Gandalf the Red wrote:I think people are underestimating how big a draw Ritchie Blackmore's reputation as an artist is. If he was doing a full tour then it'll be large theatres and arenas rather than small academies. Ask the average fifty year old man in the street who Rainbow are and they would tell you.
And you've hit the nail on the head as to why Blackmore wouldn't play Bloodstock. Whilst the average 50 year old on the street could tell you who Rainbow are and probably name plenty of songs, if you asked them if they'd be willing to spend £60+ on a day ticket for an outdoor festival full of bands they haven't heard of then they'd probably laugh at you. Rainbow/Deep Purple fans aren't the festival's demographic so no matter how big Blackmore's drawing power is for his own gigs, those people aren't gonna come to Bloodstock in large numbers.
I wouldn't have said they were that obscure to a modern audience - maybe the latter AOR albums with Joe Lynn Turner, but with Dio's re-introduction into the Metal sphere that had largely disowned him, the early albums would certainly be well known, and there was a few very recognised hit singles.
Same could be said of Twisted Sister, or Deep Purple when they played Wacken, but I would wager you're probably right as its a one off gig