Ritchie Blackmore Says He’s Open To A Deep Purple Reunion


The legendary guitarist told the Guardian all that’s missing is an invite but Deep Purples lead singer Ian Gillan recently told Team Rock that Blackmore was a “difficult bugger.” Blackmore says he “bears no malice” toward his old band but can’t see a reunion happening.

It was Blackmore along with drummer Ian Paice and the late great Jon Lord that formed the group in 1968 along with Rod Evans and Nick Simper. The guitarist left in 1975 but came back between 1984-1993.

Also this week everyone was talking about how fun Blackmore is, He says, “I work very hard at not having fun, I don’t think the world is a fun place. I’m very content in my own mind – but fun, I’m not too sure about. I don’t quite know what fun is. I don’t know why I should walk around with a perpetual grin on my face, saying everything’s wonderful. I just don’t fit into the fun area. A lot of musicians go, ‘That was fun.’ I like to think that music is very serious. It’s not fun. I’m not one of those guys that likes jamming with people and having fun. Music is too serious. I don’t feel like I can relate if I’m having fun.”

He ads, “It’s hard work and it’s really gratifying to do,” he said. “But fun? Fun is where someone tells a joke and they laugh for 10 seconds. Music’s much deeper than that.” – by John Beaudin



John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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