Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
The Rainbow is a British hard rock band founded in 1974 by Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple guitarist. The band has had a very turbulent career marked by many changes of formation. The classically trained, the one present in the most famous albums of the band, was composed of: Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Cozy Powell (drums), Jimmy Bain (bass) and Tony Carey (keyboards).
Their music was a particular technique to Blackmore guitar and the powerful voice of Ronnie James Dio, who joined the fantasy lyrics mix of hard rock / heavy metal and classical music, which featured the great talents of the individual virtuoso musicians, they have always distinguished the group from other hard rock bands of the era. For these elements that characterized their music the Rainbow were among the main contributors in progressive metal and epic metal groups.
After the debut album that had great success especially in Europe all the band members except God and Blackmore were replaced by musicians belonging to the classical training. Thanks to the creativity of Blackmore, Rainbow managed to churn out masterpieces like Long Live Rock 'n' Roll and the legendary Rising is considered their greatest success. Later albums will gradually distanced from the original sound of the band towards the most catchy sounds. Because of these changes, in 1979 God gave the rainbow to get into Black Sabbath. In 1984 the group disbanded and then reformed in 1995, but after having released an album broke up again. Blackmore in 1998, while still producing an album with his new band, planned to reconvene the Rainbow with the formation of the period of Rising; the sudden death of Cozy Powell in a car accident rendered futile this attempt.