Rainbow (band)

Rainbow in performance (27 09 1977 02 500b).jpg
Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore in Norway, 1977
Background information
Also known asRitchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Blackmore's Rainbow
GenresHard rock, heavy metal
Years active1975–1984
LabelsPolydor, BMG
Associated actsDeep Purple, Elf, Black Sabbath, Dio, Michael Schenker Group, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Blackmore's Night
Past members
See: Member history

Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow or Blackmore's Rainbow) were an English hard rock band, controlled by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1994 to 1997. It was originally established with former Elf members, though over the years Rainbow went through many line-up changes with no two studio albums featuring the same line-up. In addition to lead singers Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White, the project consisted of numerous backing musicians. The band started out combining mystical lyric themes with neo-classical metal, but went in a more streamlined commercial style following Dio's departure from the group.

Rainbow was ranked #90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.[1]

Band members

Core member
Other members
  • Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals (1979–1984)
  • Don Airey – keyboards, backing vocals (1979–1981)
  • Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1980–1984)
  • Bobby Rondinelli – drums (1980–1983)
  • David Rosenthal – keyboards (1981–1984)
  • Chuck Burgi – drums (1983–1984, 1995–1997)
  • Doogie White – lead vocals (1994–1997)
  • Greg Smith – bass, backing vocals (1994–1997)
  • Paul Morris – keyboards (1994–1997)
  • John O'Reilly – drums (1994–1995)
  • John Micelli – drums (1997)
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