On This Day (February 29)…Purpendicular in Newcastle

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1996 at the City Hall in Newcastle. Ticket for the concert. Retrieved from here. The band had released their most recent album, Purpendicular, earlier that month. The band began the tour to support that album in the U.K., providing the first UK dates they had undertaken in five … Continue reading On This Day (February 29)…Purpendicular in Newcastle

On This Day (February 29)…Deep Purple Taste Tempe

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1976 at the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here. Deep Purple’s sole album from their fourth lineup is reasonably well-remembered today. However, their concert work, often marred by drugs taken by guitarist Tommy Bolin and bassist Glenn Hughes, is significantly less … Continue reading On This Day (February 29)…Deep Purple Taste Tempe

On This Day (February 29)…Deep Purple in Gothenburg

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1972 at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden. The celebrated Mark II lineup putting their feet up for a bit. Retrieved from here. This was one of their last dates on the Fireball World tour, undertaken to support their then-most recent album, Fireball. The tour was comparatively short, however. … Continue reading On This Day (February 29)…Deep Purple in Gothenburg

On This Day (February 29)…Rainbow Cause a Riot!

Rainbow performed on this day in 1980 at the Wembley Arena in London, England. Poster for the show. Retrieved from here. Although all of the members of the band were from England, Rainbow’s Down to Earth tour had yet to go there prior to this batch of concerts. They had spent the duration of their … Continue reading On This Day (February 29)…Rainbow Cause a Riot!

On This Day (February 28)…Works in Kansas City

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1978 at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. Ticket stub. Retrieved from here. With this date, ELP closed out the second month of the second leg of their Works Tour. This month saw them visit many college campuses as well as large arenas. Several of … Continue reading On This Day (February 28)…Works in Kansas City

On This Day (February 27)…Brain Dallas Surgery

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1974 at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, Texas. Concert poster with unsettling lettering. Retrieved from here. ELP were at this time on their Brain Salad Surgery Tour, one of the most legendary tours this legendary band undertook. Since it’s beginning the previous November at the … Continue reading On This Day (February 27)…Brain Dallas Surgery

On This Day (February 26)…Going Bananas in Toronto

Deep Purple performed on this day in 2004 at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada. Ian Gillan and Steve Morse onstage at Massey Hall. Retrieved from here. Deep Purple were touring in support of their then-most recent album, Bananas. This album was also the first to feature their newest member, keyboardist Don Airey, and the last … Continue reading On This Day (February 26)…Going Bananas in Toronto

On This Day (February 25)…Difficult to Cure Albany

Rainbow performed on this day in 1981 in J.B. Scott's in Albany, New York. Ticket stub from the show. Retrieved from here. Incidentally, this would be the earliest copy of a ticket from this tour that I have been able to find! Rainbow's fourth tour date on their Difficult to Cure tour (upon which the … Continue reading On This Day (February 25)…Difficult to Cure Albany