Rainbow is a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The band had their commercial breakthrough with the single “Since You Been Gone”. Over the years Rainbow went through many line-up changes.
The brainchild of former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow were one of the ’70s most successful heavy metal bands. Togther he and Ronnie James Dio produced a string of acclaimed albums which are still considered classics of the genre. Releasing eight albums during its decade-long run, the band finally came to an end when Blackmore departed to rejoin his old Deep Purple comrades in a reunion in 1984.
Following a prolonged break, Blackmore announced in 2015 that he planned to play a series of concerts under the moniker of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. The band played a number of shows, which included headlining the famous Monsters of Rock Festival in Germany. Despite previously saying they wouldn’t be releasing new music, Blackmore later admitted they’d written new material, but rather than a full album, it would likely just be released as singles. The band announced a U.K. tour in 2017, and released Live in Birmingham 2016 that same year.