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Ritchie about this years rainbow shows and future plans


hello. i'm new here. great that there's some message board for deep purple on the net.

i found an interview with rb on the net about this years rainbow shows and future plans. if it was already posted, sorry!

You released a new Rainbow single "Land of Hope and Glory", which was also used as an introduction to the recent Rainbow shows...

Ritchie: I've loved this song for a very long time. I like it very much when a big choir is singing this tune. Candice wasn't at home for 2-3 days, so I asked the producer: "Let's record our own version, and instead of the orchestra there will be an electric guitar". It was funny. Everybody expected to hear a big orchestra, but there was only an electric guitar with a violin. I like this version. But it wasn't easy to arrange such a beautiful melody correctly, but it turned out better than I expected, so I decided to record it with this arrangement. On this year's Rainbow tour, we started our concerts with this version as you said.

By the way - what are your thoughts on the three Rainbow gigs last month?

Ritchie: We arrange them once a year, and I'm always nervous. We need to learn all these songs. Usually we reherase for a week, but when I go out on stage and play all these songs with the band, I start to get very nervous. We started in London, then went to Scotland, and then to Birmingham. The concert in Manchester was cancelled. I think when we arrived in Birmingham it all started to make sense musically. At the other gigs I was only hoping that everything would go well. It takes me a while to relax and get used to play all those songs again. It takes some time until I feel them again. But as I said before, at the last gig, it all happened. By the third gig I started feeling the songs and be relaxed. At the first concert I was very afraid. But everything went very well. In Blackmore's Night, it's quite the opposite. We sit on chairs and play, chatting with the audience and some concerts last for more than 3 hours. It's good fun, because we play the songs that the audience wants to hear. I'm relaxed in such an atmosphere, but when I play rock n roll these days, I'm starting to get very nervous. You can't sit on a chair all the time. I still like to play the strat, I like to to turn up the amp and play with distortion. I also play with a plectrum, which I don't do in Blackmore's Night. I only play fingerstyle on the acoustic guitar. Acoustics require long nails. However, when playing with a plectrum, you have to cut them short. So between the last Rainbow show and the first Blackmore's Night show, I have a month to grow my nails again and try to strengthen them, desperately painting them with acrylic. You might think that this is not such a big problem, but it's very difficult to play in such different styles. Before that, I hadn't played with a plectrum for 20 years. Of course, sometimes I used it, but when I was playing guitar at home, I always played with my fingers. However, when we started the Rainbow thing, I had to relearn to play with a plectrum again.

You added the song "All Night Long" to the setlist and removed "Highway Star". How did you decide on the setlist this time?

Ritchie: Candice decided that. I was just playing the music. She looked at my list and suggested adding a few more Rainbow songs because she knew that fans were asking for more Rainbow songs on the internet. So I removed "Highway Star" and added a few more Rainbow songs.

At the end of July, you will be touring again with Blackmore's Night...

Ritchie: Yes, we will go to Europe, don't we Candice?

Candice: Oh, yes.

Ritchie: We will travel to the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic. In these countries there are still bands playing such music, so we pay special attention to them. Of course, they love hard rock bands too, but there is also a market for music in the spirit of the Renaissance. And I don't really wanna travel to countries like Ireland. There are countries in which people only want to hear rock music. So we only go to such countries, which are connected to what we're doing with this project. For example, Germany and France - so much of my favourite medieval music comes from there, back in the XV-XVI century. So it's natural that we feel a strong connection to those countries.

Do you have plans for the rest of the year?

Ritchie: Yes, I think we will be touring the USA a bit again. I'm happy with everything at the moment. Back in Deep Purple we worked too much, so now I have a lot freetime and just go out when I want to. In Rainbow and Deep Purple we sometimes had such crazy shedules that I almost fell asleep on stage. I swore to myself that I would never allow that to happen again. The shedule is still being organized by my agent, but I'm having an eye on it. When a group becomes very popular, agents organize big tours. And these poor groups have to work until they die. Musicians are starting to get sick after a while. Sometimes the group breaks up, and the agents don't give a !@#$. It's still like that today. Some bands are playing every day! Of course, when you are 21, it's still possible to do that, but when you get old, it gets harder. Agents and managers just want money. I was part of that system too for many years. It was too much.

Are you thinking about doing more Rainbow shows in the future?

Ritchie: I think so, yes. Everything went well, everyone was happy. It was great when we did it the first time, and I also enjoyed it very much this year.

I'm glad to hear that. Are you happy with Ronnie Romero?

Ritchie: Oh yes. He's the ideal singer, because he's never asking for money. Why are you laughing?

Candice: That's ridiculous.

Ritchie: Seriously?

I hope we'll see you in Japan again someday...

Ritchie: Yes, rumours that we are going to Japan again, have a basis. In fact, we are working on this. For me the biggest problem are the long flights. And it's getting worse... Because of terrorism, everything is getting out of control at the airports. You can be happy if you arrive safely in today's world. It's ridicolous. You are forbid to take shaving accessiores or water with you. Some passengers aren't even allowed to wear shoes. I'm surprised that they aren't asking you to take off the pants or the shirt. Very soon everyone will fly naked in airplanes.

But it's also a long way to Europe...

Ritchie: It's my limit. My limit are six-hours because of my back. I just hate planes.

I understand you.

Ritchie: There's a terrible airport in New York... When we returned from England it was a total chaos. No one knew where to go. There was no indication where residents or non-residents should go. I can't believe that an airport in such a modern and developed country is in such a bad state.

Give us a few words to the Japanese readers please...

Ritchie: Don't fly to the USA. It will take you three days to get to the States. I really look forward to see you all again in Japan. I hope it will work. We wanna come over during the cherry blossom.

Candice: So we can write a song about it.

So you come over in April next year?

Candice: In April is your birthday, isn't it?

Ritchie: I think March is better.

Sakura begins to bloom in late March - early April.

Ritchie: I think we'll be coming over in that period.

I really hope your plans will materialize! Thank you for the interview!

Ritchie: Yeah, thanks!
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Thanks for the interview man!
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Thanks for the info Stefan.
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Interesting read. The message for the japanese fans I found particulary funny. Also interesting to read that basically Candice is deciding the setlist for Rainbow shows, based on a list of Ritchie's songs and what she thinks the reaction is from the web. It reminds me how I read a few times in the past that also in bands like Queen and Rolling Stones it was the keyboard player deciding the setlist every night.
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Very interesting read! Thanks!
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From which source is this interview?
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Ronnie has reputedly said that Japanese dates are unlikely, but there could be European and UK dates next year.

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Ronnie has reputedly said that Japanese dates are unlikely, but there could be European and UK dates next year.




I wonder if this is due to long air flight to Japan?
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Thanks for posting. It would be nice it TMIB was to play in Japan one more time, they have been great fans to him over the years.
However I share his pain of long haul flights, although if he was in Europe it is possible to fly with Emirates on two 6-7 hour flights ( EU to Dubai,Dubai to Tokyo).
Anyway, sorry for the diversion into airline routes.
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Thanks for posting. It would be nice it TMIB was to play in Japan one more time, they have been great fans to him over the years.
However I share his pain of long haul flights, although if he was in Europe it is possible to fly with Emirates on two 6-7 hour flights ( EU to Dubai,Dubai to Tokyo).
Anyway, sorry for the diversion into airline routes.




Agree on long haul flights, it's just awful. But if I have to I will do it anyway. Always some drug that will help..
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