To the Moon and Back

Release Date  28.07.2017 and August 11, 2017 in the UK

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Compilation album: 20 Years And Beyond - 26 Tracks - 2 CD

Containing their best tracks, 5 previously unreleased songs, 2 bonus tracks, 5 instrumental versions and Blackmore's Rainbow single "Land of hope and glory".


CD 1 CD 2
 Shadow Of The Moon   I Surrender (Bonustrack)
 Spirit Of The Sea   Moonlight Shadow (2017 Version)
 Renaissance Faire   Somewhere Over The Sea (2017 Version)
 Play Minstrel Play   Writing On The Wall (2017 Version)
 Under A Violet Moon  Coming Home (2017 Version)
 Spanish Nights   Ghost Of John (Bonustrack)
 Fires At Midnight   Minstrel Hall
 Ghost Of A Rose  Possum Goes To Prague
 Cartouche   Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus
 Village Lanterne   Nur eine Minute
 The Circle   Village Dance
 25 Years   Land Of Hope And Glory (2017 Single Version)
 Dandelion Wine   
 Home Again (live)  


Bonus Video

Line up for the 2016 Rainbow concertsThe official 2016 promotional photo of the new lineup of Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW is here.

Joining Ritchie in the group are LORDS OF BLACK singer Ronnie Romero, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (a.k.a. Robert "Bob" Curiano, ex-BLACKMORE'S NIGHT).

Ritchie spoke to Dutch magazine Aardschok about his decision to enlist a new group of musicians to help him perform RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE classics at three European shows this summer.


Asked why he chose not to hire a "more famous" vocalist, Blackmore said: "The whole idea was to find good musicians. Of course, there were many familiar names around, but this idea didn't appeal to me. Unlike many others, I prefer to discover new musicians who can add a fresh approach to my music. It's great to present new musicians to the public."

He continued: "The singer Ronnie Romero is complete unknown. He's 34 and I'm sure that he'll have a great career in this scene. He is originally from Chile, but lives in Spain. Bassist Bob Nouveau is from Connecticut, and Jens is a known and respected keyboard player. It's very easy to work with him, because he's so experienced.

"With drummers, I always tend to be very selective. For instance, I do not like to work with showmen. On stage, I need a groove and a lot of these so-called 'famous' drummers often rely more on the show element than on feel. I know many guys who can make their sticks fly and use sixteen bass drums, but who are mediocre when it comes to music. David Keith, however, has a great feel for rhythm."

Blackmore also talked about the renewed interest in classic rock and the media hype surrounding his return to rock. He said: "I never think about how good or bad things are going in a group. I'm just trying to create music of a high-quality standard. My music never really got into the charts. I think the most important thing is to believe in yourself. I think that RAINBOW made some memorable albums, which aren't less appreciated than any DEEP PURPLE album. Both groups were advanced for their time.

"The nostalgia aspect certainly has a role in the upcoming shows. Some people will use this project to check if I can still do it, while others will probably see it as an opportunity to see me on a bigger stage once again."

He added: "I don't want to sound morbid, but I do believe that thoughts like these come with the age that I have. I turned 70 and that has its disadvantages. Having a sore back or stiff fingers on stage is no fun. However, all this comes totally from myself.

"There were moments, a few years ago, when I thought of how much fun it would be to play some of the old songs again. However, the longer I thought about it the less appealing it all became. It was not until I found out about Ronnie that the whole idea came back again and when I started realizing the idea. He has a great voice and his fresh input is what gave me the final push. I am quite demanding when it comes to singers, but with Ronnie is absolutely feels good. This guy has a great future in the scene. He sounds like a perfect fit for this job because he has a voice that reminds of [Ronnie James] Dio but is versatile enough to also handle the [Ian] Gillan songs well."

Regarding the song selection for the upcoming shows, Blackmore said: "The set-list will be RAINBOW songs for about 70 percent, including 'Stargazer', because apparently that's a song everybody wants to hear. About 30 percent will be DEEP PURPLE songs. We will focus on the best-known songs. The Dio era will be a central part of the show, but we will also play songs from the Joe Lynn Turner and Graham Bonnet periods. As far as PURPLE is concerned; we will play the Gillan era but will also play something from the David Coverdale period."

Blackmore also addressed the possibility of further shows being announced if the upcoming dates go well. He said: "I deliberately chose to only give three concerts, to see if I'm still able to do this. Of course, there have been a lot of attractive offers, especially from Sweden and Finland. However, we must remember that I have already planned a German tour for BLACKMORE'S NIGHT in July. As you know, after I suspended the activities of RAINBOW, I became very interested in playing renaissance music. To move back to the electrics from the acoustics won't be easy. I've rarely played rock music in the last years, and before these shows I have to cut my nails short. Because when I play this other music, I need long nails. Five days after the last RAINBOW show, there'll already be the first BLACKMORE'S NIGHT show, so it's unclear if I will have enough time to grow my nails back. If it won't work so fast, I have to rely on false plastic nails. I never had this problem before, but I'm glad that I can [do something to] help me out."

He went on to say: "If we enjoy ourselves and the audience gives us a positive vibe back, then I won't rule out the possibility of continuing. However, the second round of dates will probably take place in 2017. But the crucial factor will be the chemistry between the musicians and the audience reaction. These shows will be recorded on video, so that we can release it later on. But my heart will always belong to renaissance music."

Blackmore will perform RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE material at three shows this year in Europe. The U.K. concert will take place on Saturday, June 25 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. The performance will be Blackmore's first U.K. rock show in over 20 years. The two concerts in Germany will take place at the Monsters Of Rock festival on Friday, June 17 at Freilichtbühne in Loreley and on Saturday, June 18 at Festplatz am Viadukt in Bietigheim-Bissingen.

Blackmore’s hard rock band, or the 2016 incarnation of Rainbow (if you prefer), will be comprised of Ronnie Romero on vocals, Jens Johansson on keyboards, David Keith (a.k.a. Troubadour of Aberdeen from Blackmore’s Night) on drums, and Bob ‘Nouveau’ Curiano (a.k.a. Sir Robert of Normandie) on bass.

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Given Blackmore’s track record of picking (relatively) unknown vocalists and turning them onto stardom, let’s pause for a moment on Ronnie Romero. He is Chilean born, now living in Spain, where he is involved in several Rainbow, Dio and Queen tribute bands, as well as Lords of Black — a band that plays original music.

Good news for those who are going to see the German concerts which mark the return of Ritchie Blackmore with Rainbow.

To open the shows there will be, in the role of special guests, two exceptional groups, to say the least: Thin Lizzy and Manfred Mann's Earth Band . Here's the official poster of the German portion of their European mini-tour.

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In a recent interview with Ritchie Blackmore for the German magazine Aardschok comes information about the Rainbow concerts scheduled for this summer, marking the long-awaited return of "the greatest guitarist in Rock", and in particular the subject that interests all fans ... namely the proposed lineup and choosing which pieces to play drawn from his long career.

This is what he had to say::
"The set list will consist of 70% Rainbow songs, including Stargazer, because apparently it is a song that everyone wants to hear. The other 30% will be dedicated to Deep Purple songs. We will focus on the best known ones.

The period with Ronnie James Dio will be the central part of the show, but we'll also play tracks from periods with Joe Lynn Turner and Graham Bonnet. Same thing for Purple: we're going to play something from the Gillan era and even some from that of David Coverdale."