If all Ritchie Blackmore did was found Rainbow and have the foresight to allow the greatness which is Dio flow, he would have earned his status as a Rock God. But, no, he also formed Deep Purple! Who is Deep Purple? They had a little song called Smoke On The Water, maybe you've heard of it? Any song that has lyrics about Frank Zappa, and still becomes a worldwide hit, is a pretty good song. Plus, that riff is unforgettable:
He's also a great guitarist! Seems like his old man threatened him with regular beatings with his guitar if he didn't learn that guitar.* I think that's what he's about to do in this picture. Don't cross Blackmore, or he'll use his deadly GUITAR ATTACK!
Nowadays, Blackmore took a lesson from Dio himself, and started a band with his name in it**, Blackmore's Night! They probably rock as only an ex-associate of Dio can!
That's really all I know about Ritchie Blackmore, so I'll talk more about Dio! Dio's real name isn't Dio! It's Ronald James Padavona! Can you believe it? His real name is almost as cool as Dio.*** Padavona. That's a pretty name! But, nothing hits you as hard as DIO!
*Take that B.F. Skinner!
**I know Rainbow was originally Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, but that had to change once the public got a full dose of Dio!
***I said, almost.