Following a rare return to the rock stage in 2016, Ritchie Blackmore will reconvene his latest lineup of Rainbow for a four-date UK tour next year.
The band will headline the second annual Stone Free Festival at the 02 in London on June 17 before performing shows in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.
Tickets for the UK dates will go on sale December 8 at 10 AM local time.
Blackmore returned to rock for the first time in two decades this past June with a new lineup for a pair of Monsters Of Rock festivals in Germany and a third date in Birmingham, UK.
The guitarist was joined by Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith, bassist Bob Nouveau and backup singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn for the rare rock shows by the former Deep Purple legend.
Blackmore last performed rock in 1997 while touring in support of Rainbow’s eighth album, “Stranger In Us All.” That same year he went on to form the medieval folk band Blackmore’s Night with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night, and the group has since gone on to issue ten albums.
Rainbow recently released footage from the Monsters Of Rock shows via the DVD and Blu-ray package, “Memories In Rock - Live In Germany.”
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
2017 UK tour
Jun 17 - London, UK - The O2 (Stone Free Festival)
Jun 22 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena
Jun 25 - Glasgow, Scotland - The SSE Hydro
Jun 28 - Birmingham, UK - Genting Arena
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