Byte-Sized Reviews: Rainbow–1976-07-15 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL

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Bootleg cover. Retrieved with recording.

Setlist

  • Over The Rainbow
  • Kill The King
  • Mistreated
  • Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
  • Catch The Rainbow
  • Man On The Silver Mountain
  • MC
  • Keyboard Intro
  • Stargazer
  • A Light In The Black
  • Still I’m Sad – Keyboard Solo
  • Drum Solo – 1812 Overture
  • Blues

Personnel:

Analysis

The first proper touring lineup of Rainbow is all present and accounted for in this boot. Ronnie James Dio is at the mic, Cozy Powell is at the kit, Ritchie Blackmore has his axe, Jimmy Bain has the bass, and Tony Carey rounds out the team on the keys. As you would imagine, this is already a recipe for success. Thankfully, the sound is clear enough that we can hear the musical excellence within. With the exception of a stop from Blackmore to accommodate a monitor buzz and a barely-audible shaky start to Stargazer, the group is firing on all thrusters.

Back cover of the recording. Retrieved from here.

Sadly, this appears to have been wasted on the Miami audience. Dio makes reference to how small they are, a far cry from the sold-out stadiums of Rainbow circa 2018. What the audience lacks in size, they make up for in positivity, which is rewarded both by a fantastic show and by heaps of charm and humor from the stage when Dio MCs. The entire experience is absolutely oozing with character, and worth looking into.

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  • Edit on 2020-05-15: Added personnel, setlist, and back cover
  • Edit on 2020-08-28: Optimized for new site

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