In an interview he gave to French newspaper “Le Parisien” on July 4th, Ritchie Blackmore told something that all his fans dreamed about, hoped for, and maybe weren’t expecting anymore...

Yesterday it was only a rumor, today we got confirmation from Edel that Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – “Memories In Rock – Live In Germany” will be released on November 18, 2016 as DVD, Blu-Ray, CD, LP & Deluxe Edition.

Rainbow’s Boston 1981 is being released by Cleopatra Records — the same label that brought you the three 1979 Rainbow live releases. The show was broadcast on the radio at the time and was subsequently widely bootlegged. The CD appears to be already available from the label store, with a gatefold double LP on colour vinyl promised to be in the works. Amazon lists CD availability dates at May 13 for the US, May 20 for UK, and May 27 for Germany.

Track listing:
Spotlight Kid
Love’s No Friend
I Surrender
Man On The Silver Mountain
Catch The Rainbow
Can’t Happen Here
Lost In Hollywood
Difficult To Cure
Long Live Rock N’ Roll
Smoke On The Water

In a recent interview with MetalTalk, singer Graham Bonnet seemed regretful about his behavior that led to leave Rainbow in 1980. Bonnet was asked whether it’s true that he recorded the band’s super hit “I Surrender” before quitting and he replied: "I started to record it, yeah. I did some backing vocals and quit after the backing vocals were done, because we had nothing else. And I looked at Roger Glover, and I said, 'What else are you gonna do? I've done backing vocals. What else have you got?' 'We have nothing.' So I went back to L.A. And then they called me up a little bit later to say, 'We've got some more songs now.' I said, 'What's the point of me coming back now?' I said, 'I've decided to do something different.' [And they said] 'Well, look, if we get another singer in to do some of the songs you don't wanna do, we'll get somebody else to do those and you do what you wanna do, the songs you like.' And I said, 'No. That won't work — two singers.' So I just quit, believe it or not. What an idiot… I'm kicking myself now, because I should have stayed a bit longer. And I apologized for that to the band." Asked if he regrets leaving Rainbow, Bonnet said: "Yeah, absolutely. 'Cause I was probably a bit too… My ego was taking me somewhere else. I was a bit too cocky. But in the end, it worked out okay." The singer released a new album recently titled “The Book” and a new video was published a few days ago for the song “The Rider”

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Another book about Rainbow is out written by journalist Greg Prato featuring 30 brand new interviews with band members as well as famous fans of the band. The American author who had written 20 books in total about heavy metal, Iron Maiden, Eric Carr, Tommy Bolin etc talked with Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey, Doogie White, as well as other contributors like Wendy Dio and Flemming Rasmussen, plus famous admirers such as Eddie Trunk and Charlie Benante. "Other Side Of Rainbow" offers 276 pages and is available as paperback and as digital download through the appropriate platforms.

Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is the subject of an upcoming documentary that’s set for release on Nov. 6. The Ritchie Blackmore

Glenn Hughes revealed that he rejected Ritchie Blackmore’s offer to participate in the new revamped Rainbow, marking the Man In Black’s return to rock since 1997. "Ritchie asked me to do it with him”, Glenn Hughes told “And I said no because he wanted to, funny enough, he wanted to use an unknown singer and I said, 'It's not me. It's not me to do that.' I've done that with David (Coverdale) and it was good. I don't want to do it again. It was something… I said, I very eloquently said, 'No, thank you. I really would like to see you, but I can't do this at the point where I am right now".

On April 22, 1980, Rainbow will release Monsters of Rock — Live at Donington 1980, a DVD and CD combo pack from their Aug. 16, 1980 set. You can watch a clip of “All Night Long” from the performance above.
This was the inaugural Monsters of Rock Festival, held at Castle Donington, England. Rainbow were headliners of a bill that also included Judas Priest and Scorpions. As it turned out, this was the last performance of Rainbow’s Down to Earth lineup that included star guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, his former Deep Purple band mate Roger Glover on bass, hard rock veterans Cozy Powell (drums) and Don Airey (keyboards) and the relatively obscure Graham Bonnet, who took over on vocals after Ronnie James Dio left to join Black Sabbath.
The DVD contains eight songs, while the CD has 12, including solos by Blackmore, Airey and Powell. The press release notes that this is all the footage from the concert that has survived, and that it’s the first time the audio has been available on a full-length CD. The complete track listing can be found below.
This summer, Blackmore will perform rock music in public for the first time since 1997. So far he has three dates booked, June 17 and 18 in Germany and June 25 in Birmingham, England, and is considering adding more dates. His Renaissance folk music group, Blackmore’s Night, will tour Europe in July and the U.S. in August.
Monsters of Rock – Live at Donington 1980 Track Listing
1. “Lazy”
2. “All Night Long”
3. “Catch the Rainbow”
4. “Eyes of the World”
5. “Guitar Solo”
6. “Difficult to Cure”
7. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”
8. “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”
1. “Intro / Eyes of the World”
2. “Since You Been Gone”
3. “Stargazer”
4. “Catch the Rainbow”
5. “Lost in Hollywood” / “Guitar Solo”
6. “Difficult to Cure” / “Keyboard Solo”
7. “Drum Solo” / “Lost in Hollywood (reprise)”
8. “Lazy”
9. “All Night Long”
10. “Blues”
11. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”
12. “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have announced details of their much talked-about UK show.

Legendary hard rock guitar pioneer Ritchie Blackmore (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE) and his wife and partner in BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, Candice Night, were interviewed for the latest edition of "Rich Davenport's Rock Show".

On resurrecting RAINBOW in 2016 for several festival appearances:

"BLACKMORE'S NIGHT will go on, and this is just a brief intermission of playing some good old rock, but with some good friends and some good musicians. And hopefully everybody's there for the same reason, which is it's good music and it's nostalgia, and hopefully everything goes well. And if it works, we'll do, obviously, more dates. We're only doing three this first time. But, like I said, if it works, we'll do more later on."

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