Ritchie has reformed Rainbow to play three gigs, two in Germany and one in the UK. To the amazement of just about everybody, the UK gig was in Birmingham!
He’s got himself a brand new band and a brand new singer. His wife Candice Night is on backing vocals and the bass player is from Blackmore’s Night. The singer’s name is Ronnie Romero. He sounds nearly like Ronnie James Dio and he nearly has the showmanship of Freddie Mercury, who he very much reminds me of. Don’t think that by saying “nearly” I’m criticising.. those two were Gods. To be “nearly” as good is to be bloody awesome!
I haven’t been to a full on rock concert in quite some time, and as this was the only UK gig, the arena was completely sold out, literally packed to the rafters, the atmosphere was electric. There was a support act called Mostly Autumn.. they were mostly okay. But the only person any one wanted to see was Mr Blackmore.
He is the Lord of all he Surveys, even though Romero is a showman in his own right, he knows his place so to speak. Blackmore commands the band like a conductor of an orchestra, a move of the hand, a nod of the head.
The set list was a mix of Rainbow and Deep Purple classics, Since You’ve Been Gone, Man on the Silver Mountain, Child in Time, Smoke on the Water, Highway Star, Solider of Fortune, Chase The Rainbow, Black Night, and those are just off the top of my head. Romero managed to sound a bit like Dio or a bit like Gillan depending on the song. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Blackmore was on fire with his guitar playing.
The audience lapped it up, grown men reverting to their teenage selves, singing along, bouncing about, air guitaring like bosses.. and probably aching from head to foot today! LOL!
Easily one of the best concerts I’ve been to in a long time. Ritchie, you cannot leave it at three. There has to be more.