Rainbow: Difficult To Cure-80’s-1981.

Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow or Blackmore’s Rainbow) are a British rock supergroup band, based in Hertford, England and formed in 1975 by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio‘s American rock band Elf, but after their self-titled debut album, Blackmore fired the backing members and continued with Dio. Rainbow recorded two more studio albums with Dio—Rising (1976) and Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (1978)—before Dio left the band to join Black Sabbath in 1979.

Rainbow’s early work primarily featured mystical lyrics with a neoclassical metal style, then went in a more pop-rock oriented direction following Dio’s departure from the group.[1] Three British musicians joined in 1979—singer Graham Bonnet, keyboardist Don Airey and then-former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover—and this line-up gave the band their commercial breakthrough with the single “Since You Been Gone” from their fourth studio album Down to Earth. The band continued their success in the early 1980s with their next three albums Difficult to Cure (1981), Straight Between the Eyes (1982) and Bent Out of Shape (1983). After breaking up in 1984, Blackmore reformed Rainbow in 1993 with a new lineup, which recorded their eighth and last studio album to date Stranger in Us All (1995). Blackmore’s change in direction, from rock to Renaissance and medieval-influenced music, led to Rainbow’s second dissolution in 1997. He revived the band once again in 2015,[2] and they still perform live occasionally.

Over the years Rainbow went through many personnel changes, with each studio album recorded with a different lineup, and leaving Blackmore as the band’s only constant member. The singers Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White followed Bonnet, and numerous backing musicians have come and gone. In addition to Blackmore, Rainbow’s current lineup includes Ronnie Romero on vocals, Jens Johansson on keyboards, Bob Nouveau on bass and David Keith on drums.

Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.[3] The band have sold over 30 million records worldwide.[4]

Formation (1975)

By 1973, Blackmore had steered Deep Purple through a significant personnel change, with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover being replaced by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. However, the new members were keen to add musical styles and Blackmore found his request to record the Steve Hammond-penned “Black Sheep of the Family” with “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves” turned down by the band.[5] He decided to record the song with Dio instead, using Dio’s band Elf as musicians.[6] He enjoyed the results, and a full album, billed as Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, was recorded between February and March 1975 at Musicland Studios in MunichGermany.[7] The band name was inspired by the Rainbow Bar and Grill in West Hollywood, California.[8]

Rainbow’s music was partly inspired by classical music since Blackmore started playing cello to help him construct interesting chord progressions,[9][10] and Dio wrote lyrics about medieval themes. Dio possessed a powerful and versatile vocal range that encompassed hard rock and lighter ballads. Blackmore reported, “I felt shivers down my spine.”[11] Although Dio never played a musical instrument on any Rainbow album, he is credited with writing and arranging the music with Blackmore, in addition to writing all the lyrics.[7][12][13] Blackmore and Dio also found a common ground in their sense of humour.[14] Rainbow, said the singer, “was my opportunity to show my wares. I thank Ritchie for that all the time. Ritchie Blackmore is the one who gave me my opportunity to show what I was worth.”[15]

Following the positive experience of recording with Dio, Blackmore decided to leave Deep Purple, playing his last show with them in Paris in April.[5][16] The album met a positive critical reception and was a top 20 UK and top 30 US hit. Blackmore’s departure from Purple was announced on 21 June.[17]

First world tour and initial success (1975–1978)

Blackmore was unhappy about carrying the Elf line-up along for live performances, and so he fired everybody except Dio shortly after the album was recorded, due to Driscoll’s style of drumming and the funky bass playing of Gruber.[19] Blackmore would continue to dictate personnel for the remainder of the band’s lifetime, with drummer and former bandmate Ricky Munro remarking “he was very difficult to get on with because you never knew when he would turn around and say ‘You’re sacked’.”[20] Blackmore recruited bassist Jimmy Bain, American keyboard player Tony Carey and drummer Cozy Powell, who had previously worked with Jeff Beck and had some solo success.[19] Powell also greatly appealed to Blackmore in their mutual fondness for practical jokes.[21]

This line-up also commenced the first world tour for the band, with the first date in Montreal on 10 November 1975. The centrepiece of the band’s live performance was a computer-controlled rainbow including 3,000 lightbulbs, which stretched 40 feet across the stage.[22] [21] A second album, Rising, was recorded in February at Musicland. By the time of the European dates in the summer of 1976, Rainbow’s reputation as a blistering live act had been established. The band added Deep Purple’s “Mistreated” to their setlist, and song lengths were stretched to include improvisation.[23] Carey recalls rehearsing the material was fairly straightforward, saying “We didn’t work anything out, except the structure, the ending … very free-form, really progressive rock.”[24] The album art was designed by American fantasy artist Ken Kelly, who had drawn Tarzan and Conan the Barbarian.[25][26]

In August 1976, following a gig at Newcastle City Hall, Blackmore decided to fire Carey, believing his playing style to be too complicated for the band. Unable to find a suitable replacement quickly, Carey was quickly reinstated,[27] but as the world tour progressed on to Japan, he found himself regularly being the recipient of Blackmore’s pranks and humour.[28] Blackmore subsequently decided that Bain was substandard and fired him in January 1977. Carey quit the band shortly after, after getting tired of Blackmore’s pranks. Blackmore, however, had difficulty finding replacements he liked. On keyboards, after auditioning several high-profile artists, including Vanilla Fudge‘s Mark SteinProcol Harum‘s Matthew Fisher and ex-Curved Air and Roxy Music man Eddie Jobson, Blackmore finally selected Canadian David Stone, from the little-known band Symphonic Slam. For a bass player, Blackmore originally chose Mark Clarke, formerly of Jon Hiseman‘s ColosseumUriah Heep and Tempest, but once in the studio for the next album, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blackmore disliked Clarke’s fingerstyle method of playing so much that he fired him on the spot and played bass himself on all but four songs: the album’s title track, “Gates of Babylon”, “Kill the King”, and “Sensitive to Light”. Former Widowmaker bassist Bob Daisley was hired to record these tracks, completing the band’s next line-up.

After the release and extensive world tour in 1977–78, Blackmore decided that he wanted to take the band in a new commercial direction away from the “sword and sorcery” theme.[29] Dio did not agree with this change and left Rainbow.

In a 1979 interview with Sounds,[30] Blackmore said:

Commercial success (1978–1984)

Graham Bonnet (left) in 2008 and Joe Lynn Turner (right) in 2010

Blackmore asked Ian Gillan, also formerly of Deep Purple, to replace Dio, but Gillan turned him down. After a series of auditions, Graham Bonnet, former singer/guitarist of The Marbles, was recruited. Powell stayed, but Daisley was fired, and David Stone quit the band to be replaced by keyboardist Don Airey. At first the band auditioned bass players, but at Cozy Powell’s suggestion Blackmore hired another former Deep Purple member, Roger Glover, as a producer, bassist and lyricist.[31] The first album from the new line-up, Down to Earth, featured the band’s first major singles chart successes, “All Night Long” and the Russ Ballard-penned “Since You Been Gone“. In 1980, the band headlined the inaugural Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in England. However, this was Powell’s last Rainbow gig: he had already given his notice to quit, disliking Blackmore’s increasingly pop rock direction. Then, after numerous fallouts with Blackmore, Bonnet resigned to pursue a solo project.

For the next album, Bonnet and Powell were replaced by Americans Joe Lynn Turner and Bobby Rondinelli, respectively. The title track from Difficult to Cure was a version of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The album spawned their most successful UK single, “I Surrender” (another Ballard song), which reached No.3. After the supporting tour, Don Airey quit over musical differences and was replaced by David Rosenthal.

The band attained significant airplay on Album-oriented rock radio stations in the US with the track “Jealous Lover“, reaching No. 13 on Billboard Magazine‘s Rock Tracks chart. Originally issued as the B-side to “Can’t Happen Here”, “Jealous Lover” subsequently became the title track to an EP issued in the US that featured similar cover art to Difficult to Cure.

Rainbow’s next full-length studio album was Straight Between the Eyes. The album was more cohesive than Difficult to Cure, and had more success in the United States. The band, however, was alienating some of its earlier fans with its more AOR sound.[1] The single “Stone Cold” was a ballad that had some chart success (No. 1 on Billboard Magazine’s Rock Tracks chart) and its video received heavy airplay on MTV. The successful supporting tour skipped the UK completely and focused on the American market. A date in San Antonio, Texas, on this tour was filmed, and the resulting “Live Between the Eyes” also received repeated showings on MTV.

Bent Out of Shape saw drummer Rondinelli fired in favour of former Balance drummer Chuck Burgi. The album featured the single “Street of Dreams“. Blackmore claims on his website that the song’s video was banned by MTV for its supposedly controversial hypnotic video clip,[32] but Dr. Thomas Radecki of the National Coalition on Television Violence criticised MTV for airing the video, contradicting Blackmore’s claim.[33] The resulting tour saw Rainbow return to the UK, and also to Japan in March 1984 where the band performed “Difficult to Cure” with a full orchestra. The concert was also filmed.

Dissolution and temporary revival (1984–1997)

Rainbow’s management Thames Talent co-ordinated attempts to successfully reform Deep Purple MK. II. By April 1984, Rainbow was disbanded. A then-final Rainbow album, Finyl Vinyl, was pieced together from live tracks and B-sides of singles, including the instrumental “Weiss Heim” (All Night Long B-side), “Bad Girl” (Since You Been Gone B-side), and “Jealous Lover” (Can’t Happen Here B-side).

In 1988, after joining the band Impelliteri, Graham Bonnet covered “Since You Been Gone” on the group’s debut album, Stand In Line.

In 1993, Blackmore left Deep Purple permanently due to “creative differences” with other members, and reformed Rainbow with all-new members featuring Scottish singer Doogie White. The band released Stranger in Us All in 1995, and embarked on a lengthy world tour.

The tour proved successful, and the show in Düsseldorf, Germany, was professionally filmed for the Rockpalast TV show. This show, initially heavily bootlegged (and considered by many collectors to be the best Rainbow bootleg of the era), was officially released by Eagle Records on CD and DVD as Black Masquerade in 2013.[34] The live shows featured frequent changes in set lists, and musical improvisations that proved popular with bootleggers and many shows are still traded over a decade later.

However, Blackmore turned his attention to his long-time musical passion, Renaissance and medieval music. Rainbow was put on hold once again after playing its final concert in Esbjerg, Denmark in 1997. Blackmore, together with his partner Candice Night as vocalist then formed the Renaissance-influenced Blackmore’s Night. Around the same time as production of Stranger in Us All (1995), they were already gearing up their debut album Shadow of the Moon (1997).[35]

Split (1997–2014)

Many Rainbow songs have been performed live by former members of the band since the group’s split in 1984 and then in 1997, particularly former frontmen Ronnie James DioGraham BonnetJoe Lynn Turner and Doogie White in recent years. Also, Don Airey often plays 1979-1981 era songs during his solo shows. Blackmore’s Night occasionally performs one or two Rainbow songs live, namely “Ariel”, “Rainbow Eyes”, “Street of Dreams” and “Temple of the King”. The latter three were also re-recorded by Blackmore’s Night in studio.

In 2002–2004, the Hughes Turner Project played a number of Rainbow songs at their concerts. On 9 August 2007, Joe Lynn Turner and Graham Bonnet played a tribute to Rainbow show in Helsinki, Finland. The concert consisted of songs from the 1979-1983 era.

In 2009, Joe Lynn Turner, Bobby Rondinelli, Greg Smith and Tony Carey created the touring tribute band Over The Rainbow with Jürgen Blackmore (Ritchie’s son) as the guitarist. Over The Rainbow performed songs from every era of the band’s history. After the first tour, Tony Carey had to leave the band due to health concerns; he was replaced by another former Rainbow member, Paul Morris.

Revival (2015–present

In 2015, Blackmore announced that he would play “all rock” concerts in the summer of 2016 under the banner “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow”, his first rock shows since 1997. The new Rainbow lineup was announced on 6 November 2015. It featured Lords of Black singer Ronnie RomeroStratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (Bob Curiano).[2][36]

The band headlined the German edition of the “Monsters of Rock” festival. They debuted on 17 June 2016 at Loreley Freilichtbühne, an open-air show in front of an audience of an estimated 15,000. On 18 June, they played another open-air gig for 30,000 fans in Bietigheim-Bissingen (Festplatz am Viadukt). The third and final show took place at the Birmingham Genting Arena in England.[37]

Asked if Rainbow were planning to record a new album, bassist Bob Curiano replied, “I’d love to go into the studio with this Rainbow. All we need is Ritchie to say, ‘Let’s go!’ I think all of us feel under pressure, because of the fans’ expectations. For me, the pressure makes me work harder and get better results.”[38] However, Blackmore said that they had no plans for a new album or world tour, and that the reunion was “just a few dates for fun.”[39] Blackmore also said that Rainbow had received many offers to do a “few more shows again” in the future.[40]

Despite an earlier decision not to release new music, Blackmore revealed in a May 2017 interview with Burrn! magazine that Rainbow were in the studio recording two new tracks. Blackmore stated, “I wrote one new song, and also recorded one of the old ones. Ronnie, who is in Madrid now, added his vocals and sent it back. Rather than make an album, we may release as singles.”[41]

Rainbow embarked on a four-date UK tour in June 2017. It kicked off with the band’s first show in London since 1995 at the second annual Stone Free Festival at The O2, followed by shows in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.[42]

Rainbow released the live album Memories in Rock II (Live) in 2018, which chronicles a live show in Germany. However, the final track, “Waiting for a Sign”, is a studio track recorded with the current band lineup, and marked Rainbow’s first song in 23 years.

The band played five dates in April 2018, at MoscowSt PetersburgHelsinkiBerlin, and Prague. The shows were well-attended, with Helsinki a sell-out. The set-list again varied from night-to-night, with an almost 50/50 selection of Rainbow and Deep Purple songs.

Discography:

Still I’m SadSingle1975 
The Temple of the KingSingle1975 
Man on the Silver Mountain / Snake CharmerSingle1975 
Ritchie Blackmore’s RainbowFull-length1975
RisingFull-length1976
Starstruck / Run with the WolfSingle1976 
On StageLive album1977
LiveSingle1977 
Long Live Rock ‘n’ RollSingle1978 
Long Live Rock ‘n’ RollFull-length1978
L.A. ConnectionSingle1978 
Since You Been GoneSingle1979 
Down to EarthFull-length1979
All Night LongSingle1980 
Monsters of RockSplit1980 
The Best of RainbowCompilation1980 
Can’t Happen HereSingle1981 
I SurrenderSingle1981 
Jealous LoverSingle1981 
Magic / Freedom FighterSingle1981 
Difficult to CureFull-length1981
The Best of RainbowCompilation1981 
Death Alley DriverSingle1982 
PowerSingle1982 
Stone ColdSingle1982 
Live Between the EyesVideo1982 
Straight Between the EyesFull-length1982
Street of DreamsSingle1983 
Ritchie Blackmore’s RainbowBoxed set1983 
Bent Out of ShapeFull-length1983
Can’t Let You GoSingle1983 
Japan Tour ’84Video1984 
The Final CutVideo1985 
Bad GirlSingle1986 
Finyl VinylCompilation1986 
Since You Been Gone / All Night LongSingle1988 
Ансамбль RainbowCompilation1989 
Live in Germany 1976Live album1990
Motörhead / Dio / RainbowSplit1990 
The BestCompilation1990 
The Very Best of RainbowCompilation1991 
Purple RainbowsSplit1993 
Smoke on the Water: The Best Music CollectionSplit1994 
ArielSingle1995 
Hunting Humans (Insatiable) / Stand Up and Fight / Black MasqueradeSingle1995 
Ritchie Blackmore: Best TracksSplit1995 
Ritchie Blackmore ‎- Anthology Vol.1Split1995 
Stranger in Us AllFull-length1995
Best of Ritchie BlackmoreSplit1996 
The Very Best of RainbowCompilation1997
The Best of Ritchie BlackmoreSplit1999 
Millennium Collection: RainbowCompilation2000
Universal Masters CollectionCompilation2001 
Pot of GoldCompilation2002
All Night Long: An IntroductionCompilation2002 
Winning CombinationsSplit2003 
Catch the Rainbow – The AnthologyCompilation2003
Dio: Stand Up and Shout – The AnthologySplit2003
Ronnie James Dio: We Rock – Greatest HitsSplit2004
Live Between the Eyes / The Final CutVideo2006 
Colour CollectionCompilation2006 
Deutschland Tournee 1976Boxed set2006 
Live in Munich 1977Live album2006
Live in Munich 1977Video2006
Live in Köln 1976Live album2006 
The CollectionCompilation2006 
Live in Düsseldorf 1976Live album2007 
Live in Nürnberg 1976Live album2007 
The CollectionCompilation2008 
Anthology 1975 – 1984Compilation2009 
5 Original AlbumsBoxed set2011 
The Best OfCompilation2011 
Mightier than the Sword: The Ronnie James Dio StorySplit2011
Black MasqueradeLive album2013 
Black MasqueradeVideo2013 
EssentialCompilation2014 
Since You Been Gone: The Best OfCompilation2014 
The Singles Box Set 1975-1986Boxed set2014 
The Polydor YearsBoxed set2014 
A Light in the Black: 1975-1984Compilation2015 
Denver 1979Live album2015 
Long Island 1979 – Down to Earth TourLive album2015 
Down to Earth Tour 1979Live album2015 
Live in JapanLive album2015 
Monsters of Rock: Live at Donington 1980Live album2016 
Boston 1981Live album2016 
Memories in Rock – Live in GermanyLive album2016 
Memories in Rock – Live in GermanyVideo2016 
Since You Been Gone: The EssentialCompilation2017 
I SurrenderSingle2017 
Land of Hope and GlorySingle2017 
Live in Birmingham 2016Live album2017 
Waiting for a SignSingle2018 
Memories in Rock IILive album2018 
Black Sheep of the FamilySingle2019 
The StormSingle2019 
Rainbow vorwärtsEP2019 
Treasures – A Vinyl CollectionBoxed set2019 
Ritchie BlackmoreGuitars
Joe Lynn TurnerVocals
Roger GloverBass
Don AireyKeyboards
Bobby RondinelliDrums
1981
Ritchie Blackmore
Guitars (1975-1984, 1994-1997, 2015-present)
See also: Blackmore’s Night, Candice Night, ex-Deep Purple, ex-Bobbie and the Dominators, ex-Green Bullfrog, ex-Lord Caesar Sutch & the Roman Empire, ex-Neil Christian & the Crusaders, ex-Roundabout, ex-Screaming Lord Sutch, ex-The Outlaws, ex-The Trip
Bob Nouveau
Bass (2015-present)
See also: ex-Blackmore’s Night
David Keith
Drums (2015-present)
See also: Blackmore’s Night, Mission Zero
Jens Johansson
Keyboards (2015-present)
See also: BakteriaCain’s OfferingStratovariusRussell Allen’s Atomic Soul (live), Mastermind, ex-Johansson, ex-Tuska20, ex-Silver Mountain, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Kotipelto (live), ex-Dio, ex-Dave Nerge’s Bulldog, ex-Deadline, ex-Ginger Baker, ex-Hickory Heads, ex-Jens Johansson, ex-Jonas Hellborg Group, ex-Jonas Hellborg’s Art Metal, ex-RAF, ex-Shining Path, ex-Snake Charmer, ex-Stephen Ross
Ronnie Romero
Vocals (2015-present)
See also: Lords of BlackSunstormThe FerrymenVandenbergWalter Giardino TempleEridan (live), Michael Schenker Fest (live), CoreLeoni, Michael Schenker Group, ex-Nova Era, ex-Santelmo, ex-Aria Inferno, ex-Frontiers All Stars, ex-Voces del Rock

Past Members:

Craig GruberBass (1975, 1977)
(R.I.P. 2015) See also: ex-Raven Lord, ex-The Rods, ex-Tower of Babel, ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Bible Black, ex-ED3N, ex-Elf, ex-Paris, ex-Zvekan, ex-Gary Moore (live)
Jimmy BainBass (1975-1977)
(R.I.P. 2016) See also: ex-Hear ‘n Aid, ex-Last in Line, ex-WWIII, ex-Dio, ex-Sledge Leather, ex-Jagged Edge, ex-3 Legged Dogg, ex-Harlot, ex-Key, ex-Street Noise, ex-Wild Horses
Mickey Lee SouleClavinet, Mellotron, Piano, Organ (1975)
See also: ex-Elf, ex-Ian Gillan Band, ex-Steaming Pile of Mick
Cozy PowellDrums (1975-1980)
(R.I.P. 1998) See also: ex-Tony Martin, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Bedlam, ex-Big Bertha, ex-Brian May, ex-Cozy Powell, ex-Cozy Powell’s Hammer, ex-Emerson, Lake & Powell, ex-Forcefield, ex-Graham Bonnet & The Hooligans, ex-Jeff Beck’s Group, ex-Michael Schenker Group, ex-Pete York / Cozy Powell, ex-Peter Green Splinter Group, ex-Phenomena, ex-The Ace Kefford Stand, ex-The Snakes, ex-The Sorcerers, ex-Tipton, Entwistle and Powell, ex-Whitesnake, ex-Youngblood
Gary DriscollDrums (1975)
(R.I.P. 1987) See also: ex-Thrasher, ex-Bible Black, ex-Dakota, ex-Elf
Ronnie James DioVocals (1975-1978)
(R.I.P. 2010) See also: ex-Dio, ex-Hear ‘n Aid, ex-Heaven & Hell, ex-Deep Purple (live), ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Elf, ex-Ronnie and the Redcaps, ex-Ronnie and the Rumblers, ex-Ronnie Dio and the Prophets, ex-The Electric Elves, ex-The Elves, ex-The Vegas Kings
Tony CareyKeyboards (1976-1977)
See also: Zed Yago, Planet P Project, Tony Carey, ex-Einstein, ex-Pat Travers
Mark ClarkeBass (1977)
See also: Mark Clarke, Billy Squier (live), ex-Colosseum, ex-Mountain, ex-Natural Gas, ex-St. James Infirmary, ex-Tempest, ex-The Kegmen, ex-The Locomotive, ex-Uriah Heep, ex-Ken Hensley (live), ex-The Monkees (live)
Bob DaisleyBass (1977-1978)
See also: Planet Alliance, ex-Stream, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Dio (live), ex-Broken Glass, ex-Chicken Shack, ex-Gary Moore, ex-Kahvas Jute, ex-Living Loud, ex-Mecca, ex-Mother’s Army, ex-Mungo Jerry, ex-Stan Webb Band, ex-Uriah Heep, ex-Widowmaker
David StoneKeyboards (1977-1978)
See also: AraPacisSocial Disorder, ex-BB Gabor, ex-Solo Flight, ex-Symphonic Slam
Roger GloverBass (1978-1984)
See also: Deep Purple, Roger Glover, ex-David Coverdale Band, ex-Episode Six, ex-Gillan & Glover, ex-Marlon
Don AireyKeyboards (1978-1981)
See also: Deep Purple, Don Airey, ex-Empire, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-The Cage, ex-Dario Mollo’s Crossbones (live), ex-Air Pavilion, ex-Andrew Lloyd Webber, ex-Colosseum II, ex-Cozy Powell, ex-Gary Moore, ex-Hammer, ex-Jethro Tull, ex-Living Loud, ex-Michael Schenker Group, ex-Quatermass, ex-Silver, ex-Strawbs, ex-Ten, ex-The Company of Snakes, ex-Wishbone Ash, ex-Graham Bonnet (live), ex-Micky Moody (live), ex-The Snakes (live), ex-Uli Jon Roth (live), ex-Uriah Heep (live)
Graham BonnetVocals (1978-1980)
See also: EZooGraham Bonnet BandLyrakaMichael Schenker Fest, ex-Blackthorne, Bonnet, Parga & Heavenstone, Taz Taylor Band (live), ex-Anthem, ex-Impellitteri, ex-Alcatrazz, ex-Forcefield (Gbr), ex-Michael Schenker Group, ex-Southern Comfort, ex-The Blue Sect, ex-The Graham Bonnet Set, ex-The Marbles, ex-The Party Boys
Bobby RondinelliDrums (1980-1983)
See also: Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Sun Red Sun, ex-Warlock, ex-Rondinelli, Over the Rainbow, Pyramid, Zebra (live), ex-Doro, ex-Quiet Riot, ex-Riot V, ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Blue Öyster Cult, ex-The Dali Gaggers, ex-The Lizards, ex-The Sign, ex-Aerosmith (live), ex-Bonnie Tyler (live)
Joe Lynn TurnerVocals (1980-1984)
See also: Ахат (live), Joe Lynn Turner, Rated X, ex-Cem Köksal, ex-Deep Purple, ex-Sunstorm, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Eridan (live), ex-Walter Giardino Temple (live), ex-Brazen Abbot, ex-Fandango, ex-Hughes Turner Project, ex-Legacy X, ex-Michael Men Project Made in Moscow, ex-Mother’s Army, ex-Nikolo Kotzev’s Nostradamus
David RosenthalKeyboards (1981-1984)
See also: ex-Hammerhead, Billy Joel, Happy the Man, ex-Vinnie Moore, ex-Little Steven, ex-Red Dawn, ex-Bruce Springsteen (live), ex-Cyndi Lauper (live), ex-Faith Hill (live), ex-Liza Minelli (live), ex-Robert Palmer (live)
Chuck BurgiDrums (1983-1984, 1995-1997)
See also: Tokyo Motor Fist, ex-Balance, ex-Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Brand X, ex-Meat Loaf, ex-Messano, ex-Red Dawn, ex-Billy Joel (live)
Greg SmithBass (1994-1997)
See also: Hellion (live), ex-Van Helsing’s Curse, AD 2020, Renaissance Rock Orchestra, Ted Nugent, The Wizards of Winter, Tokyo Motor Fist, Tyketto, ex-Vinnie Moore, ex-Dokken (live), ex-Wendy O. Williams, ex-Alice Cooper, ex-Americade, ex-Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Devias, ex-Red Dawn, ex-The Cowsills, ex-The Turtles, ex-Tommy James & the Shondells, ex-Tonto Tonto, ex-Gary Puckett (live), ex-Picture Me Broken (live)
John O’ReillyDrums (1994-1995)
See also: The Wizards of Winter, ex-Jack Starr, ex-Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Blackmore’s Night, ex-Blue Öyster Cult, ex-CPR, ex-Joe Lynn Turner
Paul MorrisKeyboards (1994-1997)
See also: Joe Lynn Turner, Jürgen Blackmore and Friends, Voyage, ex-Doro, ex-Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Chris Caffery (live), ex-Doctor Butcher, ex-Angus Clark, ex-The Syntherchestra
Doogie WhiteVocals (1994-1997)
See also: EmpireMichael Schenker FestMichael Schenker’s Temple of Rock, ex-CornerstoneAlcatrazz, La Paz, Long Shadows Dawn, Michael Schenker Group, ex-John Steel, ex-Pink Cream 69, ex-Tank, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Balance of Power, ex-Chain, ex-Demon’s Eye, ex-Midnight Blue, ex-Nikolo Kotzev’s Nostradamus, ex-Praying Mantis
John MicelliDrums (1997)
See also: ex-Faith and Fire, Meat Loaf, ex-Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Marchello, ex-The Good Rats
Songs.
Side A
1.I Surrender (Head East cover)03:55  Show lyrics
2.Spotlight Kid04:50  Show lyrics
3.No Release05:26  Show lyrics
4.Magic04:04  Show lyrics
5.Vielleicht das nachster Zeit (Maybe Next Time)03:13  instrumental
Side B
6.Can’t Happen Here04:52  Show lyrics
7.Freedom Fighter04:11  Show lyrics
8.Midtown Tunnel Vision05:00  Show lyrics
9.Difficult to Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth)05:54  instrumental
 41:25 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: