On This Day (May 12)…One Last Rainbow Over the Budokan

Rainbow performed on this day in 1980 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.

Poster for the show. Retrieved from here.

This was the third date that the band had performed at the Budokan, a set of explosive dates which started off the short but memorable Japanese leg of the Down to Earth Tour. Rainbow apparently was quite popular in Japan, often performing there throughout their history to enthusiastic crowds. Many of their concerts survive in an unusually high quality for unofficial concert recording.

Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here.

This night also marked the first night in a while that keyboardist Don Airey used “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” to introduce “Lost in Hollywood” rather than improvisations leading into “Also Sprach Zarathustra”, as he had on both previous nights of the Budokan. I have no knowledge as to why he would have made this switch.

This concert was recorded and is in circulation online.

I talk more about the Budokan, the venue at which the band performed, here.

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