Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Film & CD Coming

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In June 2016, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow played three concerts in Europe: two in Germany and one in England. Now music from the two German shows, which took place at Loreley and Bietigheim, will be released as Memories In Rock—Live In Germany via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD+2-CD, Blu-ray+2-CD, and in digital formats on November 18. A deluxe version (DVD, Blu-ray and 2-CD in a 48-page hardback photo book), along with a 3-LP version (180gm vinyl), will be available as an import on December 2. (Pre-order here.)

This film, according to a press release, “captures the long awaited return to rock music for Ritchie Blackmore. The setlist, combining classic tracks from both Deep Purple and Rainbow, was exactly what the fans had wished for.” Filmed in high-definition, the set includes “Catch The Rainbow,” “Mistreated,” “Since You Been Gone,” “Black Night,” “Spotlight Kid,” “Smoke On The Water,” “Stargazer,” “Perfect Strangers” and more. As a bonus, all formats (except the 3-LP) also include a quartet of tracks recorded on an alternative night: “Spotlight Kid,” “Man on the Silver Mountain,” “Long Live Rock ’N’ Roll” and “Stargazer.”

The band line-up for this show featured Blackmore (guitar), Ronnie Romero (vocals), David Keith (drums), Bob Nouveau (bass), Jens Johanssen (keyboards), Candice Night (backing vocals) and Lady Lynn (backing vocals).

Related: BCB’s review of The Ritchie Blackmore Story DVD

Blackmore’s main musical project for the past two decades has been Blackmore’s Night, a Renaissance-inspired medieval folk band that he formed with his then-girlfriend, now-wife Candice Night. Under that moniker, he and Night have released nine studio albums, including their latest, All Our Yesterdays, which came out in September 2015.

Track Listing

CD Disc 1
Highway Star
Spotlight Kid
16th Century Greensleeves
Since You Been Gone
Man On The Silver Mountain
Catch The Rainbow
Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth)
Perfect Strangers

CD Disc 2
Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll
Child In Time/Woman From Tokyo
Black Night
Smoke on the Water

Watch Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow perform “Highway Star” at Bietigheim (video is not from the Eagle Rock release)

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