Recorded in February 1976, RAINBOW released their second album Rising on 17 May.
The Rising tour began taking shape that month, starting properly on 11 June in Ohio. They toured through the US, and briefly into Canada, through June, July into early August.
In June Peter Crescenti wrote:
It may be a few months before Blackmore’s Rainbow appears in Britain for the first time, but even if they have to wait until distant ’77, Blackmore freaks, when they finally do see the band live, will no doubt decide that the wait, no matter how long, was damned well worth it. Rainbow, now in its second version, is simply one of the most dynamic and energetic heavy rock outfits in the free world.
RAINBOW arrived in England on the last day of August to play at the Bristol Hippodrome. STRETCH were the opening act for the UK leg of the tour.
Ritchie Blackmore is back, and nobody sleeps when he’s on. There simply aren’t words strong enough to describe how loud he and his band are. But in a masochistic way it was quite a gig. It was Rainbow’s first concert on British soil, and they systematically blitzed the good citizens of Bristol who crammed into the Hippodrome.
– Brian Harrigan, Melody Maker
The final UK date was 14 September and the European dates began, starting in Sweden. Most of the European dates featured AC/DC in support. Eventually they would leave Europe for Australia and then Japan in December (where most of On Stage was recorded).
1976 was over!
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