Billing of Rainbow open-airs complete
Thin Lizzy and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band confirmed
The billing of the two Monsters of Rock festivals at the Lorely and in Stuttgart-Bietigheim is complete. Alongside Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow as headlining act, Shooter Promotions proudly present two more rock legends: with both Thin Lizzy and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, fans can expect lots more classic rock anthems on that weekend in June 2016.
With the confirmation of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow headlining the reissue of the legendary festival, hard rock fans all over Europe have reacted with excitement; now Shooter Promotions are set to present two more top acts:
For Irish rock legends Thin Lizzy, things have come full circle because the group, fronted by charismatic singer and bass player Phil Lynott, co-headlined the very first annual German Monsters of Rock festivals in Dortmund, Kaiserslautern and Nuremberg at the beginning of September 1983 before breaking up. After Lynott´s tragic death on 4 January 1986, the band embarked on an indefinite hiatus, ex-members Scott Gorham, John Sykes, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton getting together again only for a few select shows in Japan during the mid-nineties. Those successful concerts spawned a new incarnation of one of the most influential rock bands of all time: during the years following the now-legendary Vibe for Philo tribute in Dublin on 4 January 1996, Thin Lizzy have established themselves as a superb touring act. Original guitarist Scott Gorham has been the driving force behind different line-ups of the band and responsible for continuing Thin Lizzy's legacy. Along with former members Brian Downey, Darren Wharton and John Sykes, a number of renowned musicians have been part of Thin Lizzy since Phil's passing, such as Vivian Campbell (ex-Dio/Whitesnake and current Def Leppard guitarist), bassist Marco Mendoza and Whitesnake drummer Tommy Aldridge.
2016 is a year that marks an important anniversary in the history of Thin Lizzy: in March 1976, the band brought out the iconic “Jailbreak” album, featuring classic rock staples such as “The Boys Are Back In Town”, “Cowboy Song”, “Emerald” and the title track, which is considered to be one of the most defining albums of that era. 40 years after the release of that milestone and 30 years after Phil Lynott passed away, Thin Lizzy will perform only six special shows in 2016 / 2017 to commemorate those important events, the only two in Germany being the Monsters of Rock festivals.
Manfred Mann‘s Earth Band was founded in 1971. Since then the band, led by its eponym on keyboards, has become a well-known and respected name on the rock music scene world-wide. Their hits and interpretations of material by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Marley are timeless and have aged well over the decades: “Blinded By The Light”, “Spirits In The Night”, “Davy’s On The Road Again”, “Redemption Song”, “For You” and “Mighty Quinn” have developed their own life and all feature in remarkable versions on the legendary “Budapest Live” album from 1984. After a short break at beginning of the nineties, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band have been touring steadily, performing for example as special guests at the most recent and final German Eagles gig in Vechta in June 2014. The current line-up features Manfred Mann (k), Mick Rogers g, v), Steve Kinch (b), Jimmy Copley (dr) and Robert Hart (v). They are currently on an extensive European tour, the two gigs at the Monsters of Rock festivals‘ at the Lorely and in Stuttgart-Bietigheim being definite highlights.
Special Guest: THIN LIZZY
- after their last concert in 1983 at Monsters Of Rock, they are back in 2016. Only for 2 concerts (6 worldwide) on the continent!
... Plus Manfred MANN'S Earth Band!
"Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow will be performing the music of Rainbow and Deep Purple.
Lineup will be Ritchie Blackmore on Guitars, introducing Ronnie Romero on Vocals, special guest Jens Johansson on Keyboards, Bob Nouveau on Bass and David Keith on Drums".
Sensational headliner: Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW!
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow live in Germany for 2 exclusive shows in Loreley and Bietigheim-Bissingen June 2016, playing the classic rock anthems of Rainbow and Deep Purple.
Open-airs at the Loreley and in Bietigheim-Bissingen on June 17th and 18th 2016 confirmed
Tickets on sale: Friday, November 6th 2015
A long-awaited sensation for all hard rock fans: with two new editions of the legendary Monsters Of Rock festival and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow confirmed as headlining act, Shooter Promotions is set to present the highlight of the upcoming festival summer:
“It’s a double honour for us to bring this ground-breaking festival back to life. On the one hand it’s the festival itself, and on the other it’s the fact that Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow are an absolutely legendary band who have just been confirmed as the headlining act. Ritchie Blackmore has won worldwide acclaim as the driving force behind the likes of Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night and is without a doubt one of the most important personalities in the history of hard rock.”
Ritchie Blackmore is considered to be one of the most influential guitarists in the annals of rock music. With Deep Purple (around 130 million records sold), the British-born musician created immortal anthems in the 1970s, among them “Smoke On The Water“, “Black Night“, “Highway Star“ and “Child In Time“, to name but a few.
Having left Deep Purple in 1975, he continued his success story with Rainbow (50 million records sold): songs like “Man On The Silver Mountain“, “Stargazer“, “Long Live Rock’n’Roll”, “Kill The King“, “All Night Long“, “Since You Been Gone“ and “I Surrender“ have become the DNA of classic hard rock. Now, with the return of the legendary Monsters Of Rock festival, things are about to come full circle. Because on 16 August 1980 Rainbow, headlining the very first Monsters Of Rock, took hard rock to a whole new level, the final gig of their Down To Earth tour in Castle Donington/UK being witnessed by almost 40,000 fans. In the subsequent years, the festival expanded all over the European continent. At the end of August 1987, Blackmore and the reunited Deep Purple Mark II line-up with the hit albums “Perfect Strangers” (1984) and “The House Of Blue Light” (1987) under their belt went on to awe almost 100,000 fans in the German cities of Nuremberg and Pforzheim.
Now the guitarist extraordinaire is about to make history again by performing his greatest hits from the Deep Purple and Rainbow eras at those upcoming German shows (two of only three gigs worldwide!). “I’m doing it for the fans,” says the Man in Black. It has not been confirmed yet who will join him on stage, but one thing is for sure: he is planning to film and record the performances for future release. In addition, on November 20th, Eagle Vision is about to release “The Ritchie Blackmore Story”, a Blu-ray/DVD/CD package, presenting for the very first time the whole story of Blackmore’s remarkable career, featuring videos from his time with Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night. It will also include extended interviews with the man himself and his colleagues and admirers, such as Brian May (Queen), Glenn Hughes, Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Steve Lukather (Toto), Joe Satriani, the late Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Gene Simmons, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Vai, Graham Bonnet and Ian Anderson.
With the return of the Monsters Of Rock festivals, headlined by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, the dream of a whole generation of hard rock fans is about to come true. More information to follow.