For years this VHS of Rainbow live in concert was the only official live video recording available to fans. It’s an impressive show filmed in San Antonio, Texas in 1982 featuring the ‘Straight Between The Eyes’ album line up and the majority of the songs are from Rainbow’s post 1979 back catalogue with only ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll’ from the Dio era. The concert closes with the obligatory ‘Smoke On The Water’. Overall the band and Blackmore come across very well, with plenty of energy.
Now when you talk about Live Albums this version of Rainbow is my favourite incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore’s rotating lineup! The studio album from 1982 Straight Behind The Eye’s is an absolute classic of all things classic AOR. I reviewed the studio portion and it’s so good and for some crazy reason people do not really credit it as much as the Dio led version of Rainbow. As far as I’m concerned this is the era I discovered Rainbow so it’s the era I like most.
So here is the live portion from that tour back in 1982 recorded and filmed in San Antonio. Actually come to think of it this may be the exact same lineup that was on the live release Boston 1981. That one also is a great live show and of course the review of that show is lingering around somewhere on this site.
So there as you see above is the track listing of the show and it features some current stuff(at the time) and some golden oldies of Ritchie’s years when Dio sang for his supper with Rainbow and Ritchie’s days from Deep Purple.
Spotlight Kid is a great opener and Bobby Rondinelli just double bass’s the drums throughout the whole opener as Joe Lynn Turner sings indeed for his supper while Bassist Roger Glover(looking like an extra from Miami Vice) keeps the bottom end shuffling while at time keyboardist David Rosenthal locks in with Ritchie and they do solo’s together and at time separately. Watch the video as you gotta love watching Ritchie as he has no idea he’s in San Antonio hahaha. Love the man’s non facial expressions but his guitar tone is wickedly dirty sounding on this album and when he locks in with the keyboards its a throwback to the Purple years gone by!
Must also make mention in the live video how I dig those set of eyes that drop from the ceiling and shot rays of lights throughout the crowd. Almost hokey but it’s 1982 for God’s sake! Give me props!
Joe Lynn Turner has a great voice suited for Rainbow but in this vid man he looks awkward as a frontman. That white leather jacket and him making fists is kinda silly and stuff but I guess he was trying to metal it up at times as a tough guy! Still though he can sing….
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar)
Roger Glover (bass)
Bobby Rondinelli (drums)
David Rosenthal (keyboards)
Joe Lynn Turner (vocals)
Lin Robinson – Dee Beale
01. Overture: Over The Rainbow (Arlen)
02. Spotlight Kid (Blackmore/Glover)
03. Miss Mistreated (Blackmore/Turner/Rosenthal)
04. It Can’t Happen Here (Blackmore/Glover)
05. Tearin Out My Heart (Blackmore/Turner)
06. All Night Long (Blackmore/Glover)
07. Stone Cold ( Blackmore/Turner/Glover)
08. Power (Blackmore/Turner)
09. Blues Interlude (Blackmore)
10. Beethoven’s Ninth: Ode To Joy (Beethoven/Blackmore)
11. Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll (Blackmore/Dio)
12. Smoke On The Water (Blackmore/Lord/Glover/Gillan/Paice)
Total time 75 min approx