Ritchie Blackmore Performs First Show With New Rainbow Lineup

  • He’s back! After bowing out of Deep Purple in 1993 and subsequently rock music altogether two years later, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has returned to the rock ‘n’ roll spotlight with a revamped lineup of Rainbow. The band made their first performance yesterday (June 17) at the Monsters of Rock festival in Germany.

    The setlist was lined with not only Rainbow classics from the Ronnie James Dio era, but the Russ Ballad cover of “Since You Been Gone” from Down to Earth along with “Spotlight Kid” and the title track off Difficult to Cure. Among the Dio songs were “Stargazer,” “Catch the Rainbow,” “Man on the Silver Mountain” and “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

    Of the 13 songs performed, six Deep Purple cuts made the set, including opener “Highway Star,” “Mistreated,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Child in Time,” “Black Night” and “Smoke on the Water.” As setlist.fm indicates, “Soldier of Fortune,” “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves,” “Lazy” and “Burn” were on the setlist but were not played. More footage can be seen below.

    Blackmore was surrounded by an entirely new cast of musicians, rounded out by singer Ronnie Romero (Lords of Black), keyboardist Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (ex-Blackmore’s Night). Romero’s voice is well-rounded and able to handle the diverse range of material, falling in line between Dio and David Coverdale with his tonality and capable of delivering the signature grit found in Ian Gillan‘s voice.

    After years of being left on the sidelines, Deep Purple were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2015 class. Blackmore was among the members who received the honor, but was not in attendance citing Deep Purple’s management barring the guitarist from the event.
    Rainbow, Monsters of Rock Setlist
    “Highway Star”
    “Spotlight Kid”
    “Mistreated” (Deep Purple)
    “Since You Been Gone” (Russ Ballard)
    “Man On The Silver Mountain”
    “Catch The Rainbow”
    “Difficult To Cure”
    “Perfect Strangers” (Deep Purple)
    “Child In Time” (Deep Purple)
    “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll”
    “Black Night” (Deep Purple)
    “Smoke On The Water” (Deep Purple)

    Source: http://loudwire.com/



RITCHIE BLACKMORE: Second Rock Show Announced For 2016

  • Legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore will perform RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE material at what will probably be four shows next year in Europe. The first two announced concerts in Germany so far will take place at the Monsters Of Rock festival on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Freilichtbühne in Loreley and on June 18, 2016 at Festplatz am Viadukt in Bietigheim-Bissingen. Tickets for the Monsters Of Rock festival go on sale on November 6. Blackmore recently told Billboard.com about his plans to revisit RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE classics: “I’m now 70, so I just felt like playing some rock ‘n’ roll for a few days. We’re going to do four or five dates” — most likely in England, Germany and Sweden — “of just playing the old rock stuff, PURPLE stuff and RAINBOW. I’m doing it for the fans, for nostalgia, and the singer I found is very exciting; he’s a cross between [Ronnie James] Dio meets Freddie Mercury. So this will mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I’m sure he’ll become pretty famous because of his voice.” Blackmore declined to reveal the other musicians that will participate in the shows because contracts are still being negotiated, but said that none will be known names from his previous groups. He plans to film and record the performances for future release. Blackmore quit rock and roll in 1997 to form a medieval folk band called BLACKMORE’S NIGHT with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night. Since then, BLACKMORE’S NIGHT has released nine studio albums, with a new CD, “All Our Yesterdays”, having arrived on September 18. Over the past few months, RAINBOW has been the frequent subject of reunion rumors, with singer Joe Lynn Turner — who fronted RAINBOW from 1980 until 1984 and was a member of PURPLE from 1989 until 1992 — repeatedly claiming that Ritchie was “itching” to play rock music and insisting that he was in talks with the guitarist about a renewed collaboration. Source: http://www.blabbermouth.net/