Rainbow fans rejoice! Founding member Ritchie Blackmore and company will release their first new single in over twenty years. The upcoming release of the new single “Land of Hope and Glory” and a re-recorded version of the 1981 single “I Surrender" will be available digitally on May 26 via Minstrel Hall.
The multi-platinum seller unveiled the news on May 19 in an update at Blackmore's official Facebook website. The release news comes ahead of an upcoming U.K. tour in June and the release of a new 2-CD set Live in Birmingham, which will hit shelves on June 19 through Eagle Rock.
The ex-Deep Purple star teamed with current Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero planned to record the two songs in April. Rainbow has not recorded new music since 1995's Stranger in Us All, after which the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer folded that version of the band to play acoustic folk music with Blackmore's Nights in 1997.
“I wrote one new song, and also recorded one of the old ones,” Blackmore said about recording the song in the studio in an interview last month with the Japanese magazine Burrn!, which was reprinted online in Highway Star. ”Ronnie (Romero), who is in Madrid now, added his vocals and sent it back.”
“Land of Hope and Glory”and “I Surrender” are now available for preorder. To order digital copies or for more information, click here.
Live in Birmingham features Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow performing classic Rainbow and Deep Purple tracks during a performance on June 25, 2016 in Birmingham, U.K. at Genting Arena. The live set is available here for preorder in 2-CD or digital audio.
After reuniting the band for the first time since 1997 for just three European shows in 2016, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow will hit the road again in 2017. The U.K. summer romp begins on June 17 in London at The O2 as headliner at Stone Free Festival and wraps up June 28 in Birmingham, U.K., at Genting Arena.
Fans can check out the official tour promotional video above. Tickets for select Rainbow events are available at AXS.
See below for the full track listing for Live in Birmingham. For all the latest on Ritchie Blackmore''s Rainbow, click here.
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Live in Birmingham track listing:
“Over The Rainbow” / “Highway Star”
“Since You Been Gone”
“Man On The Silver Mountain”
“Soldier Of Fortune”
Medley: “Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth)” / Drum Solo / Bass Solo / Band Jam / Keyboard Solo (inc. Toccata & Fugue in Dm) / “Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth”
“Catch The Rainbow”
“Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”
“Child In Time”
Medley: “Black Night” / “Woman From Tokyo” / “Black Night”
“Smoke On The Water”