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Mark Taylor recently spoke to Doogie White about his time with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow making the album 'Stranger In Us All' and the tour to promote it.

The interview is in two parts and here they are...

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Originally filmed for German TV broadcast on Rockpalast, this Dusseldorf show from 1995 sees Ritchie Blackmore at his demonic best for the last time before he and his wife Candice Night went skipping off to the hills hand in hand to gaze into each other's eyes and play renaissance music, much to the dispair of many ardent long haired rockers.

Heavily bootlegged over the years, this is the first time that many will get to hear the full show captured on the 'Stranger In Us All' tour. Available on both DVD or as a double CD package, fans can once again marvel at the delicate beauty of Ritchie Blackmore at his ferocious best.

Joining Blackmore were the then largely unknown at the time Scottish singer Doogie White, with Chuck Burgi (BOC, Aldo Nova) on the drums, bassist Gregg Smith (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper), Paul Morris providing the keys for the live shows and also a young Candice Night provided angelic backing vocals on 'Temple Of The King' and the sublime 'Ariel'.

Classic Rock wasn't being dealt the best of cards in the mid nineties and here is an interesting document of what could've been had the Blackmore/White partnership had stayed together. The underrated album 'Stranger In Us All' album features heavily in this set with some songs in true Blackmore tradition getting the extended treatment in which the guitar maestro plays captivating solos driven by the mood of himself and the audience.

'Hunting Humans' and 'Ariel' are heavenly alluring whilst 'Black Masquerade' and 'Hall Of The Mounting King' has Blackmore upping the ante with frantic fret work. It's also interesting to listen to Doogie White take on the work of Deep Purple with 'Perfect Strangers', 'Burn' and 'Smoke On The Water' where he does a more than an amiable job which would later see White top the wanted list for many of the big game players.

Hard to believe it's been 18 years since Blackmore plugged in his white Stratocaster for a full 90 minute show. A whole generation of fans are missing out on the genius of the Man In Black. Rarely has film captured Blackmore at his best, but this package will do very nicely.





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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