Years: Feb, 1975 - Mar, 1984; Jan, 1994 - May, 1997
Styles: Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Micky Lee Soule - Clavinet, Mellotron, Organ, Piano (in band: Feb, 1975 - Aug, 1975)
Gary Driscoll - Drums (in band: Feb, 1975 - Jul, 1975)
Craig Gruber - Bass Guitar (in band: Feb, 1975 - Jul, 1975)
Ritchie Blackmore - Bass Guitar, Lead guitar (in band: Feb, 1975 - Mar, 1984; Jan, 1994 - May, 1997; 2015 - present)
Ronnie James Dio - Vocals (in band: Feb, 1975 - Nov, 1978)
Ronnie Romero - Vocals (in band: 2015 - present)
Bob Nouveau - Bass Guitar (in band: 2015 - present)
Jens Johansson - Keyboards (in band: 2015 - present)
David Keith - Drums (in band: 2015 - present)
Graham Bonnet - Vocals (in band: Apr, 1979 - Oct, 1980)
Chuck Burgi - Drums (in band: Apr, 1983 – Mar, 1984; Sep, Sep, 1995 – Aug, 1996)
John O'Reilly - Drums (in band: Apr, 1993 - Sep, 1995)
Paul Morris - Keyboards (in band: Apr, 1994 - May, 1997)
Doogie White - Vocals (in band: Apr, 1994 - May, 1997)
Tony Carey - Keyboards (in band: Aug, 1975 - Jan, 1977; May, 1977 - Jul, 1977)
David Stone - Keyboards (in band: Aug, 1977 - Oct, 1978)
Bob Daisley - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar (in band: Aug, 1977 - Oct, 1978)
Bobby Rondinelli - Drums (in band: Aug, 1980 - Mar, 1983)
Don Airey - Backing vocals, Keyboards (in band: Dec, 1978 - Aug, 1981)
Roger Glover - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar (in band: Dec, 1978 - Mar, 1984)
Mark Clarke - Bass Guitar (in band: Feb, 1977 - May, 1977)
John Micelli - Drums (in band: Feb, 1997 - May, 1997)
Cozy Powell - Drums (in band: Jul, 1975 - Aug, 1980)
Jimmy Bain - Bass Guitar (in band: Jul, 1975 - Jan, 1977)
Greg Smith - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar (in band: May, 1993 - May, 1997)
Joe Lynn Turner - Rhythm guitar, Vocals (in band: Nov, 1980 - Mar, 1984)
David Rosenthal - Hammond organ, Keyboards (in band: Nov, 1981 - Mar, 1984)
Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow or Blackmore's Rainbow) were a British rock band controlled by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with American rock band Elf's members. Elf had been supporting Deep Purple on American tour in late 1974, after Ian Paice and Roger Glover produced the band's debut album in 1972 (Glover went on to produce their second and third albums as well).
Blackmore decided to record the song with Dio instead, using his band Elf as additional musicians. He enjoyed the results, and a full album, billed as "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" was recorded between February and March 1975 at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The band name was inspired by the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood.
Blackmore was unhappy about carrying the Elf line-up along for live performances, and so he fired everybody except Dio shortly after the album was recorded. Blackmore recruited bassist Jimmy Bain, American keyboard player Tony Carey and drummer Cozy Powell, who had previously worked with Jeff Beck Group and had some solo success.
Rainbow made their live debut in America in November 1975 with a string of shows. After the American tour, Rainbow began work on their second album "Rising" in February 1976. Carey and Bain then left and were replaced by David Stone (keyboards) and Bob Daisley (bass) for the album, "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll", after which Daisley and Stone left. Dio left Rainbow in November, 1978.
In November 1978, Blackmore, and Powell added former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover and Don Airey (keyboards), and started to make the album "Down to Earth". Dio was replaced by Graham Bonnet. "Down to Earth" featured the band's first major singles chart successes, "All Night Long" and the Russ Ballard-penned "Since You Been Gone". In 1980, the band headlined the inaugural 'Monsters of Rock' festival at Castle Donington in England.
For the next album, Bonnet and Powell were replaced by Americans Joe Lynn Turner and Bobby Rondinelli, respectively. The title track from the album, "Difficult to Cure", was a version of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The album spawned their most successful UK single, "I Surrender" (another Ballard song), which reached No.3. After the supporting tour, Don Airey quit over musical direction and was replaced on keyboards by David Rosenthal.
Rainbow's next studio album was "Straight Between the Eyes". The successful supporting tour skipped the UK completely and focused on the American market. "Bent Out of Shape" saw drummer Rondinelli fired in favour of former Balance drummer Chuck Burgi. The album featured the single "Street of Dreams".
The off-on Deep Purple reunion was finally agreed and Rainbow played their final shows in Japan in March 1984. By April 1984, Rainbow was disbanded.
In 1993 Blackmore left Deep Purple permanently due to "creative differences" with other members, and reformed Rainbow with all-new members featuring Scottish singer Doogie White. The band released "Stranger in Us All" in 1995, and embarked on a lengthy world tour.
In 2015, Blackmore announced that he would play "all rock" concerts in the summer of 2016 under the banner of "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow", his first rock shows since 1997. The new Rainbow line-up was announced on November 6, 2015. It featured Lords of Black singer Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (Bob Curiano).
The band headlined German edition of the legendary "Monsters of Rock" festival. They debuted on 17 June 2016 at the picturesque Loreley Freilichtbuhne, an open-air show in front of an audience of estimated 15,000. On 18 June they played another open-air date in front of 30,000 fans in Bietigheim-Bissingen (Festplatz am Viadukt). The third and final show took place at the Birmingham Genting Arena in England. During the three shows the band played for estimated 60,000 people.
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