Anne-Helene Lebrun / Redferns via Getty ImagesFounding Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore recently announced plans to play a brief series of European shows with a new lineup of Rainbow next June. Billed as Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, the group will play at Germany’s Monsters of Rock Festival on June 17 in Sankt Goarshausen and June 18 in Bietigheim-Bissingen, as well as a concert on June 25 in Birmingham, U.K.

Blackmore announced earlier this month on his official Facebook page that the three shows will be the only Rainbow performances in 2016, but in an interview with U.K. radio deejay Rich Davenport this week, he left the door open for more shows with the revived band.

“This is just a brief intermission of playing some good old rock, but with some good friends and some good musicians,” Ritchie said, noting that he’ll continue to focus on Blackmore’s Night, the renaissance folk group he leads with wife Candice Night. He adds, “[H]opefully everybody’s there for the same reason, which is it’s good music and it’s nostalgia, and hopefully everything goes well. And if it works, we’ll do, obviously, more dates. We’re only doing three this first time. But, like I said, if it works, we’ll do more later on.”

The new Rainbow lineup is planning to play a variety of classic tunes by both Rainbow and Deep Purple. Joining Blackmore in the new version of the band are singer Ronnie Romero, bassist Bob Nouveau, keyboardist Jens Johansson of Stratovarius and drummer David Keith of Blackmore’s Night.

Ritchie has pretty much stayed away from playing hard-rock music since founding Blackmore’s Night with Candice almost 20 years ago. Blackmore’s Night released its latest album, All Our Yesterdays, in September.

Meanwhile, Blackmore will find out on Thursday whether his old band Deep Purple finally will be inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame.

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