Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rainbow - Man On The Silver Mountain

Rainbow were an English rock band formed by former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in 1975. The band originally consisted of former Elf members; lead singer Ronnie James Dio (later to join Black Sabbath), keyboardist Mickey Lee Soule, bassist Craig Gruber, and drummer Gary Driscoll. Over the years Rainbow went through many lineup changes.

Todays tune "Man On The Silver Mountain" is taken from the album "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" witch is the first album by Rainbow, released in July 1975. It was recorded and released while lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was still a member of Deep Purple. Lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio has called this his favourite Rainbow album. And todays tune is for Ronnie, Long live rock and roll, long live Ronnie James Dio. Enjoy!

About Ronnie

On 25 November 2009, his wife/manager announced that Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer: "Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans. Long live rock and roll, long live Ronnie James Dio. Thanks to all the friends and fans from all over the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up."
On 14 March 2010, Dio's wife and manager Wendy posted an online update on his condition:
"It has been Ronnie's 7th chemo, another cat scan and another endoscopy, and the results are good - the main tumour has shrunk considerably, and our visits to Houston (cancer clinic in Texas) are now every three weeks instead of every two weeks."
On 4 May 2010, Heaven and Hell announced they were cancelling all summer dates as a result of Dio's ill health

Official Ronnie James Dio Website

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1 kommentarer:

Chief Rebel Angel said...

Great song, one of the real classics.
Måste säga att jg är otroligt ledsen över Ronnies tillstånd, och att han tvingas ställa in spelningarna i sommar. Hoppas verkligen att han återhämtar sig!!!