Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Working on New Music

Former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in the past year or so has surprised us all by doing something he said he would never do again: play rock n' roll. Last year he did a small handful of dates with a new incarnation of Rainbow. He said that the shows were all he was going to do, though. However, he has gone back on his statement and has announced that not only will there be more Rainbow shows in Europe this summer but also new music is in the works.

In a recent interview with Japanese magazine Burrn! Blackmore goes into detail on the recording of the new music, saying:

“We were recording until yesterday in the studio at our home. We recorded some songs for Blackmore’s Night and two songs with the new singer for Rainbow.”

Blackmore went into further detail about the music as well as the current Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero, saying:

“When I heard him, he seemed like the right guy to sing the Dio-era songs of Rainbow. He’s versatile. He can sing like Freddie Mercury, Ronnie James Dio, or Graham Bonnet. I wrote one new song and also recorded one of the old ones. Ronnie, who’s in Madrid now, added his vocals and sent it back.”

I'm curious as to what old Rainbow tune they recorded. From what I've heard Romero knocks just about any old Dio era song out of the park. I hope the new song sounds like something from that era too, but more than likely it will have the glossy overproduced sound that the final Rainbow album Stranger in Us All had back in 1995. Even so, I'm glad that Blackmore is doing at least one more new rock song. Maybe if we're REALLY lucky he'll decide to do a full album.

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