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Quotes from and about Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow

Joe recently revealed his journey with alopecia for the first time.

Joe Lynn Turner: As far as the people I’ve worked with, when I walked in to audition for Rainbow, Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover were at the board at the studio. One of the first things Ritchie said to me was, ‘do you take your hair off to wash it or do you leave it on?’ And I said, ‘either way.’ So he said, ‘alright, fair enough, get in there and sing.’ And obviously, I got the job.

Metal Talk - November 13, 2022

In the early days, with bands like Ezra and Fandango, Joe was a guitar player who also sang. What changed that?

Joe Lynn Turner: Ritchie Blackmore was what changed that. I used to play a Chet Atkins acoustic-electric, but Ritchie gave me a silver anniversary Stratocaster with a scallop neck that he had scalloped with his own hands. I would play an Ode To Joy for the track Difficult to Cure.

A funny story is we were in Denmark and finished with the performance that night. We went down to breakfast the next day in the hotel, and Don Airey said to me, ‘I think you’re in trouble.’. I said, ‘why, what did I do now?’ And he held up the newspaper, and there was a picture of me on the guitar, really rocking out, and underneath it, it said Ritchie Blackmore. So some stupid photographer thought that I was Ritchie Blackmore. Sure enough, the manager came down about a half hour later, he held up the newspaper and said, ‘you’re off the guitar.’ [laughs].

Metal Talk - November 13, 2022

Ronnie Romero alluded to it recently, but do you think Ritchie is done with Rainbow?

Jens Johannson: I don't know. You never know. At the moment, of course, with the pandemic, everything went completely right down to zero, all activities. I think he's back to doing some stuff with Blackmore's Night. To be honest, that's where his heart is. If he has to focus on one band, that would be the number one priority. I was always joking that Blackmore's Night was 'the' band and Rainbow was his basement band. It was a lot of fun. But most people understood that this was a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

Blabbermouth - October 10, 2022

What is the current status of Rainbow? Do you still keep in touch with Ritchie Blackmore?

Ronnie Romero: We normally keep in contact — not very often, because, obviously, Ritchie is a very insulated person. But I don't think there's gonna be any plan in the near future because the pandemic was way complicated, obviously, for all the music business. Ritchie is not too much into the idea to make anything so far. And he is focused right now with Blackmore's Night. There's no plan so far; we were not informed about any plan. So we're just waiting for... With Ritchie, you never know — maybe in a couple of days he's gonna come with an idea. You never know...

Misplaced Straws - April 19, 2022

Did Ritchie Blackmore not want to participate in the film 'Dreamers Never Die'?

Wendy Dio: Ritchie did not want anything to do with the film. His lawyers also informed us that they wanted to see as little Rainbow as possible in 'Dreamers Never Die'.

Arrow Lords of Metal - October 3, 2022

After Ronnie was asked to leave Rainbow, you were left penniless, which is quite a sad story actually, which fortunately gets attention in the film. Was that story ever actually solved by Blackmore.

Wendy Dio: Only after a lot of lawsuits did a little money come to us. Money that Ronnie was just entitled to. I believe he was only paid for one album in the end. After that we just gave up.

Arrow Lords of Metal - October 3, 2022

Blackmore tells ABC Audio that plans were in the works for Rainbow to play its first U.S. shows before the COVID-19 pandemic put all live events on hold, adding that he'll still be "up for it" once things are safer.

Ritchie Blackmore: We were all ready to do some American shows in New York and various other places. We'll see how it goes. I'm up for it. I like to kind of get the Strat and bash out now and again, and the band's all ready to go... It's in the pipeline, doing some shows.

ABC Audio - March 31, 2021

This December (2021) marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of Deep Purple's signature song "Smoke on the Water," which Blackmore co-wrote. Ritchie tells ABC Audio that he isn't planning anything special to commemorate the milestone.

Ritchie Blackmore: I'm not too keen on all these anniversaries, myself. I think sometimes it's a bit of an excuse to kind of rerelease something, and I think that's been released enough.

ABC Audio - March 31, 2021