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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. Their songs took direct inspiration from music, and Dio wrote lyrics on mediaeval themes. Dio possessed a versatile vocal range, and he was capable of singing both vibrant hard rock as well as light, .


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  • Nanogon

    fuck those korean assholes who took this epic bandname

    18 Sep 10:57am Reply
  • GolyJelen

    @D4rg00r you've got some problem with your brain

    1 Sep 11:57pm Reply
  • D4rg00r

    RITCHIE BLACKMORE IS AN ASSHOLE why not get back to rainbow and deep purple?

    28 Aug 3:34pm Reply
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    28 Aug 3:32pm Reply
  • MaxxNemo

    маленький огрызок дип перпл)

    19 Aug 12:48am Reply
  • heliocmatos

    Too bad Richie is running around wearing tights playing fairy music. Rainbow Rocks

    3 Aug 4:55pm Reply
  • LostCauses24

    A fantastic group who seemed to be great live. Wish I had the chance to see them.

    30 Jul 12:25pm Reply
  • greenpozitive

    Great band, Ritchie Blackmore is a genius

    18 Jul 1:10pm Reply
  • JonathanDeBruyn

    Awesome band !

    14 Jul 9:02pm Reply
  • drochlen

    Тут ситуация обстоит немного лучше, чем с дипёпл. Слушать интересно. Ричи Блэкмор хорош.

    12 Jul 8:09pm Reply
  • 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
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