Review: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow 'Live in Birmingham 2016' CD set
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Rainbow fans pumped at the recent release of the band's first new music in twenty years and looking forward to their upcoming live shows can whet their appetite with a soon-to-be-released live album. Founding member Ritchie Blackmore and company will release  “Live in Birmingham 2016” on June 9 via Eagle Rock.

The two-disc set captures the reunited British rockers performing their final concert of 2016 held on June 25 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, at Genting Arena. The ex-Deep Purple star reformed the band for the first time in nearly two decades to perform just three shows in 2016. The other two appearances were released last year in a DVD/2CD set titled “Memories in Rock – Live in Germany.”

“Live in Birmingham” features the entire 15-song setlist from the Birmingham concert. For fans who've already purchased the “Live in Germany” set, the new 2-CD set includes classic Deep Purple Mark III era songs not previously offered, including the lead single and title track from the band's 1974 studio album Burn, as well as the 1974 Stormbringer fan fav “Soldier of Fortune”  along with must-plays like DP's monster hit “Smoke on the Water” and Rainbow breakthrough single "Since You've Been Gone."

New lead singer Ronnie Romero brings plenty of energy to the stage and his vocal range tone and style are well-suited to the vintage Deep Purple and Rainbow songs performed. Blackmore peels off his signature riffs with sparkle and precision, displaying the virtuosity that has made him an enduring rock legend.

"Live in Birmingham 2016" is available for preorder now in 2-CD  or digital audio. For more information, click here.

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow recently released the newly-penned song “Land of Hope and Glory.” The new single was released digitally on May 26 via Minstrell Hall and represents the first new music from Rainbow in two decades.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his new Rainbow line up will launch a mini-tour of the United Kingdom on June 17 in London at The O2 as headliner at Stone Free Festival and will wrap up June 28 in Birmingham, U.K., at Genting Arena. Tickets for select Rainbow events are available at AXS. For all the latest on Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, click here.


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