On This Day (May 15)…The End of The Rainbow in Osaka

Rainbow performed on this day in 1980 at the Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan.

Ad for the show. Retrieved from here.

This was the final concert on the Japanese leg of Rainbow’s Down to Earth Tour, a leg which had seen some of their most incredible performances on an overall solid tour. They performed three concerts at the Budokan on May 8, 9 and 12, then three concerts at Festival Hall in Osaka on May 13, 14, and 15.

Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here.

On the way back from this leg of the tour, Don Airey recalls seeing the mountain K2 out the window of his airplane. This encounter with the world’s second-tallest mountain inspired his first solo album, released about eight years after these concerts.

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

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