Uneasy Rider – The Talented Mr Blackmore


Blackmore discusses his career with a cameraman….

A curiously titled new documentary (neither of the puns really relate to his career) about Mr. B, due for release as a home video at the end of October, which has been in the works for a while.  With a running time of over two hours, this one has for the first time the full co-operation of Ritchie himself for once, and the documentary has been produced by Eagle Rock who have a good track record in this area (they backed the excellent Making Of Classic Album series.)  It is also a good move given his aim of playing some rock shows next year to remind people what he was all about.  There are twenty year olds around today who have never seen him live in anything but Blackmore’s Night.
A list of participants includes four former member of Deep Purple, albeit only Roger Glover from the current line-up, plus some names you might expect as well as a few you wonder about – I hadn’t got Gene Simmons down as a massive Blackmore fan but you never know!  It is noticeable that not a single person from his pre-Purple years is listed which seems a shame.  Please don’t tell me they’re not including the fab footage of Ritchie wiggling with The Outlaws up on scaffolding…
Anyhow, if you can still find the music section of your local DVD shop, it could be worth a look.  Eagle are very quick to get their titles onto TV so that’s an alternative if you can’t make your mind up.

Interviewed for the documentary are: Ritchie Blackmore, Candice Night, David Coverdale, Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Lukather, Brian May, Joe Satriani, Gene Simmons, Steve Vai, Lars Ulrich, Phil Collen, Ian Anderson, Malcolm Dome, Martin Birch, Chris Welch, Chris Charlesworth, Jim Ladd, Pat Regan.


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29 Responses to “Uneasy Rider – The Talented Mr Blackmore”

  1. frodster Says:

    Did any of you Pimple folk feel there were echoes of David St Hubbins and Janine on Eagle’s recent RB Documentary?

  2. Kebablover Says:

    Well! There’s a surprise. Glenn Hughes has something to say.

  3. Scott W Says:

    Hmmm, just remembered that Jerry Lee brought his drummer Tarp Tarrant to back him in ’63 but RB was there and the full Outlaws lineup with Gene Vincent!

  4. Scott W Says:

    Would have loved to hear Mick Underwoods recollection of when he and Ritchie (as members of The Outlaws) backed Gene Vincent (a fave of mine) and Jerry Lee for dates in May of ’63!!! That would have really shown RB’s long and varied experience in the biz as those two rockers were there at the beginning (along with Elvis, Carl Perkins, etc) of this thing we call Rock & Roll!!!

    • simon robinson Says:

      I did interview Mick about this many years ago and he had some really funny stories about the tour, so I agree it would be good to have these on record. I did write some of it down for the DTB magazine but it was 30+ years ago now so please don’t ask me which issue. I was just chuffed to speak to someone who had been part of those days. We have a nice article about Ritchie with Neil Christian going live shortly.

  5. Biff shankwell Says:

    Witnessed the 75 and 76 tours in Chicago.
    You’re right Simon , unforgettable experience!!

  6. rabbimisha Says:

    Any information about when this will see the marketplace ? I’ll want a copy.

  7. Leftin Says:

    Mostly interesting list of names, with one omission – Jimmy Page. The parallels between these two Heston (via Weston in RB’s case) men have never been explored. How did these session men go on to create the best rock bands in the world in 1968?

    • simon robinson Says:

      It would certainly be interesting to hear Mr. Ps thoughts, and the idea of a documentary which explores their early session days would be good. Although with Mr. Jim Sullivan no longer with us not a good as it might have once been.

  8. Tony Pearsall Says:

    Well what a surprise – Ritchie’s full co-operation, nevertheless eagerly anticipated I would think by most Rainbow/Purple fans..

  9. purpledaniel Says:

    Any idea of possibly included unseen archive footage?

    • simon robinson Says:

      According to Jerry Bloom who is something of an expert in this area (having written Ritchie biography), there is nothing remarkable in terms of rare footage.

      • purpledaniel Says:

        Yep, it´s Munich 77 and Cal Jam again for sure. My interest sinks like a Titanic if that is all we are going to get!

  10. Mark Woodhead Says:

    I’m not too surprised with Gene Simmons being a fan, as he has been fairly vociferous about Deep Purple not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the past.

  11. timinox Says:

    The title is in fact an anagram of : ‘deter cantakerously blathered mimer’ …. well, some parts of that are accurate!

  12. IAN DOUGLAS Says:

    Go Ritchie! Still the best show I’ve seen was the classic lineup of Rainbow in Australia 1976. I think that’s only 39 years ago but still feels like yesterday! There’s only two left from that band. . . ? Help!

    • simon robinson Says:

      Ritchie, Jimmy and Tony makes three Ian! But yes, memories of that tour still burn around here whenever the subject arises. I don’t think anyone who saw that tour would forget the feeling.

      • IAN DOUGLAS Says:

        Gosh I could have sworn TC passed on!? Oh well he will forgive me for the good review! YES the Intro with Over the Rainbow . . . into Kill that King!!! Cozy on drums – NOTHING matched that DP or no!!! Honestly comparing Mk 2 v.2 it was no where near as good or exciting.

  13. Les Hedger Says:

    I can’t wait. It’s too bad Paice and Gillan couldn’t have been bothered.

  14. Sam Says:

    Burn is one of Gene Simmons’ favorite albums

  15. Danielz Says:

    The RB DVD sounds intriguing. I haven’t actually purchased a music dvd for sometime, but this sounds pretty cool. It’s a shame Eagle Rock doesn’t get in touch with me as I hold the master multi-track tapes of The Slider (T.Rex) amongst others. Anyway, this Blackmore sounds just the ticket for me!

  16. Lee Says:

    Sounds great. Strange how they didn’t interview Malmsteen. At least the ubiquitous talking head Dave Grohl isn’t in it, whose opinion isn’t worth a toss.

    • simon robinson Says:

      Malmsteen is issuing his own documentary shortly, featuring himself.

      • IAN DOUGLAS Says:

        Hey! Mind you YM did an amazing (well I enjoy/ed it heaps more than say Whitesnake Purple or Gillan’s In – or Out) Tribute to Ritchie I forget the title but will certainly play it tomorrow – just check out that music! Also i loved Live in Leningrad – and featuring no less than one J L T (he of Red Cross Refugee fame). . . but a good one!

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