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: “Fuck you, asshole.”
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?