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Münsterlandhalle, Münster, Germany
June 28, 2003
A few short remarks:
- Lynyrd Skynyrd got a good reception. I decided to go early and check them
out, because they seem to get favorable reviews, even from the DP crowd. However,
I wasn't converted; obviously they're very professional, but I'm not really
impressed by what they are doing. I have my doubts about bands waving southern
flags and having their tours sponsored by Jim Beam as well. I saw some people
with LS tattoos. Do we know people with DP tattoos? [Yes - this
is your jolly editor with tattoo'd friend. Rasmus]
- DP was very loud, even with ear plugs and a lot louder than LS as well. Suprising
on a co-headlining tour.
- Setlist unchanged from Lichtenvoorde. I liked I'm Alone two weeks ago, I didn't
like KAYB yesterday.
- Gillan was 'hoarse' in Lichtenvoorde, but he had recovered for Münster
and sang *very* well.
- Highlights: Haunted, I've got your number (which I really like) and Hush (with
a great jam in the middle)
- Lowlights: Lazy didn't work, Roger solo during SK got nipped in the bud by
IG starting to sing the duu-du-du-du-duu bit that end the middle section. And
my camera was found by security...
It took me a day to get my hearing back,
but was ist worth it?
At 8 o'clock sharp Lynyrd Skynyrd started off. They played the good ole' Southern
Rock and got the audience going in no time at all. One hour and 15 minutes of
one well-known tune following the other including the beautiful ballad "A
simple man", they finished the regular concert with the old Forrest Gump
hymn, "Sweet home Alabama". ;-)
Coming back for one encore, they asked the audience which song they wanted to
hear: "Free Bird". Another 10 minutes of powerful rock, good and straight.
Only thing I didn't like: the sound quality was not exactly good. It was certainly
loud enough, but the vocals didn't come across as clearly as one might have
wished, and I doubt whether their organ was plugged in at all (the piano could
certainly be heard, and that was some great playing!).
A 30-minute break, and then Purple got going. "Deep Purple in Rock"
was the second addition to my LP collection, and this kicked off an addiction
to DP which has lasted well over 30 years now. But I'd never seen them live.
Starting the show with the old barnstormer "Highway Star", to be followed
immediately by "Knocking at my back door", they set off at a furious
pace. I have heard various live performances over the years, but I've never
heard these songs played so relentlessly fast. Steve Morse is definitely the
pacemaker for this aggressive style and he dominates the performance of the
As I was keen to find out how the new keyboards player, Don Airey, was fitting
in, I was somewhat disappointed: he is a fantastic replacement for Jon Lord
but definitely didn't get enough room to play, as there were simply too many
parts for Steve Morse. He really is one hell of a guitarist, no doubt about
it - but he knows it and everybody else knows it as well.
Airey's solo part was impressive: I'd love to hear more from him. Don't get
me wrong: this rejuvenation has done Purple a lot of good, and Morse and Airey
are much more than replacements - they've put their own stamp on Purple's performance.
But although Blackmore was a dominating instrumentalist, Jon Lord got plenty
of his music in as well, and both Blackmore and Lord inserted many playful passages
in their live performances where they played classical or sometimes (Blackmore)
even children's tunes. Morse, on the other hand, is a straight rocker.
What about Gillan/Glover/Paice? Ian Gillan was in good voice. He might work
on his announcements, though, they are somewhat repetetive. Glover played his
bass guitar as solid as ever. I'd have loved a Paice drums solo, but got only
short solo passages - his drumming to set off "Pictures of home" is
as powerful as ever. I loved "Perfect Strangers", this song certainly
benefits form the fast pace. The same goes for "Space trucking" although
this was a short version.
Summing up, please don't play quite so loud - the sound was even worse than
for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Give Don Airey more space. But keep on doing the good work,
you certainly are the speed kings of rock!
I loved it.
After reading so many negative reviews, I went with mixed feelings
to the show.
And I was right, but in another way, I thought: LS presented a very boring set.
I don't like bands, who tell the audience every two minutes to clap or raise
Then DP came on stage - and it was fantastic. Best gig in many years - except
the Concerto tour. They left out I'm alone, Mary Long and Woman from Tokyo,
but played Knocking at Your Back Door.
Highlight for me was the completely new arranged Well Dressed Guitar, featuring
Don as much as Steve.
And as for Don: Forget Jon Lord! No, I'm just kidding, but if anybody can follow
the Lord then it's Don, he gave us a marvellous show.
And if I forget for a moment, that they played nothing from Purpendicular or
Abandon, then there's only one complaint: After 35 years they should replace
this perfect androide sitting behind the drum kit with a human being... [Is
this a compliment? Rasmus]
Thanks for a great evening!
Deep Purple rocks the town! It was a f**king superb party.
Es war definitiv das beste Konzert, welches ich je von den Jungs gesehen habe
(sorry Ritchie). Die Band war in unheimlich guter Spiellaune und der Funke sprang
sofort zum Publikum
über. Ian hatte den Laden dank seiner überragenden Stimme und Ausstrahlung
von der ersten Minute an im Griff. Bin immer noch hin und weg - hoffentlich
fällt mir morgen wieder ein, wie ich den Weg von Münster nach Bielefeld
geschafft habe. ;-)
Thanks for a great show and hope to see ya again!
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