fire In The Sky

Parlophone [Release date 15.09.17] British classic rock legends are still going strong, and basking on the back of the rather wonderful ‘iNfinite’ album, released earlier this year. And while compilations may be so common they’re on a street corner with … Continue reading

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Rising stars: AUSTIN GOLD (interview)

Austin Gold

Pete Feenstra chatted to Austin Gold for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio and an hour feature can be heard on Monday 9 October, 16:00 GMT and Thursday 12 October, 23:00 GMT Up and coming Peterborough rock band share their magic … Continue reading

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Album review: COZY POWELL – The Polydor Years

COZY POWELL - The Polydor Years

Caroline International [Release date 25.08.17] Drummer extraordinaire Cozy Powell is one of the biggest hitters in the hard rock word, making his name with Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Whitesnake, MSG, Black Sabbath, and Brian May; just before he died in 1998 … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – To The Moon and Back

BLACKMORE

David Randall chatted to Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore in October 2015 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  The hour special gives background to the formation of the band along with selected tracks from their 20 year-history. Minstrel Hall Music … Continue reading

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Book review: TOM RUSSELL – The Godfather of Rock by Martin Kielty

Published by Beard Books Tom Russell will be a familiar name to many, he has been a leading figure in the Scottish rock scene for many years and has broadcast on radio across the UK on occasion. It is in … Continue reading

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Gig review: RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW – Genting Arena, Birmingham, 25 June 2016

RITCHIE BLACKMORE

For us rock fans of a certain age – perhaps from early forties to sixty-ish – Ritchie Blackmore sits in the pantheon of rock royalty. As guitarist and songwriter in both Deep Purple and his own band Rainbow, he pushed … Continue reading

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News: WIN tickets to RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW, Genting Arena, Birmingham – 25 June 2016

Ritchie Blackmore

One of the most influential and versatile guitarists, Ritchie Blackmore will take to the stage to celebrate the era-defining music of Rainbow and Deep Purple in a one-off UK Tour show on Saturday 25 June 2016 at the Genting Arena … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBOW – Boston 1981

RAINBOW - Boston 1981

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra Records [Release date 20.05.16] At the end of every Rainbow there is  a pot of gold.  This is surely what labels must be thinking as Ritchie Blackmore plays his Strat in anger (allegedly) this summer.  Following the release … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBOW – Monsters Of Rock Live At Donington 1980

RAINBOW - Monsters Of Rock Live At Donington 1980

Eagle Rock [Release date 22.04.16] CD/DVD Is it me or are Rainbow – 35 years on – viewed through rose-tinted spectacles?  The studio albums are worthy but – live – there is excess, there is indulgence, and there’s a lot … Continue reading

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DVD review: THE RITCHIE BLACKMORE STORY

THE RITCHIE BLACKMORE STORY

Eagle Rock Entertainment [Release date 30.10.15] 2016 marks the return of Ritchie to the rock arenas and so this 2 hour plus documentary is timely.  He’s known as one of rock’s more reticent subjects when it comes to interviews, so … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBOW – The Polydor Years

Rainbow - Vinyl

Universal (9LP box set) [Release date 24.11.14] With the rejuvenation of both vinyl and classic rock, Universal have collated all 8 of the classic Rainbow albums in original packaging. Extravagant? Yes, resoundingly. But it’s lovely too. While a couple have … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUES PILLS/THE VINTAGE CARAVAN/BLACK WOLF – The Dome, London, 18 November 2014

Blues Pills - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 18 November 2014

And suddenly everything is 1971 again, from the three long-hair bands and their similar looking audience, to a stage full of Orange amps, virtuoso bass players, screaming guitarists, wah-wah pedals, the smell of patchouli and psychedelic posters. Blues is alive … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – Live In Graz 1975

Deep Purple - Live In Graz 1975

The Official Deep Purple (Overseas) Live Series earMUSIC [Release date 15.09.14] If you didn’t know the story you may be surprised that less than three months after this recording the Mark III version of Purple split, Blackmore continuing with Rainbow … Continue reading

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Interview: 10Q’s with STUART SMITH (HEAVEN & EARTH)

Heaven & Earth

Here we catch-up with Stuart Smith of Heaven & Earth who released their latest album ‘Dig’ last year to rave reviews and embark on their debut UK tour starting at the end of June… 1. What have you got planned for … Continue reading

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Rock Stars: Interview with GRAHAM BONNET – 19 March 2014

Graham Bonnet

With The Store For Music  label re-issuing all 4 Alcatrazz albums – including ‘Live Sentence’ on CD and DVD  and accompanying vinyl releases with full art work – as well as his recent ‘Catch The Rainbow’ tour and a forthcoming … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBOW – The Singles Box Set 1975–1986

Rainbow - The Singles Box Set 1975-1986

Universal (19 CD set) [Release date 2.02.14] Those lovely guys at Universal have really gone to town (again) here – and a set that will be beyond most fans’ needs (or price range); but the extravagance here matches the marvel … Continue reading

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DVD review: DEEP PURPLE – Perfect Strangers Live

Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers Live (DVD)

Eagle Records – Out Now Deep Purple have experienced eight main member reshuffles since they first formed in Hertford back in 1968, however, it has been universally accepted that it is the work of the Mark II line up (Gillan/ … Continue reading

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