The Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs has told Billboard.com that efforts are being made to get former DEEP PURPLE guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to rejoin his bandmates for their appearance at the 40th-anniversary edition of the festival this summer.

When asked by Billboard.com about DEEP PURPLE's performance at the Swiss festival 35 years after their classic "Smoke on the Water" was inspired by a fire at the The Montreux Casino, Nobs said, "It is going to be a special evening. I don't know who they are going to invite. I hope Ritchie Blackmore will join them. I know they are trying."

The 40th annual Montreux Jazz Festival — which has a remarkable history of presenting global superstars from throughout, and beyond, the world of traditional jazz — is scheduled to take place June 30 through July 15.

(Thanks: Francesco / Deep Purple Italia)


Posted in: News


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).