July 6, 2004
From the cold Germany
and Switzerland to the sunny and hot town Izola on the Slovenian coast!
I was told Cheap Trick's guitarist Mr.Nielsen was very happy when he stepped out
of the touring bus straight into the Mediterranean type of weather (31 degrees
C) and saw the blue sea. In fact I was less happy with their performance. Okay,
they are good but something is missing there. They're not British...
Quo rocked the audience with their stunning performance. I guess they are like
wine - the older the better! During their gig the adrenalin is flowing down my
veins. They are the ultimate rock band. Can't wait to see them in Stuttgart in
Then Deep Purple came on stage. They faced jolly good response
from the audience - much better than in Coburg.
Even though the audience consisted mostly of young teenagers who have hardly seen
Purple live before. The band felt that reaction very much. They gave us a tremendous
performance. Gillan told us about the positive vibes from the audience. "Consider
yourself a part of the band!" were his words.
The setlist was all the
same except one song - Demon's Eye! Yeaaaaah! Great! Thank you for this surprise.
The peak of the show was of course Highway Star and the mighty Smoke on the
All in all it was really a joyful evening of classic rock in a small
but proud country.
Purple, see ya in November, - Wembley Arena, London UK!
But I still miss Ritchie...
July 6th was my lucky day. After seven
months Deep Purple returned to Slovenia and performed with two great bands, Status
Quo and Cheap Trick, supported by slovenian rockers Requiem.
I arrived to
Izola in the morning to get my photopass. It's a great feeling to be a big Deep
Purple fan and have a chance to make some good photos.
funny thing happened before the press conference. While we were waiting, Don Airey
arrived and went straight to the piano in a restaurant. He played some notes and
within a moment he was surrounded by half dozen of photographers. He was very
nice and posed us so we could get some good photos. But the greatest moment was
for me to meet Roger Glover and Steve Morse at the press conference. They are
really nice guys and in spite of all those silly questions that journalists often
ask they were very polite. At the end of the short meeting I got some autographs
and talked a bit with Mr. Glover and Mr. Morse. I was so nervous that I almost
forgot all my English... But these were really a great moments for me.
show started at about 6pm wit Requiem, which performed only for about 20
minutes. They were good and people enjoyed them.
Cheap Trick show lasted
for about an hour and they really set the audience on fire. They were funny, they
rocked, they played excellent!
Status Qou are also the legends and
they proved it with proffesional, energetic and enthusiastic performance.
about 10pm the stage was ready for Deep Purple. When they showed up, the
audience went crazy. They started with Silver Tongue and continued with Woman
From Tokyo. Those were the songs that we, photographers, could also take photos,
then we had to ged rid of our cameras and return to the show. So I missed 'I Got
Your Number' but really enjoyed the rest of the show, which was amazing in all
The band was in great condition, Gillan's voice was superb, sound
was clear and loud, whole atmosphere was just perfect.
Set list was similair
to other shows on this tour and I was glad they added Demon's Eye. Maybe I missed
some Purpendicular songs and Speed King, which was on a set list written at Paice's
drums as the last song of the encocore.
But anyway, show lasted about two
hours and noone was dissapointed. Just the opposite, all that I talked to were
amazed. After all, band members are not among youngest, but with their fresh and
strong performance they beat many younger rock groups.
Long live Deep Purple!