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, we¹d 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.
EIGHT: DIGEST & INDEX
Manchester, 5th September 1976 - Live
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.
IAN GILLAN BAND
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.
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...
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.
to the top
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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