Koseinenkin Kaikan Hall, Nagoya Japan
March 18, 2004
Deep Purple's Nagoya show was promoted by the local broadcast
station, CBC. It opened with an announcement, "welcome to the Nagoya show
by Def Lepard..." ;-)
The first song was from the Bananas album. Ian Gillan, in white costume, started
to sing energetically. I've been a fan of him since I was at high scool, and
tonight's show brings back all the memories of past shows with Deep Purple in
Nagoya. Here are some them:
1973 - The Mark 2 show was at Nagoya Shi Kokaido. Both the promoters
and fans knew that Gillan and Glover would be leaving the band. Before the encore,
Gillan bows to Jon Lord, as if to say "good-bye, Jon." A photo of
this scene is well known through a bootleg. The last shows of the golden era
still brings us tears when we think back.
1985 - The reunion that we had all craved for, and the second golden
era. The show opened with Highway Star. Gillan's words: "thank you for
waiting for so long, here we are, back together again." It went straight
into the hearts of the long-term fans.
He then introduced other members onstage: "on guitar, Ritchie Blackmore!"
Yes, the guitarist on the left-side of the stage, dressed all in black, was
Ritchie. We turned to his direction, expecting him to say or do something in
return, but he didn't react to the introduction, just kept on playing and rocking.
It was the Purple sound that we had all long waited for.
1993 - Nagoya Rainbow Hall.
How could we forget the 1993 show? A week before they were due to play here,
the old Ian Gillan vs. Ritchie Blackmore conflict flared up again. Ritchie got
fed up and left the band! If only he could put up with it for another week...
Joe Satriani took his place for the tour. (Later on, Yngwie Malmsteen said "I
hope they'll ask me, I can play every Deep Purple number.") [But who
needs DP played at double speed? Rasmus]
Ian Gillan was dynamite on the night of the show, he was in a great mood, perhaps
now that the guitarist he couldn't stand was gone. He sang and rocked so energetically,
exchanged jokes with Jon Lord, interacted with Satriani and pushed him into
great performance. Jon Lord later said IG was a completely different person
from when Ritchie was in the band. His stage chats were perfect too (yes, I
mean it ironically), not mentioning Ritchie once.
2000 - Aichi Prefectural Arts Hall. This venue is supposed to have the
best accoustics in town, and indeed I remember enjoying the excellent Deep Purple
sound here. On guitar was the fresh face, Steve Morse. As the band had released
the RAH album before coming to Japan, I had half expected this show to be a
classical one (esp. considering the venue.) The opening number, Highway Star,
put my mind at rest. One could not help feel the show sounded like that of a
Deep Purple cover band. My impression of Steve Morse was "a guitarist who
loves DP joined in for the occasion". I know, it hadn't been that long
since he'd become a member...
Koseinenkin Kaikan. There are about a dozen venues in Nagoya, the biggest of
which being Nagoya Dome (where the likes of Aerosmith play.) Koseinenkin Kaikan
is one of the smallest. According to Gillan, it's hard to get through to the
audience in huge venues, so perhaps this is a good choice.
The show concluded with Hush. What's happened to Child in Time? Gillan hasn't
sung that for four or five years now. Why not? He looked strained while he sang
the hard rock numbers. For Gillan freaks like me, the show left a touch of anxiety
as to what's going to happen now.