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Had a letter, once

Don Airey and Cozy Powell promote the Down to Earth Rainbow tour on British telly:

Thanks to Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow channel for posting the video and to Hein for bringing it to our attention.

9 Comments to “Had a letter, once”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I saw that a while ago. This kind of fits then, same Rainbow era and covering similar ground, but more in depth:


  2. 2
    Pier says:

    Cozy was just great.

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    This is that Cozy Rainbow PR interview, ‘get out there Cozy & sell the band & don’t be pessimistic, be positive, we are onto a winner this time’. Note Cozy’s jest with the initial answer to ‘how long do you think it will last’ then replies ‘ask me after tonights concert’ then quickly thinking I had better be more optimistic. ‘The strongest Rainbow lineup’ good PR indeed. ‘I think it will last’ ha ha ha. Cozy was already thinking about getting out me thinks, watch his body language. Oh well not to worry, another day, another dollar. Cheers.

  4. 4
    George Martin says:

    I saw Rainbow 4 times on the Down To Earth Tour. I would love to go back and do it all over again. Only 21 years old at the time, young, healthy and strong, having the time of my life. Videos like this bring back so many memories but are also reminders that it’s getting towards the end. Just typing my thoughts, sorry to bum anyone out.

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Oh my, you were quite a fan of that line-up then. I can understand, Bonnet had a certain laddishness to him that both Dio and Turner lacked. He was relateable. And while he was blessed with a great voice, there was nothing rock god about him, he was something fresh. He was relaxed on stage and always seemed to be enjoying himself as well as the presence of the other Rainbow members. Just goodnatured.

    Cozy could still be with us if he had not speeded or worn a seatbelt or not phoned with his girl friend while trying to steer his Saab that fateful night. Darn.

  6. 6
    robert says:

    @4 Saw Rainbow 4 times as well, once in Hartford,Ct opening for BOC (blew’em away). I was in the Navy, stationed on the east coast, the got transfered to So. Cal. , where i saw them 3 more times (Pat Travers opened).

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    Gregster says:

    Oh well…Rainbow, Roundabout… There’s a few letters differing I suppose lol…

    The band may have lasted if Graham didn’t have that hair-cut…

    At least they were back in the charts, & I dare say lots of people were happy , if not surprised to see Roger on stage again, along side RB…Things were looking-up !

    And there is a live release of that line-up too from the “Monster of Rock” festival to grab & enjoy…

    Peace !

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    stoffer says:

    @4 robert I saw them 4x as well…..once opened for REO and blew them away! Travers was the opener twice and at a festival called SuperJam, they were 1 of 5 bands so their playing time was cut short and didn’t get to see Blackmore really open up but a good show none the less (VERY HOT in the US in July) cheers btw had tickets to see them on their very first tour but it was canceled twice UUGGHHH

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    Buttockss says:

    @ 4…. so sad but so true George, time does fly so fast and we all have those great memories of are youth. How ols is Don there he looks like he could still be in High School, LOL!

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