A new documentary about arguably one of the most influential rock guitarists of all-time, Ritchie Blackmore, is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download.
The Ritchie Blackmore Story takes an in-depth look at the career of the founding member of Deep Purple and Rainbow, the man who created the legendary guitar riff of “Smoke on the Water.”
The film follows Blackmore from his early days playing in the U.K. pop group The Outlaws and working as an in-demand session musician, through his heyday with Deep Purple and Rainbow and on to his recent years with the renaissance rock act Blackmore’s Night.
The movie features new, candid interviews with Ritchie, as well as conversations with a variety of other famous musicians, including Queen’s Brian May, KISS’ Gene Simmons, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Some of Blackmore’s former Deep Purple and Rainbow band mates also appear in the flick, including Glenn Hughes, David Coverdale, the late Jon Lord, Graham Bonnet, and Joe Lynn Turner.
There are clips of many of classic tunes featuring the guitar legend throughout The Ritchie Blackmore Story, including Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” “Highway Star,” “Hush,” “Space Truckin'” and “Burn,” as well as Rainbow’s “Man on the Silver Mountain” and “Since You’ve Been Gone.” The DVD also features 40 minutes of bonus interview footage with Blackmore and some of the other rock stars. The DVD and Blu-ray also come packaged with a booklet featuring an essay about Blackmore, and photos of him with the various incarnations of Deep Purple and Rainbow.
Blackmore will be welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple at an April 8 ceremony held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.