Last year former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore played his first rock shows in almost two decades with his new iteration of Rainbow. Now his label Eagle Rock Entertainment will be putting out a double live album from his performance at Genting Arena in Birmingham titled: Live in Birmingham 2016.
An official statement from Blackmore's label on the double album reads:
“This new 2CD set captures the full audio from the British show at the Genting Arena at the NEC, Birmingham.
The setlist for this show, combining classic tracks from both Deep Purple and Rainbow, includes two tracks from the Mark III Deep Purple era, Soldier Of Fortune and Burn that were not included in the German shows.”
Having a look at the set list it is a pretty balanced album in terms of Blackmore's overall rock career. I've listened to the fan made recordings of the set and to be honest it doesn't sound like the band has all that much drive and energy, but it's still a pretty good sound. It's Ritchie Blackmore playing rock again so you're still going to get quite a bit of bang for your buck. I myself am definitely looking forward to this release.
Live In Birmingham 2016 track list:
- Over The Rainbow / Highway Star
- Spotlight Kid
- Since You Been Gone
- Man On The Silver Mountain
- Soldier Of Fortune
- Medley: Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth) / Drum Solo / Bass Solo / Band Jam / Keyboard Solo
- Catch The Rainbow
- Perfect Strangers
- Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
- Child In Time
- Medley: Black Night / Woman From Tokyo / Black Night
- Smoke On The Water