We went to see him in Derby. Great show and worth seeing. One fellow scribe had never ever seen Ritchie perform and he was pleasantly surprised that the lack of Purple and Rainbow numbers wasn't a disappointment. Thankfully I have witnessed the whole smashing range!
Even as huge a part of his career as Purple and Rainbow were, they're so far in the rearview mirror these days it's no wonder that Ritchie isn't too concerned with keeping that flame alive. And I'm sure Candice doesn't want to sing a bunch of songs from Ritchie's old catalog. Having said that, Blackmore's Night has done some really nice reworkings of "Rainbow Blues", "Rainbow Eyes" and "Street of Dreams", the latter featuring a nice workout on the Strat. I know their music isn't for everyone, but I like it a lot and my wife was just commenting a few days ago how much she liked Candice's voice. It's all good. If I want to hear classic Blackmore, I can always go back and cruise through the dozens of studio, live and bootleg albums I have from his heyday.
Having seen Blackmore's Night live, I was pleasantly surprised with Candice, but I just think Ritchie needs to play more guitar instead of hurdy-gurdy, lute and mandolin. After a while, the set becomes tedious. Not being a fan of Renaissance music myself, it may be brilliantly arranged, but after a few songs I was ready to go out to the car and listen to my iPod.