Deep Purple live at SAP Arena (Mannheim, Germany 2013-11-02)
Powerful from start to finish with sweet humour from all the lads, Mr G. cracking puns and rabbiting funny stuff.
FRIENDS: they are NOT old, but older – ie even more experienced
They were ALL outstanding virtuosos … as were the crowd ( – and I reckon the top performance from the Peter team got us in a great mood B4 DP commenced. Peter was touchingly friendly with us).
Don is always brill. but he absolutely excelled himself. Dear Jon, who lives on in recordings, and Don, who when playing the Jon material delivers energy and honour, are A+++ with trademarks.
Ian was on the good ol’ form and there was a love affair with the crowd even better than usual (similar in Stuttgart). He was kind and conversational. Lets just put Regensburg down to his Mum’s departure to the beyond. (condolencies again Ian – hope Bruce relayed our message to you).
Hope they are back round here soon.
And a mention that personally I really like the SAP Arena acoustics – eg rich bass.
P, S. to Tracy: save ya pennies and come to Europe next time. The UK tours are even tighter with less than 40 miles between dates sometimes (eg in1996). The concerts are even funnier there cos the more of the crowd understand the fooling around
review by Roger