On This Day (June 4)…Difficult to Cure Stockholm

Rainbow performed on this day in 1981 at Johanneshov Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here.

Rainbow’s Difficult to Cure Tour had come to Europe at last after performing in North America for four long months. On their previous legs, they had first played just in small club venues and then as a co-headliner with Pat Travers. Now, finally, they were the sole headliners a large stadium tour.

The Rainbow which came to Johanneshov Isstadion was a very different act than had been there the previous August. The sole consistent member from the beginning of their touring history beyond Ritchie Blackmore, Cozy Powell, had left; he was replaced by Bobby Rondinelli. Singer Graham Bonnet had also been replaced by an American, the singer Joe Lynn Turner. They were also playing different music, as the Difficult to Cure album marked a noticeable genre shift from proto-heavy metal to more chart-friendly AOR sound.

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

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