BACKSTAGE 20180812 “The Man In Black With The White Stratocaster’s Back – 2018 Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Memories In Rock Tour And New Album”

Dear fashion & music lovers,

I wish you a beautiful and sunny summer Sunday!

After more then 20 years, our very own Ritchie Blackmore (finally) recorded a brand new rock track by the name of “Waiting For a Sign”.

After 10 studio albums with Blackmore’s Night (between 1997-2015), Ritchie felt nostalgic and made a surprising return to rock music with 3 concerts in 2016. Although those concerts received a mixed reactions from the fans, due to lack of pre-shows rehearsals and Ritchie surgery, it was good to see The Man In Black back in action with his white Strat. Last year another 4 concerts were played (better), recorded and were released on April the 6th 2018 under a name “Memories In Rock II”, a live album which includes this new track. Also we could see Ritchie performing live again with his latest installment of Rainbow with another five concerts in April:

2018-04-08 – Moscow, Russia

2018-04-11 – St. Petersburg, Russia
2018-04-13 – Helsinki, Finland
2018-04-18 – Berlin, Germany
2018-04-20 – Prague, Czech Republic

Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow or Blackmore’s Rainbow) is a British rockband led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, former legendary guitar hero of “DEEP PURPLE”. He was one of the founding members of DEEP PURPLE in 1968. Blackmore quit the band in 1974 to front his new group, Rainbow, active from 1975 until 1984, 1993 until 1997, and 2015 until present. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio’s American rock band Elf, but after their first album, Blackmore fired the backing members and continued with Dio until 1979.

1979 Black Sabbath’s iconic front man Ozzy Osbourne’s regular use of alcohol and other drugs led to his dismissal from the band. He was replaced by Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio.

He is credited with popularizing the “metal horns” hand gesture in metal culture and was known for his medieval-themed lyrics.

Three British musicians joined Rainbow in 1979 – new singer Graham Bonnet, keyboardist Don Airey and then-former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover – and this line-up gave the band their commercial breakthrough with the single “Since You Been Gone”. Over the years Rainbow went through many personnel changes with no two studio albums featuring the same line-up. The singers Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White followed Bonnet, and numerous backing musicians have come and gone.

A pioneer of power metal, the band’s early work primarily featured mystical lyrics with a neoclassical metal style, but went in a more streamlined, commercial direction following Dio’s departure from the group.

Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million records worldwide, with 1,420,000 copies in the UK.

The bonus track of today includes Ritchie Blackmore’s most legendary guitar solo,, over decades generations of guitar players tried to play it.

Today’s second bonus track ( because it’s Sunday ) includes the world’s most famous guitar riff ever over half a century of heavy metal music. The song’s about a fire in the Casino Of Montreux / Switzerland,  where the annual legendary Jazz Festival takes place since decades. Take a guitar and play the riff, it’s as simple on the one hand as it’s brilliant on the other.

I wish you a relaxed Sunday and come back soon with a new story.