Few releases have come with as much anticipation or controversy as the new Sunstorm record Afterlife. After Joe Lynn Turner, the last original member, left the band many assumed that was the end. However creative force Alessandro DelVecchio teamed up with Lords of Black/Rainbow frontman Ronnie Romero for a brand new lineup of Sunstorm. Ronnie recently took some time to talk about Afterlife and the rest of his career.
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On Lords of Black – We released Alchemy of Souls, Part 1 last November, and Alchemy of Souls, Part 2 is already recorded. So it’s going to be released late later this year or the beginning of 2022. 10:22
On the status of Rainbow – I can understand, Joe, because it looks like I’m always chasing him. Nothing so far. We had some plans to make a tour before all this Covid situation happened. But then the lockdown comes in and obviously they stop everything. Now the Ritchie’s focused on the Blackmore’s Knight thing. So I guess obviously they are going to wait until everything goes back to the normality and try to set a plan. I don’t know if they’re actually going to do with me or with somebody else. But no, no information. 11:07
On ever playing live with Sunstorm – One of the main reasons when I join a band or a project is to have the chance to to to make it live. I think this is a very important side of the music. When I go to the production side, when they’re recording the album, I’m always thinking how I’m going to sing this live. That’s very important because normally when you are not thinking about this, you get really overproduced music. So I’m always thinking on the live side and about how I’m going to sing this live. So in every project that I get involved in, there is always a chance to make it real on the live side. With The Ferrymen, it’s the same thing. We tried to make a couple of shows a couple of years ago. I didn’t happen it at the end because there was a clash of the schedules. But if we had the chance with Sunstorm, I think we’re going to make it because even with Alessandro and Simone, we have good chemistry, strong chemistry together. And it was really great to to to play together on stage. So if we can make it, we’re going to make it for sure. 12:43
On recording remotely – It was really easy for me actually to record the album. As I told you, Alessandro gave me a lot of freedom to put my own stamp on the performance. It was really easy because I was getting the tracks, going to the studio, recording the song, sending the tracks back and he was telling me, “That’s Perfect. You don’t need to remake anything. That’s exactly what I need from you.” The chemistry was really natural on this record. I think that makes a difference because nowadays, I just say because of the lockdowns and everything, you have a lot of bands doing a lot of records. You have all those quarantined videos where all the members are in different places. It is a little bit cold and you’re losing the vibe from the live side. I think the people, they really want to see bands and not just in studio projects. 16:20
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