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18th April 2017


Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have 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.


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