Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ritchie Blackmore Prefers Medieval Music To Rock

PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Rock guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has a shocking secret: He hasn’t listened to rock music in 30 years.

Blackmore – who as a member of Deep Purple wrote the classic riff to “Smoke On The Water” – says he’s only listened to renaissance-era music since 1973 when he heard “an early music band on TV.”

Ever since, he’s been stuck in the 1500s and admits some of his rocking bandmates found his choice of music “odd.”

Still, he loves the tunes so much that he even has his own “renaissance rock band” with his girlfriend Candice Night called Blackmore’s Night.

But while rock and renaissance music may sound like a weird combination, Blackmore says he’s taken musical inspiration from the older tunes.

As he puts it, “The harmonic structure of ‘Smoke On The Water’ is based parallel fourths and could have been played back in the 1500s.”

Blackmore’s latest project is a Christmas album with Night called Winter Carols that hits stores November 7.

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