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30th May 2017


Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have released their brand new song, an instrumental cover of British patriotic song, 'Land Of Hope And Glory'.

The song was originally written in 1902 by Edward Elgar with lyrics by AC Benson and the Rainbow version arrives more than two decades since the release of their last single 'Ariel', featuring Doogie White on vocals.

The band, now featuring vocalist Ronnie Romero have also released a new version of the Russ Ballard penned 1981 Rainbow classic 'I Surrender'. Here's both of the new tracks.

Last month Ritchie said that Rainbow had entered the studio to record their first new music since 1995s 'Stranger In Us All' album.

After Ritchie made his return to rock last year and Rainbow played three gigs, the legendary guitarist initially said that he had no plans to make a new Rainbow album but has now told Japan's Burrn! magazine for their May 2017 issue that Rainbow are in the process of recording new tracks.

"I wrote one new song, and also recorded one of the old ones. Ronnie, who is in Madrid now, added his vocals and sent it back. Rather than make an album, we may release as singles."

Blackmore was also full of praise for vocalist Romero.

"When I heard him, he seemed like the right guy to sing the Dio-era songs of Rainbow. He is versatile, he can sing like Freddie Mercury or Ronnie James Dio or Graham Bonnet.

"The reason I did not ask Joe Lynn Turner is because I thought European fans wanted to hear the Dio line-up of Rainbow.

"I was very surprised that tickets [to last year's comeback shows] sold out in fifteen minutes. It was nice to know so many people wanted to hear Rainbow at this time."

Joe Lynn Turner publicly courted his old role in Rainbow and did not take the rejection well at all, commenting at the time:

"The first thing I think I can say is that he's been misguided by people around him. That's what I really believe. I believe he's been misguided, and I believe he trusts these people and I think that he made a mistake doing this.

"I wanted an authentic reunion. I wanted guys from Doogie [White] and Graham [Bonnet] and Bob Daisley and [Bobby] Rondinelli, and all these guys, and I wanted to have a Rainbow extravaganza, because there are a lot of fans that love Rainbow that still haven't even seen Rainbow, and this would be the ticket for them — you know, maybe a two-hour extravaganza.

"So I guess the people, his advisers or whoever, could not sell him that particular [idea], or maybe they never even told him that. I actually have a feeling that he was not full of the information at the time, because certain things have come to pass that sort of indicated that he didn't know about it, to me."

The current version pf Rainbow is Blackmore, Romero, Stratovarius keyboard player Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer and bassist David Keith and Bob Curiano with backing singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn.

DVD and CD releases from last year's three performances are available. Use the search box at the top of the page to find out more.

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow headline the Stone Free festival at London's O2 this summer, as well as playing three more UK dates, as follows:

Saturday 17th June: London The O2 – Stone Free Festival
Thursday 22nd June: Manchester Arena
Sunday 25th June: Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Wednesday 28th June: Birmingham Genting Arena

Tickets available right here.


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is stricylt limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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