Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rare Rainbow Clips Posted Online

Robert Daisley, who was the bassist for Rainbow from 1977 to 1979, has made some rare band footage available to fans via the Internet. Daisy released some high-quality videos featuring Rainbow playing "Gates of Babylon", "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll" and "L.A. Connection" at a New York studio. The performance in question took place prior to the release of the band's 1978 album, Long Live Rock 'N' Roll. The videos can be streamed below.

Following the death of Ronnie James Dio in May 2010, Daisley issued the following statement regarding the legendary vocalist:

"With the sad passing of my friend and colleague, the world has lost a great man. Not only was he a unique singer, musician and writer, he was a very special human being.

"Long live rock 'n' roll and long live the memory of the great Ronnie James Dio. He'll be sadly missed in many ways. Bless him."

Despite being credited on the Long Live Rock 'N' Roll liner notes, both Daisley and David Stone joined Rainbow after the recording sessions for the band's third studio album were underway. The pair appear on only a few tracks. The majority of the bass parts were played by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll was the last Rainbow album to feature Ronnie James Dio as vocalist. He was eventually replaced by Graham Bonnet after departing to join Black Sabbath.

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