Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore in Norway, 1977
|Also known as
||Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Michael Schenker Group,
Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force,
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,
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.