European Tour 1981

Brøndby-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark - June 5, 1981

I remember Ritchie going completely beserk at the end of that show. Brøndby Hallen has one of the worst acoustics and maybe felt he had to make up for the terrible sound. He threw the remains of his demolished guitar up into the lighting rig where it stuck and Ritchie tried to pull all of it down. Two minutes later he actually leaped out into the audience and was carried off stage by two security guards!

Jacob Hastedt

Theatre de Plein Air du Parc Expo, Colmar, France - June 21, 1981

Like me, everything has not aged very well! moreover, a personal resentment with the master! let me explain .. June 21, 1981, Colmar, my very first concert .. Rainbow, tour "Difficult to cure"; an excellent pre-group, I'll come back to it later and the Man in Black .. 10 minutes of concert! and a "Fuck offf Colmar!"

Reason? a crate of tomatoes thrown on stage .. while the excavations at the entrance were very strict at the time! Ten years later, I met, through a job on the site itself, with the "thrower" of tomatoes! 500 francs to do it?!? ; nice sum! the ticket at the time was worth 30 francs! This story is true! the guy in question was chief of staff of the "wine fair" during long time and responsible for the site during the other concerts ...

Concerning "Difficult to Cure", it is from this disc, (I do not criticize the compositions), that I can not get used to it anymore, to get used to what? AU SOUND !!! This is not a personal revenge at the time I continued to buy the group records), but about the sound of the 80s .. I think Rainbow really suffered! The satisfaction of my first concert, was the support-act, very little known at the time, which for nearly an hour played their show! a certain Def Leppard!!

Jean-Marc Gaebele
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Theatre de Plein Air du Parc Expo, Colmar, France - June 21, 1981

I was at the 1981 show in Colmar (21/06/81), front row, in front Ritchie. The oranges did not come from the audience but from the big pit in front the stage. This pit was dark, but I saw the man who threw the fruit on the stage. Look in the article (from a French newspaper), Joe was alone on stage. And it is easy to guess who was able to make a joke to Joe Lynn Turner.

Jean-Marie Voisin
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Estadio Roman Valero, Madrid, Spain - July 4, 1981

Rainbow in the Moscardó: an event

Three groups, three, scratching the dusk, first, and then the dark with claws of heavy metal. Two supports - UFO, substitutes for Scorpions in the package, and Def Leppard - and unconsecrated: Rainbow, the penultimate "rock" screening from the gutters of England, dotting the sparse pedicide of the Moscardó camp in Usera, a "neighborhood" landscape for sculpted music. In the cement "an event".

In a way, the concert on Saturday was undoubtedly one of the longest that is remembered: about six hours with delays and intermediate and one of the most abrupt, although this is a quality less measurable at the time of establishing a table of "records." Around ten o'clock - with only thirty minutes of delay - UFO opened the fire. They retired after having offered what was expected of them: an elementary rhythm and crush, correct execution and extremely poor in concept. Poor, but honorable, they managed, to use, without forgiving one, all the clichés of the genre, to calm the environment.

Afterwards, to cool it, Rainbow would arrive. Ritchie Blackmore and his boys waited at midnight to get on stage. In the meantime, the technicians of the troupe placed a string of firecrackers on the edge of the stage to make explosions during the first song. Everything worked according to the pre-seen: the firefly became smoke and threatening to do same with some clueless photographer who had not taken the precaution to be put to the ground. But the "mise enscene" offered yet another incentive. Braced by one of the "baffles", Blackmore plucked the cords of his guitar to deleite from the hard-working occupants of the first rows and, above all, to fulfill the rite before the cameras.

Then, once the apocalyptic "introit" was completed, Rainbow - Roger Glover (bass), Don Airey (keyboards), Ronnie James Dio (vocals) and Bob Rondinelli (drums), plus Ritchie Blackmore and his mythic guitar-started. Impotent power, the ex-guitarist of Deep Purple attacked with a theme of the last group's elepéconceived as a decatalogical species of his instrumental skills. Later he would pass the testimony to his keyboard player who, surely to fall sympathetically, explored with "Long live Spain" before moving on to a version of the "Himnoa la alegría" and, to top it all off, a Bach fugue that, in the absence of partitura, left sketched.

Glover, meanwhile, held the rhythm well with his bass and proved to be far less unfriendly than his Deep Purple companion. And both the singer and the drummer played well, the first, a beautiful voice for the half-beams type "I Surrender" and, the second, the wild energy that is rigor in these cases. However, his music, at least the one they did the Saturday, it was nothing. Blackmore affirms that his group has two faces: one intension and another technique. The one that was planted in the Moscardó field was the product of a de anti-natura cross between Supertramp and Deep Purple. It was, in the worst moments, irritating of pure fatua. The good ones, rather few, were those in which Ritchie Blackmore made use of the repertorio of the old times - "Long live rock and roll" and "Smoke on the water" - to round off an act that ended with the usual demolation of a derelict guitar - the "real" one was guarded lovingly - encaramado to one of the towers.

Then, showing a strange kindness, people started to march towards the street. It was one-thirty in the morning and it was beginning to be cold in the grassy rectangle. And Def Leppard? At that point no one seemed to care much if they read a part of what they had paid for the entrance. When someone went ahead to the microphone to announce that within twenty minutes the second opening group would appear on the scene, only a part - half, more or less, of the eight milasistentes decided to go back over their steps and stay. The promised twenty minutes became, as expected, three quarters of waiting time and, in the absence of another thing to do, began to form around a few bonfires. When members of the security service were deployed through the field to put out the fires, Def Leppard started the first song. Nobody made much difference to them and they corresponded with the same dose of enthusiasm. Half a minute later they left, nobody asked for an encore and nobody, therefore, needed to be granted it. The lights went on and the parade of the few who were inside started. Outside, in the midst of an utterly disproportionate display, more than a hundred policemen were watching a troop of drowsy youngsters.

Tomás Cuesta, ABC Madrid - July 7, 1981