June 26, 2004
I've Got Your Number
Strange Kind Of Woman
At Your Back Door
Steve Morse solo
Well Dressed Guitar
Airey solo (incl. Den danske sang er en..., Olé Olé Olé,
Demon's Eye (first performance!)
(incl. Ian Paice solo)
When A Blind Man Cries
Roger Glover solo
(over the chords to Hit the Road Jack!)
Hit the Road Jack
the Midtfyns Festival went bankrupt, Deep Purple's Danish date was moved from
a (probably) windy and muddy field into a purpose-built concert venue at Ringsted.
This was of course a brilliant idea.
Engineer) did complain that the venue didn't fascilitate flying the P.A. where
he wanted to (putting it too far into corner made it difficult to get clear definition),
but anyone listening to the show would call the nice man a nitpicker. (But it
sure is good to see him back, even if just temporarily for the summer tour.)
it was, Denmark was treated to a goodie of a show with more than its fair share
of surprises. Right from the off it was obvious the band, and Ian Gillan in particular,
were having a ball onstage. A very responsive crowd was edging him on, and when
he did his little wave at Don Airey during one of his solos, the whole crowd followed
suit with arms stretched aloft. With his voice intact and weird facial expressions
én masse, Gillan made sure every area of the audience was feeling his enthusiasm
- and they paid it back in spades. (Curiously enough we weren't complimented on
our good vibes... ;-)
Silver Tongue and I've Got Your
Number were their usual powerful selves and a fair share of the crowd appeared
to know the new songs and sing along to them. Gillan was joking around with Steve
and Roger's two backing vocal microphones, alternating between his own mic and
The ending to Strange Kind Of Woman saw Ian Paice roll out a mini
solo that enhanced the energy level onstage even further. Bananas was pure fruitful
fun at 100 mph. Long may it remain in the set. Please!
"This is illegal
in some countries, it's painful in most - unless you use the right ointment,"
was Gillan's not-so-subtle introduction to Knocking At Your Back Door. Airey's
synth work on this added to the songs grandeur.
Then Gillan introduced an
emotionally charged Contact Lost which scaled orbital heights. A beauty. The ensuing
solo included some new elements that had the crowd watching in awe. Well Dressed
Guitar however, could easily be pensioned off at the next board meeting.
solo featured a couple of Danish songs that went largely unrecognised, but quite
frankly, Don, isn't it time to stop when you start associating the Star Wars theme
with Don Airey instead of the movies?
His solo lead into an immense Perfect
Strangers in which Morse kept turning around for guitar feedback that never seemed
to work quite the way he wanted it to. Fortunately it takes an unusually attentive
anorak to spot a bad night from Steve Morse. Even his bad nights are good nights.
were 55 minutes into the show when Gillan introduced a song "written on a
bus to Portsmouth." It seemed a little early in the set, because I expected
it to be the set closer. But maybe we'd only be getting the short festival set?
the end of Highway Star I was made to eat my disbelieving words, nay, choke on
them, as Ian introduced a song from "a previous album" and left Don
Airey to kick it off with a strangely familiar 'ba-dum ba-dum ba-dum ba-dum' riff
(on synth, arrgh!). Demon's Eye! Now there's a surprise.
The song had been
mentioned in Iceland as a possibility, but in the end wasn't played. Save for
a few contemporary 70s try-outs, Ringsted thus saw the live premier of Demon's
Eye. Thank you. And while it didn't seem to do much for the crowd (honestly, I
was too busy taking in the song to notice), it was competent and concise with
nary a deviation from the album version.
At this point I lost touch. Wonderful.
Would the next song be the evening's closer? Were we approaching a Speed King
jamathon? Or what?
No, there was plenty of kick left in the horses yet. A
cunningly deceptive organ solo from Don Airey, which included bits of the original
Speed King intro, took a left turn and became a rousing version of Lazy, complete
with a lengthy two- (and one-) handed solo from the guv'nor himself, Ian Paice.
Like a few of the other songs, When A Blind Man Cries and Space
Truckin' were performed in scaled down versions. This is not a slight on the performance,
it just means the songs were shorter.
What is Steve Morse's biggest blind spot?
It could be his inability to play the Smoke On The Water riff with adequate gusto
and menace. Tonight was no exception. Maybe someone ought to play him the Classic
Albums Machine Head DVD, where Ritchie offers a little 'how-to' instruction...
In a momentary fit of stream-of-consciousness singing, Gillan extended the
ad-lib "burning down" to become the hookline from Rocky Sharpe &
The Replays' Rama Lama Ding Dong - "bam-ba-ba-bam ba-ba-ba-ba-bam..."
advantage of attending a show this early in the tour is you hardly know what's
coming next. I've consciously tried before to not become familiar with the current
setlists before I see a show, but it's a little hard in this position. Thus, Hush
was a surprise first encore. Don Airey's solo took off in style and then he brought
everything down to a, well... hush, with the band keeping things nicely just below
a very subtle boiling point - till he brought them all back up again. You can
almost reach out and touch the dynamics in this band. Tangibility can be an art
Roger Glover's groovy solo was spliced onto the chords to Hit The Road
Jack (that's how improvised that song is!), but Gillan had a better idea. He did
sing the song's melody, but the words were those of Running Bear, the old end-of-show-nonsense
favourite of his. Steve said later he'd tried to pick the notes for it, to accompany
Ian, but he hadn't been able to pull it off - possibly because Gillan used the
melody to Hit The Road Jack!
During his extended solo bit in Black Night, Steve
managed to quote a couple of full verses of Led Zeppelin's Black Dog - "over
a shuffle," as he put it afterwards. It was a fun idea, but maybe the relevance
could improve if he'd quote Purple songs instead? Likewise Airey's solo. The number
of classical pieces he strings together for his solo could be replaced by quotes
from the vast catalogue of rock classics he has contrbuted to personally - from
Rainbow over Ozzy to Whitenake. Just an idea that would perhaps also enlighten
the Purple audiences to his illustrious past.
Generally it was enthusiastic
thumbs up all round as we filed out of the be-carpeted venue and into a backroom
to witness poor Sweden losing their cool in Portugal. Apparently the art of match
rigging takes some practice... ;-)
Well, what can I say? Great as always!
I have seen Deep Purple every time they've been in Denmark since the reunion,
plus three times in Sweden including the Concerto.
We came early to Ringsted,
so I managed to get my spot at the barrier (as always). On my right was standing
two nice ladies, they told me that they hadn't seen Deep Purple for many years.
In fact they hadn't seen them since 1972 in KB-Hallen in Copenhagen (Live in Denmark
'72). Behind me was a man who had been there too. If only I could say the same,
but I was only nice years old then.
Deep Purple hit off with Silver Tongue,
that's dinosaur rock, big and weighty. Woman from Tokyo and I got your number
are really rocking live. Strange kind of woman was much like the original, but
with some great guitarwork from Steve. Bananas is funny, but it works quite well
As far as I remember Knocking at your backdoor hasn't been in the set
for some years, nice to have it back.
Contact lost, very emotional, and a nice
solo from Steve Morse leading to The well dressed guitar, which seems to get better
and better everytime they play it.
Then the Don Airey solo, leading to Perfect
strangers. Though he included a couple of Danish songs, I think the style in Don's
solo with all the classical influence is too much adopted from Jon Lord and it
seems to me that he is playing a bit on the routine instead of making a solo more
of his own, maybe somewhere else in the set.
In the middle of Highway star
Roger Glover noticed a man with a camera in the front row (number three on my
left) and signaled to Steve Morse to come over. So, while playing like hell, Steve
came running across the stage to Roger, both with great smiles on their faces,
starting headbanging together so that this man could get some photos.
eye - I've never heard it live before, what a surprise, just like Mary Long at
the Skanderborg Festival in 2001.
Lazy, with some great organ and guitar playing,
and a fantastic drum solo from Ian Paice including the one hand roll, more powerfull
that those he did in Århus and Copenhagen last November.
When a blind
man cries, this lovely tune. Space truckin', as powerful as always, and Smoke
on the water with singalong.
The encores startet up with Ian Gillan on harmonica,
playing the old German tune Muss Ich denn (which Elvis Presley made a vesion of
many years ago), the others joined in, and suddenly you found yourself in a German
gasthaus mit sauerkraut und lederhosen. These guys can create an atmosphere.
came Hush followed up by an exiting solo from Roger Glover including Black Sabbath's
Then Ian Gillan walked over to Roger, telling him something while
he was playing, they both laugh and Ian starts singing Hit the road Jack, not
just the chorus but the whole song while joking and laughing with the others.
last, Black night, with singalong, great solos and everything.
Once again a
wonderfull evening with the greatest band in the world.