Rainbow
Rainbow

Rainbow

About Rainbow

Led by legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow is a British hard rock band that had nine consecutive Top 20 albums in the UK between 1975 and 1983.

∙ After leaving Deep Purple, Blackmore originally asked Ronnie James Dio and other members of Elf to back him on a solo single, but he was so taken with the results that he formed Rainbow with them.
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, the band’s 1975 debut, won acclaim for its Baroque-influenced hard rock, and it reached No. 11 in the UK and No. 30 on the Billboard 200.
Rising, their 1976 LP, was ranked among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.
∙ The band’s 1979 cover of Russ Ballard’s “Since You Been Gone,” featuring new lead singer Graham Bonnet, was the first Rainbow single to reach the UK Top 10.
∙ “Street of Dreams,” featuring lead singer Joe Lynn Turner, received massive radio and MTV airplay in the US in 1983, thanks in part to its surreal video.
∙ Metallica, Opeth, and Dream Theater are among the many bands who have cited Rainbow as a major influence.

  • ORIGIN
    Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
  • FORMED
    1974

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