Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow or Blackmore's Rainbow) are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Estabilished in 1975.

By 1973, Blackmore had steered Deep Purple through a significant personnel change, with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover being replaced by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. However, the new members were keen to add new musical styles and Blackmore found his request to record the Steve Hammond-penned "Black Sheep of the Family" with "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" turned down by the band. He decided to record the song with Ronnie James Dio instead, using Dio's band ELF (3) as additional musicians. He enjoyed the results, and a full album, billed as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow was recorded between February and March 1975 at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The band name was inspired by the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood.

After the release of three studio albums and an extensive world tour in 1977–78, Blackmore decided that he wanted to take the band in a new commercial direction away from the "sword and sorcery" theme. Dio did not agree with this change and left Rainbow. Together with then new vocalist Graham Bonnet, Blackmore scored a hit single with “Since You Been Gone”.

After more lineup changes and albums, Ritchie disbanded Rainbow in early 1984 to rejoin the reunited Deep Purple.

He resurrected Rainbow once again in early 1994, just after leaving Deep Purple for good. However, Blackmore turned his attention to his long-time musical passion, Renaissance and medieval music. Rainbow was put on hold once again after playing its final concert in Esbjerg, Denmark in 1997. Blackmore, together with his partner Candice Night as vocalist then formed the Renaissance-influenced Blackmore's Night.

Against all expectations, Blackmore reformed Rainbow, with an all-new line-up, in late 2015. Blackmore announced that he would play "all rock" concerts in the summer of 2016 under the banner of 'Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow', his first rock shows since 1997. The new Rainbow line-up was announced on November 6, 2015. It featured Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (Bob Curiano).


Rainbow Discography Tracks


Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (Album) Oyster, Oyster Israel 1975 Sell This Version
Rainbow Rainbow Rising (Album) Oyster, Polydor Yugoslavia 1976 Sell This Version
Rainbow On Stage (Album) Oyster, Polydor South Africa 1977 Sell This Version
Rainbow Long Live Rock 'N' Roll (Album) Polydor Canada 1978 Sell This Version
Rainbow Down To Earth (Album) Polydor, Polydor France 1979 Sell This Version
Rainbow Difficult To Cure (Album) Polydor France 1981 Sell This Version
Rainbow Straight Between The Eyes (Album) Polydor, Polydor Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
Rainbow Bent Out Of Shape (Album) Polydor Brazil 1983 Sell This Version
CL 284 Rainbow Captured Live!(2xLP, Transcription) Rko Radio Networks CL 284 US 1984 Sell This Version
none Rainbow, Pat Travers Rainbow, Pat Travers - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting none US 1986 Sell This Version
Rainbow Live In Germany 1976 (Album) Connoisseur Collection Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow* Stranger In Us All (Album) BMG Entertainment US 1995 Sell This Version
Rainbow Live In Munich 1977 (Album) Eagle Records, Eagle Records Russia 2006 Sell This Version
Rainbow Deutschland Tournee 1976 (Album) Vap, Purple Records Japan 2006 Sell This Version
T2CD0105 Rainbow Live In Köln 1976 - Kölner Sporthalle 25.9.1976(2xCD, Album) AFM Records, Hummingbird T2CD0105 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
T2CD0110 Rainbow Live In Düsseldorf 1976 - Düsseldorf Philipshalle 27.9.1976(2xCD, Album) AFM Records, Hummingbird T2CD0110 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
T2CD0111 Rainbow Live In Nürnburg 1976 - Nürnberg Messezentrum Halle 28.9.1976(2xCD, Album) AFM Records, Hummingbird T2CD0111 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow* Black Masquerade (Album) Eagle Records, Eagle Records US 2013 Sell This Version
Rainbow Long Island 1979 Down To Earth Tour (Album) Cleopatra Records, Purple Pyramid US 2015 Sell This Version
Rainbow Denver 1979 Down To Earth Tour (Album) Cleopatra Records, Purple Pyramid US 2015 Sell This Version
Rainbow Live In Japan (Album) Eagle Records, Eagle Records Japan 2015 Sell This Version
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow* Memories In Rock - Live In Germany (Album, Comp) Eagle Records Germany 2016 Sell This Version
Rainbow Boston 1981 (Album) Purple Pyramid US 2016 Sell This Version
Rainbow Monsters Of Rock: Live At Donington 1980 (Album) Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd., Universal Music Group Europe 2016 Sell This Version
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow* Live In Birmingham 2016 (Album) Eagle Rock 2017 Sell This Version