Rainbow: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow tour dates

Rainbow started their first tour from Montreal, Canada. There have been some claims that the start would've been in the New York City, or Hempstead, NY, but in reality the tour started from Montreal. However, originally it wasn't meant that way, as there were four shows in the original agenda before Montreal. Those shows were postponed to later dates and thus Montreal was the premier show for Rainbow.

The first Rainbow tour was quite a short one; just a handful of shows across the North America. The tour ended possibly in Tampa, FL less than a month after it started. It is possible that this page is still missing a gig or two so any additions and corrections are more than welcome!

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Date Venue City and State Country Other bands Comments
1975-11-05 Syria Mosque Pittsburgh, PA USA Cancelled and rescheduled for 1975-11-17.
1975-11-06 Agricultural Theater Allentown, PA USA Cancelled and rescheduled for December.
1975-11-07 Orpheum Theater Boston, MA USA Cancelled and rescheduled for December.
1975-11-08 Tower Theater Philadelphia, PA USA Cancelled and rescheduled for 1975-11-15.
1975-11-10 Forum Montreal, PQ Canada Argent 1st show ever, some sources incorrectly suggest the date would've been 1975-11-11. 1500 people, capacity 15000. The only show where If You Don't Like Rock 'N' Roll was played.
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1975-11-12 Beacon Theater New York City, NY USA Argent Some sources claim that this gig was at Calderone in Hempstead, NY, but those are incorrect. Also some list the date incorrectly as 1975-12-11.
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1975-11-13 Palace Theater Waterbury, CT USA
1975-11-14 Calderone Concert Hall Hempstead, NY USA UFO Originally advertised for 1975-11-08.
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1975-11-15 Tower Theater Upper Darby, PA USA Argent The gig was delayed for a few hours because of interference problems with the rainbow stage prop. The interference problems occurred again during the show, leading to a 45 minute break during the show. Originally scheduled for 1975-11-08.
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1975-11-15 Georgetown University Washington DC USA Cancelled, Rainbow played in Upper Darby, PA instead.
1975-11-16 Civic Theater Akron, OH USA
1975-11-17 Syria Mosque Pittsburgh, PA USA UFO Originally scheduled for 1975-11-05. Some sources incorrectly claim the gig was held on 1975-11-18 or even 1975-12-18.
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1975-11-18 Ford Auditorium Detroit, MI USA The Mutants Some sources incorrectly claim this was Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, PA and that the Detroit gig would've been on 1975-11-20. Advertisements claimed the warming-up band would be Argent, but they were replaced by The Mutants.
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1975-11-19 Uptown Theater Milwaukee, WI USA Cheap Trick Cancelled, not rescheduled.
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1975-11-20 The Ambassador Theater St. Louis, MO USA
1975-11-22 Auditorium Theater Chicago, IL USA Rush was going to be the warming-up band but they cancelled. Curiously Rush was touring with Kiss at that time and was scheduled to play in Chicago at the very same night but they cancelled that gig too.
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1975-11-26 Selland Arena Fresno, CA USA Steppenwolf Some sources say that the venue was Warnors Theatre.
1975-11-28 Berkeley Community Theater Berkeley, CA USA
1975-11-29 Civic Auditorium Santa Monica, CA USA Argent Some sources incorrectly claim this gig would've been on 1975-12-13. Argent was supposed to open, but apparently they cancelled it.
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1975-11-30 Swing Auditorium San Bernardino, CA USA Click here for gig ad picture.
1975-12-?? Paramount Theater Portland, OR USA Unknown if really happened.
1975-12-?? Paramount Theater Seattle, WA USA Unknown if really happened.
1975-12-?? Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, BC Canada Unknown if really happened.
1975-12-?? Orpheum Theater Boston, MA USA Originally scheduled for 1975-11-07, but unknown if really happened.
1975-12-?? Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall Allentown PA USA Originally scheduled for 1975-11-06, but unknown if really happened.
1975-12-07 Curtis Hixon Hall Tampa, FL USA Last concert of the tour. Mentioned in a magazine but unknown if really happened.
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