Ritchie Blackmore is the most famous Deep Purple guitarist but he was not a member of the group during some periods being replaced by musicians like Tommy Bolin, Joe Satriani and Steve Morse. In an interview with Guitar.com back in 2010, Blackmore gave his opinion on the other guitarists that played with the band.
The opinion Ritchie Blackmore has about the other guitarists Deep Purple had:
“I think they’ve done very well. Of course, Joe (Satriani) is a brilliant player. But I think he did the right thing by leaving only after two weeks [laughs]. And Steve Morse is an incredible player. A lot of people try to get some wisecrack out of me, but when you’re talking about guitar players along Satriani and Morse’s caliber, they’re brilliant. And I could carry on by saying I’m not too sure why Steve is hanging on in that band, but that’s his prerogative, obviously. He must see something there.
During an interview posted by Blackmore’s fan club on their Youtube Channel he talked a little bit more about Satriani and Morse:
In an interview with Guitar World back in 1991 Ritchie Blackmore talked about Tommy Bolin, saying:
“I originally heard him on Billy Cobham’s Spectrum album, and thought, “Who is this guy?” Then I saw him on television and he looked incredible – like Elvis Presley. I knew he was gonna be big.
When I heard that Purple hired him I thought it was great. He was always so humble. I remember he would always invite me out to his house in Hollywood to see his guitar. One day I went to his place. I walked in and tried to find him, but no one was around.”
“There was no furnishings – nothing. I stayed there for ten minutes before he finally appeared. He showed me his guitar, and the strings must have had a quarter-inch of grime on them, as though he hadn’t changed them in four years. I asked him when was the last time he’d changed strings, and he said very seriously, “Gee, I don’t know. Do you think I should change them?”