MOSTLY AUTUMN have been confirmed as support for Ritchie Blackmore’sRAINBOW in Birmingham on June 25th, according to classicrock.com.
The show is the only UK date for the guitar icon’s new-look lineup, and will follow the band’s appearance at the Monsters Of Rock festivals in Germany on June 17th and 18th.
ROTHERHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 06: Bryan Josh of Mostly Autumn performs on Day 1 of Hard Rock Hell on April 6, 2013 in Rotherham, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)
Mostly Autumn guitarist Bryan Josh says: “We are very proud to announce that Mostly Autumn, as a four piece, have been invited and confirmed to be the support for Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow on June 25 at the Birmingham Genting Arena.
“Our most sincere and heartfelt thanks go to all in the Ritchie Blackmore camp for this incredible opportunity. As you may well know, Ritchie Blackmore has been a major influence on me ever since I was a child. In fact, one of the main reasons I picked up a guitar in the first place all those years ago. This will be very special for so many reasons.”
Mostly Autumn released an acoustic EP last year which was recorded on their support tour with Steve Hackett in 2014.
The last few months have been quite a whirlwind for vocalist Ronnie Romero, following the announcement that he will be fronting the all new Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW, which has catapulted him rather sharply into the limelight.
Originally from Chile and now settled in Madrid, Spain, Ronnie formed his band LORDS OF BLACK with guitarist Tony Hernando following their meeting at a DIO Tribute show in 2013. Completing the line-up are Andy C. on drums and Javi Garcia on bass. The band released their debut album “Lords Of Black” in 2014 and are set to unleash their new album “II” worldwide on 18th March, via Frontiers Music Srl.
RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE fans were delighted last year to hear that guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore was returning to rock after a long absence, during that time preferring to concentrate on his folk band BLACKMORE’S NIGHT. The first two of the exclusive shows to be played in Germany in 2016 by a brand new Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW, were announced in October 2015, closely followed by the UK show announced early in November and the line up was revealed soon afterwards.
Now in Ronnie Romero‘s first ever published spoken interview conducted in English since being announced as RAINBOW‘s vocalist, we are delighted to present this exclusive for the fans who are interested to know more about Ronnie. He apologised for not knowing enough English, but as you will hear, Ronnie did a fine job!
We discussed how Ronnie felt about being given this prestigious role along with his thoughts on Ritchie Blackmore, the forthcoming shows, LORDS OF BLACK and more. A few excerpts from the chat can be read below and the full interview can be heard on the audio player:
On being given the role as RAINBOW vocalist, Ronnie stated:
“It’s fantastic and I’m very excited for this new adventure! It’s really a gift for me because I’m a really really big fan of Ritchie Blackmore, all his work. I’m really excited, it’s like a dream for me.”
Discussing working with Ritchie, Ronnie revealed:
“We had some jamming sessions and some new ideas for the songs. Ritchie is different from what the people think – it’s very easy because Ritchie is a very very nice guy and he’s a legend, he knew everything about rock and roll. So all you can do is learn about it, his history and the way he sees the scene. He always teaches me, he’s like a mentor for me.”
Ronnie told me his thoughts on the forthcoming shows:
“I have the support of my band mates in Lords Of Black and from all the team and crew of Rainbow. Not only Ritchie is a legend, but Jens Johansson is very experienced in the rock and heavy metal world. It’s like my ultimate dream, I’m very excited but it’s a huge responsibility too, ’cause all the people compare me to the other singers. I try to make justice to the songs, that’s it.”
Regarding his very early days, Ronnie told me:
“It was my father who was a big fan of Deep Purple. My first birthday gift wasn’t a toy, it was a Deep Purple album. It was a double tape called ‘Made In Japan’, so it was really my father who showed me the way to like rock and roll and heavy metal.”
As there has been so much comment that this new Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW can’t be like previous versions, I asked Ronnie for his opinion on this:
“I agree! [laughs] Each Rainbow album is different with different musicians, so this time it’s no different. We have the gift that we can play with Ritchie Blackmore and as I said before, we try to make justice from their legacy.
I really deeply love the singers of Rainbow, not only Dio – Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner I love and I really love Doogie White. These guys are legends of rock ‘n’ roll and I love all of them. I don’t know, Ritchie chose me and I only try to do my best.”
Regarding more to come from RAINBOW in the future, Ronnie said:
“Well I hope so. I really hope we’re not only seeing three shows, I hope to make some kind of history with Rainbow. But it’s up to Ritchie, I don’t know what to say, only Ritchie has the power to make these decisions.”
Check out the new LORDS OF BLACK song and video ‘Everything You’re Not’:
To find out more about Ronnie, visit his official Facebook page here. The official LORDS OF BLACK page can be found here and the official website at this location.
The official Ritchie Blackmore Facebook page can be found here and website here.
Shooter Promotions GmbH have announced via their official Facebook page that classic rock legends THIN LIZZY will be special guests of Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW at this year’s Monsters Of Rock in Germany. The event takes place atLoreley, Freilichtbühneon on 17th June and Bietigheim-Bissingen on 18th June.
The band’s last show there was in 1983 and the two performances in Germany will be of only six worldwide.
Also added to the bill are prog rockers MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND.
THIN LIZZY recently announced a series of special anniversary shows for 2016 and 2107, more information can be found at this location.
RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW have started their rehearsals for next years tour. The official Ritchie BlackmoreFacebook page posted a picture of the new line up, which consists of Blackmore, LORDS OF BLACK singer Ronnie Romero, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau. They simply stated “And so the rehearsals begin…”
Guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore will play two Monsters Of Rock Festival appearances in Bietigheim-Bissingen ,Germany on 18th June and Loreley, Freilichtbühneon on Friday 17th June, as well as one UK date on 25th June at Birmingham’s Genting Arena.
As we all know by now, guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore will be back to the stages of rock in 2016. Two shows in Germany were recently confirmed, taking place at the Monsters Of Rock Festival 2016 on June 18th and Loreley, Freilichtbühneon on June 17th. A UK date has also been confirmed. It will take place on Saturday, June 25th 2016 at Genting Arena in Birmingham, England.
Blackmore also revealed his band lineup for these exclusive shows, which will include singer Ronnie Romero, keyboardist Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), drummer David Keith (Blackmore’s Night) and bassist Bob Nouveau.
According to bravewords.com, in a new interview with Rafabasa.com, vocalist Ronnie Romero discusses the upcoming dates and more. An excerpt follows:
Q: When was the first time you realized that you had a chance to sing with Rainbow? When and how were the first contacts with Ritchie and his management?
A: “That’s true, these last days have been crazy for me and for everyone that surrounds me. I don’t know from how long they had me on their list, but they contacted me some months ago, at the beginning of summer, to tell me about a chance for an audition. I deeply remember that “first day” and that first “hello”, doing your daily activities and receiving an email from Ritchie Blackmore himself is quite hard to assimilate, after a few days days, even weeks.” (laughs)
Q: Why do you think that Ritchie chose you as his new singer? Ritchie himself revealed last September that he had a vocalist who was a cross between Ronnie James Dio and Freddie Mercury. Of course he was talking about you.
A: “You should ask him probably, I just think about how lucky I feel, not just to get the gig, but how the hell they found me! Having so many good singers worldwide. From the first contact I just tried to give my best to get it, I always believed in myself and with the support of my family and close friends, even more. About his words I just can be thankful, he put the bar quite high with his description (laughs). But I’m also glad with his confidence on me to this huge task.”
Vocalist Graham Bonnet has made a statement via his official Facebook page about the return of Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW. You can read what Graham said below:
“I’ve decided to make a public statement in reference to Ritchie Blackmore’s return to rock so that nothing I say can be taken out of context. I read a piece a few days ago that twisted my words a bit and I want to be clear….. no one is happier than I about Ritchie’s return to rock. I’m excited to see the band he has chosen as he has introduced so many amazing musician’s to the world and I am sure that this will be no different. To this day, I thank Ritchie for giving me a career in an area of music that I might otherwise have missed. To be clear, I would be thrilled to play with Ritchie again but in all honesty, if there were ever to be a Rainbow reunion, the vocalist position would belong to Ronnie James Dio. Unfortunately, Ronnie left us all too soon and that is no longer possible.
I share in Ritchie’s excitement introducing a new band as I also have a new project with a great group of musician’s (Conrad, Beth-Ami and Mark) that share in my vision for new music as well as my past catalog that includes Rainbow, MSG, Alcatraz and my solo material. We have tours in the UK, Australia/New Zealand and other points in Europe from January through August of 2016. In addition, my band will be releasing an album of new material as well as a bonus disk of re-recordings at the beginning of the year. I hope each and everyone of you can make it to one of our shows. I look forward to seeing all of my friends!
I promise to keep it in my pants!
Check out Graham‘s UK tour dates on the poster below.