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Rainbow Reprise — Is it Blackmore's Last Stand?

Rainbow Reprise — Is it Blackmore's Last Stand?

Rock legend Ritchie Blackmore is reforming Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow for what might amount to his last line up of the hard rock, AOR outfit.

The former Deep Purple guitarist who penned the rock classic "Smoke on the Water" is planning a three concert tour of Europe for June in Germany and the UK. No other dates have been announced at this stage.

Blackmore, 70, quit rock 'n' roll in 1997 and formed a medieval rock outfit with Candace Night. Since then Blackmore's Night has released nine studio albums.

"For past few months, Rainbow has been the frequent subject of reunion rumours, 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 "intching" to play rock music and insisting that he was in talks with the guitarist about a renewed collaboration. In a French newspaper Blackmore announced Rainbow would be doing a short tour, drawing from Deep Purple and Rainbow material.

However, Joe Lynn Turner is not included in the lineup. "I think that Joe will not be part of the adventure, and he doesn't know it yet. He does his thing, I like him, and I made good albums and good songs with him, like 'Street Of Dreams'. But I'm thinking about doing a mixture in the band, with famous people and not so famous ones. That's my state of mind at the moment, and you're the first person I talk to about it."

Blackmore will be joined by 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).

"I'm doing this for the fans, for the nostalgia, and the singer I've found is very exciting — he's a cross between Ronnie James Dio and Freddy Mercury. So this will mean exposing a new singer to the masses — I'm sure he will become pretty famous because of his voice."

Famous for being the driving force of Deep Purple and Rainbow, Blackmore has had a host of incredible talent surround him over the years.  Some of those names include Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White.  Generally a list of who's who in hard rock.

It will be interesting to see if he takes the new project any further than just the four concerts. Exciting times.

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