Origin: England  
Genres: 70's Metal, Hard Rock
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Rainbow

Basically Ritchie Blackmore's solo band following his departure from Deep Purple in the mid-seventies, Rainbow is also where vocalist Ronnie James Dio first came into prominence (he was in an earlier band called Elf, but it was here that he became well known, before moving on to Black Sabbath and later his own band). As can be seen below, a number of well-known hard rock musicians have taken part in the band over the years.

Last Lineup

Doogie White

vocals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker Group, ex-Praying Mantis, ex-Rata Blanca, ex-Tank (Tucker/Evans version))

Ritchie Blackmore

guitars (ex-Deep Purple)

Greg Smith

bass (Ted Nugent)

Paul Morris

keyboards

John O'Reilly

drums

Former Members/Guests

Ronnie James Dio

vocals (ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Dio, Heaven And Hell) RIP: May 16, 2010, cancer, age 67

Graham Bonnet

vocals (ex-Alcatrazz, ex-Anthem, ex-Impellitteri, ex-Michael Schenker Group)

Joe Lynn Turner

vocals (ex-Deep Purple, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)

Craig Gruber

bass (ex-The Rods) RIP: May 5, 2015, prostate cancer, age 63

Jimmy Bain

bass (ex-Dio) RIP: January 24, 2016, lung cancer, age 68

Bob Daisley

bass (ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Uriah Heep)

Roger Glover

bass (Deep Purple)

Mickey Lee Soule

keyboards

Tony Carey

keyboards (ex-Evil Masquerade, Zed Yago)

David Stone

keyboards

Don Airey

keyboards (Deep Purple, ex-Fastway, ex-Michael Schenker Group, guest for Metalium, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, Persian Risk, ex-Sinner, ex-Whitesnake)

David Rosenthal

keyboards (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)

Gary Driscoll

drums

Cozy Powell

drums (ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Michael Schenker Group, ex-Whitesnake) RIP: April 5, 1998, car accident, age 50

Bobby Rondinelli

drums (ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Blue Oyster Cult, ex-Doro, Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Riot)

Chuck Burgi

drums



Discography



Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow  
1975 Polydor
  1. Man on the Silver Mountain
  2. Self Portrait
  3. Black Sheep of the Family (Quatermass cover)
  4. Catch the Rainbow
  5. Snake Charmer
  6. The Temple of the King
  7. If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll
  8. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
  9. Still I'm Sad (The Yardbirds cover)
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Craig Gruber
  • Mickey Lee Soule
  • Gary Driscoll



Rising  
1976 Polydor
  1. Tarot Woman
  2. Run with the Wolf
  3. Starstruck
  4. Do You Close Your Eyes
  5. Stargazer
  6. A Light in the Black
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Tony Carey
  • Cozy Powell
1976 Readers' Album #3




On Stage  LIVE
1977 Polydor
  1. Kill the King
  2. Man on the Silver Mountain / Blues / Starstruck
  3. Catch the Rainbow
  4. Mistreated (Deep Purple cover)
  5. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
  6. Still I'm Sad (The Yardbirds cover)
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Tony Carey
  • Cozy Powell



Long Live Rock'n'Roll  
1978 Polydor
  1. Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
  2. Lady of the Lake
  3. L.A. Connection
  4. Gates of Babylon
  5. Kill the King
  6. The Shed (Subtle)
  7. Sensitive to Light
  8. Rainbow Eyes
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Bob Daisley
  • David Stone
  • Cozy Powell



Down To Earth  
1979 Polydor
  1. All Night Long
  2. Eyes of the World
  3. No Time to Lose
  4. Makin' Love
  5. Since You Been Gone (Russ Ballard cover)
  6. Love's No Friend
  7. Danger Zone
  8. Lost in Hollywood
  • Graham Bonnet
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Roger Glover
  • Don Airey
  • Cozy Powell



Difficult To Cure  
1981 Polydor
  1. I Surrender
  2. Spotlight Kid
  3. No Release
  4. Magic
  5. Vielleicht das nächste Mal
  6. Can't Happen Here
  7. Freedom Fighter
  8. Midtown Tunnel Vision
  9. Difficult to Cure
  • Joe Lynn Turner
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Roger Glover
  • Don Airey
  • Bobby Rondinelli



Straight Between The Eyes  
1982 Polydor
  • Joe Lynn Turner
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Roger Glover
  • David Rosenthal
  • Bobby Rondinelli



Bent Out Of Shape  
1983 Polydor
  • Joe Lynn Turner
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Roger Glover
  • David Rosenthal
  • Chuck Burgi



Live In Europe  LIVE
1990
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Tony Carey
  • Cozy Powell



Stranger In Us All  
1995 BMG
  • Doogie White
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Greg Smith
  • Paul Morris
  • John O'Reilly



Live Between The Eyes  VIDEO
2000



Inside Rainbow 1975-1997  VIDEO
2004



Live In Köln 1976  LIVE
2006
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Tony Carey
  • Cozy Powell



Live In Munich 1977  LIVE
2006
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Bob Daisley
  • David Stone
  • Cozy Powell



Live In Munich 1977  VIDEO
2006



Live At Budokanm Tokyo  VIDEO
2006



Live Between The Eyes - The Final Cut  VIDEO
2006



Live In Düsseldorf 1976  LIVE
2006



Up Close And Personal  VIDEO
2007



Live Nurnberg Messezentrum  LIVE
2007



Black Masquerade  LIVE
2013
  1. Introduction
  2. Spotlight Kid
  3. Too Late for Tears
  4. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
  5. Hunting Humans (Insatiable)
  6. Wolf to the Moon
  7. Paul Morris's Keyboard Solo
  8. Still I'm Sad (The Yardbirds cover)
  9. Man on the Silver Mountain
  10. Temple of the King
  11. Black Masquerade
  12. Ariel
  13. Since You Been Gone (Russ Ballard cover)
  14. Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple cover)
  15. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
  16. Hall of the Mountain King
  17. Burn (Deep Purple cover)
  18. Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple cover)
  • Doogie White
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Greg Smith
  • Paul Morris
  • Chuck Burgi




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