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Ritchie Blackmore will always be best known for the titanic riff he supplied to ‘Smoke on the Water,’ but there’s more to the guitarist than Deep Purple. He also co-founded Rainbow, a band that spanned both neo-classical metal and more pop-influenced rock sounds over its lifespan, and later steered toward traditional folk-rock with Blackmore’s Night. But without Deep Purple, none of this would have been possible. Blackmore powered the group to fame between 1968-75, notching a pair of Top 10 albums in the early ’70s with a lineup fronted by Ian Gillan. In 1984, Blackmore returned to the band, reuniting the classic lineup for the ‘Perfect Strangers’ album. He followed that up with a reunion with Rainbow. As the only constant member of that revolving group, Blackmore provided the vision. But collaborators like the late Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner helped him bring that vision to life.

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Ritchie Blackmore Says He Would Play With Deep Purple Again

Ritchie Blackmore has gotten over his bad feelings about Deep Purple, and he’d play with them again if he was invited, he said.

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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow to Release Two New Recordings and 2016 Concert

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have two new songs -- "Land of Hope and Glory" and a new take on "I Surrender" -- available for pre-order.

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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Have Recorded New Music

The 21st-century incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow have recorded new music, the band leader has revealed.

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Roger Glover Doesn’t Know Why Ritchie Blackmore Resurrected Rainbow

Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover remains a fan of ex-bandmate Ritchie Blackmore, but he wonders why the guitarist resurrected the Rainbow name for his recent return to rock shows.

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

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow will release a live set culled from the handful of shows they played earlier this year.

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Ritchie Blackmore Hints at More Rainbow Concerts, Says Deep Purple Won’t Be Part of the Setlist

Ritchie Blackmore is indicating that he'd make some song changes if he were to reconvene Rainbow again in the future.

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Tom Hamilton Says Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Reunion Was a ‘Little Flat’

Tom Hamilton got an up-close look at Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow reunion while sitting in with fellow festival act Thin Lizzy – and he came away unimpressed.

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Rainbow Adds Two Deep Purple Classics to Set

Ritchie Blackmore reached deeper into his past for the final night of his 2016 return to rock.

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Watch Ritchie Blackmore’s Return to Rock: Setlist + Video

After nearly two decades of playing Renaissance music, Ritchie Blackmore made his long-awaited return to rock with a new lineup of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.

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Ritchie Blackmore Rules Out New Rainbow Album or Tour

Ritchie Blackmore's "return to rock" sounds like it's going to be every bit as brief as he originally promised.

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