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  • Some tourdates in France, Italy and Germany were planned for February/March but were cancelled

  • 03.03.1976 Palasport, Torino, Italy [M]
    cancelled

  • 07.03.1976 Stadthalle, Erlangen, Germany [M]
    cancelled

  • 08.03.1976 Eberthalle, Ludwigshafen, Germany [M]
    cancelled

  • 09.03.1976 Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany [M]
    cancelled

  • 11.03.1976 Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany [M]
    cancelled

  • 12.03.1976 Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany [M]
    cancelled

  • 14.03.1976 Stadthalle, Wolfsburg, Germany [M]
    cancelled

  • 16.03.1976 Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany [M]
    cancelled

  • 24.03.1976 Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA, USA [T] [P]
    Ritchie Blackmore plays Alright Now as encore with The Sweet
    available officially on the Sweet Live EP


  • 06.06.1976 NorthWest Speedway, State Line ID, USA [M] [T] [N]
    This three day festival should have been headlined by Bachman Turner Overdrive, Blue Öyster Cult and Rainbow
    As 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
    festival: NorthWest Rock Festival - cancelled


  • 11.06.1976 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus OH, USA [S] [SA] [R]
    support act: Thin Lizzy (cancelled)

  • 13.06.1976 Palace Theater, Albany NY, USA [S] [SA] [T]
    support act: Thin Lizzy (cancelled)

  • 14.06.1976 Le Theatre St. Denis, Montreal QC, Canada
    cancelled - rescheduled for July 20

  • 15.06.1976 Allen Theater, Cleveland OH, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M]
    support act: Thin Lizzy (cancelled - no replacement support)

  • 16.06.1976 The Arena, Binghamton NY, USA [S] [SA] [M]
    support act: Thin Lizzy (cancelled)

  • 17.06.1976 Beacon Theater, New York City NY, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T] [R] [M]
    support act: Duke and the Drivers (Thin Lizzy was cancelled)
    Ritchie smashes his guitar for the first time with Rainbow at this show


  • 18.06.1976 Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead Long Island NY, USA [S] [SA]
    support act: Thin Lizzy (cancelled)

  • 19.06.1976 Century Theatre, Buffalo NY, USA [S] [SA]
    support act: Thin Lizzy (cancelled)

  • 20.06.1976 Erie County Field House, Erie PA, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M]
    support act: Thin Lizzy (cancelled)

  • ??.06.1976 Orpheum Theater, Boston MA, USA [S] [SA]
    exact date: unknown - support act: Thin Lizzy (cancelled)

  • 22.06.1976 Hara Arena, Dayton OH, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M]
    support act: Ted Nugent (Thin Lizzy was cancelled)

  • 24.06.1976 Uptown Theater, Milwaukee WI, USA [S]
    support act: unknown - venue: could also have been International Amphitheater

  • 25.06.1976 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL, USA [S] [SA] [B] [M]
    support acts: Heart, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, The L.A. Jets

  • 26.06.1976 Expo Center, Indianapolis IN, USA [N]
    cancelled

  • 27.06.1976 Orpheum Theater, Davenport IA, USA [S]
    support act: unknown

  • 28.06.1976 Sports Arena, Toledo OH, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M]
    support act: Heart

  • 01.07.1976 Fairgrounds, Allentown PA, USA [S] [SA] [R]
    Festival with Chumbi, Angel, Leslie West & Moxy

  • 02.07.1976 Auditorium Theatre, Rochester NY, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M]
    support acts: Angel, Gentle Giant

  • 03.07.1976 Broadwalk Casino Arena, Asbury Park NJ, USA [S] [SA] [R] [M]
    support act: Henry Gross

  • 04.07.1976 Outdoor Concert, USA
    place: unknown - unconfirmed

  • 08.07.1976 SMU McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Dallas TX, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M]
    support act: Don Harrison Band

  • 09.07.1976 Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio TX, USA [S] [SA] [R] [T] [M]
    headliner: Blue Oyster Cult - other support acts: Starz & Mott

  • 10.07.1976 Music Hall, Houston TX, USA [S] [SA] [T] [P] [M]
    support act: Don Harrison Band - interview & live excerpts filmed for 14 minute promofilm

  • 14.07.1976 Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa FL, USA [S] [M]
    unconfirmed - support act: unknown

  • 15.07.1976 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami FL, USA [S] [SA] [B] [T]
    support act: Roy Buchanan

  • 16.07.1976 Bay Front Center, St Petersburg FL, USA [S] [T] [R]
    [M]
    support act: Savoy Brown, Roy Buchanan

  • 17.07.1976 Civic Auditorium, Jacksonville FL, USA [S] [R]
    support act: unknown

  • 20.07.1976 St. Denis Theater, Montreal QC, Canada [S] [SA] [R] [T]
    support act: Max Webster

  • 26.07.1976 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh PA, USA [S] [SA] [R] [T] [M]
    headliner: Jethro Tull

  • 27.07.1976 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis IN, USA [S] [SA] [T]
    headliner: Jethro Tull

  • 30.07.1976 Hirsh Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport LA, USA [S] [SA] [T] [M]
    support act: REO Speedwagon, The Cate Brothers

  • 02.08.1976 Aladdin Theatre, Las Vegas NV, USA [S] [M]
    support act: unknown

  • 03.08.1976 Starlight Amphitheater, Burbank CA, USA [S] [B] [T] [M] [N]
    support act: Paris

  • 06.08.1976 Civic Auditorium, San Jose CA, USA [S] [SA] [R] [M] [P]
    support act: Man - Mile Hi

  • 07.08.1976 Community Theater, Berkeley CA, USA [S] [P]
    support act: unknown

  • 26.08.1976 Theatre d'Antique d'Orange, Orange, France [M]
    cancelled - Orange Festival - first day of a three-day festival
    line up: Rainbow / Kevin Ayers / Rory Gallagher / Eddie And The Hot Rods / The Troggs / Curved Air
    three day festival / all cancelled - 2nd and 3rd day to be held at Arénas Romaines, Nimes France
    2nd day including Ted Nugent, Black Oak Arkansas and Status Quo (on August 27)
    3rd day including Patti Smith, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Hot Tuna (on August 28)


  • 28.08.1976 Corbierres (near Perpignon), France
    cancelled - another three-day festival in France, another cancellation!
    line up: Rainbow / Chuck Berry / Dr. Feelgood / Ange / The Mighty Diamonds / Mallard / U-Roy
    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


  • 31.08.1976 Hippodrome, Bristol, UK [S] [SA] [B] [T] [R]
    support act: Stretch - guitar demolition during encore

  • 01.09.1976 De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK [S] [SA] [B] [T] [R]
    support act: Stretch - guitar demolition during encore

  • 03.09.1976 Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK [T] [P] [R]
    support act: Stretch

  • 04.09.1976 Playhouse, Edinburgh Scotland, UK [S] [SA] [T] [R]
    support act: Stretch - guitar demolition during encore
    start delayed due to a problem with the generators
    part of the Edinburgh Festival Of Popular Music, coinciding with the Edinburgh Festival


  • 05.09.1976 Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK [S] [SA] [B] [T] [R]
    support act: Stretch - guitar demolition during encore

  • 07.09.1976 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M] [R]
    support act: Stretch - no encore
    Don Airey was in the audience


  • 08.09.1976 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M] [R]
    support act: Stretch - guitar demolition during encore
    Glover, Lord, Paice and Coverdale were in attendance


  • 09.09.1976 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
    provisional date reported in the press but never put on sale

  • 10.09.1976 Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Wales, UK [M] [T] [R]
    headliner: Queen - cancelled
    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 bill would have been: Queen / Rainbow / Andy Fairweather Low / Frankie Miller's Full House
    the concert went ahead in virtually monsoon conditions


  • 11.09.1976 Odeon, Birmingham, UK [S] [SA] [B] [T] [R]
    support act: Stretch - guitar demolition during encore
    Roger Glover watched the show


  • 12.09.1976 Gaumont Theatre, Southampton, UK
    support act: Stretch - postponed till September 13

  • 13.09.1976 Capitol Theatre, Cardiff Wales, UK
    cancelled when the festival appearance on September 10 was booked

  • 13.09.1976 Gaumont Theatre, Southampton, UK [S] [SA] [T]
    support act: Stretch - mistakenly referred to as the Odeon in adverts in the UK music magazines
    Cozy's car broke down on the way to this gig and he had to thumb a lift


  • 13.09.1976 The Speakeasy, London Soho, UK
    Ritchie Blackmore, along with Ian Hunter, jammed with The Fabulous Poodles

  • 14.09.1976 City Hall, Newcastle, UK [S] [SA] [B] [T] [R]
    support act: Stretch - guitar demolition during encore

  • 16.09.1976 The Speakeasy, London Soho, UK
    Ritchie Blackmore jammed with Screaming Lord Sutch

  • 18.09.1976 Olympen, Lund, Sweden [M]
    cancelled - the rainbow wouldn't fit into the venue

  • 20.09.1976 Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden [S] [B] [T] [P] [M] [R]
    no support act - guitar demolition during encore

  • 22.09.1976 Tivoli's Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark [S] [SA] [B] [T] [P1] [P2] [M]
    support act: AC/DC

  • 23.09.1976 Musikhalle Großer Saal, Hamburg, Germany [S] [SA] [T] [P]
    support act: AC/DC - Concert partly filmed by Oyster

  • 24.09.1976 Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany [S] [SA] [M]
    support act: AC/DC

  • 25.09.1976 Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany [S] [SA] [B] [T] [P1] [P2] [M]
    support act: AC/DC - guitar demolition during encore - recorded for live album
    cozy's backing tape gave up and the drum solo was done without the usual orchestral backing
    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"
    Full show released as "Live in Köln 1976" (released in 2006)


  • 27.09.1976 Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, Germany [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M] [P]
    support act: AC/DC - no encore - recorded for live album
    Catch The Rainbow included on "Live In Germany 1976"
    Full show released as "Live in Düsseldorf 1976" (released in 2007)


  • 28.09.1976 Messezentrum Halle A, Nürnberg, Germany [S] [SA] [B] [M]
    support act: AC/DC - recorded for live album
    often this date was mistaken to be Mannheim Multihalle
    Man On The Silver Mountain included on "Live In Germany 1976"
    Full show released as "Live in Nürnberg" (released in 2007)


  • 29.09.1976 Circus Krone, Munich, Germany [S] [SA] [T] [M] [R]
    support act: AC/DC - guitar demolition during encore - 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"
    Do You Close Your Eyes filmed for airing on German's Musikszene


  • 30.09.1976 Multihalle, Mannheim, Germany [S] [SA] [T] [P] [M]
    support act: AC/DC

  • 01.10.1976 Rhein-Main-Hallen, Wiesbaden, Germany [S] [SA] [T]
    support act: AC/DC

  • 02.10.1976 Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, Germany [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M]
    Westfallenhalle - First Dortmunder Rock Dream Festival with Golden Earring, Procul Harum, John Cale,
    Scorpions, Magna Carta, Quicksilver Messanger, Frank K, Camel & Van der Graaf Generator


  • 03.10.1976 Geneva, Switzerland [S] [SA]
    venue: unknown - support act: AC/DC - unconfirmed

  • 04.10.1976 Casino, Bern, Switzerland [S] [SA]
    support act: AC/DC

  • 05.10.1976 Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland [S] [SA]
    support act: AC/DC

  • 06.10.1976 Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany [S] [SA] [T] [M]
    support act: AC/DC

  • 08.10.1976 Luxor Theater, Hoensbroek, The Netherlands
    highly unlikely - possible mix up with Dutch band Rainbow Train

  • 11.10.1976 Le Mans, France
    cancelled / unconfirmed and unlikely

  • 12.10.1976 Le Havre, France
    cancelled / unconfirmed and unlikely

  • 12.10.1976 Palais des Sports, Besançon, France [S] [SA]
    support act: AC/DC

  • 13.10.1976 Porte De Pantin Pavillon, Paris, France [S] [SA] [B] [T] [P]
    support act: AC/DC

  • 14.10.1976 Cirque Royal, Brussels Belgium [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M] [P]
    support act: AC/DC

  • 15.10.1976 Rouen, France
    cancelled / unconfirmed

  • 15.10.1976 Parc des Expositions, Colmar, France [S] [SA] [T]
    support act: AC/DC (they did not perform as Tony Carey was held up and came in late for the soundcheck)
    ticket says October 16, but pushed back to the 15th (info from AC/DC Tours de France 1976-2014 book)


  • 18.10.1976 Lyon, France
    cancelled / unconfirmed

  • 18.10.1976 Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands [S] [SA] [B] [T] [P1] [P2] [P3] [M] [R] [R2]
    support act: AC/DC - 2 guitar demolitions during encore - the final date on this leg of the tour
    late addition to the itinerary, tickets only going on sale two weeks before the show


  • 28.10.1976 Stadthalle, Erlangen, Germany
    unconfirmed and most unlikely - the tour ended 10 days earlier in The Hague

  • 04.11.1976 Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia [S] [SA] [T]
    support act: Fatty Lumpkin - no encore

  • 09.11.1976 Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M] [R]
    support act: Buffalo

  • 11.11.1976 Hordern Pavillion, Sydney, Australia [S] [SA] [B] [T] [M] [R]
    support act: Buffalo

  • 12.11.1976 Civic Theatre, Newcastle, Australia [S] [SA]
    support act: Buffalo

  • 13.11.1976 Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia [S] [SA]
    support act: Buffalo

  • 16.11.1976 Hordern Pavillion, Sydney, Australia [S] [SA] [T] [P] [R]
    support act: 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


  • 18.11.1976 Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia [S] [R]
    support act: unknown

  • 19.11.1976 Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia [S] [T] [M]
    support act: unknown

  • 20.11.1976 Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia [S] [R]
    support act: unknown - 1st show at 5pm

  • 20.11.1976 Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia [S] [T] [M]
    support act: unknown - 2nd show at 8pm - no guitar demolitions in Adelaide

  • 22.11.1976 Festival Hall Melbourne, Australia [S] [B] [T]
    support act: unknown

  • 02.12.1976 Tokyo Sports Arena, Tokyo, Japan [S] [B] [T] [M]
    support act: unknown - venue: Taiikukan Gymnasium was mentioned previously as venue

  • 04.12.1976 Shi Kokaido, Nagoya, 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


  • 05.12.1976 Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Osaka, Japan [S] [B] [M]
    support act: unknown - some sources list this as December 4
    recordings for "On Stage" live album


  • 06.12.1976 Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    not confirmed

  • 07.12.1976 Shi Kokaido, Nagoya, Japan [S] [B]
    support act: unknown

  • 08.12.1976 Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Osaka, Japan [S] [SA] [B] [T]
    support act: The Anzen Band - recordings for "On Stage" live album
    Mistreated dedicated to Tommy Bolin who died on December 4


  • 09.12.1976 Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Osaka, Japan [S] [B] [T]
    support act: unknown - recordings for "On Stage" live album

  • 10.12.1976 Kaikan Daiichi Hall, Kyoto, Japan [S] [B] [T] [M]
    support act: unknown

  • 13.12.1976 Kyuden-Kinen Taiikukan, Fukuoka, Japan [S] [B] [T]
    support act: unknown

  • 14.12.1976 Kenritsu Taiikukan, Hiroshima, Japan [S] [B] [P]
    support act: unknown - venue: might have been Hiroshima-Shi Kokaido

  • 16.12.1976 Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan [S] [B] [T] [R]
    support act: unknown - 1st show at 3.00pm
    no encore - "On Stage" recordings - Light In The Black played instead of Stargazer


  • 16.12.1976 Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan [S] [B] [T] [M]
    support act: unknown - 2nd show at night
    guitar demolition during encore - "On Stage" recordings