Is there a possibility that guitarist Ritchie Blackmore might rejoin his mates in Deep Purple for more show? That depends on who you ask.
Blackmore was recently quoted saying he would like to play one last show with Deep Purple “for nostalgia reasons.” While the band hasn’t officially called it quits (their current tour is titled “The Long Goodbye“), Purple keyboardist Don Airey speaking about the Blackmore reunion possibility said, “I wouldn’t count on that happening.”
During an appearance at Hall Of Heavy Metal History event in Anaheim, CA, Airey spoke with Eric Blair of “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show.” Airey said, “I think Ritchie feels that he would like to do one gig with the band. But I just don’t think it will happen. It’s so complicated, and you’re compromising the band we’ve got. You’ve gotta fly Ritchie in and then you’ve gotta fly him out and then we’ve gotta rehearse. It’s just too much for a traveling band.
Even lead vocalist Ian Gillan shot down the possibility of a reunion with Blackmore, saying that “the rain stopped and the sun came out” for the band once the guitarist left the group.
Speaking about the band’s future, bassist Roger Glover was quoted on www.deeppurple.com: “We just want to carry on as long as nature allows or is kind of dignified. If we can’t do what we do anymore, then yes, it’s time to stop. But we’re still doing it, and we’re still enjoying it very much. So all we’re saying is the door is closing, but it’s not closed yet.”
Blackmore is a co-founder of Deep Purple and wrote many of their most memorable riffs, including “Smoke On The Water,” but he has not played with the group since his 1993 departure.
Deep Purple are currently in the midst of its “Long Goodbye Tour” marking its 50th anniversary, and preparing for the release of a new album, ‘Infinite’ in April.
Source: www.blabbermouth.net / www.deeppurple.com