Tour Dates

1975   1976   1977   1978   1979   1980   1981   1982   1983   1984   1995   1996   1997   2016

  • Tourdates U.S.A.:

  • 11.06.1976 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus OH, USA
  • ??.06.1976 Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall, Allentown PA, USA
  • 13.06.1976 Palace Theater, Albany NY, USA
  • 15.06.1976 Allen Theater, Cleveland OH, USA
  • 16.06.1976 The Arena, Binghamton NY, USA
  • 17.06.1976 Beacon Theater, New York City NY, USA
  • ??.06.1976 Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead Long Island NY, USA
  • ??.06.1976 Orpheum Theater, Boston MA, USA
  • 20.06.1976 Erie County Field House, Erie PA, USA
  • 22.06.1976 Hara Arena, Dayton OH, USA
  • 24.06.1976 Uptown Theater, Milwaukee WI, USA
  • 25.06.1976 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL, USA
  • 26.06.1976 Indianapolis IN, USA
  • 27.06.1976 Orpheum Theater, Davenport IA, USA
  • 28.06.1976 Sports Arena, Toledo OH, USA
  • 02.07.1976 Auditorium Theatre, Rochester NY, USA
  • 03.07.1976 Broadwalk Casino Arena, Asbury Park NJ, USA
  • 04.07.1976 Outdoor Concert, USA
  • 08.07.1976 SMU McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Dallas TX, USA
  • 09.07.1976 Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio TX, USA
  • 10.07.1976 Music Hall, Houston TX, USA
  • 14.07.1976 Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa FL, USA
  • 15.07.1976 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami FL, USA
  • 16.07.1976 Bay Front Center, St Petersburg FL, USA
  • ??.07.1976 Civic Auditorium, Jacksonville FL, USA
  • 20.07.1976 St. Denis Theater, Montreal QC, Canada
  • 26.07.1976 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh PA, USA
  • 27.07.1976 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis IN, USA
  • 30.07.1976 Hirsh Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport LA, USA
  • 02.08.1976 Aladdin Theatre, Las Vegas NV, USA
  • 03.08.1976 Starlight Amphitheater, Burbank CA, USA
  • 06.08.1976 Civic Auditorium, San Jose CA, USA
  • 07.08.1976 Community Theater, Berkeley CA, USA

  • Tourdates U.K.:

  • 01.09.1976 De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
  • 03.09.1976 Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK
  • 04.09.1976 Playhouse, Edinburgh Scotland, UK
  • 05.09.1976 Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK
  • 07.09.1976 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
  • 08.09.1976 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
  • 11.09.1976 Odeon, Birmingham, UK
  • 13.09.1976 Gaumont Theatre, Southampton, UK
  • 14.09.1976 City Hall, Newcastle, UK

  • Tourdates Europe:

  • 20.09.1976 Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 22.09.1976 Tivoli's Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 23.09.1976 Musikhalle Großer Saal, Hamburg, Germany
  • 24.09.1976 Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 25.09.1976 Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany
  • 27.09.1976 Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 28.09.1976 Messezentrum Halle A, Nürnberg, Germany
  • 29.09.1976 Circus Krone, Munich, Germany
  • 30.09.1976 Multihalle, Mannheim, Germany
  • 01.10.1976 Rhein-Main-Hallen, Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 02.10.1976 Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, Germany
  • 03.10.1976 Geneva, Switzerland
  • 04.10.1976 Casino, Bern, Switzerland
  • 05.10.1976 Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 06.10.1976 Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 12.10.1976 Besançon, France
  • 13.10.1976 Porte De Pantin Pavillon, Paris, France
  • 14.10.1976 Cirque Royal, Brussels Belgium
  • 16.10.1976 Parc des Expositions, Colmar, France
  • 18.10.1976 Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands

  • Tourdates Australia:

  • 04.11.1976 Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia
  • 09.11.1976 Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
  • 11.11.1976 Hordern Pavillion, Sydney, Australia
  • 12.11.1976 Civic Theatre, Newcastle, Australia
  • 13.11.1976 Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia
  • 16.11.1976 Hordern Pavillion, Sydney, Australia
  • 18.11.1976 Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
  • 19.11.1976 Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
  • 20.11.1976 Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia (1st show at 5pm)
  • 20.11.1976 Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia (2nd show at 8pm)
  • 22.11.1976 Festival Hall Melbourne, Australia

  • Tourdates Japan:

  • 02.12.1976 Tokyo Sports Arena, Tokyo, Japan
  • 05.12.1976 Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Osaka, Japan
  • 07.12.1976 Shi Kokaido, Nagoya, Japan
  • 08.12.1976 Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Osaka, Japan
  • 09.12.1976 Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Osaka, Japan
  • 10.12.1976 Kaikan Daiichi Hall, Kyoto, Japan
  • 13.12.1976 Kyuden-Kinen Taiikukan, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 14.12.1976 Kenritsu Taiikukan, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 16.12.1976 Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan (1st show at 3.00pm)
  • 16.12.1976 Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan (2nd show at 6.30 pm)

  • Setlist:

  • Kill The King
  • Mistreated
  • Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
  • Catch The Rainbow
  • Man On The Silver Mountain
  • Stargazer
  • A Light In The Black (only on U.S Tour)
  • Still I'm Sad
  • Do You Close Your Eyes

  • Setlist Rarities/Rumours:

  • "A Light In The Black" was only played on the U.S Tour.
  • "A Light In The Black" returned in the set on a few occassions (Hiroshima & Tokyo afternoon show)
  • "Man On The Silver Mountain" was after the U.S. Tour played as a medley including "Blues/Starstruck"
  • During the Japanese tour short snippets were played of "White Christmas", "Jingle Bells", Purple Haze" & "Apache"

  • Support Acts U.S.A.:

  • Thin Lizzy
      Thin Lizzy is an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969 featuring bassist/vocalist Phil Lynott (who died early 1986). Thin Lizzy was going to be the main support act for this tour but they had to cancel. The day they got to "Ohio" where the tour was to begin Lynott more or less nearly collapsed with exhaustion and was taken to the hospital where he was told that he had contracted hepatitis and was to immediately fly back to London.
  • Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes
      Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes are a Jersey Shore musical group led by Southside Johnny. They have been recording albums since 1976 and are closely associated with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Replacement for Thin Lizzy at Beacon Theater NYC. Another source says Duke and the Drivers (US East Coast R&B band) was support.
  • Ted Nugent
      Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American rock musician from Detroit, Michigan. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before embarking on a solo career. Replacement for Thin Lizzy at Hara Arena, Dayton OH.
  • Heart
      Heart is an American rock band lead by sisters lead singer Ann Wilson and guitarist Nancy Wilson that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide. Heart, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush and The L.A. Express were support at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL.
  • Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
      Francesco Antonio "Frank" Marino is the guitarist and leader of Canadian hard rock band Mahogany Rush. He is often compared to Jimi Hendrix. Heart, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush and The L.A. Express were support at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL.
  • The L.A. Express
      The L.A. Express was an American jazz-pop ensemble. Members of L.A. Express played on several Joni Mitchell albums. Heart, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush and The L.A. Express were support at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL.
  • Angel
      Angel is a glam rock and heavy metal band from Washington, D.C., formed in the mid-70s by Punky Meadows and Mickie Jones. They were signed to Casablanca Records, and had the image of dressing in white. Angel & Gentle Giant were support at Auditorium Theatre, Rochester NY.
  • Gentle Giant
      Gentle Giant were a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band was known for its extreme complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members. All of the band members, except Malcolm Mortimore, were multi-instrumentalists. Angel & Gentle Giant were support at Auditorium Theatre, Rochester NY.
  • Henry Gross
      Henry Gross is an American singer-songwriter best known for his association with the group, Sha Na Na and for his hit song, "Shannon". He was the youngest person, at age 18, to play on the main stage at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. Henry Gross was support at Broadwalk Casino Arena, Asbury Park NJ.
  • Don Harrison Band
      The Don Harrison Band were a 1970s American roots rock band that featured Don Harrison on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Stu Cook on bass and piano and Doug Clifford on drums and percussion. Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford were both former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Don Harrison Band were support in Dallas and Houston TX.
  • Blue Öyster Cult
      Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC) is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, best known for such hard rock and heavy metal songs as "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You". Rainbow was the main support act at the show at San Antonio TX which was headlined by Blue Öyster Cult. Other support acts were Starz & Mott. Rainbow was support act for Blue Öyster Cult again in the U.S in 1979 and 1983.
  • Starz
      Rainbow was the main support act at the show at San Antonio TX which was headlined by Blue Öyster Cult. Other support acts were Starz & Mott.
  • Mott
      Mott, a.k.a. Mott the Hoople is an English rock band with strong R&B roots. They were popular in the glam rock era of the early to mid-1970s. This show was with a less popular line up after Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson had left Mott. Rainbow was the main support act at the show at San Antonio TX which was headlined by Blue Öyster Cult. Other support acts were Starz & Mott.
  • Roy Buchanan
      Roy Buchanan was an American guitarist and blues musician. A pioneer of the Telecaster sound, Buchanan was a sideman and solo artist. He died in 1988. Roy Buchanan was support in Miami FL.
  • Max Webster
      Max Webster was a Canadian hard rock band formed in 1973 in Toronto and led by guitarist and vocalist Kim Mitchell. Max Webster was support in Montreal QC. In 1980 David Stone guested on Max Webster's "Universal Juveniles".
  • Jethro Tull
      Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967, initially playing experimental blues rock, they later incorporated elements of classical music, folk music, jazz, hard rock and art rock into their music. Jethro Tull was headliner in Pittsburgh PA & Indianapolis IN. Rainbow wasd support act. Ritchie Blackmore has always been a huge fan of the band. Tull leader Ian Anderson guested on Blackmore's Night "Shadow of the Moon" album in 1997.
  • REO Speedwagon
      REO Speedwagon is an American rock band. Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following during the 1970s and achieved significant commercial success throughout the 1980s. REO Speedwagon & Cate Brothers were support in Shreveport LA. Rainbow was support act for REO Speedwagon on an extended U.S Tour in 1978.
  • The Cate Brothers
      The Cate Brothers are the singer-songwriter-musician duo of Earl and Ernie Cate, twin brothers from Fayetteville, Arkansas, who in the mid-1960s became performers of southern soul music at clubs and dances throughout the regional South of the United States. REO Speedwagon & Cate Brothers were support in Shreveport LA.
  • Man
      Man are a rock band from South Wales whose style is a mixture of West Coast psychedelia, progressive rock, blues and pub rock. Formed in 1968 as a reincarnation of Welsh rock harmony group The Bystanders. Man & Mile Hi were support in San Jose CA.
  • Mile Hi
      Unknown band, could be a local band that was offered the opening of the show. Man & Mile Hi were support in San Jose CA.

  • Support Act U.K. :

  • Stretch
      Stretch were a 1970s British rock band that grew from the collaboration between Elmer Gantry and Graham "Kirby" Gregory. Gantry was previously the frontman of Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera. Kirby was previously a member of Curved Air. Stretch were support act on all dates of the 1976 U.K Tour.
  • Support Act Europe :

  • AC/DC
      AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Commonly referred to as a hard rock or blues rock band, they are also considered pioneers of heavy metal and are sometimes classified as such, though they have always dubbed their music as simply "rock and roll". To date they are one of the highest-grossing bands of all time. AC/DC was support on the full European Tour except for the first date in Stockholm (no support-act) and a festival appearance in Dortmund. Mark Evans (AC/DC bassplayer in 1976) revealed in his autobiography published in 2011 they paid a £ 10.000 "buy-on" fee to get the tour spot.
  • Festival Appearance Europe :

  • First Dortmunder Rock Dream Festival
      First Dortmunder Rock Dream Festival in Dortmund with Rainbow, Golden Earring, Procul Harum, John Cale, Scorpions, Magna Carta, Quicksilver Messanger, Frank K, Camel & Van der Graaf Generator. Rainbow was top of the bill.
  • Support Acts Australia :

  • Fatty Lumpkin
      Fatty Lumpkin was an Australian band, Formed in Perth, Western Australia, 1972. The band split at the end of 1976. Fatty Lumpkin was support in Perth.
  • Buffalo
      Buffalo is an Australian Band. Formed, Adelaide, South Australia. 1973. They were a continuation of the bands Fair Dinkum and Buffalo Drive. Buffalo was support for at least 5 shows in Australia.
  • Support Act(s) Japan :

  • Anzen Band
      Anzen Band (means safety belt) is one of the legendary Japanese progressive rock bands. Anzen Band was initiated by three college students of Toyo University in 1970. They later added two more members. Late 1976 they splitted up after having released two albums. Anzen Band was support in Osaka.