Rainbow: On Stage tour dates

Some sources say that the Long Live Rock 'N' Roll tour started already in 1977 when Rainbow played in the UK. Those dates have been included here instead of Long Live Rock 'N' Roll dates.

The 1977 tour was supposed to start at Finlandia-talo in Helsinki, Finland on September 23rd. The band had rehearsed in the UK for the tour and flew over to Finland to give interviews to the press before the show. The show was advertised in the local newspapers, here are a couple of examples: Helsingin Sanomat on September 19th, 1977 and Helsingin Sanomat, unknown date in 1977.

At the same time the truck carrying Rainbow's equipment started its journey to Finland from England. The truck trip became a nightmare, resulting the Finland show to be cancelled. The truck was stopped by customs multiple times for drug search; first already in England in the harbour, then in Holland and for the third time as it arrived to Sweden. All these inspections took so much time that the truck was still 100 kilometres from Stockholm when the ferry started its 13-14 hour sailing to Finland.

The band was giving interviews in Finland explaining the situation and the show naturally was then cancelled. After this disappointment with the first gig, the band then flew to Stockholm to launch their tour from there.

Date Venue City and State Country Other bands Comments
25.09.1977 Konserthus Stockholm Sweden Kingfish
26.09.1977 Scandinavium Gothenburg Sweden Kingfish
27.09.1977 Chateau Neuf Oslo Norway Kingfish
28.09.1977 Nidaroehallen Trondheim Norway Kingfish Riot between the fans and roadies
30.09.1977 Idraettens Hus Vejle Denmark Kingfish
01.10.1977 Falkoner Teatret Copenhagen Denmark Kingfish
02.10.1977 Vejlby Risskov Hallen Aarhus Denmark Kingfish
04.10.1977 Congresgebouw, Prinz Willem Alexanderzaal The Hague Netherlands Kingfish
06.10.1977 Grugahalle Essen Germany Kingfish Click here for ticket stub picture.
08.10.1977 Sporthalle Cologne Germany Kingfish Click here for ticket stub picture.
10.10.1977 Stadthalle Bremen Germany Kingfish
11.10.1977 Ebertshalle Ludwigshafen Germany Kingfish Click here for ticket stub picture.
12.10.1977 Friedrichshafen Germany Kingfish Most likely the same gig as the Ludwigshafen
13.10.1977 Sportshalle Stuttgart Germany Kingfish
14.10.1977 Sportshalle Hannover Germany Kingfish Originally scheduled for 15th
15.10.1977 Deutschlandhalle Berlin Germany Kingfish Originally scheduled for October 7th
16.10.1977 Congresszentrum Hamburg Germany Kingfish
18.10.1977 Stadthalle Theatre Vienna Austria Kingfish Ritchie Blackmore was arrested for kicking security guard
20.10.1977 Olympiahalle Munich Germany Kingfish Filmed for German TV, Ritchie arrived late and the audience was reduced to 250
21.10.1977 Messehalle K Nurnberg Germany Kingfish Originally scheduled for October 18th.
Click here for ticket stub picture.
Click here for backstage pass picture.
22.10.1977 Rhein-Main-Halle Wiesbaden Germany Kingfish Originally scheduled for October 17th.
Click here for ticket stub picture
Click here for gig poster picture
23.10.1977 Eulachhalle Winterthur Switzerland Kingfish Some sources list this incorrectly as Zurich, but the gig was actually held in Winterthur instead.
25.10.1977 Palais Du Sport Lyon France Kingfish
27.10.1977 Porte de Pantin Pavillion Paris France Kingfish Originally scheduled for October 26th
28.10.1977 Palais d' Exposition Colmar France Kingfish Venue listed also as Salle D'Exposition or Palais d'Exposition and date is sometimes listed as October 24th, but ticket stubs have October 28th as the date. Some sources also claim this was in Marseille at Salle Vallier.
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31.10.1977 City Hall Newcastle UK Kingfish Click here for ticket stub picture.
01.11.1977 City Hall Newcastle UK Kingfish Click here for ticket stub picture
03.11.1977 Guildhall Lockley Grand Hall Preston UK Kingfish
04.11.1977 Empire Theatre Liverpool UK Kingfish
05.11.1977 Empire Theatre Liverpool UK Kingfish Ritchie Blackmore caused damage worth of £2000 to the balcony of the venue when demolishing his guitar. This led to a ban for Rainbow at this place.
07.11.1977 Capitol Aberdeen UK Kingfish Click here for ticket stub picture
09.11.1977 Apollo Glasgow UK Kingfish Click here for ticket stub picture.
Click here for 2nd ticket stub picture
11.11.1977 Rainbow Theatre London UK Kingfish Originally scheduled for September 18th.
Click here for ticket stub picture
12.11.1977 Rainbow Theatre London UK Kingfish Originally scheduled for September 19th
13.11.1977 Rainbow Theatre London UK Kingfish Originally scheduled for September 20th
14.11.1977 Rainbow Theatre London UK Kingfish Originally scheduled for September 21st. Click here for ticket stub picture.
16.11.1977 New Theatre Oxford UK Kingfish
17.11.1977 Granby Halls Leicester UK Kingfish Click here for ticket stub picture
18.11.1977 Bingley Hall Stafford UK Kingfish Click here for ticket stub picture.
Click here for another ticket stub picture.
Click here for another ticket stub picture.
Click here for another ticket stub picture.
Click here for another ticket stub picture.
Click here for another ticket stub picture.
Click here for another ticket stub picture.
20.11.1977 Apollo Manchester UK Kingfish Click here for ticket stub picture.
Click here for ticket stub picture.
21.11.1977 Apollo Manchester UK Kingfish Click here for ticket stub picture.
22.11.1977 Capitol Theatre Cardiff UK Kingfish Some sources list the venue as St. Davids Hall, but that venue was not yet even built then
11.01.1978 Shi Kokaido Nagoya Japan
12.01.1978 Kenritsu Taiikukan Hiroshima Japan
13.01.1978 Kenritsu Taiikukan Kumamoto Japan
14.01.1978 Kyuden-Kinen Taiikukan Fukuoka Japan
16.01.1978 Koseinenkin-Kaikan Osaka Japan
17.01.1978 Koseinenkin-Kaikan Osaka Japan
18.01.1978 Kaikan Daiichi Hall Kyoto Japan
20.01.1978 Koseinenkin-Kaikan Osaka Japan
21.01.1978 Budokan Tokyo Japan
22.01.1978 Budokan Tokyo Japan
24.01.1978 Koriyama Shimin-Kaikan Koriyama Japan Tour book lists this for Koriyama Shimin-Kaikan, but apparently there was no big concert venue in Koriyama before 1984, only a 300 seat venue called "Koriyama Public Hall".
27.01.1978 Nakajima Sports Centre Sapporo Japan Fatality during crowd crush before encore
28.01.1978 Budokan Tokyo Japan
29.01.1978 Kenmin Kaikan Akita Japan
31.01.1978 Kenmin Kaikan Niigata Japan
01.02.1978 Shi Kanko Kaikan Kanazawa Japan
03.02.1978 Budokan Tokyo Japan


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