Rainbow: Rising tour dates

Thin Lizzy was supposed to be the warming-up band for June-July North American tour, but because Phil Lynott became ill, they had to cancel it. There were various different warming-up bands instead.

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Date Venue City and State Country Other bands Comments
1976-03-03 Palasport Torino Italy Cemento Cancelled - the whole March tour in Europe was cancelled.
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1976-03-07 Stadthalle Erlangen Germany Cancelled - the whole March tour in Europe was cancelled.
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1976-03-08 Eberthalle Ludwigshafen Germany Cancelled - the whole March tour in Europe was cancelled.
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1976-03-09 Stadthalle Offenbach Germany Cancelled - the whole March tour in Europe was cancelled.
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1976-03-11 Philipshalle Dusseldorf Germany Cancelled - the whole March tour in Europe was cancelled.
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1976-03-12 Westfalenhalle Dortmund Germany Cancelled - the whole March tour in Europe was cancelled.
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1976-03-14 Stadthalle Wolfsburg Germany Cancelled - the whole March tour in Europe was cancelled.
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1976-03-16 Musikhalle Hamburg Germany Cancelled - the whole March tour in Europe was cancelled.
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1976-06-06 Nor'wester '76 Festival, NorthWest Speedway Stateline, ID USA Bachman Turner Overdrive, Blue Oyster Cult Cancelled as the festival promoters did not pay the bands at this festival. The audience of 5000 started a riot after the bands did not appear.
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1976-06-11 Veterans Memorial Auditorium Columbus, OH USA Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as they arrived to Columbus, OH, Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis and they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow.
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1976-06-13 Palace Theater Albany, NY USA Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis, they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow. According to "The Sunday Record" newspaper, Rainbow and Thin Lizzy played at this date at The Palace in New York City, NY but that is most likely just a confusion. A fan also confirms that he saw Rainbow on this date in Albany, NY.
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1976-06-14 Fairgrounds Agricultural Hall Allentown, PA USA Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis, they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow. Most likely also Rainbow postponed this gig to 1976-07-01. In addition, some sources list this gig for 1976-06-12 and the generic US tour poster has the date as 1976-06-13.
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1976-06-14 Le Theatre St. Denis Montreal, PQ Canada Cancelled and rescheduled for 1976-07-20.
1976-06-15 Allen Theater Cleveland, OH USA Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis, they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow.
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1976-06-16 The Arena Binghamton, NY USA Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis, they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow. Rainbow was cancelled as well by the promoter.
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1976-06-17 Beacon Theater New York City, NY USA Southside Johnny And The Asbury Dukes (or Duke And The Backstreet Drivers, or Duke And The Drivers) Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis, they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow. Some sources incorrectly claim Ac/Dc would've been the warming-up band.
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1976-06-18 The Calderone Concert Hall Hempstead, NY USA Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis, they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow. Some sources incorrectly claim Ac/Dc would've been the warming-up band.
1976-06-19 Century Theater Buffalo, NY USA Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis, they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow.
1976-06-20 Erie County Fieldhouse Erie, PA USA Heart Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis, they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow.
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1976-06-?? Orpheum Theater Boston, MA USA Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis, they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow. If this gig happened at all, the date very likely was 1976-06-21.
1976-06-22 Hara Arena Dayton, OH USA Ted Nugent Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis, they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow. Some sources incorrectly claim the gig would've been on 1976-06-26.
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1976-06-24 International Amphitheater Milwaukee, WI USA Some sources claim the venue was Uptown Theater.
1976-06-25 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL USA Heart, Mahogany Rush, The L.A. Jets Click here for gig pass picture.
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1976-06-26 Expo Center Indianapolis, IN USA Mahogany Rush Cancelled, possibly only a day before the show.
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1976-06-27 RKO Orpheum Theater Davenport, IA USA Click here for US tour poster picture.
1976-06-28 Sports Arena Toledo, OH USA Heart Click here for a ticket stub picture.
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1976-07-01 Fairgrounds Grandstand Allentown, PA USA Angel, Chumbi About 4000 people. Most likely rescheduled from 1976-06-14.
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1976-07-02 Auditorium Theatre Rochester, NY USA Angel, Gentle Giant Some sources incorrectly claim this was on 1976-07-06.
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1976-07-03 Broadwalk Casino Arena Asbury Park, NJ USA Henry Gross Thin Lizzy was going to be the warming-up band but as Phil Lynott was diagnosed with hepatitis, they had to cancel their tour with Rainbow.
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1976-07-04 USA Outdoor venue.
1976-07-08 SMU McFarlin Memorial Auditorium Dallas, TX USA Don Harrison Band Click here for ticket stub picture.
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1976-07-09 Municipal Auditorium San Antonio, TX USA Blue Oyster Cult (HL), Starz, Mott Click here for ticket stub picture.
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1976-07-10 Music Hall Houston, TX USA Don Harrison Band Ronnie's birthday show. Some sources incorrectly claim this would've been with Blue Oyster Cult and Starz at Moody's Coliseum. Polydor filmed at least parts of this gig for a promotional video.
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1976-07-14 Curtis Hixon Hall Tampa, FL USA Click here for gig ad picture.
1976-07-15 Jai Alai Fronton Miami, FL USA Roy Buchanan Click here for ticket stub picture.
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1976-07-16 Bayfront Center Arena St. Petersburg, FL USA Savoy Brown, Roy Buchanan Capacity 8400, about 1500 people.
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1976-07-?? Civic Auditorium Jacksonville, FL USA Venue might've been Veterans' Memorial Coliseum instead.
1976-07-20 St. Denis Theater Montreal, PQ Canada Max Webster Some sources incorrectly claim the date was 1976-07-12.
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1976-07-26 Civic Arena Pittsburgh, PA USA Jethro Tull (HL) Some sources incorrectly claim Jethro Tull did not play.
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1976-07-27 Market Square Arena Indianapolis, IN USA Jethro Tull (HL) Some sources incorrectly claim Jethro Tull did not play.
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1976-07-30 Hirsch Memorial Coliseum Shreveport, LA USA REO Speedwagon, Cate Brothers Click here for ticket stub picture.
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1976-08-02 Aladdin Theatre Las Vegas, NV USA Click here for gig ad picture.
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1976-08-03 Starlight Bowl Amphitheater Burbank, CA USA Man Some sources incorrectly claim the venue was Civic Arena. Originally scheduled for July but vetoed by the Burbank Council; on the other hand there are no other Rainbow tour dates in the area in July.
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1976-08-06 Civic Auditorium San Jose, CA USA Mile Hi, Man Click here for gig ad picture.
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1976-08-07 Community Theater Berkeley, CA USA
1976-08-26 Orange Festival Nimes France Date might've been 27th. The festival was cancelled because of the residents' objections. Rainbow was set to headline the 1st or 2nd day.
1976-08-28 Corbierres France Three day festival that was cancelled, Rainbow would've played on the 2nd day.
1976-08-31 Hippodrome Bristol UK Stretch
1976-09-01 De Montfort Hall Leicester UK Stretch Click here for ticket stub picture.
1976-09-03 Empire Theatre Liverpool UK Stretch Some claim that Ritchie caused damage to the venue and Rainbow got banned from the place, but that was on the On Stage tour instead.
1976-09-04 Playhouse Edinburgh UK Stretch Click here for ticket stub picture.
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1976-09-05 Free Trade Hall Manchester UK Stretch Click here for ticket stub picture.
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1976-09-07 Hammersmith Odeon London UK Stretch Click here for ticket stub picture.
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1976-09-08 Hammersmith Odeon London UK Stretch Click here for ticket stub picture.
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1976-09-09 Hammersmith Odeon London UK Stretch Mentioned in the newspapers but never put on sale.
1976-09-10 Cardiff Castle Festival Cardiff UK Queen (HL), Andy Fairweather Low, Frankie Miller's Full House Rainbow cancelled as the stage was too small for the rainbow stage prop. Another explanation given was that the rainbow didn't get in time to Cardiff as it was shipped from the USA, but it had already been present at the earlier UK shows. They were replaced by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
1976-09-11 Odeon Theatre Birmingham UK Stretch Click here for ticket stub picture.
1976-09-12 Gaumont Theatre Southampton UK Stretch Cancelled and postponed to 1976-09-13 instead.
1976-09-13 Capitol Theatre Cardiff UK Planned originally but cancelled after 1976-09-10 festival was booked.
1976-09-13 Gaumont Theatre Southampton UK Stretch
1976-09-14 City Hall Newcastle UK Stretch Click here for ticket stub picture.
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1976-09-17 Olympen Lund Sweden Cancelled, venue too small for the stage set
1976-09-20 Konserthuset Stockholm Sweden Some sources claim Ac/Dc was the support band at this gig but concert goer confirmed there was no warming up band. Ac/Dc most likely they joined the tour only in Hamburg, Germany.
1976-09-22 Tivoli's Koncertsal Copenhagen Denmark Some sources claim that Ac/Dc would've been the support band but they did not play at this show.
1976-09-23 Musikhalle Grosser Saal Hamburg Germany Ac/Dc Filmed in part by Oyster label.
1976-09-24 Stadthalle Bremen Germany Ac/Dc Some sources suggest the city was Bremerhaven.
1976-09-25 Sporthalle Cologne Germany Ac/Dc On Stage recordings.
1976-09-27 Philipshalle Dusseldorf Germany Ac/Dc On Stage recordings.
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1976-09-28 Messezentrum Halle A Nurnberg Germany Ac/Dc Some sources incorrectly claim this was Multihalle in Mannheim. On Stage recordings.
1976-09-29 Circus Krone Munich Germany Ac/Dc On Stage recordings.
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1976-09-30 Multihalle Mannheim Germany Ac/Dc Click here for ticket stub picture.
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1976-10-01 Rhein Main Halle Wiesbaden Germany Ac/Dc
1976-10-02 Westfallenhalle Festival Dortmund Germany Ac/Dc, Van Der Graf Generator, Procol Harum Click here for ticket stub and gig poster picture.
1976-10-03 Geneva Switzerland Ac/Dc Cancelled and rescheduled for 1976-10-09 instead.
1976-10-04 Casino Bern Switzerland Ac/Dc
1976-10-05 Volkshaus Zurich Switzerland Ac/Dc
1976-10-06 Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt Germany Ac/Dc Click here for gig poster picture.
1976-10-08 Luxor Theater Hoensbroek Holland Ac/Dc Unconfirmed, most likely didn't happen at all.
1976-10-09 Palais de Expositions Geneva Switzerland Some sources list this as October 3rd, with AC/DC as the opener, but according to Swiss newspaper "Tribune de Lousanne" on 1976-10-08, Rainbow played in Geneva on October 10th instead and there is no mention of AC/DC.
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1976-10-11 Le Mans France Ac/Dc Unconfirmed, most likely didn't happen at all.
1976-10-12 Le Havre France Ac/Dc Unconfirmed, most likely didn't happen at all.
1976-10-13 Porte de Pantin Pavillion Paris France Ac/Dc
1976-10-14 Cirque Royal Brussels Belgium Ac/Dc Some sources claim this was on 16th or 17th, but the ticket stub and eyewitness claim the date was 14th instead.
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1976-10-15 Rouen France Ac/Dc Unconfirmed, most likely didn't happen at all
1976-10-15 Parc Des Expositions Colmar France Ac/Dc Rescheduled from 1976-10-16. At least some tickets have the 1976-10-16 date printed on them.
1976-10-16 Parc Des Expositions Colmar France Ac/Dc Cancelled and rescheduled to 1976-10-15 instead.
1976-10-18 Congress Gebouw The Hague Netherlands Ac/Dc Click here for gig ad picture.
1976-10-18 Lyon France Unconfirmed, most likely didn't happen.
1976-10-21 Kulttuuritalo Helsinki Finland Cancelled. Help! magazine claimed the date would've been originally set as October 16th instead. Helsingin Sanomat newspaper reported that according to the concert organizer, the band was too exhausted and had decided to cancel their last European show.
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1976-10-28 Stadthalle Erlangen Germany Ac/Dc Most likely this gig did not happen. Live tape exists claiming to be from this show but is actually from Nurnberg on 1976-09-28 instead.
1976-11-04 Entertainment Centre Perth Australia Fatty Lumpkin
1976-11-09 Festival Hall Melbourne Australia Buffalo
1976-11-11 Horden Pavillion Sydney Australia Buffalo Click here for ticket stub picture.
1976-11-12 Civic Theatre Newcastle Australia Buffalo
1976-11-13 Festival Hall Brisbane Australia Buffalo
1976-11-16 Horden Pavillion Sydney Australia Buffalo
1976-11-18 Festival Theatre Adelaide Australia
1976-11-19 Festival Theatre Adelaide Australia
1976-11-20 Festival Theatre Adelaide Australia 1st show at 5pm.
1976-11-20 Festival Theatre Adelaide Australia 2nd show at 8pm.
1976-11-22 Festival Hall Melbourne Australia Click here for ticket stub picture.
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1976-12-02 Taiikukan Gymnasium Tokyo Japan Sports Centre may have been the venue instead.
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1976-12-04 Shi Kokaido Nagoya Japan Unconfirmed, most likely didn't happen.
1976-12-05 Koseinenkin-Kaikan Osaka Japan On Stage recordings, some sources list this as 4th.
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1976-12-06 Budokan Tokyo Japan Unconfirmed, most likely didn't happen even though this is said to be one of the shows where On Stage was recorded.
1976-12-07 Shi Kokaido Nagoya Japan
1976-12-08 Koseinenkin-Kaikan Osaka Japan The Anzen Band On Stage recordings.
1976-12-09 Koseinenkin-Kaikan Osaka Japan On Stage recordings.
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1976-12-10 Kaikan Daiichi Hall Kyoto Japan
1976-12-13 Kyuden-Kinen Taiikukan Fukuoka Japan
1976-12-14 Hiroshima-Shi Kokaido Hiroshima Japan Some sources claim the venue was Kenritsu Taiikukan, but most likely that's incorrect.
1976-12-16 Budokan Tokyo Japan 1st show at 3.00pm, On Stage recordings.
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1976-12-16 Budokan Tokyo Japan 2nd show at night, On Stage recordings.


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