Ripening 2 reviews
Arènes d'Avenches, Avenches, Switzerland
August 13, 2003
(go to "Album photo" and "Edition 2003 Mercredi")
As good as ever
It was a pleasure to see Deep Purple again, this time in Avenches. The venue,
a sold-out Roman arena with a castle in the background and a nearly full-orange
moon was absolutely charming. The atmosphere was excellent throughout the whole
No surprise in DP set-list, as it turned out to be the one they've been playing
lately. "Highway Star" is a perfect start for a show and I really
enjoyed the two new songs from their forthcoming album "Bananas".
"Haunted" is a powerful and beautiful ballad while the tune "I've
Got Your Number" has a great cool-kind-of-funky-type rhythm with Roger
& Steve doing the backing vocals. I just couldn't help humming the chorus
even it was the first time I heard it
Can't wait for the 25th of this month
to discover the other songs.
Big Ian was in a great form and, true to himself, kept saying "unbelievable".
Steve's "Well-dressed guitar" was even better (if possible) than the
last time I heard it and Don is remarkably fitting in the band. His pre-"Perfect
strangers" medley was highly appreciated by a captivated crowd. Glover
and Paicey were brilliant as usual (although I regret the absence of a drum
The highlight of the show was without a doubt "Smoke on the water"
and while the band was receiving a long and well-deserved ovation at the end
of the song, Ian disappeared backstage and came back with the one and only Claude
Nobs from Montreux, "A friend forever" as Ian introduced him to the
crowd. To share such a wonderful moment is just another proof of the bands
generosity and loyalty.
After "Space truckin'", it was already time for the encore and "Hush"
and "Black Night" concluded a fantastic show.
The concert was bloody excellent, the sound good, the only negative point was
that it was far too short
. Not only have these guys got great songs and
are brilliant musicians, but they also perform with their heart and have fun
while doing it. And that's a precious gift that they give us at every concert.
That's why their shows are so special and why they've been around for years
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