Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will release two singles later this week.
Guitarist Blackmore reported last month that he had recorded two new tracks – and now it’s been revealed those will be a new composition titled Land Of Hope And Glory along with a re-recording I Surrender.
They’ll both be released on May 26.
Blackmore told Japan’s Burrn! magazine: “We were recording until yesterday in the studio at our home. We recorded some songs for Blackmore’s Night and two songs with the new singer for Rainbow.”
He continues: “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.”
His wife and Blackmore’s Night vocalist Candice Night added: “It first started as a 20th anniversary thing for Blackmore’s Night, re-recording some old material, but we came up with new songs.
“We have no plans for release right now, we were just having fun, but we may release when the right time comes – but not right now.”
Blackmore reactivated Rainbow with Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero in 2015, also bringing in Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau.
Rainbow’s performance at the Genting Arena in Birmingham from June last year is to be released as a double album on June 9 titled Live In Birmingham 2016.
Rainbow also have four live UK shows scheduled for next month.
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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow UK tour 2017
Jun 17: London O2 Stone Free Festival
Jun 22: Manchester Arena
Jun 25: Glasgow SSE Hydro
Jun 28: Birmingham Genting Arena