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Blackmore's Night - The End


For my birthday, early this year, I received tickets for Blackmore's Night in my hometown.
It's been more than a decade ago I saw them and the last cd's were only pulled from the bargain bin.

I was curious how Blackmore would pull it off.

It seemed he was in a good mood, a lot of fooling around on stage, playing other songs than announced by Candice, asking for requests, handing beer to some folks in the front row. And playing over 2 hours and 10-15 minutes.
That was the positive part.

Now the downside:
- the whole performance looked like a bad cabaret act.
- too many covers (real known popular songs) like Diamonds and Rust, Lady In Black, Moonlight Shadow.
- Ritchie hardly moved during the songs. Only when he went backstage to change guitars (every one was hoping he would show up with a strat)or when he stepped up to talk with Candice.
- There were only a couple of moments were he played beautifull. For the most part he was a backing musician in his own band. For instance during Moonlight Shadow the guitarsolo was replaced by a violin solo.
- Bass- and keyboardplayer had more (longer) solo spots than Ritchie. The keyboardsolo after Diamonds and Rust was soooo boring. It was followed by a drumsolo with Keith playing with one hand and taking a bottle cola in the other than took with his other hand also a bottle and than drank both bottles at a time while "playing" drums.
Not funny.
- Candice, what can I say? Yeah she sang quite well, but she is soooo fake. Trying to be funny... without the name Blackmore not many people would know her.

The show was announced as Ritchie Blackmore and Blackmore's Night.
After the show a lot of people that came to see Blackmore were very disappointed they had other expectations, not a guy just fiddling in the back.
Than you had those dressed up fans that thought it was a great evening. They are living in the past...

I've seen Blackmore for the first time in 1977 with Dio. Saw him with Bonnet and Turner. Than saw him with DP for the first time during the PS tour. Saw him again with Turner, Gillan in DP and White in Rainbow, saw a couple of early BN shows and Rainbow in 2016.
I thought with Rainbow (2016-2017) that his heart wasn't into it, but it seems (IMHO) there is no fire left within him.
This was for me the worst Blackmore show I ever witnessed.

For me all that is left are fond memories like hearing Somewhere Over The Rainbow, the band crashing in KTK, the rainbow, seeing Blackmore live for the first time, seeing 'giant' RJD coming on stage... magic.

There was no YT, internet... You didn't know what to get.


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After the show a lot of people that came to see Blackmore were very disappointed they had other expectations, not a guy just fiddling in the back.
Than you had those dressed up fans that thought it was a great evening. They are living in the past...
 



Maybe the guys who had other expectations are living in the past ;-)



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Checkout the setlist and yt clips from dinslaken show. What A show that was.
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After the show a lot of people that came to see Blackmore were very disappointed they had other expectations, not a guy just fiddling in the back.
Than you had those dressed up fans that thought it was a great evening. They are living in the past...
 



Maybe the guys who had other expectations are living in the past ;-)




No
The Blackmore they remembered was a leader, a charasmatic player.
The Blackmore they saw was a backup musician
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Checkout the setlist and yt clips from dinslaken show. What A show that was.



I saw the setlist.
Does that change the way Blackmore played?

What I saw was a guitarist with very few leads, more busy chatting with Candice. Playing a cabaret role, a very poor one. No conviction, no fire.
I didn't care if he played strat or not, but his playing was very poor.
For me he's finished, it's time to quit
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Checkout the setlist and yt clips from dinslaken show. What A show that was.



I saw the setlist.
Does that change the way Blackmore played?

What I saw was a guitarist with very few leads, more busy chatting with Candice. Playing a cabaret role, a very poor one. No conviction, no fire.
I didn't care if he played strat or not, but his playing was very poor.
For me he's finished, it's time to quit



It's been this way for absolutely ages, so it's nothing new.

These Expectations are the very things that kill these shows, everyone thinks it will be better than it actually ever is now-a-days.
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There is one thing I´ll never understand - why Ritchie never played SOF´s iconic introduction...
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There is one thing I´ll never understand - why Ritchie never played SOF´s iconic introduction...


Perhaps he simply doesn't remember it. Or he doesn't like it any more. As long as it's about Blackmore's Night I don't care as well because I don't want to hear Candice singing this song. When they did it with Rainbow last and this year, it was one of the best songs in the set.


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There is one thing I´ll never understand - why Ritchie never played SOF´s iconic introduction...


Perhaps he simply doesn't remember it. Or he doesn't like it any more. As long as it's about Blackmore's Night I don't care as well because I don't want to hear Candice singing this song. When they did it with Rainbow last and this year, it was one of the best songs in the set.





To me, it´s kind of... ironic, that Whitesnake (as band of original singer for the song) keep that iconic guitar introduction, and even Jon kept that introduction when he performed that song in his later solo career, but guitar player himself doesnt.
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