Ritchie Tried To Ban Son From Using ‘Blackmore’
Joe Lynn Turner has exclusively spoken to Classic Rock about Ritchie Blackmore’s reaction to Over The Rainbow, the band featuring Turner (vocals), Jurgen Blackmore (guitar), Greg Smith (bass), Paul Morris (keyboards) and Bobby Rondinelli (drums).
“At first Ritchie was fine about it all. Then certain people – two of them – who are very close to him started to put ideas into his head.
“Then Ritchie suddenly became very antagonistic. Things got so bad that he insisted Jurgen – his own son – couldn’t use the name ‘Blackmore’. Jurgen’s full name is Jurgen Richard Blackmore – it says so on his birth cerificate.
“So, he ended up sending a copy of that to Ritchie, to prove he had every right to the name. Thankfully, that’s all behind us now, and everything’s back on an even keel.”
Over The Rainbow hope to play some UK shows early in 2010.
“We are negotiating right now, and it looks good for late February/early March. We want everyone to realise this is a celebration of Rainbow’s heritage. We are not a covers band, nor a tribute band.
“With the exception of Jurgen – and he is Ritchie’s son – all of us were in Rainbow at one time or another.”
Classic Rock’s Geoff Barton saw Over The Rainbow play the Sweden Rock festival recently. In case you missed Geoff’s review, here’s his reaction:
We weren’t expecting much from Over The Rainbow but they were a revelation. OTR, of course, are comprised of ex-Rainbow members Joe Lynn Turner (vocals), Greg Smith (bass) and Bobby Rondinelli (drums). Tony Carey was strangely absent on keyboards, his place being taken by Paul Morris “from Mk IV Rainbow,” remarked Turner, with a knowing wink to the trainspotters in the crowd. (By our reckoning Morris didn’t join until Mk X, but we’ll that that pass.) On guitar, please welcome Ritchie’s Blackmore’s remarkably jovial German son, Jürgen.
Appearing on stage to a tape of the late Cozy Powell’s Dance With The Devil (a nice touch; Powell being the famed drummer on Rainbow Rising et al) Turner’s troops delivered the hits – Tarot Woman, Man On The Silver Mountain, Death Alley Driver, I Surrender, Can’t Happen Here et al – with unexpected style and panache, and with nary a whiff of naffness. At one point Blackmore grabbed the mic and exclaimed: “Zis is a fuckload of fun.” He wasn’t far wrong…