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On "Ghost Of A Rose" there's a songtitle that catch the eye, a short instrumental called "Nur eine Minute". Is the title an excuse for it you play an interlude solo?

Ritchie Blackmore: Exact. After the motto. Don't worry, it only takes a minute. You can't dance to it and you won't hear it on the radio. Only me, who fiddles around a minute. Someone then thought, the song was longer than a minute. I wanted to know from someone from Germany, what "about one minute" is in German and I got many translations. So I called our recordcompany and even went lookin' in the lexicon. There are so many translations for such a small thing. I then discussed it with the people from the label and in the end called it "Nur eine Minute". Every time, when I come up with a German title, my German friends tell me - usually the Scorpions - "Ritchie, that's not right", next time, when you want to go German again, you better ask us.

Laut, Germany, August 2003 (in German language)





Ritchie Blackmore wrote Whitesnake song shocker "Still Of The Night"!

David Coverdale: Many year ago I was going through my mother's attic in the north of England, and found all these old work tapes from the Purple days. A lot of it was crap, but it was funny for me to hear the journey from the seeds of songs that became ultimate Purple staples. I found a demo that Ritchie Blackmore had given me and thought 'That's an interesting riff'. So I took it and changed it around to the point where it had nothing to do with the initial inspiration. But credit where credit is due. And then I presented my take on this riff to John Sykes, who put a great attitude on it and took it further, as only he could.

The Highway Star Forum, August 2003





Why did you choose an experienced singer like Joe Lynn Turner to replace Ian Gillan?

Jon Lord: We're a band on that have reached a certain age. It would have looked silly to have got a very young singer, besides the poor bloke wouldn't have a chance against all our experience. We first tried Jimi Jamison of Survivor and actually he fitted in the band. But all of a sudden his management didn't want it. Then we bumped into a session singer named Terry Brock (ex-Strangeways). Great singer but no charisma at all. Last year we were sitting in front of the fireplace and were pretty desperate. We thought it could be the end of the band till Ritchie hesitantly suggested to try it with Joe.

Metal Hammer/Aardschok, Holland, Januari 1991





What is your opinion as ex-Deep Purple member, that Ian Gillan rejoined that band again?

Glenn Hughes: Ian is a fine chap, that's for sure. "Perfect Strangers" was a nice album. Not the ultimate Purple record, even so. After that one they should have stopped because what followed was considerable less, especially the double live album. That was very bad. They never should have asked Joe Lynn Turner, that guy belongs to Las Vegas!

Metal Hammer/Aardschok, Holland, April 1993







Why were you dumped in 1989?

Ian Gillan: Jon has said some things about that, but for me it's now all in the past. I love Jon, I love Roger, Ritchie is an asshole, but that doesn't mean we can't have a drink together. If he wants to misbehave, fine, my emotional involvement in this band is small.

Metal Hammer/Aardschok, Holland, August 1993







How did a person with a big ego like Graham Bonnet joined a band which listens to the surname of another guitarplayer?

Chris Impellitteri: I think he saw a possibility to boost his reputation. And I was willing to give him that chance. But I ofcourse also had my reasons. He had worked with people like Blackmore, Malmsteen and Vai. It worked out fine till a point. But Graham... he has problems. He had problems with Ritchie, had them with Yngwie, with Michael Schenker and Steve Vai. And he had them with Chris Impellitteri. It's personal things, I don't gonna tell you more about that.

Metal Hammer/Aardschok, Holland, March 1989






Why did you record "Since You Been Gone" on your 'Stand In Line' LP? Graham Bonnet already had recorded that with Rainbow on "Down To Earth". Was it his idea?

Chris Impellitteri: No. We needed another track for this LP, and the song we had initially, Graham couldn't sing. So we did "Since...". We wanted to do the same as Van halen did with "You Really Got Me", arrange it and add a fast solo to it. I'm not gonna say our version is better than the one Rainbow did, but it do is a lot heavier, without doubt!

Metal Hammer/Aardschok, Holland, March 1989






How did you got in contact with Black Sabbath?

Cozy Powell: Because they send a lot of money to my Swiss bank account, ha ha!

Metal Hammer/Aardschok, Holland, April 1989









Was Ritchie Blackmore your hero?

Yngwie Malmsteen: I went to school dressed as Blackmore, and signed the exams with "Ritchie".

Metal Hammer/Aardschok, Holland, September 1986









Is Rising Force a new version of Rainbow?

Yngwie Malmsteen: What? This doesn't even look like Rainbow. Listen to the album and you know we cover a wide spectrum between ultra-heavy metal and super commercial music. This album has everything someone would like to hear on a hardrock album. About that Ritchie Blackmore shit, I don't think I have much in common with him. I definitely doesn't play the same way as him.

Metal Hammer/Aardschok, Holland, April 1988