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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Announce ‘Memories in Rock’ Live DVD and CD

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Ritchie Blackmore‘s Rainbow will release a live set culled from the handful of shows they played earlier this year. Memories in Rock – Live in Germany will be released on Nov. 18 in various video and audio configurations.

The set — which includes more than a dozen songs from guitarist Blackmore’s stints in Deep Purple and Rainbow — will be available as DVD/two-CD and Blu-ray/two-CD sets, as well as in digital formats. A deluxe version — including the DVD, Blu-ray and two CDs, along with a 48-page hardback book — and a triple-LP version will arrive as imports on Dec. 2.

In June, Blackmore performed three shows in Europe: two in Germany and one in England, his first rock concerts in nearly 20 years. The two German shows, at Loreley and Bietigheim, make up the Memories in Rock set. Songs include Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” and “Smoke on the Water,” and Rainbow’s “Since You Been Gone” and “Man on the Silver Mountain.” You can see the full track listing below.

Blackmore has spent the past couple of decades making Renaissance-style music with Blackmore’s Night. These three shows were supposed to be a one-time thing, but he’s since hinted that there may be more performances somewhere down the line.

“I noticed when they clapped, they weren’t clapping so hard for Deep Purple,” he said during an interview in July. “They said, ‘We hear that every year,’ because Purple goes around. So the next time, if we go out and we do anything, I would do probably 95 percent Rainbow songs. That’s what they seem to want to hear. And it didn’t occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything.”

The band featured during these concerts didn’t include any of the big names Blackmore has played with over the years. Instead, the group featured singer Ronnie Romero, bassist Bob Nouveau, drummer David Keith and keyboardist Jens Johanssen, as well as a pair of backing vocalists.

‘Memories in Rock – Live in Germany’ Track Listing
“Highway Star”
“Spotlight Kid”
“16th Century Greensleeves”
“Since You Been Gone”
“Man on the Silver Mountain”
“Catch the Rainbow”
“Difficult to Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth)”
“Perfect Strangers”
“Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”
“Child in Time / Woman From Tokyo”
“Black Night”
“Smoke on the Water”

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