He Exit while the band was on tour in 1993, effectively abandoning the rock genre at the same time, focusing instead on Blackmore’s Night, his medieval group with wife Candice Night. Despite a short return to live rock with a new Rainbow lineup in 2016, he has remained committed to music in the style of the 14th and 15th centuries.
“I’m not really interested in the modern approach with modern instruments,” Blackmore told me Long Island Weekly in a recent interview. “We use synthesizers on certain things, but they’re there to see how we progress with the other instruments. It’s about going back to basics – simple music.”
He noted that “melody is very important to me. It’s an important thing. That’s why even in Deep Purple, towards the end, before I left, our music was a bit monophonic. There wasn’t too much melody, and if I don’t If I don’t hear a melody, I can’t be inspired. I find that with a lot of hard rock bands today—not death metal or whatever—the melody is definitely not there, and I can’t relate to that.”
Blackmore went on to describe himself as a “bit of a musical snob.” “I’m more of a purist and want to be in the woods myself and hear a piece of music written in the 16th or 17th century,” he said. “There’s only one movie we saw – Elizabeth – where they actually played three real Renaissance songs played the right way with the right instruments. Candy and I were jumping up and down in our seats, at least I know I was. I was thrilled that they had taken the chance to play it the way it was meant to be played. But it’s very rare that you hear these songs or melodies played the right way.”
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