MORGAN’S SONG OF THE WEEK [WEEK 2] RAINBOW STARGAZER
Above all things, I am a lover of music. Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated by music, it’s innumerable incarnations and the global language that it speaks. I am creating a weekly blog post that will shine a tiny bit of light on some of my favourite bands and songs by them.
Morgan’s Song of the Week for February 7th is Stargazer by Rainbow.
I had a very fortunate upbringing when it comes to music. Above all things, I had access to a lot of cool classic records from bands like Judas Priest, Metallica, Rush, Pink Floyd and the like. Basically, lots of essential listening.
I was introduced to the band Rainbow (specifically the Dio-era stuff) by a childhood friend who also had access to some badass classic records. I remember sitting there drinking Jolt Cola getting totally blasted on sugar at the age of 9 while the song Stargazer came on. That opening riff still gets me every tine.
I am going with the song Stargazer as my second Song of the Week.
RAINBOW BIO: Rainbow, despite being thought of as a fully fledged band, had always been more of a Ritchie Blackmore solo project. The band started out as a side project when Ritchie wanted to record a cover of “Black Sheep of the Family”, which was an idea apparently rejected by Deep Purple while recording Stormbringer. Ritchie asked Elf vocalist Ronnie James Dio to sing on the song. It worked so well that the two decided to record an entire album with the rest of Elf. For the tour, Ritchie found drummer Cozy Powell and bassist Jimmy Bain. Many consider this to be the ultimate Rainbow line-up. The first three studio albums were consistent and representative of a band effort, but even through those years it was Ritchie plus any number of revolving musicians.
After this, Ritchie wanted to conquer the US market and gain some hit singles, so original vocalist Ronnie James Dio was given his walking papers in 1978. Together with then new vocalist Graham Bonnet, Blackmore scored a hit single with “Since You Been Gone”.
After more lineup changes and albums, Ritchie disbanded Rainbow in early 1984 to rejoin the reunited Deep Purple.
He resurrected Rainbow once again in early 1994 just after leaving Deep Purple for good. The band was soon wrapped up again to make way for Blackmore’s Night, a folk/medieval project led by Blackmore and his wife, Candice Night.
Against all expectations, Blackmore reformed Rainbow with an all-new line-up in late 2015.
Former Rainbow members Joe Lynn Turner, Greg Smith, Tony Carey (later replaced by Paul Morris) and Bobby Rondinelli formed a Rainbow tribute band called Over The Rainbow with Ritchie Blackmore’s son Jürgen on guitar, playing songs from all Rainbow eras.
Ritchie Blackmore – Guitars
Bob Nouveau – Bass
David Keith – Drums
Jens Johansson – Keyboards
Ronald Romero – Vocals
Thank you for checking out Morgan’s Song of the Week! Next Tuesday I will be back with another killer tune!
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