Ripening 2 reviews
Festival, Nandrin, Belgium
August 10, 2003
Knocking At Your Back Door
Pictures Of Home
Well Dressed Guitar
Don Airey Solo
I Got Your Number
Steve Morse solo
Smoke On The Water
My first DP concert ever, but I was really
amazed by the quality of the show. It was a wonderful evening. They started
at 10pm, and played for more than 1 h 45min. I was really amazed by Gillan's
voice, so close to what it sounded in the past. This guy is amazing.
Steve Morse was wonderful. We really liked his main solo, consisting of a succession
of references to well-known tunes (Led Zep, the Beatles,...) and ending with
the intro to Smoke on The Water. All in all, a very good concert. Don't hesitate
to go and see them. They are as close as they can be to what you expect from
This is a tune, a very lyrical tune, about nudity
Well Dressed Guitar. Formidastic, astonishing, breathtaking, genius, impressive
made my neck hairs stand up. The crowd really went loopy for it. What a cracker
it was! Don really played the orchestra impressive, everybody was clapping along.
The whole place exploded after this song.
Michel De Pourcq - read Michel's full
According to the tour dates on this site, this was still the
summer tour and the Bananas world tour starts in a month. According to the official
t-shirts and programs at the concert, this was the first date of the Bananas
world tour... Does it make a difference? Yes, because they played the exact
same songs as during the first part of the summer tour .Haunted, I Got Your
Number and The Well Dressed Guitar were the only songs from the Morse era, plus
the usual classics; SOTW, SK, Lazy, PS, KAYBD, ST, Hush... I was hoping they'd
do more new stuff, but the concert was great anyway -even if Ian Paice didn't
do any drum solo.
The highlights were Perfect Strangers, Smoke (especially brilliant tonight),
Space Truckin' and Haunted which I believe will really become a DP classic ballad.
As a bonus the album version of Haunted was played over the PA afterwards.
I never get tired of seeing them.
God bless DP!
This is my lucky Deep Purple year: Nandrin was the 3rd time
I got the chance to see them this year, the 2nd time in my home country. The
good thing is this was the best of the gigs I saw this year. I was happy to
see that there finally was a backdrop and a decent light show. It really has
been a long long time since Deep Purple has surprised me with their stage show
The disappointing thing was that this was the third show in a few months with
nearly exactly the same set list. No Mary Long and I'm Alone this time, these
were replaced by Knocking At Your Back Door - in a great version! But the rest
was a slightly improved copy of the previous shows I have seen. Other bands
I have seen twice this year, which I like far less than Deep Purple, have gained
my respect by delivering two totally different shows. I wonder how Steve Morse
feels when the two albums he co-wrote are completely ignored, and I am 100%
certain that Don Airey is capable of quickly mastering any other Deep Purple
. But would Gillan not prefer lying on a sunny beach rather than to
have a look again at some long forgotten lyrics, which some fans might know
better than he does? I wonder, and I hope to hear some other stuff later on
this year, when I give them another chance to really astonish me with some tunes
I havent heard live before (or in a long time).
Ludo Verhaege, Gent, Belgium
It had been quite a while since I saw Purple on stage (Belgium
on the Abandon tour in 1998), and the sound here was a lot better, even though
it was an open air venue. The boys played a wonderful show, with a real good
mix from older stuff and the two numbers from Bananas, which were really appreciated
by the audience in general (though the album-title extracted some comments:
"It's not normal to call an album Bananas", to which I've replied
by asking since when Purple had started to be "normal"). My friends
and me were particularly pleased at having a big dose of "Perfect strangers",
but we did kinda missed "Purpendicular".
It was very clear that the guys were thoroughly enjoying themselves as well
as we were. It did look a bit strange to not be seeing Jon Lord at the Hammond,
but it sure didn't sound strange, Don playing like a real madman, always being
enticed by Steve's manic guitar play to push things even further.
If this is the sound of future Purple, the future looks so bright we'd better
start wearing our sunglasses (or rather, keep wearing them, as the day was very
sunny, and it was still 27°C when we left a bit after midnight).
I really look forward to the Bananas tour, and I really hope that they can be
at the Graspop Metal Meeting next summer, where they can easily outperform many
a younger band with the show we saw in Nandrin!
I've see Deep Purple nine times since the reformation. Saturday
night was the ZZ Top night. I like them, another legend of rock, but I can assure
you that Sunday night, with Deep Purple was incredibly hotter! They play the
standards as usual (five songs from Machine Head), but not one song from Purpendicular
of Abandon. Why? There are some very good songs on these albums.
They performed new songs; Haunted and I've Got Your Number. The former is a
ballad, easy to play. I'm a little disappointed. This song brings absolutely
nothing to the legend of Deep Purple. I'm sure this one should be the weakest
song of the new album.
I've Got Your Number is really great! A mid tempo song. Compareable with Almost
Human, Any Fule Kno That and Ted. If this is real, then Bananas should be a
damn good album!
Every day I take a look at The Highway Star, to read the tour
reviews, about what they play, etc. This was the best show in years, so much
power and so much fun .
I won't talk about the setlist, because enough has been written, but I must
say that when they played I've Got Your Number there was more inspiration when
they played it at Roeselare earlier in the year. I hope that at the next show
they will play Doing It Tonight, for me it is a groove that hits every cell
in my body.
What I like the most is that after Rithie left, they are laughing again on stage.
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