Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

Rainbow-Rausch im Schlamm

Loreley Freilichtbühne, Sankt Goarshausen, Germany -   June 17, 2016


About 20 years ago Ritchie Blackmore, founder of Deep Purple, ended his rock career and made henceforth Renaissance folklore with his wife Candice under the name "Blackmore's Night". For a few concerts the master guitarist now made an exception. A report from the brilliant concert at the Loreley.



St. Goarshausen. It will light up again; the rainbow. Around two decades Ritchie Blackmore has changed the medieval guitar with the electric guitar, now constitutes marshy with his wife Candice Night, the legend has briefly left the Renaissance approach in order to reflect on hard rock: Friday at the Loreley 15,000 fans celebrated the "Monsters of rock" Festival the resurrection of Rainbow, on Saturday followed the show in Bietigheim.

The news of the return of co-founder of Deep Purple is as sensational as the place. On the historic rocks in the Mid Rhine Valley,something special takes place. Shortly before the support of Thin Lizzy with the strong frontman Ricky Warwick and Manfred Mann's more playful Earthband the sky has dumped a half-year-charge of rain and the ground on the downhill area has been transformed into quicksand soft mud. Woodstock Rutsch'n'Roll, with a majority of jeans and leather jackets, decorated with patches of textile.

Point 21:24 shows the ritual intro from "The Wizard of Oz," Dorothy's "We must be over the rainbow". Purples "Highway Star" opened a two-hour show in which he finally is to be heard live again, the unique guitar tone of the 71-years Master in Black, which one recognizes from thousands. With his typical moves in the spotlights from the floor Blackmore conjures on his tool, hardly is moving a muscle, leaving the show to the frontman he has found: Ronnie Romero, optically an option for a 90s boy band, provides vocals to die for, although the fans have to struggle through the knee deep mud for it.

The Chilean modulates its organ depending on the title, sounds with "Since You've Been Gone" as Bonnet, roars "Mistreated" in Coverdale style and have power at "Man On The Silver Mountain" that is believed to receive the power of Dio from beyond. Even in the difficult, by Ian Gillan long ignored "Child In Time" Romero climbs masterfully at all treacherous heights. The only piece of the era with Joe Lynn Turner as Rainbow singer remains "Spotlight Kid".

Stoic Blackmore provides alongside colleagues Bob Nouveau (bass), keyboardist Jens Johansson and David Keith (Drums) his runs and riffs. The instrumental "Difficult To Cure" - a church service of music: Ritchie strings sounds shatter as sharp, shattering glass, he celebrates Beethoven's Ode to Joy, Johansson embeds Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor between. Also "Stargazer" is a feast. Rainbow anno 2016 take the monumental work out while spotlights goes up almost to the moon. Everything fits here and now. "Smoke On The Water" looks because of the fireworks like a Fire In The Sky.

On the way back to the campsite one loves the mud as part of a magical evening. More shows urgently needed. Misses Blackmore, Candice Night, incidentally, stood in the background choir. Maybe she noticed something.

Nevertheless middle ages Blackmore's Night is now first again; on July 16, also at Leipzig Parkbühne. Tickets available on www.lvz-ticket.de.

Mark Daniel - Leipziger Volkszeitung
[translated from German language]

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