Ritchie Blackmore told he’s been through 26 musicians in Rainbow because he doesn’t pay anybody
Current Rainbow and former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was recently interviewed by The Guardian where it was pointed out that musicians eventually part ways with Blackmore.
The following is an excerpt from The Guardian article:
Three things are certain in heavy rock: death, taxes, and that you will part ways with Ritchie Blackmore. In Rainbow alone, he has been through 26 musicians. Why?
“I’ve been told it’s because I don’t pay anybody. I don’t see why that should make a difference. If you’re into music, you should do it for nothing. In fact, that’s the way the music business is going, isn’t it? I thought artists were expected to play for nothing.”
That really doesn’t make being a globe-straddling, internationally successful band sound like much fun.
“I try not to have fun. I work very hard at not having fun.”
Why on earth would he do that?
“I don’t think the world is a fun place. I’m very content in my own mind, in a way, but fun, I’m not too sure about. I don’t quite know what fun is. I don’t know why I should walk around with a perpetual grin on my face, saying everything’s wonderful.
“I just don’t fit into the ‘fun’ area,” he continues. “A lot of musicians go: ‘Oh, that was fun.’ Well, I like to think that music is very serious, and it’s not fun. I’m not one of these guys that likes jamming with people and having fun; music is too serious, and I don’t feel like I can relate if I’m having fun. It’s hard work and it’s really gratifying to do, but fun? Fun is something where someone tells a joke and they laugh for 10 seconds. Music’s much deeper than that.”
You can read the rest of the article at The Guardian.