Over The Rainbow Announces Concert Dates In Japan


January 20, 2009

Over The Rainbow, the new project featuring former Rainbow musicians and a second generation Blackmore on guitar, will take the stage in Japan this spring.

April 27: Namba Hatch (Osaka)
April 29: Diamond Hall (Nagoya)
May 1: Kosei-Nenkin Hall (Tokyo)

Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow 1980-1984)
Guitar: Jurgen (“J.R.”) Blackmore
Keyboards: Tony Carey (Rainbow 1975-1977)
Drums: Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow 1980-1982)
Bass: Greg Smith (Rainbow 1994-1997)

For Japanese fans, this will be their first glimpse at the younger Blackmore in their country. Jurgen, “J.R.” Blackmore, son of the founder of Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore, is looking forward to handling guitar duties for Over TheRainbow in a country that has always embraced the melodic hard rock sound that made Rainbow famous. He says, “I have never been to Japan before but it was always my big dream. So, my dream comes true, to meet the Japanese Rock fans live.”

Drummer Bobby Rondinelli reminisces, “Japan was always like a second homefor Rainbow and I’m really looking forward to going home with Over The Rainbow.”

Some of the most memorable shows in Rainbow”s history took place at thelegendary Budokan arena. Singer Joe Lynn Turner recalls, “Those concerts atthe Budokan were among the greatest highlights of my career. I have sincegone back and played many shows in Japan as a solo artist and with otherprojects. The audiences in Japan are among the best in the world. They havekept the spirit of classic melodic hard rock alive.”

Keyboardist Tony Carey adds, “The last time I played in Japan was in 1976 withRainbow. I had a great time and now, all these years later, we’re coming back to rock the house down. You might not need to lock up your daughtersanymore-but wear heavy shoes or we’ll blow you off your feet.”

On The Web:
Over The Rainbow Official My Space

Courtesy of www.joelynnturner.com