RITCHIE BLACKMORE's Manager Blasts RAINBOW Reunion Rumors

A representative for Ritchie Blackmore's (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW) management company has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET to refute a rumor that RAINBOW are in talks about reforming for a series of live shows.

A report posted Wednesday (March 9) on The Dio Message Board indicated that Ronnie James Dio's wife Wendy's management company Niji Management is currently looking at getting the members of the group back together for a number of live appearances. The proposed lineup was said to include Dio (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jimmy Bain (bass) and Vinny Appice (to replace the late Cozy Powell).

Commenting on the report, Blackmore's management representative Carole Stevens told BLABBERMOUTH.NET, "There is NO truth to this rumor whatsoever. Neither Ritchie Blackmore nor his management has had any contact with Wendy from Ronnie's management company.

"We wish Ronnie well on whatever projects he is doing. They do not involve Ritchie Blackmore.

"Ritchie is currently recording his sixth BLACKMORE'S NIGHT CD and then will commence touring with BLACKMORE'S NIGHT. This is a project he enjoys. He is musically stimulated with his performance, producing, composing and arranging of the BLACKMORE'S NIGHT music. He has found success and happiness — a rare combination. Why go backward when you can be successful and musically fulfilled moving forward?"

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