NEW RAINBOW LINEUP Performs Live For First Time. Video.
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow made its live debut last Friday night (June 17) at the Monsters Of Rock festival at Freilichtbühne in Loreley, Germany with a new lineup. Ritchie's new companion 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 orginally 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.