BLACKMORE’S NIGHT line up
* Ritchie Blackmore
* Candice Night
* Bard David of Larchmont
* Earl Grey of Chimay
* Lady Lynn
* Troubadour of Aberdeen
“I’m now 70, so I just felt like playing some rock ‘n’ roll for a few days,” he says. “We’re going to do four or five dates of just playing the old rock stuff, Purple stuff and Rainbow. I’m doing it for the fans, for nostalgia, and the singer I found is very exciting; he’s a cross between Dio meets Freddie Mercury. So this will mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I’m sure he’ll become pretty famous because of his voice.”
Blackmore isn’t revealing the other musicians yet because contracts are still being negotiated, but none will be known names from his previous groups as has been rumored. He plans to film and record the performances for future release.
The guitarist is also the subject of an upcoming DVD documentary, The Ritchie Blackmore Story, which is due out Nov. 6.
The authorized film biography features footage from throughout his career as well as interviews with Blackmore, former Deep Purple bandmates Jon Lord and David Coverdale, ex-Rainbow singers Joe Lynn Turner and Graham Bonnet, admirers such as Queen’s Brian May, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Ian Anderson, Kiss’ Gene Simmons, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and more.