Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore: relationship history
Ian Gillan does not particularly like to talk about Deep Purple, and in particular about the black “wizard” of guitar playing, virtuoso Ritchie Blackmore… It is not surprising. It is unlikely that there is such a listener, and even more so a fan of the work of this cult band, who would not be aware of their endless skirmishes and wild antics in relation to each other.
However, in a recent interview, the permanent vocalist of the legendary Purple admitted that he would very much like Blackmore to become part of the group again. But, according to Gillan, too much time has already been lost for Richie to return ...
If anyone doesn't remember, we remind you: Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1993, having formed his own project with his girlfriend called Blackmore's Night. But not so long ago, the legendary virtuoso guitarist told the public that he would gladly join the ranks of Purple once again, so to speak, "in order to remember the good old days" ...
Ian Gillan tries not to mention Blackmore once again, but after learning about such a loud statement, he could not resist discussions with a journalist, in which he decided to reveal all the secrets that were hiding under a dense veil of secrecy until the mudflow ...
“…Let me give you an example. Just imagine: you got divorced, experienced a lot of life's hardships and unpleasant gifts of fate, and your relatives were also involved in all these stages ... After a while, you begin to feel the taste of life, re-enter a new marriage, and one of your loved ones says to you: "I want you and your old soulmate to get along, and I want to see you together because it's cool, you're fun to be with." And now imagine how damn difficult it is, just humanly ... "
“We,” the musician continues, “do not have a fiery passion for Blackmore, but we do not feel dislike for him either. Richie has become a good old buddy for us to discuss new ideas and exchange opinions with... We don't, and personally I don't, have any ill will or ill feelings towards him. I just think that our bridges have already been drawn. Everyone is moving in their own direction, and I don’t see the point in going astray from the paths chosen once. Moreover, we are already seriously thinking about the end of our era, the era of Purple.
A few years earlier, Gillan had given a similar interview, and when asked if he ever felt like reuniting with former band guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Gillan coolly replied: “Not even in the slightest degree, no. Richie is a hurricane man, a storm man. Today it is a completely different story. I guess we cut this ridiculous joke - "The orchestra was dying ..." Anyway, when Richie was with us, this phrase suited Deep Purple as well as possible.
“The truth is,” Gillan continues, “the band was dying right before our eyes. When Ricci was with us, Deep Purple were on their last breath: we had to perform in small halls and clubs, with each concert the audience became less and less, however, as well as creative ideas ... To be honest, none of us had the slightest desire to do something. We were all in chains: Pace and Glover were afraid to say a word to Blackmore, considering him the leader of the group ... Naturally, all this depressed me, depriving me of any comfort or inspiration. You know, when such devilry happens around and you feel this powerful pressure on yourself, you are unable to think about creativity, your hands are like tied ... "
“...When Richie left us, the sun shone over Deep Purple again! We got back to doing what we always liked. Today, after so many years, I have only good memories with Richie. I tried to get all the bad things out of my head and never come back to this again. Ricci is a great guitarist and master of his craft, but at one point something went wrong in our relationship ... I think now we can never be in the same team.