On This Day (May 3)…Difficult to Cure Waterbury

Rainbow performed on this day in 1981 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here.

Rainbow were at this time approaching the end of their North American leg of the Difficult to Cure Tour. They had first come to the continent in February, when they had played four club dates before joining up with Canadian guitarist Pat Travers in March.

This tour marked a departure from their previous genre, switching from hard rock to a poppier, more chart-friendly sound. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore reportedly wanted greater success on the American charts, something which he finally achieved with the release of Difficult to Cure.

Perhaps he just wanted to be better known and hopefully less prone to getting his name misspelled in ads! Retrieved from here.

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

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