April 30 • Album Update
The cover art and track details for the new Blackmore’s Night album have been sent out. There are two editions, the standard CD and the fast becoming obligatory CD + bonus DVD of extras. Tracks and pre-ordering is available at DTB Online store. There is also a cover of Temple Of The King on it.
April 15 • BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – NEW CD
There is a new studio album from the band in June. Live dates may also follow. Blackmore is paying a musical tribute to Jon Lord on the album which is called Dancer And The Moon. The album also includes a cover of Uriah Heep’s Lady In Black. Dmitry M. Epstein knows Ken Hensley and asked him what he thought of this: “I have to say that it’s a real honor any time that any artist covers one of my songs, but to have Ritchie include Lady In Black on his new album is very special, because he and I ran on totally parallel rock ‘n’ roll roads for so long, even rehearsing in the same building in West London in the very early days. I am a Deep Purple fan, of course, but I also respect Ritchie’s new direction and his willingness to explore and experiment with new musical adventures. Thanks Ritchie.”
BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – UK TOUR 2013
Five British shows have been announced for Blackmore and company this year: June 26th – Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline (we think) Scotland. June 28th – Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre , Newcastle. July 1st – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. July 3rd – Salisbury City Hall. July 5th G Live (The Civic), Guildford. Thanks to Mike Richards.
BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – THE BEGINNING
Another day, another new DVD / CD package from Blackmore’s Night. This one is something of a career retrospective and rounds up shows from the Shadow Of The Moon tour in Germany back in 1997 / 1998 on DVD1, the Under A Violet Moon castle tour from 2000 on DVD2. The catch is that to get these you have to buy the box set which includes the band’s first two studio albums, reissued for I think the fourth or fifth time. All in a purple felt box and titled The Beginning. Available to pre-order at DTBOnline store.
NEW STUDIO ALBUM
Meanwhile, Blackmore and Knight say they’re about 10 songs in to the eighth studio album, the follow-up to 2010′s “Autumn Sky,” which they hope to release in June 2013. They are recording at their home studio on Long Island,
BLACKMORE IN FIREWORKS
Fireworks Magazine issue 53 boasts a new interview with Blackmore’s Night to promote the new DVD ‘A Knight In York’, and apparently reveals the true reason for Rainbow splitting up. I’m off to WHSmiths now!
The magazine also has interviews with Ian Gillan, who talks about the ‘Who Cares’ album with Tony Iommi and a chat with Nick Simper about Nasty Habits. You can find an extract from the Blackmore piece in the mag’s site
Thanks to James Gaden.
RAINBOW BIOGRAPHY REPRINTED
Roy Davies history of Rainbow is back in print for a time. Read the details here.
BLACKMORE’S NIGHT LIVE RELEASE (May 14. 2012)
A Knight In York, filmed and recorded on the last British tour at Blackmore’s Night’s York Opera House show 30 Sep 2011, this title is another multi-format live release which will please all fans of the band. Available as hi def DVD, Blueray, CD and a triple vinyl album set in a strictly limited edition. Release due very end of June / early July 2012. This set can be preordered at DTB Online Store. This mass formatting thing brings back the last mad flourish of the vinyl single in the early 80s when loyal collectors had to get umpteen different editions.
Thanks to Stuart Hamilton for the information.
UPDATE : the track listing indicates that every format has the same tracks.