Former Rainbow musicians Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Carey, Bobby
Rondinelli and Greg Smith have united with a second generation Blackmore – J.R. Blackmore–son of Ritchie Blackmore – on guitar, to form Over The Rainbow.
Over The Rainbow is:
Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow 1980-1984)
Keyboards: Tony Carey (Rainbow 1975-1978)
Drums: Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow 1980-1983)
Bass: Greg Smith (Rainbow 1994-1997)
Guitar: Jurgen (“J.R.”) Blackmore
Carey, who has produced several artists including Joe Cocker and David Knopf ler
since his Rainbow days says, “Having done everything from country to opera, I
thought it would be fun to play some rock again without the burden of singing
Rondinelli adds, “Over the Rainbow re-unites members of one of the most distinctive
sounding bands of all time and introduces a hidden treasure to the world in J.R.
The son of the iconic Rainbow founder/guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, is Jurgen (“J.R.”)
Blackmore. J.R. is a critically acclaimed guitarist in his own right and agreed to join
this endeavor after realizing how intense the demand was for a Rainbow “reunion.”
Over The Rainbow marks the first time that four members from three different eras of
Rainbow will take the stage together along with J.R. Blackmore.
Rainbow has spawned over 20 albums (five Gold, four Silver), seven Billboard Hot 100
and Mainstream Rock tracks, six Top 75 UK songs and at least seven MTV frequently
played videos. Their longest tenure was from its inception through 1984 when it went
on hiatus so Blackmore could reform Deep Purple. A decade later, Rainbow toured
and recorded an album. Since then, Ritchie Blackmore has turned his focus toward
Since 1998, former members of Rainbow and their respective management offices
have been bombarded with requests for Rainbow to reunite. Carey, Rondinelli, Smith
a nd Turner answered “the call” but agreed that the only legitimate way that this could
be accomplished was with a Blackmore on guitar. Enter: J.R. Blackmore.
How does the younger Blackmore feel about sharing the stage with musicians he
grew up watching perform in concert with his legendary father? “I have not worked
with them,” says Blackmore, “But, I have admired them since I was young. That makes
them like brothers.”
Greg Smith agrees that the market for Rainbow’s brand of rock is underserved. “I
know there is a big demand for this music,” he says, “The fact that all members are
ex-Rainbow from different periods in the band’s history will give the music the
integrity it deserves. A Blackmore on guitar will give it even more authenticity.”
While Joe Lynn Turner has fond memories of collaborating with and great respect for
Ritchie Blackmore, he’s looking forward to working with his son. He states,
“J.R. is the only logical choice for the guitar slot for Over The Rainbow. I have followed
some of his projects over the years now. He’s very talented.”
Over the Rainbow will begin touring in Russia during February of 2009.