On This Day (June 13)…Difficult to Cure Rotterdam

Rainbow performed on this day in 1981 at the Sportpaleis Ahoy in Rotterdam, Holland.

Joe Lynn Turner, Ritchie Blackmore, and Roger Glover onstage at the Sportpaleis. Photo by Frans van Arkel. Retrieved from here.

Rainbow were at this time on their Difficult to Cure Tour, which saw them visiting three continents before they finished up in September. This was the third leg of the tour, preceded by one short club gig leg and one longer arena leg, which was co-headlined with Pat Travers. On this particular leg, Rainbow were the sole headliners, with different opening acts. Their most common opening act at this point was Def Leppard, prior to the mega stardom they reached later in the eighties.

Ad for the show. Retrieved from here.

At the time, Rainbow had changed their sound from heavy metal to arena rock on their most recent album, a change that was met with mixed fan reactions. However, the response to this particular concert was on the whole positive, particularly in response to “Catch the Rainbow”. Some critiques about Bobby Rondinelli’s drumming and the length of Don Airey’s solo came along in reviews, however. 6000 people were said to have attended this particular concert.

Don Airey at the keys. Photo by Frans van Arkel. Retrieved from here.

A recording of this concert is extant and in circulation online.

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