Every so often something takes you right back in time. This unusual photograph of a rock crowd came from Tonny Steenhagen, with the cryptic message “are you in it?”. Turns out the shot was of the audience at Rainbow’s very first British concert in Bristol back in August 1976. I’ve only ever been to the venue this once, and it was 38 years ago. I do remember the really good rake in the stalls which gave everyone a clear view, and I was somewhere around where the two arms in the distance are in the photo. I think! I love the guy near the front centre left with his finger stuffed in his ear, and the one on the right gazing up at the amazing rainbow stage piece (something which we all did – it was hypnotic). The tickets (inset) were not very exciting as you can see, and don’t even mention the band’s name. I kept it anyway.
The photographer then turned round and went back to snapping the band. Shame Polydor didn’t know about if for the Long Live album inner gatefold. Let us know if you or any of your mates are in it!