Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Monsters Of Rock live review

Last night, the new line-up of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow made their live debut in Germany. Classic Rock were there to see another Rainbow rise

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(Image: © Thorsten Seiffert)

When Blackmore (in black bell-bottoms and fringed jacket) enters the stage at last, the crowd goes nuts, and the whistleblowers were right: they open with Highway Star, but in a singalong style (Black Night gets the same treatment later on).

Quibbles? Blackmore could have hired a more appropriate rhythm section: bassist Bob Nouveau’s style is way too funky for this classic hard rock set, and Bob Keith’s drum set looked like one Cozy Powell might have received for his ninth birthday. And maybe, just maybe, Rainbow could have played more Rainbow songs.

After all, that’s what the punters expect at a Rainbow concert, right? If you promote a series of comeback rock shows as being “nostalgic”, why not give people the nostalgia they might expect from the Rainbow Rising tour shirts - with the 1976 dates on the back - available for 25 euros at the merch stall?

The crowd’s reaction to last night’s climax of Long Live Rock’n’Roll and Stargazer was truly amazing. It felt like the place had erupted, with people dancing and singing all over the place, having the time of their lives. But if we’re ever to see All Night Long or I Surrender or Starstruck or Sixteenth Century Greensleeves in the future (if there is one!), perhaps Blackmore could leave out lesser Purple standards like Perfect Strangers.

And maybe they could open with Kill The King.

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All photos: Thorsten Seiffert

Setlist

Highway Star
Spotlight Kid
Mistreated
Since You Been Gone
Man on the Silver Mountain
Catch the Rainbow
Difficult to Cure
Perfect Strangers
Child in Time
Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
Stargazer

Black Night
Smoke on the Water