In an interview he gave to French newspaper “Le Parisien” on July 4th, Ritchie Blackmore told something that all his fans dreamed about, hoped for, and maybe weren’t expecting anymore…

that he is going to play rock again!!! “I’m thinking about playing rock again, just for a few days, next June, Deep Purple and Rainbow songs. But for now, I’m not decided on the persons I want to work with. I’ve got a good idea about the ideal candidates, but it wouldn’t be fair to say anything now. I will know exactly in one month who I want to have in this band to play Deep Purple and Rainbow songs. We will probably play three or four shows in June; that’s all.” Said the man in black, who didn’t reveal who’s going to play in his band, but he already seems that he is ruling someone out: “I think that Joe [Lynn Turner] will not be part of the adventure, and he doesn’t know it yet. He does his thing, I like him, and I made good albums and good songs with him, like ‘Street Of Dreams’. But I’m thinking about doing a mixture in the band, with famous people and not so famous ones. That’s my state of mind at the moment, and you’re the first person I talk to about it.” Finally, according to the newspaper again Blackmore confirmed that one of these shows is going to be in a French festival.