Tony Carey not happy that I blogged about his ancient issues with Rainbow

Rainbow, Rising

By Steve Newton


I woke up to an angry Facebook message from rocker Tony Carey this morning.

Turns out the singer, songwriter, and keyboard great was none too impressed with the blog I posted yesterday, which included audio from 1984 of him denouncing his previous band, Rainbow, and in particular guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

“Why in the world would you take a 32-year-old interview and make a new blog out of it?,” he asked, before adding the fun part: “F*** you, ass****.”

Geez, great question, Tony. I don’t know. Maybe because I’m a longtime music writer who’s deeply interested in the history of the awesome rock bands I grew up loving in the ’70s–including the untold stories behind them.

Or maybe it’s because the Rainbow album that first brought you fame, Rising, just celebrated its 40th anniversary, and every classic-rock blogger in the world has been trumpeting that fact since Tuesday.

Or maybe it’s just because I’m bored during my current staycation and felt like digitizing some of the more intriguing quotes I’ve gathered on cassette over the last 30-plus years of interviewing rockers.

Or it could just be that I’ve always been fascinating by how such a supremely gifted guitarist as Ritchie Blackmore, one of my alltime faves, could be viewed by so many fellow musicians and ex-bandmates as such a dick.

Or maybe it’s all of the above.

At any rate, Mr. Carey, the goal of banging out that blog yesterday was not to piss you off. I’m a big fan of your work with Rainbow, and your Some Tough City solo LP made my list of the Top 10 albums of 1984.

I know you’re not my Facebook Friend any more, but I’d like to part on better terms, so here’s another audio excerpt from that 32-year-old interview that you might appreciate more than the last one.


Hey, sometimes it pays to knock on wood, right Tony?

7 thoughts on “Tony Carey not happy that I blogged about his ancient issues with Rainbow

  1. Jeez. I’m a fan. But I also understand the value of old, classic interviews! I adore reading them. Obviously I haven’t interviewed as many rockers as you, but I posted all my old interviews online. They are history. They are a resource!

      1. Perhaps because after 34 years of retrospecting he probably sees the past in a different light, understands better what happened and why and what Ritchie is/was really about, and retaining mostly the good memories of that time and how it propelled forward and upward his dream career, and to whom he owns his success. After all he gladly joined Over The Rainbow tribute project.
        But back in a day he was a talented young aspiring musician looking to get his break, which he found with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. He didn’t like heavy rock but decided to go ahead and do that anyway for the sake of his career. Because he wasn’t a fan, he came off a bit standoffish and arrogant – after all he just wanted to use them for his ulterior motives and leave them behind when he was through with them – but both Ritchie and Cozy picked up on that vibe from the getgo and that rubbed them the wrong way, of course. And from this point on they just never clicked, and even though they they saw his talent they didn’t like him as a person.
        Although for some reason everyone, who passed through that band, eventually found himself magically converted into a new-born fan of the genre and is looking back at their experience with fond memories, and Tony Carey is no exception. That’s why he was so upset when somebody found an old trash and brought it up under a spotlight after 34 years.

  2. i think its great you remember the musicians steve, this un-gratefull snob,his comments about song writing are absurd,now you know why “blackmore” is resented,ya think he’d be happy after selling all that copy,personally,i didnt like “rainbow”,so i’m not surprised

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