On This Day (July 18)…Difficult to Cure Stafford

Rainbow performed on this day in 1981 at Bingley Hall in Stafford, England.

Poster for the show. Retrieved from here.

Rainbow were at this time on their Difficult To Cure Tour, which was undertake to support the album of the same name. This album marked a permanent shift from harder rock to a more chart-friendly AOR sound.

Along with this chart-friendly sound, the group had had a change of lineup, welcoming in new singer Joe Lynn Turner and new drummer Bobby Rondinelli. After the all-British lineup of Down To Earth, this change returned the group to the transatlantic state in which it had been founded.

There is no known recording of this particular concert.

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