June 24, 2004
I attended a double-concert that was tremendously enjoyable.
At 8 pm the Icelandic
group Mánar (moons) from Selfoss that hadn't performed since they
quit 30 years ago, then having been a very popular band for 10 years. In the 80s
they had made one LP with progressive music. Like most Icelandic bands their covering
of music from great bands like Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull is faultless. And they
played songs from that album and two Uriah Heep's songs, Easy Livin' and July
Morning and the audience sang along.
When Deep Purple came on stage
at 9,15 the full house (5000) was well upheated and prepared for the nonstop playing
of about 30 Purple songs which the crowd sang along with.
I must congratulate
the band for the best concert I'd ever attended. I invited my three sons to come
along with me, and we all enjoyd the concert wholeheartedly. There was no generation
gap to be seen, everybody of the audience, whether they were 10 years of age or
70 jumped up and down, waved their hands and sang along with Gillan or voice-covered
Morse's guitar wailing when he was playing with us.
A concert that will truly
be kept up front in our minds for years to come.
For the first
time I saw Deep Purple live tonight in Reykjavík, Iceland, and I've never
been on a better concert! It was just great!
Even though most of them are
almost 60 years old they still are very good, if not better!
is only one word to describe Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Steve Morse
and Don Airey: They are geniuses!
don't remember all the song 100% but here are some:
Woman from Tokyo
Strange kind of Woman
Doing it tonight
got your number
Steve Morse Solo(Contact Lost)
Don Airey solo
Smoke on the Water
Hit the Road Jack
at Your Back Door
When a Blind Man Cries
see DP live, it's just a wonderful experience!
Thank you Deep Purple!
I thought the first night was good, but
the second night (the original date that sold out so quickly) was awesome. The
crowd needed awhile to heat up, but when they did, they proved themselves to be
one of the most responsive audiences I've ever witnessed - and this of course
meant the band, in turn, replied with a very heated performance featuring someextended
solos (Black Night was great!)
Apparently, the band decided after last night's
show that if this is the kind of reaction they get, then they should tour small
island states every 30 years. ;-)
Another amazing thing about the Icelandic
audience was the percentage of really young kids among them: We saw tonnes of
kids between 8-16 everywhere, banging their heads, dancing or punching the air.
Most of them were not accompanied by their parents but seemed to have come on
their own accord. Quite a few of them waited patiently at the backstage exit for
the band to come out, and got their guitars, bass guitars, t-shirts, tickets,
albums,etc. etc. autographed. As the band got in their van and left, one girl
shouted something like "you'll be sexy even when you're 80!"
setlist was basically the same as what I saw in Japan/Korea, with Hush and Black
Night for encores. Various arrangements were different each night.
companion works in a CD shop and told me that Bananas didn't do much in the Icelandic
charts when it came out, but since these shows were announced it has been picking
up a little, and he thinks with these two shows DP have definitely won lots of
new, young fans. (I was in a supermarket earlier this evening, where I saw a group
of teenagers, one wearing a Bananas t-shirt :-)
The local support act, Mánar,
is a 70's hard rock band who were apparently very big here. Although one of their
albums have recently been re-releasedon CD, they had not performed live for nearly
30 years, and they got back together for these two Deep Purple concerts.
top of the five original members, there were several, young, guest musicians onstage.
A few numbers into the set, the singer introduced everyone - the young ones were
all sons and daughters of the members!
Their set consisted of their old hits
(some simple hard rocknumbers, some more melodic - one number really reminded
me of Banco, theItalian prog rock band) as well as a couple of Uriah Heep covers.
The last number they performed, an anti-war song was very impressive with the
very loud machinegun sound and white 'search light' lighting effects.
the older members of the audience knew every number, of course, and there was
alot of clap-your-hands-to-the-music and very enthusiastic mood even beforeDP
hit the stage.
Afterwards there were a few fans hanging
out in the bar at the hotel. This young boy comes up to Don Airey with a vinyl
copy of Machine Head. Don hesitated before signing it, as the boy explained to
him how his father and a mate were planning to see DP in Iceland in 1972, when
this mate met an accidental death by drowning a few days before the show. This
was the copy of the album he was planning to bring along to the show in the hope
of getting it autographed by the band. The young boy had brought it along now
on his father's behalf. Yes, the young boy was very, very, happy.