Ronnie Romero has spoken about being sought out by Ritchie Blackmore to join the new line-up of Rainbow. Talking to Rafabasa.com the Chilean-born Lords Of Black frontman recalled the moment he was contacted by the legendary guitarist:
“I don’t know from how long they had me on their list, but they contacted me some months ago, at the beginning of summer, to tell me about a chance to an audition. I deeply remember that ‘day one’ and that first ‘hi,’ been doing your daily activities and receive an email from Ritchie Blackmore himself is quite hard to assimilate, after a few days, even weeks.”
He also talked about Blackmore’s recent statement that his vocal style as “a cross between Ronnie James Dio and Freddie Mercury.”
As Romero states, the guitarist set the bar high with his description: “I just think about how lucky I feel, not just to get the gig, but how the hell they found me. Having so many good singers worldwide. From the first contact, I just tried to give my best to get it. I always believed in myself, and with the support of my family and close friends, even more. About his words, I just can be thankful, he put the bar quite high with his description. [Laughs] But I’m also glad with his confidence on me to this huge task.”
The new Rainbow line-up will be rounded out by Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (a.k.a. Robert “Bob” Curiano, ex-Blackmore’s Night). The band have so far announced three dates for summer 2016, with two shows scheduled in Germany and one in the UK.
Here’s a video of Ronnie Romero’s band LORD OF BLACK:
Guitarist Jeff Teets and singer Sarah Teets – MindMaze
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for get this interview done. Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band. Promo pictures taken by Jatzi Nieto. Live promo pictures taken by Charlie Gibb at Charlie Gibb Photos
The Pennsylvania based heavy/progressive metal act MindMaze recently released their second album BACK FROM THE EDGE and I hooked up with the siblings Jeff and Sarah Teets, who run the band, in order to get to know the band a little bit better. We talked about the new album, the well known bass player Mike LePond who plays session bass on the album. I also got to know more about the bands past and what they’re up to in the near future.
Live photos by Arto Lehtinen (unless where otherwise noted)
For many years now I’ve counted Stratovarius amongst my favorite bands. Despite the bands ups and downs, they’ve have been on a steady incline over the past 4 years with two killer albums in a row and a new live album/DVD/Blu-Ray and a new album coming in the spring of 2013. I spoke with Jens about their current live release, the upcoming album, the departure of drummer Jorg Michael, the absence of the band from North America on the previous tour, and much more. Enjoy.
Stratovarius Keyboardist Jens Johansson Interview By EvilG / Transcription by Duke Live Pics Metal-Rules.com, Promo Pics from SanctuaryRecords
After a turbulent year, Stratovarius has emerged from the soap opera that was the band with a new self-titled album and a new approach. The music is still easily identifiable as Stratovarius, but the trademark speed is completely absent from the new album as is the presence of most (not all) shredding guitars and most of the blazing keyboard solos that the pair are known for. Despite the changes, and the missing ingredients, the songs are catchy and quite good. I questioned Jens on the new direction, the past year?s events, and among other things touched upon the infamous ?release the fury? Yngwie recording for which he was present as a member of Yngwie?s Rising Force band.