Ritchie Blackmore´s RAINBOW
The Lords as Support Act
In April 2018 Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow came for one exclusive German concert to the Berlin Velodrom. As a support act The Lords has been there. The Lords are now on stage for over 55 years, making them one of the most senior rock bands in the world. In the 1960s, they were the most popular beat band in Germany and created evergreens such as “Shakin ‘All Over”, “Greensleeves” or “Poor Boy”. With their 2015 released album “Now More Than Ever!”, the four musicians Leo Lietz (guitar and vocals), Bernd Zamulo (bass and vocals), Jupp Bauer (guitar and vocals) and Philippe Seminara (drums) showed that they do not belong to the old iron. Rainbow and The Lords – a unique combination of two legendary rock bands.
Ritchie Blackmore, the former guitarist of Deep Purple and man behind the century smash hit “Smoke on the Water”, founded the band Rainbow in 1975, which was initially active until 1984. In 1994, Blackmore revived the Rainbow era, but the last concert took place on May 31, 1997 in Esbjerg, Denmark. Meanwhile, with his renaissance project Blackmore’s Night, Blackmore gained cult status among a smaller group of fans, but the calls for concerts with older rock material of Rainbow grew larger. Then Blackmore put a new lineup for Rainbow together in the late 2015 with vocalist Ronnie Romero (Lords of Black), keyboarder Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), drummer David Keith (Blackmore’s Night) and bassist Bob Nouveau aka Bob Curiano. This was followed by acclaimed performances in Germany and Great Britain in 2016. His concerts on the Loreley and in Bietigheim provided the material of the album “Memories in Rock – Live in Germany”, which has achieved gold status in Germany with 100,000 sold units.
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow with The Lords one evening.
At the only Germany concert in Berlin Ritchie Blackmore has put a peppered set list together with deep purple and rainbow hits and has shown once again that he is still one of the best guitarists in the rock world.