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30th May 2017


Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have released their brand new song, an instrumental cover of British patriotic song, 'Land Of Hope And Glory'.

The song was originally written in 1902 by Edward Elgar with lyrics by AC Benson and the Rainbow version arrives more than two decades since the release of their last single 'Ariel', featuring Doogie White on vocals.

The band, now featuring vocalist Ronnie Romero have also released a new version of the Russ Ballard penned 1981 Rainbow classic 'I Surrender'. Here's both of the new tracks.

Last month Ritchie said that Rainbow had entered the studio to record their first new music since 1995s 'Stranger In Us All' album.

After Ritchie made his return to rock last year and Rainbow played three gigs, the legendary guitarist initially said that he had no plans to make a new Rainbow album but has now told Japan's Burrn! magazine for their May 2017 issue that Rainbow are in the process of recording new tracks.

"I wrote one new song, and also recorded one of the old ones. Ronnie, who is in Madrid now, added his vocals and sent it back. Rather than make an album, we may release as singles."

Blackmore was also full of praise for vocalist Romero.

"When I heard him, he seemed like the right guy to sing the Dio-era songs of Rainbow. He is versatile, he can sing like Freddie Mercury or Ronnie James Dio or Graham Bonnet.

"The reason I did not ask Joe Lynn Turner is because I thought European fans wanted to hear the Dio line-up of Rainbow.

"I was very surprised that tickets [to last year's comeback shows] sold out in fifteen minutes. It was nice to know so many people wanted to hear Rainbow at this time."

Joe Lynn Turner publicly courted his old role in Rainbow and did not take the rejection well at all, commenting at the time:

"The first thing I think I can say is that he's been misguided by people around him. That's what I really believe. I believe he's been misguided, and I believe he trusts these people and I think that he made a mistake doing this.

"I wanted an authentic reunion. I wanted guys from Doogie [White] and Graham [Bonnet] and Bob Daisley and [Bobby] Rondinelli, and all these guys, and I wanted to have a Rainbow extravaganza, because there are a lot of fans that love Rainbow that still haven't even seen Rainbow, and this would be the ticket for them — you know, maybe a two-hour extravaganza.

"So I guess the people, his advisers or whoever, could not sell him that particular [idea], or maybe they never even told him that. I actually have a feeling that he was not full of the information at the time, because certain things have come to pass that sort of indicated that he didn't know about it, to me."

The current version pf Rainbow is Blackmore, Romero, Stratovarius keyboard player Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer and bassist David Keith and Bob Curiano with backing singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn.

DVD and CD releases from last year's three performances are available. Use the search box at the top of the page to find out more.

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow headline the Stone Free festival at London's O2 this summer, as well as playing three more UK dates, as follows:

Saturday 17th June: London The O2 – Stone Free Festival
Thursday 22nd June: Manchester Arena
Sunday 25th June: Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Wednesday 28th June: Birmingham Genting Arena

Tickets available right here.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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