Issue Eight,Oct./Nov. 1976

Issue Eight. After eight issues, we finally got the boost we'd been waiting for in the shape of Rainbow's incredible UK tour, so naturally we went for it big time with a 19 page A5 zine (including four glossy pics taken by me at the shows, including one of Ritchie backstage in Liverpool which are no longer available). Yes, wed been granted an audience with the man (I think it was his roadie who arranged it for us). I wouldn't know what to say to him these days but back then this was better than royalty. Even better the pictures came out. Taking time off college we did as many of the shows as we could, kicking off with the opening night in Bristol. I think in total it was the furthest I'd ever travelled up to that point! Mostly we crashed on friend's floors and got around on public transport as neither of us drove. Then it was into the darkrooms at college (I was based in the graphic design annex in Piccadilly in Manchester, a fabulous old building which sadly was later sold for a hotel) to develop the films and print them up. Bad news was that we had to raise the subscription costs to cover all the extra pages - so they went up to 2 from Issue 9 onwards.

Tour Review: Manchester Apollo
bits & pieces



Manchester, 5th September 1976 - Live Review

Perhaps the best show of the tour. Ritchie's guitar has been boosted up to make it properly audible throughout. Dio is in great form, the group now seems a group rather than a collection of individuals. 'Catch The Rainbow' was bloody amazing, holding the audience spellbound in its entirety. It sent shivers through me. Some people just collapsed into their seats with disbelief. When he returned for the encore he was nearly pulled into the audience by an over-enthusiastic front row, and fell over trying to escape.

1976 Tour News

The Orange Festival in France was stopped by residents, so Rainbow's pre-UK warm-up didn't take place. The band fitted in a rehearsal before the opening show of the tour, including a full length version of 'Lazy'. Melody Maker printed a nasty review of the actual gig (in Bristol), maybe the reviewer's memories of a lager shampoo at a Purple gig swayed his critical judgement! Coverdale, Lord, Paice and Glover all attended the second night at Hammersmith. At one concert in France, Blackmore and Powell swopped instruments for a while, so that Ritchie could have a go on drums. They swopped back again when the crowd nearly rioted! A live album is being recorded on the European dates in October / November. Rainbow will be in Australia in early November, and Japan in December.



Gillan's band have been conspicuous by their absence recently. Disappointing LP sales, together with very poor ticket sales for his French Tour (Paris was nearly cancelled due to low sales), may have prompted Ian to rethink his immediate future. He's been touring America for some time now, UK dates seem no nearer.

Bits & Pieces

Eddie Jobson

While Rainbow were hunting a keyboard player in August 1975, one of the guys on the short-list was Eddie Jobson, one time Curved Air (and Roxy Music) whizz-kid. He did practise with the group but didn't take the job. He then returned to the UK to be offered work with the Ian Gillan Band...

Roger Glover

Glover is still producing, he's just done Rory Gallagher's new one. He has also begun work on his own one, but it won't appear until late '77 he says. We could see Roger bopping away at the Hammersmith Rainbow gig. Ritchie did mention in Melody Maker something about getting Glover to help write some material for Rainbow, which could be interesting.

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also in the magazine:
Rainbow German Tour Dates...full UK tour review...technical info on equipment used on UK tour by Ritchie...


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