Ritchie Blackmore Releases First Official Photo of New Rainbow Lineup

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Ritchie Blackmore has released the first official photo of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, the band he’ll take on the road for a handful of rock shows in 2016.

The former Deep Purple guitarist will be joined by singer Ronnie Romero, keyboardist Jens Johansson (of the group Stratovarius), drummer David Keith (who also performs in Blackmore’s Renaissance music group, Blackmore’s Night) and bassist Bob Nouveau.

The picture shows, from left, Johansson, Blackmore, Romero, Keith and Nouveau.

The band’s itinerary consists of two shows in Germany: one at the Monsters of Rock Festival 2016 on June 18, and another in Loreley, Freilichtbühnen, on June 17. The band is also confirmed to perform at Genting Arena in Birmingham, England on Saturday, June 25.

“I’m now 70, so I just felt like playing some rock ’n’ roll for a few days,” Blackmore explained to Billboard this past September. “We’re going to do four or five dates of just playing the old rock stuff, Purple stuff and Rainbow.

“I’m doing it for the fans, for nostalgia, and the singer I found is very exciting; he’s a cross between Dio meets Freddie Mercury. So this will mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I’m sure he’ll become pretty famous because of his voice.”