Will Ritchie Blackmore rock again?

Ritchie Blackmore says he will return to rock briefly next year, taking a short break from Blackmore’s Night, the medieval folk band he has with his wife.

Talking to a French blog, Le Parisien, the Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist says, “I’m thinking about playing rock again, just for a few days, next June — Deep Purple and Rainbow songs. But for now, I’m not decided on the persons I want to work with. I’ve got a good idea about the ideal candidates, but it wouldn’t be fair to say anything now. I will know exactly in one month who I want to have in this band… We will probably play three or four shows in June; that’s all.”

One person unlikely to be involved is former Rainbow and Purple singer Joe Lynn Turner, who has been pushing for a Rainbow reunion. Blackmore says, “I think that Joe will not be part of the adventure, and he doesn’t know it yet. He does his thing, I like him, and I made good albums and good songs with him, like ‘Street of Dreams.’ But I’m thinking about doing a mixture in the band, with famous people and not so famous ones. That’s my state of mind at the moment…”

Blackmore left Deep Purple for the last time in 1993 and reunited Rainbow before forming Blackmore’s Night in 1997.