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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".

The surviving members of LAST IN LINE have released a statement saying that the official cause of death of their bassist, Jimmy Bain, is lung cancer. Bain died on January 23 aboard DEF LEPPARD's inaugural "Hysteria On The High Seas" cruise. He was 68 years old. Bain, along with drummer Vinny Appice and guitarist Vivian Campbell, was part of the original DIO lineup, which reunited in 2012 alongside singer Andrew Freeman to form LAST IN LINE.
Said Vinny: "Jimmy didn't know he had lung cancer, but he did know he had pneumonia and was receiving treatment for it. This didn't stop him or slow him down. "We had four rehearsals four hours a day, then a flight to Miami for the DEF LEPPARD rock cruise. A pre-sail gig and soundcheck was scheduled for the following day. At the gig, Jimmy played great and even sang that night while holding a heavy bass guitar on his back, never complaining or asking for help. Next day, we preceded to board the cruise ship for a five-day voyage of which we were scheduled to play Sunday, the fourth day. That gig never happened, as Jimmy passed away in his cabin the night before. We were devastated".

A couple of days ago the following message was posted on Ritchie Blackmore’s official Facebook page: “If there were more Rainbow shows, which songs would you want to hear in the setlist?” Blackmore played the final of three Rainbow shows on Saturday June 25th in Birmingham. Naturally, the “likes” flooded, as well as songs and band members’ suggestions that at the moment reached 2,300. What’s remain to be seen is whether Blackmore camp will announce more shows in the future. In the initial announcement it was stated that if those three shows went well (they were sold out in zero time) he would consider to play some more… in 2017! Have faith…

In an interview he gave to Dutch magazine Aardshock, Ritchie Blackmore talked in full about the new Rainbow, the band members selection, as well as the setlist of the three summer shows. “The whole idea was to find good musicians”, says Ritchie, “of course, there were many familiar names around, but this idea didn't appeal to me. Unlike many others, I prefer to discover new musicians who can add a fresh approach to my music. It's great to present new musicians to the public."

Talking about his inspiration to revisit his rock past he said: “There were moments, a few years ago, when I thought of how much fun it would be to play some of the old songs again. However, the longer I thought about it the less appealing it all became. It was not until I found out about Ronnie that the whole idea came back again and when I started realizing the idea. He has a great voice and his fresh input is what gave me the final push. I am quite demanding when it comes to singers, but with Ronnie is absolutely feels good. This guy has a great future in the scene. He sounds like a perfect fit for this job because he has a voice that reminds of [Ronnie James] Dio but is versatile enough to also handle the [Ian] Gillan songs well."
On the crucial matter that’s on every fan’s mind since this project was announced, the setlist, Ritchie revealed: “"The setlist will be Rainbow songs for about 70 percent, including 'Stargazer', because apparently that's a song everybody wants to hear. About 30 percent will be Deep Purple songs. We will focus on the best-known songs. The Dio era will be a central part of the show, but we will also play songs from the Joe Lynn Turner and Graham Bonnet periods. As far as Purple is concerned; we will play the Gillan era but will also play something from the David Coverdale period."

Also, on the second most crucial thing, that mainly concerns those who couldn’t purchase a ticket for any of the three shows, which is the possibility of more shows the man in black is unsure, but there is hope: "I deliberately chose to only give three concerts, to see if I'm still able to do this. Of course, there have been a lot of attractive offers, especially from Sweden and Finland. However, we must remember that I have already planned a German tour for Blackmore's Night in July. (…)"If we enjoy ourselves and the audience gives us a positive vibe back, then I won't rule out the possibility of continuing. However, the second round of dates will probably take place in 2017. But the crucial factor will be the chemistry between the musicians and the audience reaction. These shows will be recorded on video, so that we can release it later on. But my heart will always belong to renaissance music."

12 Sep


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Ritchie Blackmore came back to the hot issue of his plans of playing Deep Purple and Rainbow songs

After just completing a successful U.K. tour with his new band the GRAHAM BONNET BAND, Graham Bonnet has plenty planned for 2016. In addition to the RAINBOW 1980 Monsters Of Rock performance finally being released on CD and DVD, Graham's solo records "Line-Up" (1982), "Graham Bonnet" (1977), "No Bad Habits" (1978), "Here Comes The Night" (1991), "Underground" (1996), "The Day I Went Mad" (1999) and the "lost" 1974 album "Back Row In The Stalls" (which will be made available on CD after an iTunes-only release in 2014) are being reissued via Hear No Evil Records.

All discs feature unreleased demos, B-sides, and outtakes as well as extensive liner notes by renowned rock journalist Malcolm Dome. Hear No Evil will give the ALCATRAZZ catalog the deluxe reissue treatment, with each studio release featuring either unreleased demos, live material, or, in the case of "Live Sentence" and "Disturbing The Peace", live DVDs from those respective time periods. Also due this month is a six-disc ALCATRAZZ box titled "The Ultimate Fortress", which will contain the three studio albums and live set, a DVD featuring two live performances and the band's three MTV promo clips. Also included is a GRAHAM BONNET BAND six-track live recording from Japan in June 2015, titled "Escape From Alcatrazz" and featured for the first time on CD.

In a newly posted interview with music writer Joel Gausten, legendary singer Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ, GRAHAM BONNET BAND) discusses a number of topics, including his uncomfortable arrival in RAINBOW in 1979 following the departure of original vocalist Ronnie James Dio.
Graham: "I really didn't think I belonged when I joined RAINBOW, for instance. I went to sing the audition with a suit and tie on; I looked like a bank manager or whatever. There were a few jokes and snickers around the room when I approached ready to sing my audition piece. But after I had done the song, they all smiled and laughed and made me sing two or three more times over to make sure I wasn't kidding when I sang it. I got the job not because of my suit or whatever, but because of my voice, I hope. The music comes before the way you look. But I've always been into 1950s music and the 1950s look, and I wasn't going to change just because I was asked to join a so-called 'hair' band, a heavy rock band or 'heavy metal' band, if you will. It wasn't my thing; I never knew who RAINBOW was, so it was totally different for me. Eventually, I fit in; they got used to me looking the way I looked. As long as I sang okay, everything was good. With the album I sang on, I sang my heart out because it was something I had never done before; it was all new music to me. I learned along the way from [then-RAINBOW bassist] Roger Glover and from [RAINBOW founder] Ritchie Blackmore how these songs were written, because I was used to more sort of R&B-type songs… I thank Ritchie and I thank Roger for guiding me through it, but it felt absolutely wrong for me to be there. [After the audition], I went home to my manager in London and said, 'I don't think I belong in this band.' He said, 'What the hell are you talking about? I heard you sang your balls off on the audition piece.' I said, 'But I look wrong. The music they're playing is sort of classically influenced; it's not like the stuff I do.' He said, 'You've gotta do it.' I went back again to finish off the album…It worked out well, but it was a long procedure because it was something totally new to me. I felt very, very green and pretty much like a baby being introduced to this genre of music."

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

Ritchie Blackmore’s touring lineup for his upcoming shows has been revealed. The guitar icon will hit the road with his

David Keith, drummer of Blackmore's Night as well as new Rainbow incarnation that will play three shows next summer, talked to Deep Purple Italia about the "man in black" and his new assignment. "There is a section of the Blackmore's Night live show where Ritchie puts on the Strat for a few songs, and we crank up the rock'n'roll", says Keith, the energy on stage is amazing, and I often found myself thinking, 'Man, I wonder if he's considering doing some rock shows, because this is fucking fantastic. I guess you could consider the last few years with Blackmore's Night my audition. Ritchie approached me one night recently after a show, and casually mentioned that he was thinking of doing some rock shows, and that he'd like me to play them if I was interested. I was in shock. I thought, 'He's really going to do this, and I get to be a part of it.' Unbelievable."
He adds that his rock playing style is not vastly different to that of Blackmore's former Rainbow bandmate Cozy Powell.
He says that his intention is to stay close to the original songs and that his playing style is similar to... Cozy Powell: "My primary intention is to play the music as authentically as possible. I will be pulling parts from both studio and live recordings – anything I change or play differently will be with the original drummer and feel of the song in mind. Of all the other drummers Ritchie has played with, I would say my style is probably closest to Cozy's, but they have all brought different things to the table. I have the good fortune to draw from this vast well of drumming history, and create a new blend of parts for people to enjoy. I will add some of my own flavour to the mix, of course, but in subtle ways, always within the context and spirit of the original performances."

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