Energy, fun and joy
What a hard way it was to finally arrive where we wanted. The "Grosser Elzpark" lies on the end of a little valley near the little town Mosbach, 50km up the Neckar river from Heidelberg. There was this huge traffic jam, joined by a heavy rain that fortunately ceased before the show.
The event began with a local rookie band, I asume they won this as an award to open the night. Next came Roger Chapman & The Shortlist. He was doing very well, rocking with a band of fine musicians. "Chapo" is definitely one of the better special guests DP has ever had, and he doesn't seem to complain about being 'just' a special guest. It took us all the time he played to queue for a slice of pizza!
About 9:30pm, DP came on stage welcomed by warm applause from about 8000 people.
Paicey gave the rhythm, and Steve added the riff to
"TED THE MECHANIC:
IG anounced the story about these sometimes hardly understandable
decisions of women with what-kind-of-guy to finally get married:
IG introduced Don Airey to the audience, and Don spread a big intro to:
I've hardly ever seen IG telling so many stories about the songs like this night, like
"NO ONE CAME" and
Then we recalled ourselves the Concerto-Tour:
Now it was time for Don's Solo. Whilst playing, IP came up with a big beer, so Don played the "Hofbräu-Haus" tune, and some other ones just like a piano player in a bar. Great guy!
"PERFECT STREET RANGERS"
"WHEN A BLINDMAN CRIES"
Outstanding in this sequence were Steve's Radioshow and "Speed King", where the band showed they just like to play and improvise at anytime. During that last song, Paicey and Roger had their solos, and IG was topping the bill with Steve with their duel in "Speed King".
The show of five gentlemen who like to tell stories about their lives by playing instruments. I don't think I'll get tired of listening to them...
KEEP ON ROCKING GUYS!!!