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35 Years Ago: Rainbow Comes ‘Down to Earth’ After Ronnie James Dio’s Exit

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Ronnie James Dio's exit led to a huge shift in Rainbow's musical focus.

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Boston vs. Rainbow – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

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Guitar gods Tom Scholz and Ritchie Blackmore battle for this 100 percent fan-voted honor.

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Top 10 Rainbow Songs

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We countdown our favorite songs by Ritchie Blackmore's first post-Deep Purple band.

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Hear the Original Version of Every Track from the Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album

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Hear the original versions of the Dio, Rainbow and Black Sabbath songs being covered on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album 'This is Your Life.'

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Hear Metallica’s Ronnie James Dio Tribute – ‘Ronnie Rising Medley’

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Metallica have unveiled their contribution to the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album 'This is Your Life' -- and it's a stunning, nine-minute long medley featuring four songs from the singer's time in Rainbow.

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Top 10 Ritchie Blackmore Songs

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As the primary musical architect behind not one, but two of heavy metal’s cornerstone bands -- Deep Purple and Rainbow -- and with a deserving reputation as one of history’s greatest guitar gods, Ritchie Bl

35 Years Ago: Rainbow’s ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Released

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Although his career has now spanned five, going on six, remarkably successful decades, one could make a strong case that guitar hero Ritchie Blackmore was never more inspired, influential or powerful than the period leading up to the release of the third studio set from his band, Rainbow, 'Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,' on April 9, 1978.

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Rainbow to Release ‘Live in Munich 1977′

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The forthcoming 'Rainbow: Live in Munich 1977' offers fans a remastered -- and comprehensive -- glimpse of Ritchie Blackmore's band with Ronnie James Dio and Cozy Powell. In fact, the April 30 release is the only complete performance ever filmed from that era.

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Rainbow, ‘Live in Germany 1976′ – Album Review

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When it comes to pioneering jam metal bands, few artists can compete with Rainbow and their legendary penchant for stretching out straightforward rock songs into exercises in instrumental abandon.

The 35th anniversary reissue of 'Live in Germany 1976' -- an unsung companion piece to the band's better known 1977 double concert album 'On Stage' -- showcases guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, singer Ronnie James Dio, keyboard player T

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