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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow releases first new studio tracks in decades

Minstrel Hall MusicThe latest incarnation of rock guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore's band Rainbow has just released a new single, "Land of Hope and Glory," a reworked version of the 1902 patriotic U.K. anthem "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1" by Sir Edward Elgar. U.S. audiences will know it better as that song they play when you march at your high school and college graduation.

Blackmore's announced that with the track, which is available now as a digital download and via steaming services, he's showing his solidarity with his British homeland in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow also has issued another newly recorded track, an updated version of the group's 1981 tune "I Surrender." The songs mark the first new studio recordings from Rainbow in more than 20 years.

Meanwhile, this Friday, June 9, will see the release of a two-CD set titled Live in Birmingham 2016 documenting a concert the band played in the U.K. city last June.

In other news, Blackmore's Night, the Renaissance rock act Ritchie leads with his wife, Candice Night, will celebrate its 20th anniversary by releasing a new album next month called To the Moon and Back: 20 Years and Beyond. The record features a collection of the group's most popular and most requested songs, including newly recorded and remixed versions of tunes, as well as some new tracks. Rainbow's "Land of Hope and Glory" also will appear on the album.

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