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Over The Rainbow - Rainbow Reunion With Ritchie Blackmore's Son In The Makes

Blabberemouth reports the following news: former Rainbow musicians Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Carey, Bobby Rondinelli and Greg Smith have united with a second-generation Blackmore to form Over The Rainbow.

Over The Rainbow is:

Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow 1980-1984) - Vocals
Tony Carey (Rainbow 1975-1978) - Keyboards
Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow 1980-1983) - Drums
Greg Smith (Rainbow 1994-1997) - Bass
Jürgen "J.R." Blackmore - Guitar

Carey, who has produced several artists (including Joe Cocker and David Knopfler) since his Rainbow days, says, "Having done everything from country to opera, I thought it would be fun to play some rock again without the burden of singing everything."

Rondinelli adds, "Over The Rainbow reunites members of one of the most distinctive sounding bands of all time and introduces a hidden treasure to the world in J.R. Blackmore."

The son of the iconic Rainbow founder/guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Jürgen Blackmore is a critically acclaimed guitarist in his own right and agreed to join this endeavor after realizing how intense the demand was for a Rainbow "reunion." Over The Rainbow marks the first time that four members from three different eras of Rainbow will take the stage together along with J.R. Blackmore.

Rainbow has spawned over 20 albums (five gold, four silver), seven Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock tracks, six Top 75 UK songs and at least seven MTV frequently played videos. Their longest tenure was from its inception through 1984 when it went on hiatus so Blackmore could reform Deep Purple. A decade later, Rainbow toured and recorded an album. Since then, Ritchie Blackmore has turned his focus toward Blackmore's Night.

Since 1998, former members of Rainbow and their respective management offices have been bombarded with requests for Rainbow to reunite. Carey, Rondinelli, Smith and Turner answered "the call" but agreed that the only legitimate way that this could be accomplished was with a Blackmore on guitar. Enter: J.R. Blackmore.

How does the younger Blackmore feel about sharing the stage with musicians he grew up watching perform in concert with his legendary father? "I have not worked with them," says Blackmore, "But I have admired them since I was young. That makes them like brothers."

Greg Smith agrees that the market for Rainbow's brand of rock is under served. "I know there is a big demand for this music," he says. "The fact that all members are ex-Rainbow from different periods in the band's history will give the music the integrity it deserves. A Blackmore on guitar will give it even more authenticity."

While Joe Lynn Turner has fond memories of collaborating with and great respect for Ritchie Blackmore, he's looking forward to working with his son. He states, "J.R. is the only logical choice for the guitar slot for Over The Rainbow. I have followed some of his projects over the years now. He's very talented."

Over The Rainbow will begin touring in Russia during February of 2009.

Band profile: Rainbow
Posted: 18.11.2008 by Thryce


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18.11.2008 - 11:16
LeChron James
Mmm i want Blackmore Sr.'s opinion on this matter.
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18.11.2008 - 11:49
Baz Anderson
Well this is interesting. Maybe this is how things will be in years to come - band's children continuing on their own bands.
18.11.2008 - 11:56
At least they didn't just call it Rainbow.
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18.11.2008 - 12:34
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Its imntersting but I love only rainbow whit Dio on vocals, firts 3 albums, one of early epic metal albums, lil mysticism, lil elfs and Rainbow, after Dio left Rainbow was cheasya nd comercised iMO, and I never liked Joe Lynn Turner on vocals there, but Im looking forvared hear this band
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18.11.2008 - 12:37
Doc G.
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Written by Promonex on 18.11.2008 at 11:56

At least they didn't just call it Rainbow.

Thank god. I still don't like the fact that they are trying to pass this off as anything related to Rainbow, considering Blackmore Sr. IS Rainbow.
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18.11.2008 - 12:58
Totemic Lust
"A Blackmore on guitar will give it even more authenticity."
I scoffed at this at first but then I looked up some clips of his playing and must admit the apple hasn't fallen far...
18.11.2008 - 13:27
Valentin B
Man, for like 3 seconds i was like "FUCK YEAH", then i saw the line-up lol. i do understand Dio's a bit too old for this thing, but at least Ritchie could grace us one last time with his badass riffs and solo's, instead of playing those damn medieval tunes.
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18.11.2008 - 17:33
Red Nightmare
Well, let's see what happens!
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18.11.2008 - 18:28
Good to see RB's son picking this up now that Ritchie seems to be lost in a fascination with Renaissance-fair music.

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18.11.2008 - 18:51
Jonnz of Steel
This will be interesting, not heard this young Blackmore before..
18.11.2008 - 18:59
Well they have potential to be awesome and they could suck too. I love Rainbow's first three and worship them regularly (and all live albums from that era as well), but with this line up, I'll stick and wait.
18.11.2008 - 19:31
Wish they would have gotten Doogie White for vocals instead.
18.11.2008 - 21:45
Underpaid M.D.
Mmm this is needless, just as Zeppelin's reunion.
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18.11.2008 - 23:49
Black Conundrum
Well, I don't know how this is going to go. I'm uncertain about this idea.
19.11.2008 - 00:57
Totemic Lust
Written by Scottgun on 18.11.2008 at 18:28

Good to see RB's son picking this up now that Ritchie seems to be lost in a fascination with Renaissance-fair music.

Renaissance-fair music > Rainbows, the color Purple
20.11.2008 - 01:01
Sounds intressting. We should give it a try at least!
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15.07.2009 - 23:44
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I saw this show in ocean city, nj. Amazing. Didn't miss a beat.

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