On This Day (May 9)…Difficult to Cure Philadelphia

Rainbow performed on this day in 1981 at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rainbow were coming to the end of the dates they co-headlined with Canadian guitarist Pat Travers. This also would mark the end of their period touring in the United States as part of their Difficult to Cure Tour save for one gig, the one which closed out the tour as a whole the following September.

The release of Difficult to Cure seventeen days before the band began this tour marked the beginning of Rainbow’s pop era, during which they abandoned their earlier style in favor of shorter songs seemingly intended to capture the AOR craze at the time and chase chart success. This new sound divided fans and led to uncertain attitudes about this new album. However, the review for this particular night suggests that some fans were won over by the stage act that Rainbow put on, even if they were unsure about the album!

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

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

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