Rainbow: Long Live Rock 'N' Roll tour dates

Rainbow warmed up for REO Speedwagon on this tour at least on the West Coast of the USA. They also played with Cheap Trick co-headlining shows, at least on July 2nd they played before Cheap Trick. At some shows there were other bands too, they supposedly played before Rainbow every time. Most of the audience were Rainbow fans, though, and often most of the people left after the Rainbow set.

Some sources say that Long Live Rock 'N' Roll tour started already in 1977 when Rainbow played in the UK. I've listed those dates in the On Stage section of these tour date pages.

Date Venue City and State Country Other bands Comments
09.05.1978 Mid South Coliseum Memphis, TN USA
11.05.1978 The Checkerdome Arena St. Louis, MO USA Reo Speedwagon (HL) Click here for ticket stub picture
12.05.1978 Kemper Arena Kansas City, MO USA Reo Speedwagon (HL), No Dice Capacity 15000.
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13.05.1978 Kemper Arena Kansas City, MO USA Reo Speedwagon (HL), No Dice Capacity 15000.
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18.05.1978 Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles, CA USA Reo Speedwagon (HL), No Dice Some sources say the date was 19th, some sources claim the band played also Gates Of Babylon and Lady Of The Lake at this show.
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19.05.1978 Swing Auditorium San Berdardino, CA USA Click here for ticket stub picture
20.05.1978 Winterland Ballroom San Francisco, CA USA Reo Speedwagon (HL), No Dice Some claim Blondie was one of the support acts.
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21.05.1978 Warnors Theater Fresno, CA USA - Capacity about 1500
22.05.1978 San Diego Sports Arena San Diego, CA USA REO Speedwagon (HL), No Dice 2500 people, capacity 13000
??.05.1978 Richfield Coliseum Cleveland, OH USA Black Oak Arkansas Short gig
26.05.1978 Sports Arena Toledo, OH USA
27.05.1978 Gardens Louisville, KY USA Henry Gross, No Dice Click here for ticket stub picture.
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28.05.1978 Fairgrounds Allentown, PA USA Foghat (HL)
29.05.1978 Civic Arena Springfield, MA USA Foghat Co-headlining show. Some sources claim this would've been on May 28th instead and the venue would've been Springfield Civic Center.
31.05.1978 Hara Arena Dayton, OH USA
02.06.1978 Capitol Theater Passaic, NJ USA No Dice, Uriah Heep Short set, L.A. Connection and Gates Of Babylon were played in the set according to person present at the show.
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03.06.1978 Palace Theatre Albany, NY USA REO Speedwagon (HL) Click here for ticket stub picture.
05.06.1978 Garden Boston, MA USA Date might've been 6th
07.06.1978 Mid Hudson Civic Center Arena Poughkeepsie, NY USA
09.06.1978 War Memorial Auditorium Rochester, NY USA Reo Speedwagon (HL) Sold out, 12000 people
10.06.1978 Commack Arena Commack, NY USA The Godz, Reo Speedwagon (HL) Same gig as some sources say Long Island, NY. Some sources claim the venue was Suffolk Forum, but according to a concert goer, it was called Commack Arena at that time.
11.06.1978 Capitol Center Largo, MD USA
16.06.1978 Civic Auditorium Jacksonville, FL USA Venue could've been Veterans' Memorial Coliseum
17.06.1978 Civic Center Lakeland, FL USA Cheap Trick, Max Webster
19.06.1978 Jai Alai Fronton Miami, FL USA Press listed this as June 18th
23.06.1978 Freedom Hall Johnson City, TN USA REO Speedwagon (HL), Nantucket Some sources list this as Greensboro, NC, but apparently that gig was cancelled. Some sources also incorrectly list this as Atlanta, GA.
24.06.1978 Omni Atlanta, GA USA Reo Speedwagon (HL), Nantucket Capacity 16461, about 8000 in audience. Rainbow played a 60 minute set recorded for radio. Blackmore had a fight with Reo Speedwagon's stage manager on stage. This show was originally scheduled for the Fox Theater but was moved to a bigger venue. It might be so that the date was changed from June 8th to 24th at the same time.
25.06.1978 Charlotte Coliseum Charlotte, NC USA
27.06.1978 Civic Auditorium Knoxville, TN USA
28.06.1978 Municipal Auditorium Arena Nashville, TN USA REO Speedwagon (HL) Click here for ticket stub picture.
29.06.1978 Carolina Coliseum Columbia, SC USA Alice Cooper (HL) AC/DC was supposed to open the show but did not appear.
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30.06.1978 Barton Coliseum Little Rock, AR USA Listed as Jackson, TN in the press
01.07.1978 The Armory Springfield, IL USA Max Webster, Cheap Trick Rainbow headlined. Listed as Jackson, MS in the press, but this may be confused to the Reo Speedwagon tour dates?
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02.07.1978 International Amphitheater Chicago, IL USA Max Webster, Cheap Trick (HL) Short concert.
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04.07.1978 Edgewater Speedway Cleves, OH USA The Outlaws (HL), Rick Derringer, Rainbow, Rare Earth, Dixie Dregs
07.07.1978 Fairgrounds Pavillion Tulsa, OK USA
09.07.1978 Civic Coliseum Amarillo, TX USA Reo Speedwagon (HL), Blackstone
13.07.1978 Sam Houston Coliseum Houston, TX USA Reo Speedwagon (HL) Click here for ticket stub picture.
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14.07.1978 Convention Center Arena Dallas, TX USA Reo Speedwagon (HL) Click here for ticket stub picture.
15.07.1978 Municipal Auditorium San Antonio, TX USA Reo Speedwagon (HL), Max Webster Click here for ticket stub picture.
16.07.1978 Fair Park Coliseum Beaumont, TX USA Reo Speedwagon (HL) Some sources claim the show was on July 22nd, but ticket stub has July 16 as the date.
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20.07.1978 Riverside Centroplex Baton Rouge, LA USA REO Speedwagon (HL) Click here for ticket stub picture.
21.07.1978 Hirsch Coliseum Shreveport, LA USA Bliss, REO Speedwagon (HL) Some sources incorrectly list this as Louisiana State University Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA. This Shreveport, LA gig was originally scheduled for the smaller Municipal Auditorium (capacity about 4000). A day before the show it was moved to the larger Hirsch Coliseum (capacity 10000), although there were probably less than 2500 people in the audience.
23.07.1978 Municipal Auditorium Austin, TX USA REO Speedwagon (HL) Venue also listed as University of Texas.
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25.07.1978 Memorial Coliseum Corpus Christi, TX USA REO Speedwagon (HL), Max Webster
??.07.1978 Myriad Oklahoma City, OK USA REO Speedwagon (HL)
02.08.1978 Tower Theater Upper Darby, PA USA Cheap Trick Some sources claim this show was with REO Speedwagon and Nantucket, but concert goer confirmed it was with Cheap Trick instead. Cheap Trick opened for Rainbow at this gig. Some ticket stubs or gig ads apparently suggest that Nantucket would've been the opener.
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05.08.1978 Leroy Concert Hall Pawtucket, RI USA Cheap Trick Venue name might've been Leroy Theater.
??.08.1978 The Royal Oak Music Theater Royal Oak, MI USA The Cars
??.08.1978 The Royal Oak Music Theater Royal Oak, MI USA The Cars
14.08.1978 The Royal Oak Music Theater Royal Oak, MI USA The Cars Unknown which of the three gigs was on 14th
17.08.1978 Stanley Theater Pittsburgh, PA USA Eddie Money Rainbow played only 45 minutes, audience almost rioted after the show.
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18.08.1978 Calderone Concert Hall Hempstead, NY USA Ac/Dc Click here for ticket stub picture.
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19.08.1978 Paramount Theater Wilkes-Barre, PA USA Ac/Dc No encore played. Apparently someone threw a firework on the stage just before the band was going to come to play encore. On the other hand, one concert goer does not remember that this would've happened.
20.08.1978 War Memorial Johnstown, PA USA Ac/Dc Click here for gig ad picture. Some claim the show was cancelled.
21.08.1978 Paradise Theater Boston, MA USA Ac/Dc Included Gates Of Babylon? Some sources claim the venue was Boston Garden, some others claim Orpheum Theater.
23.08.1978 Palace Theater Albany, NY USA Ac/Dc
24.08.1978 Palladium New York City, NY USA Ac/Dc Show ended after 3 songs, PA/rainbow interference problems, after 90 minutes of troubleshooting Ronnie announced to the audience that the ticket price will be refunded.
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