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  posted on 10/24/2015 at 07:37 AM
http://eddietrunk.com/ritchie-blackmores-rainbow-and-guests-announce-two-ge rman-shows/

RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW AND GUESTS ANNOUNCE TWO GERMAN SHOWS

Shooter Promotions have announced that Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will be playing at the Monsters Of Rock Festival appearance in Germany on June 18th and in Loreley, Freilichtbühneon June 17th. The announcement reads as follows:

“Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow live in Germany for 2 exclusive shows in Loreley and Bietigheim-Bissingen June 2016, playing the classic rock anthems of Rainbow and Deep Purple.”

Monsters Of Rock write:

A long-awaited sensation for all hard rock fans: with two new editions of the legendary Monsters Of Rock festival and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow confirmed as headlining act, Shooter Promotions is set to present the highlight of the upcoming festival summer:

It’s a double honor for us to bring this ground-breaking festival back to life. On the one hand it’s the festival itself, and on the other it’s the fact that Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow are an absolutely legendary band who have just been confirmed as the headlining act. Ritchie Blackmore has won worldwide acclaim as the driving force behind the likes of Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night and is without a doubt one of the most important personalities in the history of hard rock.

Now the guitarist extraordinaire is about to make history again by performing his greatest hits from the Deep Purple and Rainbow eras at those upcoming German shows (two of only three gigs worldwide!). “I’m doing it for the fans,” says the Man in Black. It has not been confirmed yet who will join him on stage, but one thing is for sure: he is planning to film and record the performances for future release. In addition, on November 20th, Eagle Vision is about to release The Ritchie Blackmore Story, a Blu-ray/DVD/CD package, presenting for the very first time the whole story of Blackmore’s remarkable career, featuring videos from his time with Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night. It will also include extended interviews with the man himself and his colleagues and admirers, such as Brian May (Queen), Glenn Hughes, Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Steve Lukather (Toto), Joe Satriani, the late Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Gene Simmons, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Vai, Graham Bonnet and Ian Anderson.

With the return of the Monsters Of Rock festivals, headlined by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, the dream of a whole generation of hard rock fans is about to come true. More information to follow.

Blackmore recently told Billboard about his plans to revisit Rainbow and Deep Purple classics, stating, “I’m now 70, so I just felt like playing some rock n’ roll for a few days. We’re going to do four or five dates” — most likely in England, Germany and Sweden — “of just playing the old rock stuff, Purple stuff and Rainbow. I’m doing it for the fans, for nostalgia, and the singer I found is very exciting; he’s a cross between [Ronnie James] Dio meets Freddie Mercury. So this will
mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I’m sure he’ll become pretty famous because of his voice.”

 

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  posted on 10/24/2015 at 08:36 AM
I was pumped when I saw this a couple of months ago. Until I read that he was only doing a few shows and then will release a DVD of it. Better than nothing but I had hoped on catching a show or two.

 

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  posted on 10/24/2015 at 11:10 AM
Yep, i've read this too last night but on another website. Might be pursuaded to go to this festival but first i want to know who will be playing in this new Rainbow line-up and what other bands are performing. The Lorely festival ground (Freilicht Bühne) is one of the most gorgeous outdoor festival locations in Europe. On top of a hill overlooking the river Rhine and the Rhineland but the last time i've been there i thought it definitely could use a restoration.

https://www.facebook.com/ShooterPromotions/

 

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  posted on 10/26/2015 at 01:54 PM
If Ritchie does anymore dates than what he mentioned, I would be suprised. If there are it would be all Europe,maybe Japan. Doubt he would try anything North America, but I have been wrong. Not much demand for an extensive tour. Maybe small arenas, theaters in large cities if that.

It will be interesting to see who will be in the band. Sounds like he has a singer. It would be interesting to see him bring out some of his peers from the era and do some songs. I dont think anyone from the current Purple would. If Lord was still around he might. It sounds like those two
were on speaking terms before he passed.

I hope Ritchie rips it up good!!!

 

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  posted on 10/26/2015 at 05:20 PM
From www.classicrockmagazine.com:

Ritchie to play Rainbow sets at German festivals in June

Ritchie Blackmore has confirmed two of his return-to-rock shows for next year.

The former Deep Purple guitarist recently revealed he’d revisit his heavier output in 2016 – but only in a handful of appearances.

Now the organisers of Monsters Of Rock in Germany have revealed he’ll perform at their events in Loreley on June 17 and Stuttgart on June 18, under the banner Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow And Guests.

Shooter Promotions say: “The exceptional guitarist rewrites history on the two German concerts, from a total of only three in the world, to present his greatest hits from Deep Purple and Rainbow. ‘I’m doing this for the fans,’ he declares in advance.

“Who will ultimately be with the master on stage is not yet confirmed. What is certain is that both concerts will be recorded and filmed for posterity.”

Former Rainbow frontman Joe Lynn Turner said earlier this year that he’d been preparing a reunion project with Blackmore. But the guitarist later stated that he’d be working with a previously unknown singer, describing him as “a cross between Dio and Freddie Mercury.”

Monsters Of Rock tickets go on sale on November 20. Blackmore is the subject of a DVD documentary, released next month. He launched 10th Blackmore’s Night album All Our Yesterdays last month.

 

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  posted on 12/15/2015 at 01:35 PM
From Classic Rock Website:

Ritchie up for extending return to rock - as he reveals “arthritis is creeping up on me”

Ritchie Blackmore could play more shows with his new Rainbow lineup if the three planned performances go well.

And he’s revealed that he’s beginning to suffer from arthritis in his hands, requiring him to take more care of himself.

The 70-year-old recently announced a temporary return to rock in 2016 – the first time he’ll play heavier music since forming Blackmore’s Night in 1997.

Rainbow will appear at the Monsters Of Rock festivals in Germany on June 17 and 18, then at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, UK, on June 25. The lineup features vocalist Ronnie Romero, bassist Bob Nouveau, keyboardist Jens Johansson and drummer David Keith.

Blackmore tells Rich Davenport’s Rock Show: “This is just a brief intermission of playing some good old rock, with some good friends and good musicians. Hopefully everyone’s there for the same reason – music and nostalgia.

“If it works, we’ll do more dates. We’re only doing three this first time, but if it works we’ll do more later on.”

The guitarist stopped playing rock after a career that included co-founding Deep Purple, and since then he’s been playing different forms of guitar-based music. He says: “In rock I was just churning out riffs. It was becoming stale and redundant. I got kind of bored with the whole thing.

“Now I’m always sitting with a guitar and playing finger-style when I’m trying to come up with ideas, and it’s a very natural process. I felt that, in rock, it was becoming contrived. I was starting to repeat myself.”

He hopes Blackmore’s Night will continue indefinetely, but adds: “I think the biggest enemy is things like arthritis, which is creeping up on me in my hands, so I have to combat that.”

 

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  posted on 12/15/2015 at 06:37 PM
I sure do love Ritchie, love Rainbow. He can be one of the most melodic players when he wants. I'm thinking Rainbow's Weiss Heim or Catch the Rainbow,or Purple's Wasted Sunsets. He can also kick ass, as in every second of Made in Japan.

I respect his calling himself out for churning out hard rock in the 90s. I like some of Stranger in us All and Battle Rages On, but it is kind of formulaic, not inspired.

The arthritis thing is scary.

I am intrigued by his statement that he will play more than these 3 shows if there is demand....

 

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  posted on 12/15/2015 at 07:28 PM
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I sure do love Ritchie, love Rainbow. He can be one of the most melodic players when he wants. I'm thinking Rainbow's Weiss Heim or Catch the Rainbow,or Purple's Wasted Sunsets. He can also kick ass, as in every second of Made in Japan.

I respect his calling himself out for churning out hard rock in the 90s. I like some of Stranger in us All and Battle Rages On, but it is kind of formulaic, not inspired.

The arthritis thing is scary.

I am intrigued by his statement that he will play more than these 3 shows if there is demand....


You mentioned Ritchies melodic guitar playing. I already have all of this stuff, but for people who are not familair with his Rainbow work , there is a good compliation that came out a few years back that show cases his melodic /mellower side called "Ballads & Instrumentals". It's pretty cool to hear this body of work together. Worth checking out. Weiss Heim is one of his songs that I first learned to play on guitar.
01. Temple Of The King [0:04:47.00]
02. Catch The Rainbow [0:06:34.50]
03. Self Portrait [0:03:14.45]
04. Rainbow Eyes [0:07:04.27]
05. Love's No Friend [0:04:55.53]
06. Midnight Tunnel Vision [0:04:36.27]
07. Stone Cold [0:05:21.60]
08. Tearin' Out My Heart [0:04:08.23]
09. Desperate Heart [0:04:07.32]
10. Still I'm Sad [0:03:56.20]
11. Maybe Next Time [0:03:21.38]
12. Difficult To Cure [0:05:56.12]
13. Showman [0:04:37.08]
14. Anybody There [0:02:43.40]
15. Weiss Heim [0:05:05.15]

 

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