On This Day (November 16)…Rainbow Come Down to Denver

Hello! How are you? My god…it’s high up here!

Graham Bonnet speaking after “Eyes of the World” at this concert. Transcribed from recording

Rainbow performed on this day in 1979 at the Rainbow Music Hall in Denver, Colorado.

Ticket for the show. Original retrieved from here.

Rainbow were at this time on their Down to Earth tour, undertaken to support the album of the same name. They would continue touring in North America until mid-December, at which time they took a break for the holidays.

The group’s setlist from this concert heavily favored their new album and sound. Five of the seven total songs performed were from Down to Earth. The remaining two songs, “Man on the Silver Mountain” and “Long Live Rock ‘n Roll”, came from Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Long Live Rock ‘n Roll respectively.

This concert was originally recorded for radio. It was officially released in 2015.

Album cover. Retrieved from here.

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  • Edit on 2021-03-27: Added quote by Graham Bonnet. Replaced broken image link. Digitally touched up ticket image. Added setlist info.

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