Review: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Memories In Rock: Live In Germany (CD / DVD) (Eagle Rock / Universal Music Canada)

In June 2016, after almost 20 years of exclusively pursuing the folk-Renaissance inspired group Blackmore’s Night, former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore made a triumphant return to rock music. At 71 years of age, Blackmore is no spring chicken, but his chops with the electric guitar, while a little rusty, remain pretty consistently dazzling otherwise, while the same could be said for his band, most notably vocalist Ronnie Romero whose powerhouse vocals anchor the set. This CD and DVD package boasts material from Blackmore’s output with Deep Purple and Rainbow, including “Highway Star,” “Man On The Silver Mountain,” “Smoke On The Water,” “Child In Time / Woman From Tokyo,” and “Catch The Rainbow.”