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20 Years Ago: Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore Has Onstage Meltdown

What Deep Purple fans saw on Nov. 9, 1993 at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England, wasn't anything like a promised 25th anniversary celebration of the band. It was, instead, one of the final nights with founding member Ritchie Blackmore.

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Ian Gillan Has ‘No Desire’ to Reunite With Ritchie Blackmore

It's been 20 years since Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple, and by all accounts, both he and the band are happier now. Still, some fans will never stop hoping for a reunion -- something that, according to singer Ian Gillan, will never happen.

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Ritchie Blackmore: ‘I Think a Lot About Death’

From his days with Deep Purple and Rainbow to his current gig fronting Blackmore's Night, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has always forged his own trail. It's something, as he recently explained during a Russian television interview, he attributes to his fondness for daydreaming.

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Rainbow – Phase One In A Box

A Rainbow box set focusing on the years 1975 to 1984 is in the works.

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Rainbow-Noy Just a Bootleg Anymore

Rainbow will release a live CD next month.

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Ritchie Blackmore Having a Change of Heart?

Deep Purple and Rainbow founder Ritchie Blackmore has turned his back on the music that made him famous for the past quarter century, but it sounds like he's having a change of heart.

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Ritchie Blackmore ‘Couldn’t Care Less’ If Deep Purple Make Hall of Fame

After years of being completely overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, pioneering hard rockers Deep Purple received word last week that they are among the nominees this year. But if you're hoping for an epic reunion jam on 'Highway Star' at this year's ceremony, not so fast -- in a new interview, former Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore says he has no interest in whether the band is inducted or not.

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Purple & Lizzy: The Boys Weren’t On The Same Page

Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice says his attempt to form a trio in 1972 with Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and Thin Lizzy singer and bassist Phil Lynott failed because Lynott wasn’t a good enough bass player.

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