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* TruckDriversGearChange: "Tarot Woman" goes from G minor to A minor for the final verse.

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* CulturalRebel: Graham Bonnet, the ''lead singer'' in a 70's hard rock band refused to have long hair, or dress in black, instead performing in his James Dean inspired short hair, sunglasses and white t-shirts. Reportedly, him sneaking away for a haircut ultimately led to his firing.


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** Bob Daisley could count as well, considering he went on to play on, and write most of Ozzy Osbourne's most famous material.
** ''Dio'' could technically count. While he never played bass with Rainbow, he was for a long time the bassist/singer of Elf, which the original Rainbow lineup was comprised of.


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* OlderThanTheyThink: While neither Ritchie Blackmore nor Ronnie James Dio were considered spring chickens during their time in Rainbow, fewer people know just ''how'' long the two had been in the music business. Dio had a years-long stint as a 1950's ''doo-wop'' singer, and Blackmore was a session musician who played for several of 50's rock n' roll greats.

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* StarCrossedLovers: "Catch the Rainbow" is about a beautiful but impossible romance, hence the title. Dio identified the protagonists as a stablehand and a noble lady having a tryst in the stables ("a bed of straw") at night.


In the mid-to-late '70s, ''Rainbow'' played Hard Rock, influenced by Blackmore's past in Purple and Dio's HeavyMithril interests. The Dio-era albums are considered an important influence for neoclassical metal and PowerMetal. The Blackmore-Dio partnership frayed over creative differences, with the former wanting adopt a more commercial sound, leading to the latter's departure to ''Music/BlackSabbath''.

A replacement vocalist was discovered in Graham Bonnet, who fronted the band's foray into a more AOR-ish style and netted their first hit single "Since You Been Gone" (a Russ Ballard cover). Bonnett left ''Rainbow'' to found ''Music/{{Alcatrazz}}'', and was replaced by Joe Lynn Turner of Fandango fame for the rest of the band's 80s run. It had a reunion in the 90s, and another one in 2015.

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In the mid-to-late '70s, ''Rainbow'' Rainbow played Hard Rock, influenced by Blackmore's past in Purple and Dio's HeavyMithril interests. The Dio-era albums are considered an important influence for neoclassical metal and PowerMetal. The Blackmore-Dio partnership frayed over creative differences, with the former wanting adopt a more commercial sound, leading to the latter's departure to ''Music/BlackSabbath''.

Music/BlackSabbath.

A replacement vocalist was discovered in Graham Bonnet, who fronted the band's foray into a more AOR-ish style and netted their first hit single "Since You Been Gone" (a Russ Ballard cover). Bonnett left ''Rainbow'' Rainbow to found ''Music/{{Alcatrazz}}'', Music/{{Alcatrazz}}, and was replaced by Joe Lynn Turner of Fandango fame for the rest of the band's 80s run. It had a reunion in the 90s, and another one in 2015.


Actually, it is the solo project of former Music/DeepPurple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. It initially started as a quick off-shoot project of Blackmore (backed by Elf, a band fronted by Music/RonnieJamesDio) because he wanted to record a cover of the Quatermass song "Black Sheep of the Family". After Blackmore left Deep Purple, the band became a full-time project. During the '70s, they played Hard Rock; in the early '80s they adopted more AOR-ish sound, briefly involving Graham Bonnett on vocals replacing Dio, before leaving Rainbow to form Music/{{Alcatrazz}}. Bonnett would then be replaced by Joe Lynn Turner of Fandango fame.

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Actually, it is the solo project of former Music/DeepPurple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. It initially started as a quick off-shoot project of Blackmore (backed by Elf, a band fronted by Music/RonnieJamesDio) because he wanted to record a cover of the Quatermass song "Black Sheep of the Family". After Blackmore left Deep Purple, the band became a full-time project. During project.

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the mid-to-late '70s, they ''Rainbow'' played Hard Rock; Rock, influenced by Blackmore's past in Purple and Dio's HeavyMithril interests. The Dio-era albums are considered an important influence for neoclassical metal and PowerMetal. The Blackmore-Dio partnership frayed over creative differences, with the early '80s they adopted former wanting adopt a more commercial sound, leading to the latter's departure to ''Music/BlackSabbath''.

A replacement vocalist was discovered in Graham Bonnet, who fronted the band's foray into a
more AOR-ish sound, briefly involving Graham style and netted their first hit single "Since You Been Gone" (a Russ Ballard cover). Bonnett on vocals replacing Dio, before leaving Rainbow left ''Rainbow'' to form Music/{{Alcatrazz}}. Bonnett would then be found ''Music/{{Alcatrazz}}'', and was replaced by Joe Lynn Turner of Fandango fame.
fame for the rest of the band's 80s run. It had a reunion in the 90s, and another one in 2015.



* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: The title of the first album.

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* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: The title of the first album.album, as it was meant to be a solo side product. Since the reunion in the 2010s, the band has been officially billed as "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow", and Spotify has this version of the band listed separately from the original band.


* {{Homage}}: The "Can't Let You Go" video is an homage to the silent film ''Film/TheCabinetOfDoctorCaligari'', with Ritchie Blackmore as Caligari and singer Joe Lynn Turner as Cesare.

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* {{Homage}}: The "Can't Let You Go" video is an homage to the silent film ''Film/TheCabinetOfDoctorCaligari'', ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'', with Ritchie Blackmore as Caligari and singer Joe Lynn Turner as Cesare.



* PowerMetal: Along with Music/{{Queen}}, Music/UriahHeep and Music/{{Thor}} they're one of the UrExamples.

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* PowerMetal: Along with Music/{{Queen}}, Music/UriahHeep and Music/{{Thor}} they're one of the UrExamples.{{UrExample}}s.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: Don Airey was actually 31 when he joined the band. He looked like [[https://i0.wp.com/68.media.tumblr.com/64d9acbd2219020b4f24860967df8073/tumblr_optxoaJ2ov1r9tvl8o4_1280.gif?w=605 this]].


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** Which might be an example of FirstInstallmentWins given it was the first song on the first album.


* Homage: The "Can't Let You Go" video is an homage to the silent film ''The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari'', with Ritchie Blackmore as Caligari and singer Joe Lynn Turner as Cesare.

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* Homage: {{Homage}}: The "Can't Let You Go" video is an homage to the silent film ''The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari'', ''Film/TheCabinetOfDoctorCaligari'', with Ritchie Blackmore as Caligari and singer Joe Lynn Turner as Cesare.

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** Another instance involved bassist Mark Clarke, who was fired early on in the recording sessions for the ''Long Live Rock & Roll'' record for playing bass with his fingers instead of using a pick. Blackmore would play a lot of the bass parts himself, with Bob Daisley (best known for his work with Music/OzzyOsbourne) handling the rest.


* DisproportionateRetribution: Ritchie Blackmore was once scolded by Don Airey for playing behind his amps after breaking a string. His response was to knock the other over and proceed to pummel him, leading to a larger brawl involving Ritchie, Don, and Cozy Powell. Added onto later when Don was apparently left outside in the rain.



* EpicRocking: "Stargazer", "A Light in the Black" and "Rainbow Eyes" are all over seven minutes long.

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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: In concert, "Lost in Hollywood" would get an instrumental opening tacked on.
* EpicRocking: "Stargazer", "A Light in the Black" Black", and "Rainbow Eyes" are all over seven minutes long.long. "Eyes of the World" is nearly that long as well.



* FiveManBand: their most recent lineup, at least
** TheLeader: Ritchie
** TheLancer: Bob Nouveau
** TheSmartGuy: [[{{Music/Stratovarius}} Jens Johanssen]]
** TheBigGuy: David Keith
** [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: Ronnie Romero

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** In the Bonnet era, "Lost in Hollywood" ended up stretched to over 20 minutes long most nights, with an instrumental opening tacked on and instrumental breaks for Ritchie, Don and Cozy.
* FiveManBand: FiveManBand:
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their Down to Earth Lineup:
*** TheLeader: Ritchie Blackmore
*** TheLancer: Graham Bonnet
*** TheSmartGuy: Roger Glover
*** TheBigGuy: Cozy Powell
*** TheHeart: Don Airey
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most recent lineup, at least
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lineup:
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TheLeader: Ritchie
** *** TheLancer: Bob Nouveau
** *** TheSmartGuy: [[{{Music/Stratovarius}} Jens Johanssen]]
** *** TheBigGuy: David Keith
** *** [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: Ronnie Romero



* GenreShift: "If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll" on ''Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow''. For this song the album suddenly goes from Hard Rock / Proto-Metal to old school Rock and Roll with Music/LittleRichard esque piano riffs.Also post-Dio era.

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* GenreShift: "If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll" on ''Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow''. For this song the album suddenly goes from Hard Rock / Proto-Metal to old school Rock and Roll with Music/LittleRichard esque piano riffs.riffs.
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Also post-Dio era.



* JerkAss: Ritchie Blackmore was up to his usual, firing band members at the drop of a hat and generally treating them badly.
** Keyboardists especially got the short end of the stick this time around. Tony Carey was psychologically tormented by Ritchie (occasionally helped out by other bandmates).



* RevolvingDoorBand

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* RevolvingDoorBandRevolvingDoorBand: Only Ritchie Blackmore himself and Roger Glover lasted more than three albums.


* EarlyBirdCameo: Of a sort. Current keyboardist for Music/DeepPurple Don Airey was a member of this band prior to joining Purple. There was a bit of personnel overlap (namely with Roger Glover) and even song overlap (Rainbow sometimes would play Lazy onstage, which Purple does currently).

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Of a sort. Current keyboardist for Music/DeepPurple Don Airey was a member of this band prior to joining Purple. There was a bit of personnel overlap (namely with Roger Glover) and even song overlap (Rainbow sometimes would play Lazy "Lazy" or "Smoke On The Water" onstage, which Purple does currently).



** TheSmartGuy: [[{{Music/Stratovarius}} Jens Johansson]]

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** TheSmartGuy: [[{{Music/Stratovarius}} Jens Johansson]]Johanssen]]


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* Homage: The "Can't Let You Go" video is an homage to the silent film ''The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari'', with Ritchie Blackmore as Caligari and singer Joe Lynn Turner as Cesare.

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* OminousPipeOrgan: David Rosenthal's intro to "Can't Let You Go".

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* SignatureSong: "Man On The Silver Mountain"

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