RAISE YOUR FIST!
From page 52 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
A big hand for the man behind the sleeve.
“The artwork was reflective of the audiences we played to,” Ritchie Blackmore says of the cover art for Rising . “They liked to raise their fists in the air.” The man given the job of creating a suitably grandiose sleeve for the album was Connecticut native Ken Kelly. A distant relative of pioneering fantasy painter Frank Frazetta, Kelly had previously done the artwork for Kiss’s Destroyer and Love Gun .
“They knew exactly what they wanted,” Kelly. “When I brought back the completed artwork, they just asked for two corrections.” The additions were an owl on the top of one of the cliffs in one corner and a guard in the corner, looking out to sea.
Kelly’s recent clients include Manowar and Coheed And Cambria. Visit Kenkellyart. com for more info.