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Stadio Comunale, Sarroch, Cagliari, Italy
June 7, 2003
1. Highway Star
2. Mary Long
3. I'm Alone ("an obscure b-side, the album rejected it" according
4. Pictures of Home
6. Speed King
7. The Well Dressed Guitar
9. I've got your number
10. Perfect Strangers (Don's intro including again the Italian song he did during
the earlier shows in Italy)
11. The Guitar Battle/Smoke On The Water (the Battle included if we remember
it right a.o. All right now, You really got me, Honky tonk women, Stairway to
heaven and it ended with Here comes the sun)
12. Space truckin'
15. Black Night
Purple on Sardegna
Holidaying on Sardegna, my wife and I were still enjoying the feeling of having
seen the first show in Belgium on Deep Purple's summer tour - which was a short
show but with surprises like the two new tracks of their new album - when to
our BIG surprise we spotted a guy putting up posters for a Deep Purple concert
there on June 7! Our immediate thought was: Wow, two concerts 1600 kilometers
from each other in three weeks. Would it be possible to get tickets for the
show which was only four days away? Yes, we managed to get tickets (and a poster
from the friendly man).
Sarroch is a little village in the deepest south of Sardegna and the show would
take place in the Stadio Communale, the soccer stadium, so an open air concert.
We arrived just before the moment of opening time of the doors and there were
about 300 people! We wondered this can't be all, but the group ended up being
a total of about 1500/2000 people.
We think it could have been cancelled easily due to heavy lightning and some
rain, which started about 20 minutes before the beginning of the show. Happily
enough they decided to go on and so the show started 11 minutes late at 22.11
pm and took all of 97 minutes. During the show the lightning kept coming but
the band kept playing. The rain came back during the encores but severe rain
came only after the show had ended.
We loved the new songs, which could become a new two-song cd single as far as
we are concerned! In comparison with the Schwung concert, the band played the
songs with more confidence.
The old songs were - like in Belgium - played with new energy. The advantage
of the show in Sarroch being also no festival stress and no support act, just
We feel Don Airey has reached his destination. Thank you, but also a big thank
you to the other guys. You brought us again so much pleasure.
And ..... See you very soon in our own little Holland!
Dirk de Hen
Last night I went to Sarroch to see Deep Purple in concert for
the second time (the first time was in Cagliari in 1998).
Yesterday it was a very strong concert. In my opinion it was greater than the
one in Cagliari, perhaps because the great Steve Morse appears to get used to
the show; five years ago he seemed to be a little out of his element. Now he
is almost the frontman of the group.
I like Don Airey very much, even because I know very well Rainbow. His piano
solo was perfect and he also played a typical Sardinian song, very cool.
They began the show with Highway Star and they continued with Pictures of Home
and they finished with Black Night after two hours of an astonishing concert.
It was the second time I saw them and if they will return for the third, I'll
be there for sure.
Grandi Grandi Grandi ... sono stati grandissimi...
Perfetti in tutto.
Una chicca: durante l'assolo di tastiera hanno inserito un pezzo di "Nanneddu
meu", canzone sarda tradizionale, resa famosa dai Tazenda...
Incredibile quando, finito il concerto, in attesa dei bis, la folla ha cominciato
a urlare il riff di black night.
Grazie, non lo dimenticherò mai.
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