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Voices of Rainbow

Japanese promoters are doing something right. The managed to book a package tour (dubbed the Voices of Rainbow) of the three surviving Rainbow vocalists — Graham Bonnett, Joe Lynn Turner, and Doogie White. Bonnett will apparently headline the show performing with Alcatrazz, while JLT and White will be performing with a very Blackmoresque guitar player Akira Kajiyama and his band. Three dates have been announced: March 12 in Tokyo, March 13 in Nagoya, and March 14 on Osaka. Tickets will go on sale December 15 with presales starting a few days earlier. Full details in our calendar.

JLT and Akiro Kajiyama performing King of Dreams:

In other news, JLT did an interview with Guitar International recently, promoting Raiding the Rock Vault show, in which he took part, and was asked a question that undoubtedly keeps everybody at THS headquarters wide awake:

Robert: I ask because you were in Deep Purple and was wondering if you were going to be included in the [Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame] induction?

Joe Lynn Turner: That would be interesting. I really have no idea. I have no idea which of the other members of Deep Purple will be included. I don’t know if it’s just the Mach 5 line-up. Deep Purple is a band that had a lot of members run through it. I haven’t really pursued it or tried to find out, because I’m personally half and half about it. I have a little bit of Blackmore’s attitude in the sense that Deep Purple should have been in 20 years ago, “what’s that all about?”

Thanks to Juan Ignacio Flier for the info.

20 Comments to “Voices of Rainbow”:

  1. 1
    cyclone says:

    Say what u want..Slaves & Masters best reunion album. You may not like JLT’s attitude***but the dude can sing and has earned the right to strut his stuff.

  2. 2
    Michiel says:

    SOME voices of Rainbow!
    And none of them is the real one.

  3. 3
    Michiel says:

    And yes, Turner, go and pick up that Award! Maybe Rod Evans and some of his bogus men want to accompany you.

  4. 4
    buttockss says:

    Nice to see grahmn, but glenn gesh!…. he everywhere. Akiro Kargihama he is more a malmsteen clone then blackmore.

  5. 5
    Scott F. Feighner says:

    Very good question regarding R&R HOF. Who will be included. My take, and I know this will irk some folks, the only people who should be included are the members of Mks 1-2-& 3. Those are the line-ups that established the band, and created the sound we all know and respect. Mk IV was an intersting album, but broke no new ground. Since the orignal reunion, There has been no innovation…good music, but music based on those early years. BTW, I do wish IG would give in and do something from Burn.

  6. 6
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    First off…. I’d rather see Doogie White perform with the band ‘Demon’s Eye’ playing some tunes from their ‘original’ album “Stranger Within” and some Rainbow tunes than share the same band as JLT. As for the short interview regarding RRHOF where he states “I don’t know if it’s just the Mach 5 line-up”…….Are you friggin’ kidding me?

    Nuff said,


  7. 7
    Purple fan says:

    I forgot how good King of Dreams is…..I admit I miss Mr Blackmore

  8. 8
    LRT says:

    It should be well known they’ve done this once before. It was mighty good indeed, I have to say.

  9. 9
    stoffer says:

    The MK 5 lineup???????????? that would be the last MK to get in but if you can get RB to come out and play JLT can come too….

    We are all assuming they GET IN, but as of right now they are not officially in, they could still get screwed and this discussion could be for nothing, I hope not but you never know

  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:

    For a truly good atmosphere everyone should have been there…….
    Together with JON LORD.

    Now it has become , more than before Jon’s death, a very dubious happening.

  11. 11
    Rick Freeman says:

    Doogie White with Demon’s Eye! Nothing else comes close but the Polish rock Band ‘Kruk’. The two of them together would be a concert worth seeing. Doogie sang on Kruk’s 2nd album. Go on Youtube an watch DW with DE perform a portion of Jon Lord’s ‘Concerto’ as a tribute to him. One of the best I have seen. It will raise the hairs on your neck. Very beautiful. They are by far one the better bands today.

  12. 12
    Drdp says:

    I love them all but they should have called it the
    ”OTHER Voices Of Rainbow” tour.
    RJD 4ever!

  13. 13
    The greek tie- coon says:

    The REAL voice of Rainbow is gone.
    And as long as Ritchie plays the crap he’s playing, Rainbow’s spirit is also gone.

  14. 14
    LRT says:

    @13 seek out a recording of the last time they did this, and eat_those_words.

  15. 15
    purplepriest1965 says:

    If a spirit is gone is a worth a meta-physical debate.
    Which will very probably leave us with nothing more than we had in the beginning.

    But a enjoyable timepassing it is, well…….sometimes.

    What kinds of things/persons will last forever?

    Musicians like JS Bach?Architecture that withstood the centuries?
    The Bible?

    Will people of futuretimes scratch the remains of history after they climbed from darkness because we tore theworld apart again?

    And will they conclude that music in the 20th century was Michael Jackson and Madonna?

    The world is filled with sub societies , all with their own tastes/opinions/etc.

    Here in the Netherlands we have every year the TOP 2000.

    This year Child In Time is at 4, coming from 3.
    Many years they stood firmly at 1.
    At first I was glad and poud.

    But it took not long before asking myself :

    Who are all those DP fans?!
    Is it mainly old fans taking part?
    If it is so that even lots of youngsters are joining in…….Even for me it is almost beyond imagination thatsongs like CIT after 4 decades(….)reach this high.
    Is that a reason why nowadays still attract large audiences, even when they do not play that song?

    As long as I can remember, I was born a bit too late to experience the early 70’s, heavy rock and all that seemed to be out of fashion.

    Even worse, in my area…….

    I later understood that other parts of this country still had a large population of heavy rock fans,.
    While one in the big cities had the risk of being outcasted socially around 1977-1993 when one outspoke themselves as a fan of this genre.

    Somewhere around the 90’s a reveille of the genre happened, strangely enough partly indirectly due to Grunge.
    Fans of that genre despised the 80’s but turned in large numbers to the originals like Sabbath and Zeppelin.

    Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix?
    One was despised when one said you still adored them in the period after 1977.
    But in the 90’s they got cultstatus.
    Like with the Sabs.
    Maybe that even spurred the original Sabs into thinking that a reunion could be very worthwhile around 1994?

    I saw Robert Plant perform for a festival in Holland, audiencenumber around 400.000!!!
    They rotated 2 stages, so not everyone possibly came for him, but maybe 100.000 -200.000.
    Ok, it was a free festival, so maybe things would have been differnt if people had to pay?

    But still……

    And loads of them, like Plant so eagerly likes to remember time and time again, wearing the clothes of their parents!!!

    But we are all part of a little piece of history.
    Being modest is not a dominant trait among men.


    What spirit?

  16. 16
    purplepriest1965 says:


    The biggest problem with the TOP 2000 is that one is sort of manipated to choose for a song coming from a limited nummer of songs.

    Why choose Gates Of Babylon, When A Blind Man Cries, Mistreated, Burn, Stargazer, or whatever…..
    It is no use!

    So, as with the Rck and roll Hall Of fame I succumbed to manipulation and voted again for CIT instead of songs I love so dearly as well.

    We re all creating a non reality everyday, every year.

    And finally, that becomes reality.

    Exploring artifacts of History sees the same mechanisms.
    What we get to see and analyse is what remains, not what was destroyed..

    So, maybe we grasp something close to reality at best.

  17. 17
    Bo says:

    Joe has always been a great singer, and today – together with Glenn – by far the best singer in the “family”

  18. 18
    Ivano Bosello says:

    Yes, they have a family and they have to eat something…

  19. 19
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 18

    I think they live a better life than me : )

    Graham has a beachhouse I read.

    Then again, I AM GOING TO BUY THIS BOOK, Graham!
    I can’t wait!

    Below the preview of a chapter in his forthcoming book from his site.


  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Graham in 2012.
    I did not know he gigged last year, was afraid he was ill : (
    Perhaps not the best band he worked with AND he very clearly suffers from a cold.

    But this is still is quite good, IMHO.


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