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Rainbow is the name of at least three bands:

1. A British / band.
2. A group (레인보우).
3. A U.S. band.

1. Rainbow was a British / band formed by Deep Purple founder and former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in 1975. In addition to Blackmore, the band originally consisted of former Elf lead singer Ronnie James Dio, bassist Craig Gruber, drummer Gary Driscoll, and keyboardist Micky Lee Soule. Over the years, Rainbow went through many lineup changes. including bringing in other vocalists Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner, before it folded in 1999.

The name of the band was inspired by the Rainbow Bar and Grill, a Los Angeles, California eatery which catered to rock stars, groupies and rock enthusiasts. It was here that Ritchie spent some of his off time from Deep Purple and met Dio, whose band Elf had toured regularly as an opening act for Deep Purple. Blackmore originally got together with Dio to record “Black Sheep Of The Family” as a single, and it turned out so well they needed a B side; when the B side was recorded, however, it turned out to be even better. This led to them recording an album, and that effort caused the formation of the entire band. Rainbow’s debut album, ‘Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow’, was released in 1975; it featured the minor hit “Man on the Silver Mountain”.

Rainbow’s music was different from Deep Purple’s, though possessing the same strength and energy. The music was more directly inspired by music, and Dio wrote lyrics on mediaeval themes. Dio possessed a versatile vocal range, and was capable of singing both vibrant hard rock as well as light, calm .

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  • Lsm1995

    Long Live Rock'n'Roll!

    9 Jul 7:02pm Reply
  • nlventura93

    Stargazer is so epic, I love the Dio Rainbow albums!!

    6 Jul 7:29am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    wow thats very very nice !

    28 Jun 3:32pm Reply
  • annielovesgnr

    Favourite band ever!

    26 Jun 3:31pm Reply
  • Patrizia_Hyou

    Leyendas del Rock ♥

    25 Jun 11:01pm Reply
  • Pollepard

    Man on the Silver Mountain ganhando de Since You Been Gone... :v

    13 Jun 9:58pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    I love The Temple of the King

    29 May 8:12am Reply
  • kadriguez

    AMAZING! There's no words enough to describe it!

    26 May 5:39pm Reply
  • Helvianna

    Best band ever. I've seen Dio concerts live, and there's no contest on who is the best singer in rock history. But even the songs with JLT, GB and DW are so fucking awesome that you think: it's perfect like this, even Dio couldn't do better! So, since there are ZERO bad songs, I consider the best band ever.

    2 May 10:33pm Reply
  • black_cat_ver1

    We believed we'd catch the rainbow!

    1 May 11:22am Reply
  • Pollepard

    Não tem como não amar cara♥, pena que jamais irei a um show :/

    21 Apr 1:55am Reply
  • jhntimms

    Such an awesome band!

    13 Apr 9:12pm Reply
  • strucky_like

    Rainbow Eyes is definitely my fav

    2 Mar 7:47pm Reply
  • Psychomechanic

    my favourite band ever

    25 Feb 5:41pm Reply
  • harvey1963july3

    THIS MAN WITH THE GREATEST VOICE EVER

    12 Feb 7:14pm Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    ♡♡♡ The FULL Live in Germany 1976 album at YouTube (unfortunately only the audio material because the German concert tour was never filmed) ♡♡♡ The detailed track listing at Wikipedia English ♡♡♡ Golden memories for the old Rainbow fans and great discovery for the hard rock headed youngsters ♡♡♡ VOLUME UP! LISTEN LOUD! ♡♡♡

    9 Feb 3:56pm Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    ♥♥♥

    8 Feb 11:35am Reply
  • Metalova96

    Catch the Rainbow ♥

    2 Feb 7:18pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    а ведь не такое говно, как многие говорят, по крайней мере до конца 70-х было не так уж плохо, Ричи Блэкмор отличный гитарист, да еще и отец спид-метала, видимо

    31 Jan 11:16am Reply
  • erikngn

    Одна из первых групп, с которых я начал познавать рок и его культуру.

    28 Jan 8:11pm Reply
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