Jon Douglas Lord is an English Hammond organ and piano player. He was born in Leicester on 9 June 1941. He began to play professionally in 1966. He was a member of Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods, and Flowerpot Men. He is recognized for combining rock and classical music. In 1968, Jon co-founded Deep Purple, the band he was most well-known for. Jon and the drummer, Ian Paice, were the only constant band members for 34 years. He left Deep Purple after their UK tour in 2002, and was replaced with Don Airey.
Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card. He’s known as a singer’s singer: in fact, Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favourite white singer. Hughes, a native of Cannock, England, absorbed all kinds of influences, including early British hard rock, The Beatles and, most importantly, American soul and R&B.
IAN PAICE! Ian Anderson Paice (born June 29, 1948; Nottingham, England) made his name as drummer with seminal heavy rock band Deep Purple. As of Jon Lord's departure in 2002, he is the only founding member of the band still performing with the group. Heavily influenced by Buddy Rich, Ian is one of the few hard rock drummers who uses swing and jazz inflections in his powerhouse style. He is also left-handed, being one of the few who play on a totally left-handed drum setup (another example is Phil Collins).
Graham Bonnet (born 23 December 1947, in Skegness, Lincolnshire, England) is one of the most legendary vocalists on the hard rock scene, with collaborations with artists as Alcatrazz, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group and Impellitteri. He had his first hit single with the duo, The Marbles in 1968, with the single "Only One Woman". Graham recently collaborated with the Taz Taylor Band, creating an album called 'Welcome to America' and has just toured the UK.
Blackmore's Night is an English Renaissance-inspired medieval folk rock band led by UK guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (electric and acoustic guitars) and Candice Night (lyricist and lead vocals). The origins of the band lie in 1990 when Candice was working at a local New York rock music radio station, and as part of her work first encountered Ritchie (now ex-Deep Purple/Rainbow guitarist), then with Deep Purple, at a soccer game he was playing in. The two became romantically entwined and discovered that they shared a passionate interest in the Renaissance.
Catch the Rainbow A Tribute to Rainbow Ah yes, it's time to ride the rainbow all over again. There aren't many who should be bold enough to try to reinterpret one of the all-time greats as Rainbow once were and continue to be to this day, but this latest assembly of fine German musicians have brought forth a spirited attempt that goes beyond doing justice to the original. Banded together from already known classic lineups featuring members of Helloween, Gamma Ray, Gravedigger, Primal Fear.
Joe Lynn Turner (JLT), born Joseph Linquito August 2, 1951 in Hackensack, New Jersey, is a melodic hard rock singer best known for his work with Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and his brief stint in Deep Purple. He played the accordion as a child, grew up with an appreciation for classic R&B and became an accomplished guitarist in his early teens. He was ranked 84th in Hit Parader's "Heavy Metal's All-Time 100 Vocalists". Early Career to Present
Doogie White (born March 7, 1960, Motherwell), is a Scottish rock vocalist, who has sung for Sack Trick, Midnight Blue, Praying Mantis, Rainbow, Malmsteen and Cornerstone. Dougie formed La Paz in 1984, playing around Scotland for four years, before in 1988 joining melodic rock combo Midnight Blue, cutting one eponymous LP of AOR (released on Zero records exclusively in Japan.) A trip to Japan in 1991 singing with Praying Mantis in a NWOBHM revival tour followed.
It's another artist called "Over the Rainbow" now, which is the lineup of old Rainbow members with Jurgen Blackmore on guitars and Joe Lynn Turner on vocals. In 2009 will be a lot of live gigs in Eastern Europe and so on.