Reviews, Europe 2003
Arena, Nürnberg, Germany
November 8, 2003
1. Highway Star
2. Strange Kind Of Woman
3. Silver Tongue
4. Knocking At Your Backdoor
5. House Of Pain
8. Contact Lost
9. Doing It Tonight
10. Space Truckin
11. I Got Your Number
12. The Well Dressed Guitar
13. Perfect Strangers
14. Smoke On The Water
16. Black Night
Deep Purple was the first band I saw in 1972 when I was about
12 years old. Now I saw them yesterday in Nürnberg and I can only say,
if you get the possibility to see them, do it.
Molly Hatchet was not bad, too, but there was too much show from the
one guitarist, they were much better three years ago when I saw them. Anyway,
still a good opener for Purple.
Deep Purple's concert last night was just great,
amazing, something it I didn't expect. These old men played like the hell and
kicked everybody's ass already with the first song. This was Highway Star and
wooooooooooooow, what a beginning for the show.
It was great to see how they were one group and nobody was too much in front
or back, nobody made too much show and it gave the impession they really liked
being there giving us a great time.
It was a perfect mixture of some new and of course old songs and the crowd really
got into it.
Gillan still reached the high tunes in the songs, Glover creates tremors with
his bass that you can feel in your stomach sometimes. Paice on drums is getting
better and better. I don't remember the name of the keyboard guy but he integrates
really well in the band. Steve Morse is playing tunes with his guitar that I
really don't know where they came from sometimes.
If anybody will get a bootleg from that concert yesterday, please let me know
i would really like to get it.
Contact Lost followed with an intersting bridge following which
wasn´t the filled with the usual Morse standards all the time (they were
present of course, but there was more). I prepared to hear Haunted but I was
surprised as Morse´s soloing got faster, harder and more intensive which
wouldn´t fit if the intro to Haunted would follow. And it truly was something
new, it was the live premiere of Doing It Tonight, which is a very entertaing
live song that sends good vibes to the crowd. IG sang the bridge very well and
even without taking a breath he managed to get properly into the third verse.
At the point where it usually fades out in the studio it went on, then came
a break and they ended it with the last few bars of Picture Of Innocence.
Milan Fahrnholz - read Milan's
This was my tenth DP show and the best yet. I was very fortunate
to receive a guest pass for the show, and used it to full advantage. I flew
over from the States the morning of the show, and arrived at the arena very
early. I was able to watch the band do a soundcheck with Paicey, Roger, Steve
and Don. This was very different because there was a lot of jamming and fooling
around, and no pressure from the lights and crowd. A very relaxed performance.
They are absolutely masters of their art. Ultimately they played three songs
for soundcheck: Ted the Mechanic, Pictures of Innocence, and Doing it Tonight.
It was really great.
I made some great new friends at the front of the crowd, many people came in
with pictures and plaques, and the fellow next to me had been to 42 shows since
1985. Deep Purple fans are dedicated, don't we know it.
The evening's performance was as good as any I have seen before. Everyone looks
so happy and healthy. Big Ian is looking very fit these days.
The songs were flawless, the sound was very good, and the band is on fire. As
others have said, Ian still hits the notes like he always has, and he has such
an endearing stage presence.
Roger was rock steady, throwing picks to the crowd. Paicey always makes it looks
so easy and has a couple very nice solos, Steve is awesome as usual, and Don
is really coming into his own. If you haven't made plans to see the Bananas
tour, you should reconsider.
I was able to meet the band after the show, and these guys are just as gracious
as they are talented. They do this night after night for many years, but still
make each fan feel appreciated.