On This Day (January 23)…Rainbow Come Down to Frankfurt

Rainbow performed on this day in 1980 at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here.

Rainbow were at this time on their Down to Earth tour, undertaken to support the album of the same name. This was the group’s second performance in Germany. They were supported by an English band known as the Katchies, a pop-rock act with a throwback sound.

Low-quality recording of the Katchies’ single, “Shambles”, which had been released the previous year.

A review for this show notes that 9000 people attended and makes reference to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore performing “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves” during the concert. As this song wasn’t on the setlist for this tour, the reviewer was likely referencing the original “Greensleeves”, which he sometimes performed before “Since You’ve Been Gone”. Blackmore was apparently in fine form during the night. Sadly, the reviewer did not note how the other four members of the band did.

This concert is known to have been recorded and is in circulation online.

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