For many fans, the band Rainbow were an on-again-off-again project, depending on the whims of founder, Ritchie Blackmore. Well fans will be happy to know that the back-together-again band are prepping a collection of music sure to please all diehards.
On April 6, Rainbow will release a ‘Memories in Rock II’ – multi-disc package that will include, a double CD of the June 2017 U.K. concerts, a brand-new studio song called “Waiting For A Sign,” a DVD containing over 80 minutes of interview footage, and an additional backstage clip and a video for the 2017 studio version of “I Surrender.”
The track listing for ‘Memories’ can be found here.
After leaving Deep Purple in the 1970’s Ritchie Blackmore formed Rainbow. His stay was never a sure thing, and he would come and go on a couple of occasions. After he left for the final time in 1993, he reformed the band for one album (1995’s ‘Stranger In Us All’) and one tour, finally ending things in Denmark in 1997.
In the last few years, Blackmore had been busy with his Renaissance-inspired brand of music in Blackmore’s Night, but in 2016 he performed a handful of shows with a new Rainbow lineup. Although he initially said that he had no plans to make a new album with Rainbow, Blackmore revealed to Japan’s Burrn! magazine that he had a change of heart.
In May 2017, the reconstituted version of Rainbow released new music for the first time in more than two decades. Two tracks were made available: “Land Of Hope And Glory,” which is a reworking of the 1902 British patriotic song of the same name, and a re-recording of their classic tune, “I Surrender,” which was first released in 1981.
The two shows Rainbow played in Germany in June 2016 were filmed to produce ‘Memories In Rock – Live In Germany,’ which was released in November 2016.
The current version of Rainbow includes Ronnie Romero on vocals, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith, bassist Bob Nouveau, also from Blackmore Night, and backing singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn.
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