Tag Archives: Ritchie Blackmore



SCORPIONS (1972–PRESENT). Classic lineup: Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolph Schenker (guitar), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Francis Buchholz (bass, replaced by Paweł Mąciwoda), Herman Rarebell (drums, replaced by James Kottak). With a history that goes back to the early seventies, the Scorpions are best known for breaking into worldwide success in the 1980s with their song “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” which led to a string of classic hard rock hits for the band. Along the way, they launched Read more [...]


YNGWIE MALMSTEEN (1963–PRESENT). One of the most important and technically advanced guitarists of the past two decades, Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s (pronounced “ing-vay”) phenomenal technique on the guitar—involving lightning-fast scale runs and sweeping arpeggios borrowed from classical violin—raised the bar on state-of-the-art rock guitar playing and led to the phenomenon of “shredding,” the playing of impossibly fast scale and arpeggio lead playing, and also ignited the subgenre of neoclassical Read more [...]


ELF (1970–75). Ronnie James Dio (vocals/bass), David Feinstein (guitar), Mickey Lee Sould (guitar/keyboards), Gary Driscoll (drums). Elf was one of the early bands that future Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Dio singer Ronnie James Dio toiled in before he hit the limelight. The band started in 1970 and played a lighter, more progressive sound than Dio would later pioneer with Rainbow, Sabbath, and eventually Dio. The band consisted of Dio (who also played bass) as well as keyboard/guitarist Read more [...]
Deep Purple


DEEP PURPLE (1968–PRESENT). Classic lineup: Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboards), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums). One of the first wave of classic heavy rock bands (along with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin) to find massive commercial success with heavy music, Deep Purple were unique in their prominent use of keyboards, and related to this, in their incorporation of classical elements in their songwriting, which would later prove to be influential in Read more [...]