On This Day (May 13)…Difficult to Cure Springfield (Mass)

Rainbow performed on this day in 1981 at the Civic Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Newspaper announcement for the show. Retrieved from here.

Rainbow were coming to the end of the American leg of their Difficult to Cure Tour. They undertook these dates sharing a bill with Canadian guitarist Pat Travers, who was also touring in support of a new album.

Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here.

Before the dates with Pat Travers began, Rainbow undertook four small club date performances along the Eastern Seaboard; perhaps this was a chance to prepare new members Joe Lynn Turner and Bobby Rondinelli, neither of whom had had significant experience on the national stage prior to their work with Rainbow.

There is no known recording of this particular concert.

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

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