European Tour 1982

Jäähalli Ice Hall, Oulu, Finland 02.11.1982

Rainbow doesn't dig cameras

Rainbow is on the top of their popularity and "the hottest name in the heavy metal world" and as such, can ask high ticket prices and also lavish arrangements for their gig. The band sent a list of their demands for the arrangements, including that they wanted to be picked up from the airport by four limousines. Well, this particular problem will be solved with two long taxi cars but they have to remove the taxi signs first.

No cameras allowed: the concert goers will be subject to tight security check, no recording equipment or cameras of any kind are allowed and if somebody tries to bring one, it will be confiscated immediately. "It's a demand from the band."

Cheap Trick was supposed to be the support act but their latest album hit the top of the US charts and they did a "Halpa Temppu" (literal translation of Cheap Trick); a cheap trick for Oulu and stayed in America. Girlschool, a female heavy metal band, will replace them.

Local band called Luther was supposed to perform too but because they are not allowed to use Rainbow's sound equipment although they were first promised so.

4500 tickets are already sold for the Rainbow concert, a few hundred are left. Doors open 6 pm, music starts an hour later and ends around midnight.

© preview article in Oulu-lehti newspaper - October 20, 1982
Thanks to Katja Pietilä of the Oulu City Main Library

Jäähalli Ice Hall, Oulu, Finland 02.11.1982

Heavy metal beats to the rhythm of the heart

The doors were scheduled to open 6 pm, and indeed that's when they opened: one door! There was 5000 heavy metal fans competing for the first entry and "you can guess what happens then: full chaos". There was pushing and showing and sweat and the door frame held but everybody's nerves did not. "But as soon as you were in the hall after the security check, you didn't remember the chaos at all anymore".

Girlschool was equal to four thread-like London squirrels. They has little power at all. It is clear that Girlschool did not much reaction of the audience. The songs of the band did not separate. All songs and band performances were one and the same from beginning to end. When Girlschool is off the stage it gets more interesting and we get the main course. First of all, the loudspeakers play the classic Over the Rainbow. Then comes the pompous Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance".

Lots of "smoke and explosions" and finally Rainbow. Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Roger Glover on bass. Joe Lynn Turner, drummer Bobby Rondinelli as well as the newest member of the band, David Rosenthal, on keyboards. For one and a half hours of heavy metal from the top of the world. Gig starts with "Spotlight Kid". From the band's most recent album, "Straight Between The Eyes", we see a pair of eyes from glass appearing behind the band. Eyes of light are coming out, the eyes swept through the view of the killer.

Third song is the expected "I Surrender" and the crowd gets wild, dancing and singing. Well, the ones on the open floor do, the people in the seats sit their butts glued to the seat. "Absolutely no standing if you have ticket to the seat stalls!" had been announced before the concert.

"Can't Happen Here", "Stone Cold", "Power", the hits follow each other. And the decibels rumble. Heavy, however, is not just a matter of only decibels. Heavy can also be sensitive and touching beautiful. "Tearing Out My Heart" silences the audience. Ritchie Blackmore, the Rainbow Leader, shows his skills with guitar. He handles his guitar so that it feels like all its six strings were crying and complaining.

The drummer is only real "show man", plays without drumsticks, Joe Lynn Turner is getting the crowd to sing and clap along with him. After the drum solo the band leaves the stage and crowd demands an encore. First no one comes back, just the instrumental song "Veilleicht das Nächste Zeit" comes out of the speakers. The guitar solo comes from the wind. Only the most attentive listeners will notice that the guitar that resonates with echo differs from the tape. Lights are out. And the heavy audience is nervous.

When the blue-green light beam sweeps over the stage. The crowd now notice that Blackmore has not left the stage. The man is still on the other side of the stage and plays the end of song together with the tape. The band is punched back and plays the encore Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water". After that Rainbow accepts the applause and leaves the stage. The crowd requires the band once more on stage. But will the band return once more?

Fifteen minutes later and crowd is unsure if the concert was finished or not. Some people try to clap for more, others are already leaving. Oh you hillbillies... I'm sure another encore would've been possible yet. An final encore would certainly have been successful.

© Katja Hedberg - Oulu-lehti November 8th, 1982 / Photo: Jorma Mylly
Thanks to Katja Pietilä of the Oulu City Main Library

Jäähalli Ice Hall, Oulu, Finland 02.11.1982

Completed in 1975, the Oulu ice rink adapted to the stage of large rock concerts. The hall was the only indoor space in the city that accommodated thousands of audiences.

In the early 1980s, a spectacular set of hard international rock names appeared in the hall. In August 1982, the British hard rock band Rainbow was rumored. The second band was designed by American Cheap Trick, but was awarded to the English Girlschool. The organization of the exceptionally big event was handled by the Kuusrock Committee. Rainbow performed at the Oulu Ice Hall on November 2, 1982. The concert was a total success. The guitarist-boss Blackmore and his associates froze 5000 listeners in the ice rink. Recent hits such as "I Surrender" and "Stone cold" sound strongly, and in the encore the band performed Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water".

© Rockin' Oulu / Photo: Markku Hänninen

Germany November 1982

Live in Germany

The big hands of the clock points at 21.30. The light goes out in the hall. Total eclipse. From the oversized boxes on the left and right of the stage rumbles the bombastic theme song of the movie "land of Hope and Glory", with Judy Garland's famous phrase "we must be over the Rainbow, Rainbow". In this enhanced echo "Rainbow, Rainbow" suddenly explode bombs magnesium and Ritchie Blackmore's first riffs of "Spotlight Kid" at launching 90 minutes of "hard rock at it's best."

Gigantic voluminous light show, where under the Keyboarder David Rosenthal, bassist Roger Glover (with Basthut), singer Joe Lynn Turner, Bobby Rondinelli curls behind his drum castle and superstar Ritchie Blackmore (as always in black) start to rock. As the song explodes into it's chorus, suddenly from the back of the stage appear two giant eyeballs and indirectly lit up, over the heads of the musicians to come to a standstill. Then suddenly from the two pupils dazzling light break and cut through the central hall as blinding flashes.

The fans are blinded by it moving through the crowd looking for "spotlight eyes". The effect is really new and amazing. But that quickly gives way to breathless amazement and a thunderous applause. Abruptly the song ends, and the eyes disappear as quickly as they came. Without interruption, it changes into "Miss Mistreated".

Joe Lynn Turner, cries the soul out of his body, Roger Glover rocks in perfect harmony with the powerful forward flailing Bobbi Rondinelli. For the first time now Ritchie leaves his backline (twice by three stacked boxes Marshall) and plays his very own Blackmore style - a blend of melodic harmonies and rhythmic riffs - on the famous white Fender Stratocaster before the drum stage.

"I Surrender" begins with bluesy guitar sounds. Only then there is a short hello. "Can't Happen Here" explodes with magnesium flash just before Ritchie's solo. The ballad-like "Tearing Out My Heart" pushes the stage in red light. Impressively Joe Lynn Turner sings this story of an unhappy love. The usually cool-looking "guitar wizard" Ritchie Blackmore shows himself for the first time from another angel.

He rushes to the edge of the stage, throwing himself down and plays while lying on stage. Something rarely seen by the ex-Deep Purple Maestro! Then like the "Speed of Light" a limited version of the Purple-Oldie "lazy", and the band rises fully into "All Night Long". Here once again: Joe Lynn Turner, the New York girlish figure with the narrow and the gentle strokes, has a really incredible powerful set of pipes. The soft organ tones of the classic "Child in Time" ends in the Rainbow hit "Stone Cold".

At the start of "Power" keyboardist David Rosenthal brings a solo that has much of the spacy synthesizer sounds of Spielberg's, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and he shows in the middle of the song some counterplay with Blackmore, what he has in the fingers. The classic epic "Beethoven's 9th" in a 20-minute super-long version on "Difficult to Cure" is the culmination of Rainbows "Straight between the Eyes" show.

After Rogers bass solo and David's keyboard extravaganza Ritchie is the center of the action. He grabs a beer bottle, opens it, runs along the edge of the stage, the fans get the content over their heads spilt and with the empty bottle "bottleneck", he rubs the bottle slowly at the strings along.

Hendrix the oldie "Hey Joe" finally makes the intro to "Long Live Rock'n'Roll" - the mysterious eyes come back one more time - and the show is over. "Zugabe!Zugabe!" is demanded by the fans, and the stars return quickly. "Maybe next time" comes from tape, Ritchie sneaks up on stage and continue "live" through the playback.

In "Since you've been gone", he then brings the total show. Unnoticed by the fans, Ritchie briefly dipped below the dark edge of the stage, there he exchanged his "good" Strat quickly around against a prepared guitar and steps again in the spotlight. He immediately pulls the "wrong" guitar from his body, throws it into the air, catches it on again and then thrashes the instrument with all his might on the ground. Whining sounds cascades.

But that's not all: Ritchie takes the guitar again, swinging it over his head and kill it directly in his amplifier speakers. They immediately begin to burn. The sad remains of the "Strat" then he throws in the fans that are reflected immediately to the "original Blackmore guitar". Within seconds, but Blackmore has his old "guitar" again, and together with the band, there is to conclude a medley of "Smoke on the Water", "Man on the Silver Mountain" and "Catch the Rainbow".

German Press - November 1982