RAINBOW: 1974-1976

  

Ritchie Blackmore/Guitar
Ronnie James Dio/Vocals
Craig Gruber; Jimmy Bain/Bass
Mickey Lee Soule; Tony Carey/Keyboards
Gary Driscoll; Cozy Powell/Drums

INTRODUCTION

This is the first part of a chronology of the band Rainbow, covering the period 1974 to 1976.

Click on either of these years below to jump to the start of that particular year:

1975 1976
  • The gig entries are set out in the following format: Date [dd.mm.yy]; location [city, suburb]; venue; state [USA and Australia], province [Canada] or island [Japan]; country.

  • Cancelled and/or unconfirmed shows are listed in red, whilst live jams and other performances are shown in grey [and are aligned to the right].

  • Performances which are known to have been recorded [officially or unofficially] are marked recorded.

  • The links to third-parties' sites are intended to provide additional information about the concert venues concerned including, where possible, internal and/or external photographs. If anyone is aware of other similar sites relating to Rainbow's concerts which might be of interest, please get in touch.

  • Lyrics are linked from the album covers.

  • Where memorabilia relating to a specific concert is in the online archive, this is linked to and indicated by memorabilia.

A handful of unresolved shows are included where the venue, or even the date, remains unconfirmed. Any help with these or other errors and omissions would be appreciated and credited where appropriate.

1974

December 1974 - during Deep Purple's North American tour - saw Ritchie Blackmore recording a possible solo single with Ronnie James Dio and Gary Driscoll of the support band Elf. He had wanted to cover a Quatermass song, Black Sheep Of The Family, on Purple's Stormbringer album so, after the rest of the band vetoed the idea, he set about recording this himself. Other musicians who were mentioned as being involved in these sessions included Matthew Fisher [Savages, Procol Harum] on keyboards and Hugh McDowell [ELO - the Electric Light Orchestra, who were also on tour with Deep Purple] who had, it seems, been giving Ritchie cello lessons.

And so, on Thursday, 12th December 1974, in a studio in Tampa Bay, Florida, Ritchie, recorded two tracks: Black Sheep Of The Family and Sixteenth Century Greensleeves, a new song with lyrics written by Ronnie a couple of days earlier.

1975

Rainbow Mk1

Ritchie Blackmore/Guitar
Ronnie James Dio/Vocals
Craig Gruber/Bass
Mickey Lee Soule/Keyboards
Gary Driscoll/Drums
Shoshana/Backing vocals

Originally planned for a solo single, the session convinced Ritchie that he should go on to make a solo album and plans were put in place for him to record an album, in Munich, in February. For the album, Ritchie used four of the five-piece band Elf. Roger Glover had been looking to forming a band, possibly with Ronnie James Dio, and had used Micky Lee Soule and Ronnie on his Butterfly Ball album the previous year.

"Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow"

Man On The Silver Mountain/Self Portrait/Black Sheep Of The Family/Catch The Rainbow/Snake Charmer/Temple Of The King/If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Still I'm Sad.

Recorded Munich, Germany, February-March 1975.

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow lyrics

Satisfied with the album, Ritchie told Purple's management that he was quitting on a brief European tour which ended in Paris, though news of his departure from Purple was not officially announced until they had found a new guitarist. Promotional work for the new album was done by Ritchie and Ronnie in the summer by which time Blackmore had already decided that the musicians on the album had no future in the band.

On 19th July, John Peel previewed the forthcoming Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow album on his Saturday afternoon BBC Radio One programme, including an interview with Ritchie.

With Blackmore not prepared to have his album released on Purple Records, the Purple management formed a new label, Oyster, distributed by EMI - though that didn't stop it being released on the Purple label in New Zealand!

By September, they were at Pirate Sound, auditioning drummers. One candidate was Bobby Berge, previously with Zephyr, Energy and The Tommy Bolin Band:

"I got the chance to audition with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Ronnie Dio was singing. I had just had a splint removed from my right index finger which had been nearly cut off by broken glass. I was a little out of shape after having that splint for a month and couldn't play much. Anyway, I headed down to the rehearsal place in my '64 Rambler wagon with my huge Ludwig double bass kit."

"They had a small kit set up and Ritchie said I could use it if I wanted. But no! I had to take up a bunch of time and set up my whole damn kit. Then, sad to say, as Tommy used to say, "I blew my cookies in the first bar!" I overdid it and tried too hard and played way too much. Ronnie Dio's comment to me, when I asked what he thought, was, "Man, it looked like you were dying!" Probably so as I was out of shape and just tried too hard. Now, if I would have just used their small kit and laid it down simple and solid! I had been listening to "Man On A Silver Mountain" and really dug it and also knew what kind of drumming was called for. Anyway, it was great meeting the guys and getting a crack at it!" [Bobby Berge]

Rainbow Mk2

Ritchie Blackmore/Guitar
Ronnie James Dio/Vocals
Jimmy Bain/Bass
Tony Carey/Keyboards
Cozy Powell/Drums

On 4th October, Cozy Powell [ex-Sorcerers, Ace Kefford Stand, Big Bertha, Jeff Beck Group, Spirit, Bedlam and Hammer] and Jimmy Bain [ex-Harlot] were announced as having joined the band. Ritchie had remembered seeing Cozy with Jeff Beck at the Roundhouse. He later phoned him up inviting him to Pirate Sound in Los Angeles to audition. According to Cozy, around twenty-five drummers were lined up to audition on the same kit. He thought 'sod all this', got his own kit set up and got the job.

Cozy had virtually left the music business at the time, concentrating on motor racing, unhappy at the direction his solo singles had taken him and frustrated after the much-publicised announcement of Strange Brew came to nothing that summer. Ronnie had seen Jimmy playing in Harlot at the Marquee whilst he had been in the UK with Ritchie doing promotional work for the first album. At the time of the announcement regarding Cozy joining, dates in America were expected to commence at the end of October, with a European tour, including the UK, in the new year.

Eddie Jobson [ex-Roxy Music and Curved Air] had been auditioned - before he went on to perform in Roger Glover's Butterfly Ball at London's Royal Albert Hall - and he later joined Frank Zappa. Tony Carey's arrival [ex-Blessings] was confirmed on 25th October.

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow 1975 RAINBOW TOUR

NOVEMBER 1975

After rehearsals at Pirate Sound, where three new numbers were worked on, Rainbow eventually played their debut concert in Canada, after the initial four shows were rescheduled and two replacement gigs were delayed as well.

05.11.75 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque Pennsylvania, USA - rescheduled for 18th December.

06.11.75 Allentown Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall Pennsylvania, USA - rescheduled for December.

07.11.75 Boston Orpheum Theater Massachusetts, USA - rescheduled for December.

08.11.75 Philadelphia Upper Darby Tower Theater Pennsylvania, USA - rescheduled for 15th November.

10.11.75 [ ] Montréal Forum Concert Bowl Québec, Canada - supported by Argent. Despite this being a sizeable venue, only approximately 1,500 saw the show.

"The first gig in Montréal was difficult and I must say I had a few before going on stage. Happily all went well." [Ritchie Blackmore]

12.11.75 [ ] recorded memorabilia New York Beacon Theater New York, USA - supported by Argent.

After the Boston and Pennsylvania concerts were rescheduled, this gig was advertised for 6th November - as the debut gig - but later pushed back into the following week.

Do You Close Your Eyes/Self Portrait/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Light In The Black/Still I'm Sad.

Bootlegged on CD as First Gig In N.Y. and Martian Rainbow.

"The Rainbow that came to New York was in a very real sense a brand new band. Ritchie Blackmore, who walked away from Deep Purple and the security that comes with selling untold millions of records, had assembled a completely new group around himself and singer lyricist Ronnie Dio since recording their successful debut album. When the new Rainbow stepped onstage at the Beacon Wednesday night it was their first-ever gig and the atmosphere was electric with tension and anticipation."

"Ronnie Dio fits perfectly into his roll of foil to Blackmore's serious demeanor. Strutting across the stage shaking his mane, pulling those old Stewarty microphone moves, flipping like a flag on a pole, Ronnie rocked the house down while Blackmore stood stage left whipping up storms of electric frenzy. Tony Carey's lush keyboards came to the forefront on the balladic 'Catch The Rainbow', the lyrics almost lost in deep echo as streams of colour poured through the huge Tony Mazzucchi-designed rainbow overlooking the stage. Blackmore's brief solo was his best of the evening."

"'Man On The Silver Mountain' was stretched to nearly double its recorded length. Dio's voice recalled Robert Plant in full cry as Cozy Powell's perfectly timed drum smashes pushed him on."

"Blackmore has always been a staunch admirer of Jeff Beck and Rainbow's show-stopping rock out of the Yardbirds 'Still I'm Sad' made the instrumental album version sound like a warm up for the real thing; Dio making up lyrics on the spot, Blackmore soaring, Powell, climaxing in an orchestrated explosion. As bits of the '1812 Overture' roared through the PA, the former Jeff Beck drummer let loose with cannon shots and explosions."

"Any litany of the great vocalist/guitarist combinations of the rock age includes Jagger and Richards, Stewart and Beck, Plant and Page, Daltrey and Townshend. Add to that list the two newest stars in that exalted heaven - Dio and Blackmore." [Dan Nooger]

"I remember it being a very rainy night in the city. Argent opened - they were OK although there was no audience reaction at all until "Hold Your Head Up" at the end of their set. Then there was a long wait while the crew tried to fix the buzzing being generated by the rainbow. It was the first time I had seen Blackmore live so it was a big deal for me. Unfortunately the delay caused me to miss the end of the show as I had to rush to catch the last train back to New Jersey [I wasn't old enough to drive yet] so I wound up missing the Stargazer/Light In The Black/Still I'm Sad portion of the show." [John Bella]

Ritchie was interviewed the day after the gig for a French magazine. This article included a reference to them playing: "Temple Of The King, then they vanished during If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll but the old Beacon walls failed to collapse." This suggestion that they played these two numbers, even as an encore, seems wholly unfounded. Ritchie commented, in the same interview, on his reluctance to play an encore:

"There are a lot of small problems to get over but little by little it's coming together. The audience reaction was very good and I'd be pleased if you'd point out that we don't go back on stage unless we're obliged. The end of a concert is the end and, theoretically, we've no reason to do an encore. We're nearly forced to return because we're afraid the kids will upset themselves and we don't want that anymore." [Ritchie Blackmore]

13.11.75 [ ] Waterbury Palace Theater Connecticut, USA

14.11.75 [ ] recorded Hempstead Calderone Concert Hall Long Island New York, USA - supported by UFO. Again, after the initial concerts were rescheduled, this gig was advertised for 8th November but was also pushed back into the following week.

15.11.75 [ ] recorded Philadelphia Upper Darby Tower Theater Pennsylvania, USA - supported by Argent. Rescheduled from 8th November.

Do You Close Your Eyes/Self Portrait/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Light In The Black/Still I'm Sad.

The performance was delayed, both before and again during the set, the crew tackling the problems arising out of the loud buzz caused by interference from the rainbow's lights:

"The worst thing about our last tour was that my guitar kept making the worst noises in the world. The light show created more electrical interference than any I've ever worked with, and the group pissed off a lot of audiences because we didn't have our show totally together. I know you have to make certain sacrifices for your visuals, but it was getting ridiculous. The lights were generating as much noise as I was." [Ritchie Blackmore/Circus]

"When Rainbow finally hit the Tower last Saturday, the speculation was there. The critics were waiting to see Blackmore pull some kind of stunt, like not showing up, or walking off stage in mid-song. After a fine set by Argent, [by rights they should have headlined their own show] technical failures caused the first major delay of the evening. Oh the curse of the Marshalls! It seemed that one of Ritchie's mammoth amps gave up the ghost."

"Rainbow finally hit the stage, to a wave of applause, smoke and coloured lights. Starting off with Do You Close Your Eyes, Rainbow set the pace for the evening. Ronnie Dio is a strong vocalist, in the tradition of Paul Rogers [sic], David Coverdale. You need a strong, husky voice to be heard over Blackmore."

"Dio was as much a star that evening, as was Blackmore. Blackmore stayed out of the way until it was time to do some fancy guitar picking. Self Portrait, which followed, showed that the band as a whole was a tight one. 16th Century Greensleeves had Blackmore in the limelight, as the song brought to mind castles, knights, and crossbows. The guitar solo was phenomenal. The best Blackmore has done in a long while."

"Suddenly, Dio announced the band was leaving the stage for a few minutes, while the road crew took care of some problems with the light show. It seemed the huge rainbow which spanned across the stage off set the amps every time the lights passed through it. Whatever the case, it took them almost 45 minutes to correct it. This did nothing but put a damper on the crowd."

"Rainbow did return, and launched right into Catch the Rainbow. Beautifully done with some echoes of Hendrix in the chordings similar to Angel. The band slammed right into Man on a Silver Mountain with Blackmore putting in those power chords and riffs. The kind he is famous for."

"Rainbow has some fine musicians in it besides Blackmore and Dio. Jimmy Bain is on bass and vocals, and Cozy Powell is on drums. Powell is well known for holding down the beat with Jeff Beck and later with Bedlam. Tony Kerry [sic] was on keyboards, and did a fine solo-introduction for a new song, Stargazer. The song moved well till the end when it seemed to lose all direction."

"Blackmore pulled it back together with their rendition of the old Yardbirds hit, Still I'm Sad. He got off some fine guitar run in that one. Cozy Powell got a chance to show he is a heavy drummer with a fine solo played along with a tape of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture played in syncromesh with the drum solo. Powell handled all of the percussion parts including the cannons. Slipping back to the song, the band finished up with a blast. Blackmore let lose with one final fantastic solo. Unfortunately, no encore was presented. They had enough problems that evening without further adding to it."

"What ever you may think of Ritchie Blackmore, he is a fine guitarist. No one can take that away from him. Rainbow is a fine band made up of excellent musicians who know their trade. Only time will tell if Blackmore has found his pot of gold at the end of this Rainbow." [Art Connor/The Vanguard]

16.11.75 [ ] Akron Civic Theatre Ohio, USA

18.11.75 [ ] recorded memorabilia Detroit Ford Auditorium Michigan, USA - supported by The Mutants, though the advertised support were Argent.

Do You Close Your Eyes/Self Portrait/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Light In The Black/Still I'm Sad.
Bootlegged on CD as 1975 and 1975 Final Edition.

19.11.75 [ ] Milwaukee Uptown Theater Wisconsin, USA

20.11.75 [ ] St. Louis Ambassador Theater Missouri, USA

22.11.75 [ ] Chicago Auditorium Theatre Illinois, USA - the support band Rush cancelled.

26.11.75 [ ] Fresno Selland Arena California, USA - support Steppenwolf. Not included in the original tour advert.

28.11.75 [ ] Berkeley Community Theater California, USA

29.11.75 [ ] Santa Monica Civic Auditorium California, USA - Argent didn't play. Still I'm Sad was dedicated to the recently deceased racing driver Graham Hill.

"Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow had its debut at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium recently, and while it was not the shattering and wonderful excursion it should have been, it was one of the stronger rock presentations in years."

"Since the release of "Rainbow", Blackmore terminated the services of that entire band [with the exception of singer Ronnie Dio] and the display put on by the new outfit proved the move was worthwhile."

"With the exception of Jeff Beck, Blackmore is the most mobile, energetic, and innovative character playing guitar and it was precisely for these reasons that the show was not completely up to snuff. He seemed more interested in the moves than he did in the actual playing, which is an aspect of his guitarmanship he always places in the back seat. Rather than getting out there and producing the kind of classical-cum-rock magic he's capable of, he dilly-dallyed around the guitar neck and did not even complete what could have been sensational guitar phrases and runs."

"New drummer Cozy Powell was monstrous as he wielded drum sticks resembling baseball bats and laid down a solid locomotive beat. His interplay with Blackmore after just eleven shows was remarkable. A drum. solo near the end of the show came complete with dry ice smoke, flash bombs, and strobe lights."

"Material consisted mainly of the "Rainbow" album, and included "Man On The Silver Mountain," "Catch The Rainbow," and "Still I'm Sad" [which was dedicated to racing driver Graham Hill]. A new piece titled "Stargazer" showed Ritchie branching out into lengthier and more complex music and managed to whip up some interesting [if not too emotional] guitar."

"Ritchie Blackmore is a master, a shadowy figure on stage whose fingers have coughed up some remarkable guitar. As a musician his career is really just beginning and one can be sure that on his next trip around the show will be every bit as powerful as he is." [Todd Everet]

DECEMBER 1975
December 1975 [ ] Portland Paramount Theater Oregon, USA

December 1975 [ ] Seattle Paramount Theatre Washington, USA

December 1975 [ ] Vancouver Queen Elizabeth Theatre British Columbia, Canada

December 1975 [ ] Boston Orpheum Theater Massachusetts, USA - rescheduled from 7th November.

18.12.75 [ ] recorded Pittsburgh Syria Mosque Pennsylvania, USA - rescheduled from 5th November. All of the these first five December shows were listed as 'date TBA' in a press advert.

Do You Close Your Eyes/Self Portrait/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Light In The Black/Still I'm Sad.
Bootlegged on CD as Pittsburgh 11.18.75.

December 1975 [ ] Allentown Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall Pennsylvania, USA - rescheduled from 6th November.

December 1975 [ ] Tampa [venue unknown] Florida, USA - referred to in an article in Beat Instrumental as where the tour was due to end.

1976

In the new year, back in the UK, Sounds magazine's annual polls included Ritchie Blackmore [Best Guitarist] and Rainbow [Most Promising New Band].

"Rainbow Rising"
Tarot Woman/Run With The Wolf/Starstruck/Do You Close Your Eyes/Stargazer/Light In The Black.

Recorded Munich, Germany, February 1976.

Rainbow Rising lyrics

Whilst in Munich, the band played an impromptu set at an ice-skating rink that they visited during a break from recording, using the resident band's gear.

"Everyone was shocked at first, but most of them knew who we were - we're quite well-known in Germany - and they sat down and watched us play the 'Ice-Skating Blues'. We stayed up there for an hour, and then just handed the guitars back to the band, jumped into the rink and resumed skating. It's the first lime I've played in ice-skates, and I must say it was enjoyable. Good fun." [Ritchie Blackmore/Circus]

The album was originally mixed in Los Angeles, then again later in New York. The Los Angeles mix was not approved, however it would be released by accident on CD in Japan many years later.

MARCH 1976

24.03.76 [ ] recorded Santa Monica Civic Auditorium California, USA
Ritchie jams with The Sweet on All Right Now, for
Paul Kossoff who had died the previous week.

An interview in New York, from November 1975, had mentioned a tour of France in March - this never happened.

Rainbow Rising 1976 RISING TOUR

MAY 1976

May 1976 [ ] recorded Tour rehearsals were captured on tape, including
a new track, Kill The King, and Deep Purple's Mistreated.


Bootlegged on CD as Tower Of Babel.


Press reports referred to planned tour activity for late-May and early-June, supporting Jethro Tull [who had just played some European dates], being blown out, as well as plans to go out supporting Alice Cooper being cancelled after Alice got hepatitis. Dates in Texas, the Mid-West and on the West Coast were cancelled.

JUNE 1976

Thin Lizzy [who had played US dates in May] were the support act on a couple of shows before Phil Lynott was taken ill. Press reports had referred to a 40-date tour by Rainbow and it is likely that more dates have yet to be identified, particularly in July. These summer dates included return trips to several of the places played at the end of 1975, including Allentown, New York, Hempstead, Boston, Milwaukee, Chicago and Montréal - though the last two were in different venues.

Ritchie resolved the sound problems by using a new guitar, wired - as reported in Circus magazine - so that the "middle pickup magnetically counteracts the magnetic field of the lights."

"I had a special guitar built. I was getting tired of that brown Stratocaster anyway; I was getting a crummy sound out of it. I've now got a white one with a normal rosewood neck, but the electronic wiring is all low-impedance and we have all these transformers to boost my signal. So far it's worked out. As long as we can keep the cords from the lights away from my amplifiers. I'm in good shape - in rehearsals we weren't doing it right, so I would get this confounded 60-cycle hum - but I think we've finally licked it. As long as I can bash it against my amplifiers I'm alright. I never used that pickup much anyway." [Ritchie Blackmore/Circus]

06.06.76 Stateline Speedway Idaho, USA: "Nor'wester '76 Festival" - this night cancelled.

This three day festival should have been headlined by Bachman Turner Overdrive, Blue Öyster Cult and Rainbow but the promoters hadn't paid them in advance so, when Bachman Turner Overdrive failed to appear on the first night, the 5,000 crowd set about burning and looting the stage.

11.06.76 [ ] Columbus [venue unknown] Ohio, USA

13.06.76 [ ] Allentown Fairgrounds Pennsylvania, USA

14.06.76 Montréal Le Theatre St. Denis Québec, Canada - cancelled. Possible that tickets were never put on sale. Rescheduled for 20th July.

15.06.76 [ ] Cleveland Allen Theater Ohio, USA - Thin Lizzy cancelled, there was no replacement support band.

17.06.76 [ ] recorded New York Beacon Theater New York, USA - support Southside Johnny And The Asbury Dukes. [Another eye-witness says it was Duke And The Backstreet Drivers.] Ritchie smashes his guitar for the first time with Rainbow at this show.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Light In The Black/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.

"It may be a few months before Blackmore's Rainbow appears in Britain for the first time, but even if they have to wait until distant '77, Blackmore freaks, when they finally do see the band live, will no doubt decide that the wait, no matter how long, was damned well worth it. Rainbow, now in its second version, is simply one of the most dynamic and energetic heavy rock outfits in the free world."

"Ritchie Blackmore is a happy man again, happy because now that he's left Deep Purple, he's once again free to make the kind of rock 'n' roll he loves best - visceral and explosive, an atomic dose of chordal calamity - and by no coincidence, it's the same sweaty brand of rock thousands of rockers have become addicted to over the last ten years, hooked, mainly, by fixes served up by the Main Man of heavy metal, Ritchie Blackmore."

"The rowdy mob at Rainbow's Beacon Theatre gig were Blackmore Junkies alright. Not a one wouldn't have sawed off a hand for a piece of the Stratocaster Ritchie smashed during the encore of 'Do You Close Your Eyes', and the lucky boys in the front rows who shook the Man's hand as he leaned out into the audience a few times probably still haven't washed their hands. And their throats are probably still raw from all their ecstatic wailing ... and smoking. Blackmore's, ironically, is one of the dopeingest crowds going."

"Opening with 'The Temple Of The King', a blues, and then 'Sixteenth Century Greensleeves', Rainbow simply knocked the crowd on their collective tails. People were running around the hall in delirious glee, but before the audience could slip from Rainbow's grasp, they cleverly eased into the moody 'Catch The Rainbow', which featured some soulful, sensitive singing by Ronnie Dio and some of Ritchie Blackmore's tastiest playing ever. When the guitarist walked to centre stage for his solo, the rest of Rainbow could have been transformed into porcupines, and no one would have noticed, that's how transfixed everyone was, not only by Blackmore's playing but by his overwhelming stage presence."

"All the same, I kept my eyes on Cozy Powell a lot too. What a dynamite addition Cozy is to Rainbow, providing that ass-kicking back beat Blackmore's high energy music so desperately requires. On his kit, Cozy's easily Blackmore's match, but they compliment rather than battle each other. Cozy pummeled hell out his drums all night, especially giving 'Man On A Silver Mountain' a drive it sorely lacked on the first Rainbow album. Blackmore himself was amazing during 'Mountain', shaking hands with his right hand while continuing to play with his left."

""I have done a little show, at certain gigs", says Ritchie, "like breaking my guitar up. I felt the audience needed that. I haven't done it for a year, but I felt that it was necessary because the audience weren't that musical." "They wanted to see some violence, actually", Cozy agrees."

"Rainbow's show is visually powerful as well. At the front of the stage, arching from stage left to stage right, is a mammoth rainbow, operated by a digital computer that sends waves of colours and shapes through the construct. Backdrops, huge blow-ups of rainbow's two album covers, are also used, the first during the first half of the set, and the 'Rainbow Rising' fist during 'Stargazer' and 'A Light In The Dark'."

"Add it all up, and it's nirvana for Blackmore's Rainbow fans. Just watch out for Stratocaster fragments when they come to your town." [Peter Crescenti]

Note: I can only assume that Crescenti was late arriving at the gig [not mentioning Mistreated by name and referring to people running around the hall] and that he was misinformed as to the two opening numbers. Yet his review seems to have convinced many that Temple Of The King opened the set.

June 1976 [ ] Hempstead Calderone Concert Hall Long Island New York, USA

June 1976 [ ] Boston Orpheum Theater Massachusetts, USA

22.06.76 [ ] recorded Dayton Hara Arena Ohio, USA

24.06.76 [ ] Milwaukee Uptown Theater Wisconsin, USA

25.06.76 [ ] recorded Chicago Aragon Ballroom Illinois, USA - supported by Heart and Mahogany Rush.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Light In The Black/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged on CD as Captured A Legend.

26.06.76 Indianapolis [venue unknown] Indiana, USA - unconfirmed.

27.06.76 [ ] Davenport Orpheum Theater Iowa, USA

JULY 1976
02.07.76 [ ] recorded Rochester Masonic Temple New York, USA - with Gentle Giant and Angel. Some tapes are incorrectly dated to 6th July.

03.07.76 [ ] Asbury Park Boardwalk Casino Arena New Jersey, USA - support Henry Gross.

"This was a general admission show so I drove down to Asbury Park first thing that morning and camped out on the boardwalk all day so I could get a good "seat". It was a long wait out in the hot sun but it turned out to be worth it since I wound up right in front of the stage in between Blackmore and Dio [my arms were resting on the stage floor monitors]. Thin Lizzy had been advertised as the opening act when I had bought the tickets but then I heard they had to cancel out of the tour."

"I was also supposed to see them at the Beacon on 17th June but unfortunately my high school graduation was that night and by the time it was over it would have been too late to trek into the city to catch the show [although I later heard they came on late so I probably wouldn't have missed too much if I had gone]."

"The opening act at Asbury Park was Henry Gross [who had a big hit at the time with "Shannon"]. Then Rainbow came on with "Kill the King" and blew everyone away. Blackmore was in a good mood so that ensured it was going to be a great show and it was! Easily the best show I ever saw them do [I saw them a total of five times between '75 and '78]. Too bad there isn't a recording of this show floating around!"

"At the end Blackmore decided he was going to use the stage monitors as the target for his guitar smash-up so I had to push back against the crowd so I wouldn't be hit by the guitar. I was actually pulling pieces of the guitar out of my hair after the show. The Casino wasn't the biggest venue in the world - a little smaller than the Convention Hall which was just down the boardwalk [Purple had actually played at Convention Hall before] - so it was real loud in there. My ears rang for five days after that one." [John Bella]

July 1976 An outdoor gig [possibly on 4th July] remains unconfirmed.

July 1976 Burbank Starlight Bowl Amphitheatre California, USA - vetoed by Burbank council but rearranged for early August.

08.07.76 [ ] memorabilia Dallas SMU McFarlin Memorial Auditorium Texas, USA

10.07.76 [ ] recorded Houston Music Hall Texas, USA - promotional film recorded, including Over The Rainbow and excerpts from Man On The Silver Mountain, Stargazer, Light In The Black, Still I'm Sad [drum solo only] and Do You Close Your Eyes.


Bootlegged on CD as Tower Of Babel.

15.07.76 [ ] recorded Miami Jai Alai Fronton Florida, USA

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Light In The Black/Still I'm Sad.
Bootlegged on CD as Miami 7.15.76.

July 1976 [ ] Jacksonville [Civic Auditorium or Veterans' Memorial Coliseum] Florida, USA - review included in UK tour programme.

"Rainbow's performance was excellent. Ritchie Blackmore stunned the crowd with a multitude of brilliant lead guitar solos throughout their entire set. Through his association with Deep Purple, Blackmore long ago established himself as one of the top "heavy metal" guitarists in the world."

"A monstrous electronic rainbow, arching high above the stage, had remained dark, but not unseen by the crowd. As Rainbow took to the stage it became a dazzling array of colors dancing across the sky. "Kill The King", a yet to be released tune, presented the people with a faultless example of what to expect from the band. The sound was heavy and laden with power chords, but never once bogged down."

"Loud applause came from the audience as the group broke into "I've Been Mistreated", originally done by Blackmore's former cohorts, Deep Purple. The guitarist appeared comfortable with this one and proceeded to show the rapid spit-fire guitar work that has gained him international respect."

"Introduced as a nice medieval-renaissance tune, "Greensleeves" turned out to be a high point of Rainbow's performance. The show continued to follow the same power-packed course. Songs such as "Catch The Rainbow" and "Stargazer" brought the fans to their feet."

"Though Blackmore continued to be in the spotlight, drummer Cozy Powell, keyboardist Tony Carey, and bassist Jimmy Bain never let the audience forget their presence. They attacked each song with unyielding determination, so necessary for a young group."

"When the group got into "Man On A Silver Mountain", off their first LP, the crowd jumped to its feet and seemed to feel this would be Rainbow at their heaviest. This was without a doubt their hottest, most rockin' number of the night. Blackmore's fingers became a blur on his guitar as the rest of the band came thundering behind."

"Rainbow put on a satisfying show, both audibly and visibly. Words could not do the awesome stage rainbow justice. It has to be seen to be appreciated." [Roy Simpson/The Florida Times-Union]

20.07.76 [ ] memorabilia Montréal Le Theatre St. Denis Québec, Canada - supported by Max Webster.

26.07.76 [ ] Pittsburgh Civic Arena Pennsylvania, USA - supporting Jethro Tull. [This date does not seem to appear on Tull lists. Around this time, Tull are believed to have played Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Detroit, Cincinnati and Louisville.]

27.07.76 [ ] Indianapolis Market Square Arena Indiana, USA - supporting Jethro Tull. [This date does not seem to appear on Tull lists.]

AUGUST 1976
03.08.76 [ ] recorded Burbank Starlight Bowl Amphitheatre California, USA
Kill The King/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Mistreated/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Light In The Black/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged on CD as A Light In Your Eyes.
26.08.76 Orange Theatre d'Antique d'Orange, France: "Orange Festival" - cancelled.

Rainbow/Kevin Ayers/Rory Gallagher/Eddie And The Hot Rods/The Troggs/Curved Air.

The festival was cancelled. This would have been the first day of a three-day festival, with the second and third days to be held at Nimes Arénas Romaines, France, including Ted Nugent, Black Oak Arkansas and Status Quo [on 27th August], and Patti Smith, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Hot Tuna [on 28th August].

28.08.76 Corbierres [near Perpignon], France - cancelled.

Rainbow/Chuck Berry/Dr. Feelgood/Ange/The Mighty Diamonds/Mallard/U-Roy.

Another three-day festival in France, another cancellation! This would have been the second night, the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend. The opening night would have included Rick Wakeman, Procol Harum and The Groundhogs, the closing night Caravan, Gong, Van Der Graaf Generator and Hot Tuna, and coach trips were going to be organised from the UK.

31.08.76 [ ] recorded Bristol Hippodrome, UK - guitar demolition during encore. Support on the UK tour dates were Stretch.

"Ritchie Blackmore is back, and nobody sleeps when he's on. There simply aren't words strong enough to describe how loud he and his band are. But in a masochistic way it was quite a gig. It was Rainbow's first concert on British soil, and they systematically blitzed the good citizens of Bristol who crammed into the Hippodrome."

"Blackmore's following is quite startling, not all leftovers from the Deep Purple days, either. Fresh-faced kids not yet out of school went as barmy as their older counterparts."

"Blackmore, ever-enigmatic and threatening in his all-black outfit, has surrounded himself with like-minded musicians dedicated to the proposal that "heavy makes you happy." Ronnie James Dio, who must have the most muscular tonsils in the world, sang like a giant, but commandeered the centre of the stage like some demented figment of Tolkien's imagination. Tiny, crouching and very evil, he punctuated songs like "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" and "Man On The Silver Mountain" with the weirdest gestures since Dave Berry discovered itching powder. His line of between-song patter was corny to the point of parody, but it worked like a dream. Consummate performer."

"Tony Carey displayed a different persona, that of a backroom wizard, but he was as hunched as Dio, with a creeping slouch and a liquid, sideways slither which moved him from one keyboard to another. It was hard to distinguish most of what he was playing, and his solos failed to flow properly, but he did winningly display an aggressive, high-speed, Wakemanesque style."

"Jimmy Bain played bass like a freaked-out lumberjack toting a treetrunk; solid, strong, and dependable; it says a lot for him that he could provide such a sturdy underpinning to Blackmore's guitar. And Cozy Powell is the wickedest drummer around."

"The King of the Stage, however, was [naturally] Blackmore himself and he was in spectacular form. Nimble, witty, very composed - he is probably one of the most heroic of guitar heroes."

"For unrelenting pressure Rainbow are hard to beat; for professionalism they are the peak. But God knows, I could have used a little subtlety in their performance. Still, they are in business to overwhelm people. I, for one, was overwhelmed." [Brian Harrigan/Melody Maker]

SEPTEMBER 1976
01.09.76 [ ] recorded Leicester De Montfort Hall, UK - guitar demolition during encore.
Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged on CD as Leichester Rising.

"The sting of anticipation started long long before I boarded the train for Leicester. Feeling very superior, I was amazed when I kept meeting hardened fans who had travelled from such places as Dundee, Yorkshire and Brighton. London to Leicester seems nothing when the guy you're talking to announces that he's come from Jersey. My ego was suitably diminished, I cannot recall another musician who can begin to get near to the depth of regard that Blackmore's true fans have for him. The general attitude of people I spoke to was that they had come to see him, with the band and Rainbow being considered an unnecessary extra."

"'Come on Blackmore', over and over again. 'We want Blackmore!', they screamed. 'Ritchie!!', I felt exhausted before they'd begun. He kept us waiting three quarters of an hour. After two years it was like torture. The houselights dimmed, the adrenalin rushed, emotions roared and crashed in the darkness. I said a brief farewell to my sanity and quietly went berserk with everyone else. The voice of an innocent Judy Garland rose through the blackness, and He was there. What are you to do when, at the same instant you are laughing, shouting, crying, reaching for the Rainbow, burning inside, smashing your senses to pieces, flying...."

"'We're not in Kansas any more,we must be over the rainbow, Rainbow, RAINBOW.' A short snatch of Over The Rainbow, but before I had time to smile at the absurdity of it, they'd launched into 'Kill The King', a brain-splintering number about power to the people. Then with eyes shut and hands gripping the mike-stand, Dio screamed out 'power, power'; an arch of prismatic colours burst into life, and the Rainbow was Rising. The huge backdrop cloth of the first LP sleeve dropped into place and the magic was set."

"Then Ronnie was introducing 'a number that Ritchie wrote. It's a sad song, about being lonely and confused. It's called 'Mistreated'.' I love Ritchie's intro to that number; it's so rich and beautiful, stark and haunting, alone, broken up and sad. Though Ritchie played superbly, it still failed to reach the soaring heights of the Purple version. Maybe it was because Dio tended to scream out the lyrics where Coverdale used to sing them; perhaps it was the guitar/vocal interplay that was wrong, it was very racy and friendly, whereas I felt that it should have been more in keeping with the theme of the song. If they'd done the interplay in any other number, I'd have appreciated it. Just before they played Man On The Silver Mountain, Ritchie played a snatch of Smoke. I, and other Purple fanatics, went bananas. He was going to play Smoke - maybe! He didn't."

"Cozy was drumming as though his life depended on it. Bain bopped along quite happily and joined in the chorus line. Carey was hidden from view, his presence acknowledged by sound alone. Ritchie was bleeding hell out of that guitar, occasionally pausing to conduct the band, constantly moving around the stage. The group are good at communicating with their audience, like at the Leicester gig. It was warm and friendly, close and personal, with lots of nice touches like when Ritchie went over to Bain and played his bass; when Ritchie smiled three times [!] during one number; Powell anxiously following Ritchie's every move at one time; and when after he'd played some superfast guitar work during the interplay, someone called out, 'It's your turn now Ronnie'."

"All hell broke loose when Dio introduced 'Stargazer'. He sung the number beautifully; a frail figure, hands fluttering bird-like in the darkness, guiding us through the song. Ritchie was there with us, yet far away in the stormy heights of his music. It was bloody incredible. My eyes were bleeding, and my heart was leading. 'Catch The Rainbow' was a sad, emotional song that had me and a fair amount of the audience in tears. Perhaps it was the quality and depth of Dio's singing, maybe the poignantly beautiful lyrics. It was strange to see an audience who, minutes before, had been shouting and singing, stop and stand still and quiet. Ritchie's playing was out of this world, and the band backed him well. It seemed that during this number, their individual identities vanished and the band became a complete unit, linked by the music."

"'Sixteenth Century Greensleeves' was another killer. Ritchie played an impromptu version of 'Greensleeves', which had me floating away, and ensured that I missed half the number! 'Still I'm Sad' was excellent. They've added lyrics to it, which is a shame as I would have liked to have heard an instrumental. In the middle was an incredible solo courtesy of the man in black, followed by a drum solo interspersed by brilliant keyboard work from Carey. At the climax of Powell's solo, a fork of lightning hit the kit, the thunder and the drums rolled for the last time, and suddenly the show, bar the encore, was over." [Jan Matthews/Stargazer]

03.09.76 [ ] Liverpool Empire Theatre, UK

04.09.76 [ ] Edinburgh Playhouse Scotland, UK - start delayed due to a problem with the generators - guitar demolition during encore. Part of the Edinburgh Festival Of Popular Music, coinciding with the Edinburgh Festival.

05.09.76 [ ] recorded Manchester Free Trade Hall, UK - guitar demolition during encore.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged on CD in the Insanity Party Box as Manchester U.K. 76.

07.09.76 [ ] recorded memorabilia London Hammersmith Odeon, UK - no encore.

Neil Murray and Don Airey saw the show.

08.09.76 [ ] recorded London Hammersmith Odeon, UK - guitar demolition during encore. Glover, Lord, Paice and Coverdale were in attendance.

09.09.76 London Hammersmith Odeon, UK - provisional date reported in the press but never put on sale.

10.09.76 memorabilia Cardiff Castle Wales, UK

Full-page adverts were done for this show, billed as special guests supporting Queen. Rainbow didn't play, unwilling to appear without their rainbow, and were replaced by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The concert went ahead in virtually monsoon conditions. [The bill would have been: Queen/Rainbow/Andy Fairweather Low/Frankie Miller's Full House.]

11.09.76 [ ] recorded Birmingham Odeon, UK - guitar demolition during encore. Roger Glover watched the show.

12.09.76 [ ] Southampton Gaumont Theatre, UK [Mistakenly referred to as the Odeon in adverts in the UK music weeklies.] Cozy's car broke down on the way to this gig and he had to thumb a lift.

13.09.76 Cardiff Capitol Theatre Wales, UK - cancelled when the festival appearance was booked.

13.09.76 [ ] memorabilia London Soho The Speakeasy, UK
Ritchie, along with Ian Hunter, guests with The Fabulous Poodles.

14.09.76 [ ] recorded Newcastle City Hall, UK - guitar demolition during encore.

16.09.76 [ ] memorabilia London Soho The Speakeasy, UK
Ritchie guests with Screaming Lord Sutch.

17.09.76 Lund [venue unknown], Sweden - cancelled, the rainbow wouldn't fit into the venue.

20.09.76 [ ] recorded Stockholm Konserthuset, Sweden - guitar demolition during encore. No support.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still Iím Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Encore bootlegged on CD on Songs For Gefion [Copenhagen].

22.09.76 [ ] recorded Copenhagen Tivolis Koncertsal, Denmark - support AC/DC.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad.
Bootlegged on CD as Songs For Gefion.

23.09.76 [ ] recorded Hamburg Musikhalle Grosser Saal, Germany - support AC/DC. Filmed in part by Oyster.

24.09.76 [ ] Bremen Stadthalle, Germany - support AC/DC.

25.09.76 [ ] recorded Cologne Sporthalle, Germany - guitar demolition during encore. Support AC/DC. Recorded for live album. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves, Stargazer and Still I'm Sad included on "Live In Germany 1976". Man On The Silver Mountain included on "Rock Profile Volume Two". Cozy's backing tape gave up the ghost and the drum solo was done without the usual orchestral backing.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Man On The Silver Mountain bootlegged on CD on On Stage Outtakes.

27.09.76 [ ] recorded Düsseldorf Philipshalle, Germany - support AC/DC. Recorded for live album. Catch The Rainbow included on "Live In Germany 1976".

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad.

28.09.76 [ ] recorded Nuremberg Messezentrum Halle A [not Mannheim Multihalle], Germany - support AC/DC. Recorded for live album. Man On The Silver Mountain included on "Live In Germany 1976".

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.

29.09.76 [ ] recorded Munich Circus Krone, Germany - guitar demolition during encore. Support AC/DC. Recorded for live album. Kill The King, Mistreated and Do You Close Your Eyes included on "Live In Germany 1976". Sixteenth Century Greensleeves included on "Rock Profile Volume Two".

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves bootlegged on CD on On Stage Outtakes.

"Live In Germany 1976"

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.

Released by Connoisseur in 1990.

Live In Germany 1976 lyrics

Includes three tracks from Cologne [Sixteenth Century Greensleeves, Stargazer and Still I'm Sad], one from Düsseldorf [Catch The Rainbow], one from Nuremberg [Man On The Silver Mountain] and three from Munich [Kill The King, Mistreated and Do You Close Your Eyes].

Also released as "Live In Europe".

Live In Europe lyrics

OCTOBER 1976
01.10.76 [ ] Wiesbaden Rhein-Main-Hallen, Germany - support AC/DC.

02.10.76 [ ] recorded Dortmund Westfalenhalle, Germany - with Van Der Graaf Generator and Procol Harum.

03.10.76 Geneva [venue unknown], Switzerland - unconfirmed.

04.10.76 [ ] Bern Casino, Switzerland - support AC/DC.

05.10.76 [ ] Zürich Volkshaus, Switzerland - support AC/DC.

06.10.76 [ ] memorabilia Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, Germany - support AC/DC.

08.10.76 [ ] Hoensbroek Luxor Theater, Holland - support AC/DC.

11.10.76 [ ] Le Mans [venue unknown], France - support AC/DC.

In October, Radio Luxembourg ran a series of hour-long specials as part of their "Rocktober" month, including one on Deep Purple and, on 11th October, one on Rainbow. Sadly, nothing rare was aired, just a narrated biography interspersed with album tracks.

12.10.76 [ ] Le Havre [venue unknown], France - support AC/DC.

13.10.76 [ ] recorded memorabilia Paris Porte De Pantin Pavillon, France - support AC/DC.

15.10.76 [ ] Rouen [venue unknown], France - support AC/DC.

16.10.76 [ ] Marseille [venue unknown], France - support AC/DC.

17.10.76 [ ] recorded Brussels Koninklijk Circus [Cirque Royal], Belgium - support AC/DC.

18.10.76 [ ] recorded Den Haag Congresgebouw [also known as Congrescentrum], Holland - support AC/DC. This seems to have been a late addition to the itinerary, tickets only going on sale a few days before the show, and was the final date on this leg of the tour.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.

28.10.76 Erlangen Stadthalle, Germany - unconfirmed and doubtful. A tape recording exists purporting to be from this show but is actually from Nuremberg on 28th September.

During the European dates Carey was fired though, after rehearsals with another keyboard player didn't work out, he was rehired.

NOVEMBER 1976
04.11.76 [ ] Perth Entertainment Centre Western Australia, Australia

09.11.76 [ ] recorded Melbourne Festival Hall Victoria, Australia - support group Buffalo.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged on CD as Over Melbourne.

11.11.76 [ ] recorded Sydney Hordern Pavilion New South Wales, Australia - support group Buffalo.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad.
Bootlegged on CD as On Stage In Down Under 1976.

12.11.76 [ ] Newcastle Civic Theatre New South Wales, Australia - support group Buffalo.

13.11.76 [ ] Brisbane Festival Hall Queensland, Australia - support group Buffalo.

16.11.76 [ ] Sydney Hordern Pavilion New South Wales, Australia - support group Buffalo. No encore, a press report said that Ritchie had planned to set fire to a guitar but, due to an oil strike, couldn't get any petrol.

19.11.76 [ ] Adelaide Festival Theatre South Australia, Australia - additional 5pm show - support group Buffalo.

"Both of the Rainbow concerts in Adelaide were sold out. Luckily though they decided to include an extra afternoon concert starting at 5pm and I was able to get to this. The support group, Buffalo, were yer average chord-bashing bunch and got half an hour. Then came Judy Garland and 'the boys'. As it was an extra concert, they weren't exactly leaping about or delivering manic solos, as they had the 8pm show to think about. This didn't detract from the performance though ... great stuff!"

"My only gripe was that Ritchie was mixed down too far, especially during Stargazer which was one of the highspots. The set was basically the same as the UK tour, but no encore. During Carey's solo intro to the number a broomstick appeared and started poking Carey in the back and other places, he carried on but kept one eye on the culprits ... lurking in the shadows were Dio and Blackmore! When Dio came out to sing he brought the broom with him and lent on it, finally riding off on it while Ritchie went into the solo. This type of looning was evident throughout the gig."

"There couldn't have been more than 200 people there, of whom only half a dozen had any idea of what was going on. They didn't even recognise the Lazy bit. Silver Mountain was dedicated to half the audience, "Bob Adcock's family", and Dio changed the lyrics about so that it was "lift my rubbish higher", causing Ritchie to grin. Ritchie got the press going with stories of a grand guitar burning climax which never happened. In fact he didn't wreck a thing in three gigs in Adelaide." [Howard Kehl/Stargazer]

19.11.76 [ ] Adelaide Festival Theatre South Australia, Australia - support group Buffalo.

20.11.76 [ ] Adelaide Festival Theatre South Australia, Australia - support group Buffalo - no guitar demolitions in Adelaide.

22.11.76 [ ] recorded Melbourne Festival Hall Victoria, Australia

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged [incomplete] on LP as Live In Australia.

November 76 [ ] Ritchie jammed with Ross Wilson's Mondo
Rock Band at the Countdown Club one night whilst in Australia.

DECEMBER 1976
02.12.76 [ ] recorded Tokyo To Taiikukan Honshu, Japan
Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged on CD as First Rising Sun and on LP and CD [incomplete] as Blackmore The Raider.

04.12.76 Nagoya Shi Kokaido Honshu, Japan - often referred to, this show doesn't appear to have happened. The absence of any recordings - given that the rest of the tour was bootlegged - seems to confirm this.

05.12.76 [ ] recorded Osaka Koseinenkin Kaikan Honshu, Japan

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-White Christmas-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged on CD as On Tour 1976: Stargazer and Raged In The Backstage and on LP and CD as War Of Nerves In 1976 and Nippon Eyes [both minus the encore] and Seven Bridge [though, in the case of the latter, just Still I'm Sad] . Two tracks on LP as Catch The Rainbow and CD as Chase The Rainbow.

07.12.76 [ ] recorded Nagoya Shi Kokaido Honshu, Japan

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged on CD as Someone's Calling My Name [Catch The Niji].

08.12.76 [ ] recorded Osaka Koseinenkin Kaikan Honshu, Japan - supported by The Anzen Band. Recorded for live album.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged on CD as Heroic Verse, some tracks on Time Standing Still. Bootlegged [incomplete] on LP as Guitar Vanguard. Two tracks bootlegged on LP and CD on Seven Bridge. Mistreated dedicated to Tommy Bolin.

09.12.76 [ ] recorded Osaka Koseinenkin Kaikan Honshu, Japan - recorded for live album.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Purple Haze-Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad.
Bootlegged on CD as Kill The King and Chase The Rainbow [though the latter is attributed to Hiroshima] and on LP as Catch The Rainbow. Three tracks bootlegged on CD on On Stage Outtakes, some tracks on Time Standing Still.

10.12.76 [ ] recorded Kyoto Kaikan Daiichi Hall Honshu, Japan

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Light In The Black.
Bootlegged on CD as Incubus 76 and Just A Crazy Dream - Reaching For Somebody's Star. Excerpts included on On Tour 1976: Stargazer [Osaka].

"After two nights of recording [Mac was by now in Tokyo mixing the results] the pressure was off. This is usually when a band are at their best ... or, alternatively silliest. It all started when Carey went into his multi-keyboard solo which precedes the epic 'Stargazer'. The rest of the band just pulled up chairs to the side of the stage and proceeded to read newspapers. Then when they all got back up and the number started to bubble into motion, Dio entered the stage wearing a gorilla's mask, reducing Blackmore to a helpless heap of laughter. His breath back, The Bullet retaliated by going into a spectacular version of The Shadows' 'F.B.I.' with accompanying dance routine." [Pete Makowski/Sounds]

13.12.76 [ ] recorded Fukuoka Kyuden-Kinen Taiikukan Kyushu, Japan

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged on CD as Clashed In Fukuoka. Encore also included on the bootleg CD Kill The King [from Osaka].

14.12.76 [ ] recorded Hiroshima Shi Kokaido Honshu, Japan

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Light In The Black.
Bootlegged on LP as Catch The Rainbow and on CD as A Light In The Black.

16.12.76 [ ] recorded Tokyo Budokan Honshu, Japan - 3pm show - recorded for live album - no encore.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Man On The Silver Mountain/Light In The Black/Still I'm Sad.
Bootlegged on CD as Aurora, Two Acts Through The Day and The Complete Two Acts Through The Day.

16.12.76 [ ] recorded Tokyo Budokan Honshu, Japan - recorded for live album - guitar demolition during encore.

Kill The King/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Catch The Rainbow/Lazy-Man On The Silver Mountain/Stargazer/Still I'm Sad/Do You Close Your Eyes.
Bootlegged on CD as Aurora, Two Acts Through The Day, The Complete Two Acts Through The Day and Definitive Last Night.
"On Stage"
Kill The King/Man On The Silver Mountain/Catch The Rainbow/Mistreated/Sixteenth Century Greensleeves/Still I'm Sad.

Recorded live in Japan and Germany, 1976. Press reports had referred to French dates having been recorded but nothing seems to have been included on the album. The album is thought to have been compiled as follows:

On Stage lyrics
Kill The King: Tokyo 16.12.76 [2nd show] and Munich 29.09.76.
Man On The Silver Mountain: Tokyo 16.12.76 [1st show].
- with Blues/Starstruck: Tokyo 16.12.76 [2nd show].
Catch The Rainbow: Osaka 09.12.76 and Tokyo 16.12.76 [2nd show].
Mistreated: Cologne 25.09.76.
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves: Tokyo 16.12.76 [2nd show].
Still I'm Sad: Nuremberg 28.09.76.

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