On the nearly six-minute-long minor-key track, Blackmore employs a creamy, overdriven Strat tone. The track has an organic, almost live feel to it; you can even hear what sounds like Blackmore flipping his five-way pickup switch at the 1:01 mark.
In the video below, former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore—who now plies his trade with Blackmore’s Night—shows off and discusses several of his guitars. The video also features his wife, Candice Night, another key figure in Blackmore’s Night.
The veteran guitarist has, in his infinite mercy, granted us a rare interview. (Perhaps the imminent release of the new Deep Purple album, Slaves And Masters, featuring Purple's latest member, Joe Lynn Turner, has something to do with this.) At the moment, Blackmore is dining with some friends; he is to join us at the conclusion of his meal.
“Highway Star” is but one highlight of Machine Head, Deep Purple’s greatest triumph. Ironically, it almost never came to be. In early 1972, shortly after retreating to Montreaux, Switzerland, to record, the British band was beset by a wealth of problems.
“We were stuck in Switzerland with nowhere to go, and a friend of ours who was the mayor of the town said that there was an empty hotel we could use,” recalls Ritchie Blackmore. “We gladly accepted and retreated to this lonely hotel in the mountains. We set up all the equipment in the corridor, with the drums and some amps tucked into alcoves."
With Deep Purple's new studio album, Now What?!, waiting in the wings, we thought we'd take a glance back at the classic Mark II lineup of the band — Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Jon Lord — tearing it up, live in New York in 1973.
I cannot describe the audience reaction as the entire venue shook with a deep growl. With that single move, Blackmore reminded everyone that he was still the rock guitar god he's always been. As the song ended, I couldn't help but notice the man next to me was crying. I was also relieved that my friend got the moment on film!
Yngwie Malmsteen has been flashing his flawless guitar chops to the world for three decades now. But, he is not afraid to look back in time for inspiration. Check out this video of him ripping it up on a cover of one of Deep Purple's greatest classics.
Check out this newly released clip of Deep Purple performing "Knocking at Your Back Door" in Melbourne, Australia, during their lengthy mid-'80s reunion tour. The clip is from Perfect Strangers Live, the band's new live DVD, which was released this week by Eagle Rock Entertainment.