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`Rainbow `are a British Rock band. They are captured & photographed here from the stage & pit area during the `Difficult to Cure tour`. For more information & to follow the band on social media use any of the following external links.

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Rainbow concert pictures ~ Bill O’Leary

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Rainbow was formed by legendary guitar god Ritchie Blackmore after departing DEEP PURPLE. I photographed them on the “Difficult to Cure” tour in May of 1981 at the Capitol Theater in New Jersey. As a fan of rock guitar players, shooting Ritchie Blackmore was at the top of the list. Ritchie Blackmore has an aura around him of mystery and even darkness, and his guitar playing comes off as if he is standing on a biblical mountain top. “Spotlight Kid” opened the show followed by “Can’t Happen Here” and “I Surrender”, a big hit for the band. A few DEEP PURPLE songs came later, “Woman from Tokyo”, “Lazy” and “Smoke on The Water”.

This was the debut of singer Joe Lynn Turner with Rainbow as they would go on to great commercial success with him as vocalist in the eighties. Also in the band was former DEEP PURPLE bassist, Roger Glover. It was great to get pictures of two members from the classic DEEP PURPLE line-up for sure. Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner had an amazing voice and carried the songs very well, even while Ritchie Blackmore was giving him the steely eye to keep him in line, Blackmore was known to do that with singers. Known as the “Man In Black”, Ritchie Blackmore commanded the stage with his guitar playing just as I had expected he would.

Location and date of these concert captures

Capitol Theater / New Jersey / America / 08.05.81

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