Graham Bonnet an English rock vocalist and songwriter. Bonnet’s musician career started already in the late 60’s with a band called The Marbles. Later on he has recorded and performed as a solo artist and as a member of several bands including Alcatrazz, Impellitteri, Blackthorne, Michael Schenker Group and Rainbow. Currently, Bonnet sings in his new band called The Graham Bonnet Band. The band arrived Finland in April and then I sat down with Graham in Helsinki. We discussed various topics including the new band, upcoming album releases, and re-connecting with Michael Schenker. Also a few obligatory Rainbow questions were asked as well including Bonnet’s opinion about the new Rainbow line-up. Read on!
The pot of gold just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Following the release last year of a deluxe box set containing 3 CDs of incredible live performances from 1979, Purple Pyramid Records is proud to announce another superb concert release by guitar god Ritchie Blackmore & Rainbow. Taking its name from the city and year in which it was recorded, Boston 1981 features crystal clear audio that captures the vibrant energy and emotion pouring through the band as they offer up scorching versions of “Man On The Silver Mountain,” “Long Live Rock N’ Roll” and even the epic “Smoke On The Water,” a nod to Blackmore’s tenure with another legendary band of a certain Purplish hue. Packaged in a mini-LP wallet for the CD and a gorgeous gatefold double LP set featuring a stitched-in 20-page booklet and 3 different colored vinyl options (red, blue, and green), this exciting release will be available everywhere starting May 13!
1. Spotlight Kid
2. Love’s No Friend
3. I Surrender
4. Man On The Silver Mountain
5. Catch The Rainbow
6. Can’t Happen Here
7. Lost In Hollywood
8. Difficult To Cure
9. Long Live Rock N’ Roll
10. Smoke On The Water
2016 has barely begun and it has not been kind to our aging rockers. The latest causality is RAINBOW and DIO bassist Jimmy Bain who has reportedly has passed away at the age of 68. The news was was posted on Instagram by Diana Deville, a longtime employee of Wendy Dio’s Niji Management. More details about his death will be posted as soon as they become available.
Since 2013, Bain has been a member of LAST IN LINE, also featuring his fellow ex-DIO bandmates Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice along with singer Andrew Freeman. LAST IN LINE performed in Miami, Florida on January 20 and was currently taking part in DEF LEPPARD’s inaugural “Hysteria On The High Seas” cruise.
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:
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS RAINBOW LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 ON 2CD, VINYL, AND DVD
~FEATURING CLASSIC LINE-UP OF BLACKMORE, DIO, AND POWELL~
~APRIL 30, 2013~
On April 30, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Rainbow: Live In Munich 1977 on 2CD, DVD, and 2LP [Pre-book Order Date April 5, MSRP $34.98 2LP, $17.98 2CD, $14.98 DVD]
Captured during the band’s 1977 European tour, Live In Munich is the only full live concert ever filmed with the classic Ritchie Blackmore/Ronnie James Dio/Cozy Powell classic line-up. With newly remastered sound, this is also the first time this complete concert is available on vinyl.
Rainbow was the brainchild of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, created in 1975 after his departure from Deep Purple. A string of hit albums ignited immediate success, which persevered until 1983, when Blackmore disbanded the group (and re-joined Deep Purple). Featuring the line-up of Blackmore, Cozy Powell (drums), Bob Daisley (bass), David Stone (keyboards), and premiere Rock and Roll vocalist Ronnie James Dio, the excitement in the air during this night was electric. This might be due, in part, to Blackmore’s late arrival to Munich just before the concert, after being smuggled out of Austria after trouble with the police at a gig two nights earlier. This seemed to inspire both the band and the audience to create a truly
The DVD includes original promo videos for “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Gates Of Babylon,” and “L.A. Connection,” a photo gallery, slideshow with audio commentary, interviews, and the “Rainbow Over Texas ‘76” feature, which includes additional interviews and performance footage. Truly, Live In Munich 1977 is a brilliant showcase of the primal electricity of Rainbow.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
Thanks to Lisa Walker for help to get this interview done.
Promo pictures of Joe Lynn Turner is taken by:
Renee Yarbrough, Chris Marksbury, Simi Friedman, SherylRobPhotos.com
Promo pictures of Over The Rainbow taken by: Angelos Zimaras
The legendary singer Joe Lynn Turner is currently working with the project called Sunstorm and the brand new album from the project is called EMOTIONAL FIRE and is the projects third release so far. I hooked up with the always friendly Mr Turner in order to hear what he had to say about the work on the album, the recording process, and his future plans. The interview became long and very informative so I hope that every fan of Joe Lynn Turner is satisfied, enjoy!
Graham Bonnet is an English rock vocalist and songwriter who started his musician career already in the late 60’s with the band Marbles. Bonnet is best known about his brief career in Rainbow with whom he recorded classic album DOWN TO EARTH in 1979 and working with Michael Schenker Group on ASSAULT ATTACK in 1982. He has later on recorded and performed as a solo artist, leaded his own band Alcatrazz and worked on numerous projects including Moonstone Project, Anthem and Lyraka. Bonnet has been a regular visitor in Finland on the past ten years and this year made no exception here. I was able to catch with the man himself on late March in Helsinki and here are the results of our interesting discussion. Read on!
Rainbow’s 1978 studio effort, ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll’ was a very significant album for the band, as it signaled the last Rainbow release to feature the legendary Ronnie James Dio. But despite Dio’s imminent departure from the band, the album has become not only one of Rainbow’s best, but one of the best hard rock/heavy metal releases of all time, as evidenced by the inclusion of such classics as the anthemic title track, as well as “Gates of Babylon,” “Kill the King,” and one of rock’s most gorgeous ballads, “Rainbow Eyes.”
And on April 21st, Niji Entertainment Group will be celebrating Record Store Day by reissuing ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll’ as a numbered/limited edition picture disc, which features the album’s classic cover art on the front of the disc, and a crowd shot (originally featured in the gatefold of the original album) on the back. Additionally, this release will sport much-improved sonics from the original, as it was remastered under the supervision of long time Dio engineer, Wyn Davis.
Dean Schachtel, Sales & Marketing Manager for the Niji Entertainment Group, says, “I feel very confident that this will be one of the more popular Record Store Day items, as only 2,500 deluxe picture discs were made, and each LP is individually numbered. And to top it all off, this is the very first picture disc from Rainbow.”
The last Dio-related picture disc to be released on Record Store Day (‘Killing the Dragon’) sold out its 2,500 pressing in less than a week. So act quick to secure your copy of this one-of-a-kind Rainbow/Dio release!
U.K. hard rock pioneers Deep Purple have been annual visitors in Finland for a long time and this year made no exception here. The current tour “The Songs That Built Rock” includes also a Frankfurt Philharmonic Orchestra with whom the band performed a string of their biggest hits as well some rarely played gems. In fact, it’s already been six years since they released their latest studio release RAPTURE OF THE DEEP but it looks that there is still demand as they now sold almost 7000 tickets for their show for the Hartwall Arena.
Remembering the Man on the Silver Mountain
Ronnie James Dio
R.I.P. Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)
In the many years that I’ve run Metal-Rules.com, I consider myself lucky to have interviewed Ronnie James Dio just once. It was a phone interview and as these things usually go, a label/PR type will call and put you on hold until the artist is ready. Therefore, when I answered my home phone expecting as much, I get a “Hello Geoff, this is Ronnie James Dio”. Being taken so aback, my reaction was not as professional as usual as I admit to doing a little fawning over him. For me, this seemingly simple, yet personal touch left an impression on me. He was very polite and professional and while this was “business as usual” for him, it was anything but for me.
Since the early 80’s when I first got into heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio was there and a part of my musical landscape. The first time I heard him was the song “Holy Diver” with the video airing on Canada’s Much Music’s Power Hour. It is to that album (Holy Diver) that my mind always goes to when I think of Dio. The song has been in my mind and played both on my stereo and on my guitar for many years. After discovering Dio, I also got heavily into his Rainbow material and of course his albums with Black Sabbath. When he rejoined Sabbath in the band “Heaven and Hell”, I was hoping for a few more albums and tours. But sadly, as we all know, this reunion with the Sabs was cut short in May 2010.
Shortly after Ronnie’s passing, the staff members of Metal-Rules.com put their heads together and proposed that in one year we should pay tribute to Ronnie by presenting comments and quotes from artists that worked with him, those that knew him, and those that were influenced by his powerful, huge, and unforgettable voice. Of course I gave my blessing as no metal icon is as deserving of such a tribute.
So here are the interviews clips (video/text) from everyone that we could get in contact with over the past year. Long live heavy metal and long live Ronnie James Dio!
Current OVER THE RAINBOW/TED NUGENT bassist Greg Smith started his successful career in the early eighties when he first joined WENDY O’WILLIAMS’s recording and touring band. Later on he worked with such names as VINNIE MOORE, ALICE COOPER and JOE LYNN TURNER before he was asked to join to the very last incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW in 1994. Greg recorded RAINBOW’s last studio album STRANGER IN US ALL in 1995 with Ritchie, vocalist Doogie White, drummer John O’Reilly and keyboardist Paul Morris but after a couple of years the band disbanded. Later on Greg worked with BLUE OYSTER CULT, re-joined ALICE COOPER’s band before he decided to do something different, a Broadway musical called “Movin’ Out”. Next it was TED NUGENT who asked Greg to join his band and in addition to that Greg has lately been doing shows with DOKKEN, JOE LYNN TURNER and now with OVER THE RAINBOW. OVER THE RAINBOW is a brand new band, formed by a group of former RAINBOW members: Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Carey, Bobby Rondinelli, Greg and Richie Blackmore’s son Jurgen Blackmore on guitar. OVER THE RAINBOW was playing at Swedenrock last June and then Greg was kind enough to give us the latest news as well as some other interesting stories about his past and future. Read on !!
Graham Bonnet was originally born in 1947 in England and he got his first touch of success in the music business in the late 60’s with his band Marbles. Graham released his first, self titled, solo album in 1977 which did quite well especially in Australia. After several solo albums, which included mostly cover songs, Graham was surprisingly chosen to replace Ronnie James Dio in Rainbow in 1980. The album DOWN TO EARTH was released later on the same year and it included massive hits “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “All Night Long”. Unfortunately Graham’s career in Rainbow didn’t last too long and he was soon replaced by Joe Lynn Turner. Graham released another solo album LINE UP in 1981 and it included another hit ‘Night Games’ which went into number 6# in UK charts. Graham replaced Gary Barden in MSG in 1982 and the band released the album ASSAULT ATTACK later in the same year. The album did pretty well but once again Graham’s career didn’t last too in this band either. He was fired after his disastrous performance in Sheffield in November 1982. Next Graham decided to form his own band which was called Alcatrazz. The original version of Alcatrazz included Graham, Jimmy Waldo, Gary Shea, Jan Avena and a young rising guitar hero named Yngwie Malmsteen. After two albums Yngwie was fired and he was then replaced by another future star Steve Vai who soon after decided to join David Lee Roth’s solo band. Alcatrazz was slowly disbanded in 1986 after four albums. Since then Graham has worked with such bands and names as; Blackthorne, Impellitteri, Forcefield, Anthem, Taz Taylor and Electric Zoo among others but he has also released a couple of solo albums, the latest being THE DAY I WENT MAD came out in 2001. Over the past few years Graham has done a lot of session work, worked with some of the bands mentioned above and been on tour both as a solo artist and as a band member. Graham did a brief co -headline tour in Finland with his old Rainbow colleague Joe Lynn Turner last August. It was then that I had a chance to sit down with Graham and get the latest news as well as some facts from the past from the man himself. Enjoy!
Joe Lynn Turner’s recording career, spanning three full decades, is too impressive to be described in just a few sentences. He will, however, forever be first and foremost recognized as the man responsible for leading the legendary hard rock band Rainbow to it’s greatest commercial heights. Taking over the reigns from Graham Bonnet, who had only endured one album in the giant shoes left by Ronnie James Dio, Joe recorded three classic albums, DIFFICULT TO CURE in 1981, STRAIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES in 1982 and BENT OUT OF SHAPE in 1983. Before reuniting with Mr. Blackmore once again, this time at the helm of Deep Purple to record the SLAVES AND MASTERS album in 1989, Joe helped Yngwie Malmsteen craft his arguably best work to date, the ODYSSEY in 1988.Through the years Joe Lynn Turner has also released numerous well received solo albums and worked with many great bands such as Mother’s Army. In the past decade he has, among other things, worked with Nikolo Kotzev on five albums, Brazen Abbot’s EYE OF STORM in 1996, BAD RELIGION in 1997, GUILTY AS SIN in 2003 and MY RESURRECTION in 2005 as well as Nikolo Kotzev’s double album NOSTRADAMUS in 2001. He’s also released and toured several albums with fellow Deep Purple alumni Glenn Hughes. We hope that you enjoy this look into Joe’s career, past, present and future!
In the following interview Nikolo Kotzev discusses his career with Baltimoore, Brazen Abbot and Nostradamus and an upcoming project. He also recounts tales of the many people he has worked and some he almost worked with over the years, including Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner.
Brazen Abbot have so far released five studio albums: "Live and Learn" (1995), "Eye of the Storm" (1996), "Bad Religion" (1997), "Guilty as Sin" (2003) and "My Resurrection" (2005), aswell as a documentary DVD called "A Decade of Braze Abbot" (2004). In addition Nikolo Kotzev has released under his own name the "Nostradamus" (2001) project and featured on Baltimoore’s "Double Density" (1992) and "Thought for Food" (1994) albums.
Scot Doogie White is currently the singer of Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force. He also has another band called Cornerstone and in addition he’s doing several projects here and there. In the past he has s been the singer of the legendary Rainbow and once he almost joined Iron Maiden and … Read the rest and learn!