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2016 Preview: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

The guitar hero makes a surprise return to rock with a handful of shows in 2016.

But who’ll be in his band?

RONNIE ROMERO (VOCALS)

Who: Born in Chile, and influenced by Ian Gillan, David Coverdale and Ronnie James Dio, Romero relocated to Spain in 2009, and has most recently been a member of the band Lords Of Black.

Why? Those influences should tell you everything about his style. It fits perfectly into the Blackmore coven.

Rock pedigree: Romero has been touring and recording with Lords Of Black over the past two years, and has impressed with the way he can handle a variety of rock styles. He is also used to working alongside a guitar virtuoso: Tony Hernando from Lords Of Black.

What he says about Blackmore: “I just think about how lucky I feel. Not just to get the gig, but how the hell they found me. I’m also glad with his confidence in me to do this huge task.”

Verdict: Did anyone really know who Ronnie Dio was before Blackmore gave him a break in Rainbow? If Romero lives up to Blackmore’s description of him as a cross between Dio and Freddie Mercury… well, a new star is born.


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