Ritchie Blackmore Says Musicians Should Do It For Nothing 2017 In Review

Ritchie Blackmore Says Musicians Should Do It For Nothing was a top 17 story of June 2017: Legendary Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore says in an interview that he believes musicians should play for free because they are into music.

Blackmore spoke with The Guardian and was asked why Rainbow has gone through over two dozen members and he responded, "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."

When the writer then said that "That really doesn't make being a globe-straddling, internationally successful band sound like much fun," Blackmore revealed "I try not to have fun. I work very hard at not having fun."

He then explained, "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."


Related Stories
  • Ritchie Blackmore Says Musicians Should Do It For Nothing 2017 In Review
  • Deep Purple Star On Ritchie Blackmore Reunion Possibility 2017 In Review
  • Ritchie Blackmore Would Not Have Reunited With Dio 2017 In Review
  • Deep Purple Singer Addresses Ritchie Blackmore Reunion Idea
  • Deep Purple Address Ritchie Blackmore Reunion Idea
  • Deep Purple And Ritchie Blackmore Reunion Endorsed By Morse
  • Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Recorded New Song
  • Ritchie Blackmore Open To Playing Final Deep Purple Concert
  • Ritchie Blackmore's New Rainbow Disrespected Fans Says Former Singer
  • Deep Purple's Ian Gillan And Ritchie Blackmore Talking Again
  • More Stories for Ritchie Blackmore
  • Ritchie Blackmore Music
  • News Reports
  • Day in Rock: Slash Working On A New Album To Be Released This Fall- Red Hot Chili Peppers Stars Do Surprise Jam With Pearl Jam- Jack White Streams New Song 'Ice Station Zebra'- more
  • Page Too: Sia And David Guetta Release New Song 'Flames'- Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood Lead CMA Fest- Jeezy Announces Next Album Will Be His Last- more
  • Angus Young Writing New AC/DC Album To Feature Axl Rose?- Glenn Tipton Returns To Judas Priest For Encore Performance- Springsteen Adds Over 80 Shows To Broadway Run- more

  • Copyright 1998 - 2018 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.