One more show by the current Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will be released as a double album through Eagle Rock. It’s the band’s last summer performance at Birmingham’s Genith Arena. This was the only Rainbow UK show since the late ‘90s. We should remind you that the band’s singer is Lords Of Black frontman, Ronnie Romero. The show in Birmingham included “Soldier Of Fortune” and “Burn” originally performed by Mk.III Purple. This summer Blackmore’s Rainbow will play more UK shows.
Live In Birmingham tracklist
1. Over The Rainbow / Highway Star
2. Spotlight Kid
4. Since You Been Gone
5. Man On The Silver Mountain
6. Soldier Of Fortune
7. Medley: Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth) / Drum Solo / Bass Solo / Band Jam / Keyboard Solo
8. Catch The Rainbow
1. Perfect Strangers
2. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
3. Child In Time
5. Medley: Black Night / Woman From Tokyo / Black Night
7. Smoke On The Water
According to a number of industry sources, including ex-DIO drummer Simon Wright, former RAINBOW and DIO bassist Jimmy Bain has passed away at the age of 68. More information about his death will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
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."
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…
Thirty five years have passed since the release of "Down To Earth" by Rainbow. Graham Bonnet, the singer of the great band at that period of time, toured recently with his band, playing songs mainly from this album, which was a transition point - let's say it this way - for the band' s career the way it evolved. He talks with Dimitris Kazantzis not only for the period he released his only album with the band, but also for his career after the Rainbow and his current activities, in a very interesting interview. Interview: Dimitris Kazantzis
The official 2016 promotional photo of the new lineup of Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW has been sent to the media online. Joining Ritchie in the group are LORDS OF BLACK singer Ronnie Romero, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (a.k.a. Robert "Bob" Curiano, ex-BLACKMORE'S NIGHT).