List of Rainbow band members

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The original lineup of Rainbow featured guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and vocalist Ronnie James Dio, as well as bassist Craig Gruber, drummer Gary Driscoll and keyboardist Micky Lee Soule (not pictured). Rainbow in performance (27 09 1977 02 500b).jpg
The original lineup of Rainbow featured guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and vocalist Ronnie James Dio, as well as bassist Craig Gruber, drummer Gary Driscoll and keyboardist Micky Lee Soule (not pictured).

Rainbow are an English-American hard rock band originally from Hertford, Hertfordshire. Formed in February 1975 by then-Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, the original lineup of the group also included former Elf members Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Craig Gruber (bass), Gary Driscoll (drums) and Micky Lee Soule (keyboards), who recorded and released the self-titled album Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow that year. [1] After leaving Deep Purple, Blackmore replaced Gruber, Driscoll and Soule in September with Jimmy Bain, Cozy Powell and Tony Carey, respectively. [2] Rising and live album On Stage were recorded with this second lineup, before Bain and Carey were sacked by Blackmore in January 1977. [3] Long Live Rock 'n' Roll , released in 1978, featured bassist Bob Daisley and keyboardist David Stone, in addition to Powell. [4]

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After the release of Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, Dio left due to disagreements with Blackmore. [5] Graham Bonnet replaced Dio for 1979's Down to Earth , which also saw the addition of bassist Roger Glover and keyboardist Don Airey. [6] Bonnet left after the album's release and was replaced by Joe Lynn Turner, while Powell also left the group to be replaced by Bobby Rondinelli; both new members performed on Difficult to Cure . [7] Keyboardist David Rosenthal replaced Airey for 1982's Straight Between the Eyes and 1983's Bent Out of Shape , the latter of which featured drummer Chuck Burgi who replaced Rondinelli. [7] Rainbow broke up for the first time in 1984. [7]

After Blackmore left Deep Purple for the second time in 1993, [8] Rainbow reformed with vocalist Doogie White, bassist Greg Smith, drummer John O'Reilly and keyboardist Paul Morris, releasing the album Stranger in Us All in 1995. [9] The band's return was short-lived, however, as they broke up again in 1997 when Blackmore shifted focus to Blackmore's Night. [10] In November 2015, it was revealed that Blackmore would be returning to the Rainbow moniker for a number of shows in 2016 with vocalist Ronnie Romero, bassist Bob Nouveau (Bob Curiano), drummer David Keith and keyboardist Jens Johansson. [11] The group has since released three new live albums and a number of singles.

Members

Current

ImageNameYears activeInstrumentsRelease contributions
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Ritchie Blackmore
  • 1975–1984
  • 1993–1997
  • 2015–present
  • guitar
  • bass (studio, 1977)
all Rainbow releases
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Ronnie Romero 2015–presentlead vocals
  • Memories in Rock: Live in Germany (2016)
  • "Land of Hope and Glory" (2017)
  • "I Surrender" (2017)
  • Live in Birmingham 2016 (2017)
  • Memories in Rock II Live (2018)
  • "Black Sheep of the Family" (2019)
  • "The Storm" (2019)
Bob Nouveau
(Bob Curiano)
  • bass
  • backing vocals
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David Keith drums
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Jens Johansson keyboards

Former

ImageNameYears activeInstrumentsRelease contributions
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Ronnie James Dio
(Ronald Padavona)
1975–1979
(died 2010)
lead vocals
Craig Gruber 1975 (died 2015)bassRitchie Blackmore's Rainbow (1975)
Gary Driscoll 1975 (died 1987)drums
Micky Lee Soule 1975keyboards
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Cozy Powell
(Colin Flooks)
1975–1980
(died 1998)
drums
  • all Rainbow releases from Rising (1976) to Down to Earth (1979)
  • Live in Germany 1976 (1990)
  • Deutschland Tournee 1976 (2006)
  • Live in Munich 1977 (2006)
  • Denver 1979: Down to Earth Tour (2015)
  • Long Island 1979: Down to Earth Tour (2015)
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Jimmy Bain 1975–1977
(died 2016)
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • Rising (1976)
  • On Stage (1977)
  • Live in Germany 1976 (1990)
  • Deutschland Tournee 1976 (2006)
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Tony Carey 1975–1977keyboards
David Stone
(Michael Stoyanoff)
1977–1979
  • Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (1978)
  • Live in Munich 1977 (2006)
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Mark Clarke 1977
  • bass
  • backing vocals
none
Bob Daisley 1977–1979
  • Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (1978)
  • Live in Munich 1977 (2006)
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Roger Glover 1979–1984
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • percussion (studio, 1983)
all Rainbow releases from Down to Earth (1979) to Bent Out of Shape (1983), and from Denver 1979: Down to Earth Tour (2015) to Boston 1981 (2016)
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Don Airey 1979–1981
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • Down to Earth (1979)
  • Difficult to Cure (1981)
  • Denver 1979: Down to Earth Tour (2015)
  • Long Island 1979: Down to Earth Tour (2015)
  • Monsters of Rock: Live at Donington 1980 (2016)
  • Boston 1981 (2016)
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Graham Bonnet 1979–1980lead vocals
  • Down to Earth (1979)
  • Denver 1979: Down to Earth Tour (2015)
  • Long Island 1979: Down to Earth Tour (2015)
  • Monsters of Rock: Live at Donington 1980 (2016)
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Joe Lynn Turner
(Joseph Linquito)
1980–1984
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Bobby Rondinelli 1980–1983drums
  • Difficult to Cure (1981)
  • Straight Between the Eyes (1982)
  • Boston 1981 (2016)
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David Rosenthal 1981–1984
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • Straight Between the Eyes (1982)
  • Bent Out of Shape (1983)
  • Live in Japan (2015)
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Chuck Burgi
  • 1983–1984
  • 1995–1996
drums
  • Bent Out of Shape (1983)
  • Black Masquerade (2013)
  • Live in Japan (2015)
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Paul Morris 1993–1997keyboards
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Greg Smith
  • bass
  • backing vocals
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Doogie White
(Douglas White)
lead vocals
John O'Reilly1993–1995drumsStranger in Us All (1995)
John Miceli 1997none

Touring

ImageNameYears activeInstrumentsDetails
Lin Robinson1981–1984backing vocalsRobinson and Beale toured with Rainbow from the Difficult to Cure tour until the group disbanded in 1984. [12]
Dee Beale
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Candice Night
  • 1994–1997
  • 2015–present
Night joined as Rainbow's touring backing vocalist when they reformed in 1994, and returned again in 2015. [12]
Lady Lynn
(Christina Lynn Skleros)
2015–presentSkleros, a member of Blackmore and Night's other group Blackmore's Night, joined Rainbow on tour in 2015. [12]

Timeline

List of Rainbow band members

Recording Timeline

RoleAlbum
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
(1975)
Rising
(1976)
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
(1978)
Down to Earth
(1979)
Difficult to Cure
(1981)
Straight Between the Eyes
(1982)
Bent Out of Shape
(1983)
Stranger in Us All
(1995)
Lead Vocals Ronnie James Dio Graham Bonnet Joe Lynn Turner Doogie White
Guitar Ritchie Blackmore
Bass Craig Gruber Jimmy Bain Bob Daisley Roger Glover Greg Smith
Keyboards Micky Lee Soule Tony Carey David Stone Don Airey David Rosenthal Paul Morris
Drums Gary Driscoll Cozy Powell Bobby Rondinelli Chuck Burgi John O'Reilly

Lineups

PeriodMembersReleases
February – July 1975
September 1975 – January 1977
February – May 1977
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Ronnie James Dio – lead vocals
  • Mark Clarke – bass, backing vocals
  • Cozy Powell – drums
  • Tony Carey – keyboards
none
August 1977 – February 1979
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Ronnie James Dio – vocals
  • Bob Daisley – bass
  • Cozy Powell – drums
  • David Stone – keyboards
March 1979 – August 1980
  • Down to Earth (1979)
  • Denver 1979: Down to Earth Tour (2015)
  • Long Island 1979: Down to Earth Tour (2015)
October 1980 – September 1981
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals
  • Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals
  • Bobby Rondinelli – drums
  • Don Airey – keyboards, backing vocals
October 1981 – June 1983
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals
  • Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals
  • Bobby Rondinelli – drums
  • David Rosenthal – keyboards
August 1983 – March 1984
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals
  • Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals
  • Chuck Burgi – drums
  • David Rosenthal – keyboards
Band inactive March 1984 – August 1994
August 1994 – September 1995
September 1995 – December 1996
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Doogie White – lead vocals
  • Greg Smith – bass, backing vocals
  • Chuck Burgi – drums
  • Paul Morris – keyboards
  • Black Masquerade (2013)
January – May 1997
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Doogie White – lead vocals
  • Greg Smith – bass, backing vocals
  • John Miceli – drums
  • Paul Morris – keyboards
none
Band inactive May 1997 – November 2015
November 2015 – present
  • Memories in Rock: Live in Germany (2016)
  • "Land of Hope and Glory" (2017)
  • "I Surrender" (2017)
  • Live in Birmingham 2016 (2017)
  • Memories in Rock II Live (2018)
  • "Black Sheep of the Family" (2019)
  • "The Storm" (2019)

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