July 18 • A four disc Rainbow Anthology is being trailed, covering the band’s career to 1984, to include some unissued bits and bobs.
July 18 • Gird your loins for a special limited edition which brings new meaning to the term; Dance & The Moon Deluxe. This includes (deep breath) the audio album with the bonus DVD, a special tote bag, four button badges and an actual embroidered framed version of the album art, measuring around 10″ square, ready to hang on your wall. It all comes in a special card packaging to keep it safe. Now we are able to sell this, but have yet to get a final price off the distributors. But do pre-order at DTB Online if you’re interested and we’ll get back to you with the bad news. 2,000 only worldwide. We’ve also got our hands on a supply of the double gatefold vinyl edition, which is a 3,000 worldwide pressing.
July 10 • New Live Rainbow release. Blackmore has approved the release of a Rainbow show from Dusseldorf in 1995, Black Masquerade, filmed for Germany’s famous Rockpalast show. It’s one of the few known films of the final Rainbow line-up (Dougie White and friends) known to exist, from their 18 months or so together, and has been pirated an awful lot in the intervening years. I never got to see this period of the band (they could only be bothered to play London), so it’ll be interesting to see how what I felt at the time was a lacklustre album went down like live (I got a royal bollocking for suggesting this, only for Ritchie to later go on record as saying it was ‘boring’ and he was bored making it!). Tracks range across the catalogue: Spotlight Kid / Too Late for Tears / Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll/Black Night / Hunting Humans / Wolf to the Moon/Difficult to Cure Keyboard Solo / Still I’m Sad / Temple of the King / Black Masquerade / Ariel / Since You’ve Been Gone / Perfect Strangers / Sixteenth Century Greensleeves / Hall of the Mountain King / Burn / Smoke On the Water . It’s out on DVD and stand alone 2CD to begin with, worldwide. Available to pre-order at DTBOnline.
UK tour • Attended the show in Newcastle on Friday night. The show was generally ok, quite a long one at over 2 hours, some songs I knew, many I didn’t. Ritchie was on good form laughing and joking with the band and the audience, raising a glass to Jon, Cozy and Ronnie. He seemed to make the set list up as he went along, he clearly had a board with various song listed and he would look at that and decide what to play, although he added Soldier of Fortune at a request from the audience, sadly calls for Carry On… Jon were ignored.
He got the strat out for a couple of numbers and it was quite simply breathtaking, the whole place lifted when this happened, he can still play and then some. Best moment was the solo to Fires at Midnight, done on an acoustic, the rest of the band left the stage and Ritchie sat on a stool and played away for well over 5 minutes, not once opening his eyes, brilliant. Mike Richards.
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 http://www.rocktopia.net/.
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.