Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow Add “Burn” and “Soldier of Fortune” to Final Gig

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Ritchie Blackmore and his newly revived Rainbow lineup played the last of three scheduled gigs on June 25, with a show at Genting Arena in Birmingham, England.

For the show, the group added a pair of two Deep Purple classics: “Burn,” from Deep Purple’s 1974 album of the same name, and “Soldier of Fortune,” from 1974’s Stormbringer. The two albums were Blackmore’s last with Deep Purple before he left the group. He reunited with the band in 1984.

Rainbow’s June 25 set also included Deep Purple cuts like “Mistreated,” “Highway Star” and “Smoke on the Water,” plus the Rainbow songs “Spotlight Kid” and “Since You Been Gone.”

Blackmore has said he’s open to the possibility of touring again with Rainbow in 2017.