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She’ll Run To Me – Against The Lace

Is it only for the crazy Russian fans who like to see anyone connected to any classic rock bands there were – or will there be more touring for the newly-meld multi-colored super-ensemble OVER THE RAINBOW? The line up – you bet! – features the members of RAINBOW but only two of them previously played in that group at the same time, in 1981-1982: vocalist Joe Lynn Turner and drummer Bobby Rondinelli. There are two decades between the stints of keyboard wizard Tony Carey (1976-1977) and bassist Greg Smith (1995-1997) – but the latter worked with Turner before hooking up with the RAINBOW leading light, Ritchie Blackmore. Who’s to step in for Blackmore, then?

The OVER THE RAINBOW guitarist is, um, Blackmore. Not Ritchie but Jurgen, or J.R., the Man In Black’s son by his first, German wife. Living in Deutschland and a good guitarist in his own right, though nowhere near his Pops, Blackmore Jr. isn’t famous at all yet there’s a name magic involved for the Russians. And the big buck beckons so good at the credit crunch time!

But it’ll be fun nevertheless, ain’t it?



3 Responses

  1. Quite funny though how some 4 years in a band could provide JLT with a daily bread still almost 25 years after! It should be a better buck for him than all these countless (and often pointless) tribute and solo albums he’s been on last years!

  2. Be interesting to see how they do but personally I’d have liked to seen Doogie White singing as he can handle the Dio-era material better than JLT. Better still get Dio involved!

  3. They’ll surely do OK – but that’s the point of playing the nostalgie circuit. The question is if they’ll come up with anything new to peddle it not under the RAINBOW banner. Take HEAVEN AND HELL – though it’s not the best example being the old line-up under the new name – who brought in some new songs before taking to the road, and now are up to the new album.

    As for RAINBOW providing JLT with a daily bread for quarter of century, it’s rather his own desire to explot the legacy – i.e. his recent live album – while there’s his Malmsteen co-writes and a couple of good solo albums.

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