The Reason Ritchie Blackmore Didn’t Hire Ian Paice To Rainbow

Deep Purple was very famous for their various lineup changes due to many reasons such as personal differences and the members who couldn’t fit in their style or agree with their plans about their future. Therefore, not to cause any misunderstanding, the band’s members were known as Mark I, II, III, and IV. Their most successful era included Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, and Ritchie Blackmore.

However, these members didn’t continue to play together despite the fame and commercial success. As it happened many times, the creative differences between the band members caused the departure of a significant musician of the band, Ritchie Blackmore, who had a new career plan in his mind. The guitarist didn’t think about involving a friend of his in this journey, and let’s learn the reason behind it.

Why Did Ritchie Blackmore Not Want To Work With Ian Paice In Rainbow?

Deep Purple released their ninth studio album entitled ‘Stormbringer’ on December 10, 1974, and its name was very suitable for what was going on between the band members at that time. In his various statements, Ritchie Blackmore revealed that he wasn’t content with the record’s funky soul elements and defined it as ‘shoeshine music.’ Thus, the guitarist left the band in 1975, and a short time later, he formed his group.

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow was a British supergroup consisting of Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio, and it brought popularity and success to its members. While Blackmore focused on his new band, Deep Purple decided to disband until the classic Mark II line-up’s reunion in 1984. It was a great chance to work with his former bandmates as a part of Rainbow, and the bassist Glover joined them in 1979.

Therefore, longtime Deep Purple fans wondered why Blackmore didn’t also recruit Ian Paice. He responded to this question in their minds by drawing attention to Rainbow’s neoclassical metal style and medieval influences. The guitarist stated that their music didn’t generally have a certain rhythm. Despite his extraordinary musicianship, Paice wasn’t used to playing without it, and Blackmore had to get away from the drummer. Blackmore added that another problem was money because, as a newly formed band’s leader, he couldn’t afford him.

In Blackmore’s words, he said:

I had to get away from Ian because Ian was partly going that way. Ian is not into my Medieval influences, pretty songs, sometimes songs with no rhythm to them. There must be rhythm as far as Ian’s concerned. He is the best drummer as far as rhythm goes, but when you don’t want rhythm, he’s not prepared to put the song first.

If there’s no proper rhythm there, there’s nothing for him to do. So he’s not interested. Not looking as it is like, Well, this is a valid song whether I’m playing. That is why Ian is not with me. There are a couple more reasons, too. I think money is another one. I couldn’t afford him.”

His former bandmate David Coverdale hired him as Whitesnake’s drummer in 1979, so Paice performed in many albums such as ‘Ready an’ Willing,’ ‘Live…in the Heart of the City,’ and ‘Saints & Sinners.’ Then, Coverdale thought that Paice would be in harmony with their rock sounds other than Blackmore, who was sure that the drummer wouldn’t play as a part of their new musical style.