& Mexican reviews
ATL Hall, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 16, 2003
1. Highway Star
2. Woman From Tokyo
3. Silver Tongue
5. Contact Lost
7. Space Truckin'
8. I Got Your Number
9. Knockin' At Your Back Door
10. [Baroque Jam]
11. House Of Pain
12. Don's Solo
13. Perfect Strangers
14. Steve / Roger / Paicey's Jam
15. Smoke On The Water
17. Black Night
First of all, thank you for the greatest concert of the year!
I just got back home and it's impossible to sleep!
I've seen the band once, in 1999, but I wasn't very familiar with the songs
at that time. Tonight I could enjoy it way more than the first time.
You guys were amazing, looking so happy and excited in front of thousands of
people who got lucky to see Deep Purple live this year. Too bad there were chairs
in a big part of the place, but some people in the back didn't care at all,
jumping the fence between them and the chairs!
The news songs sounded great. I could see that just a few people knew the songs
and sung along. I'm one of them! I went bananas during "House of Pain"!
"Contact Lost"... pure emotion, what a feeling from this one.
Great solos by Morse and Airey, incredible. Airey's skills, the classic themes
and the funny themes, everything! He really is the only one who could be on
the keyboards since Lord left. Yeah, Morse played a bit of "Sweet Child
O' Mine", but it's ok. Great cover medley including AC/DC, Led Zeppelin,
The classic songs were pefect. Opening with "Highway Star" was an
ass kicking thing! I missed a few songs, from In Rock and Fireball, but all
the songs were great! The encore with "Hush" and "Black Night"
was a good choice, as usual. Excellent set list.
Sorry about my limited english. If I could send this e-mail in portuguese, it
would look more exciting, for sure!
Thank you once again!
Cheers with Caipirinha! :)
Just arrived home from the show, and I can say I'm not a bit
disappointed. Technically the show was perfect. Don Airey, Ian Paice and Roger
Glover were perfect. Steve Morse more than perfect. But there were some low
Comparing to the shows I saw on the Abandon tour, this was quite short (less
than 2 hours). Classics like Strange Kind of Woman, Speed King, Child In Time,
Fireball, Pictures of Home were left out and none of the material from Purpendicular
or Abandon was played. The drum solo could be a lot longer and it seemed that
Ian Gillan was a bit tired.
In the overall it was a very good show, but not great, and the songs form Bananas
sounded excellent live.
Hope to see them soon
Long Live Deep Purple!
Guilherme Vanni, Rio, Brazil
Just got back from the venue and I can still hear bells inside
my head along with the feeling of shaking all DP's hands.
Arrived at the ATL Hall about 5:00 pm, what gave me more than enough time to
get prepared to see the band. As it was raining the security guys moved us from
the outdoors to another entrance, inside the shopping area where the venue is
located. The crowd was really excited, and as the security was amused with so
many people to be patted and metal-searched they were doing a so bad work that
I got in there carrying lots of coins, cell phone, keys and a tape recorder.
Getting into the Hall looked for the Tour Programme but it wasn't being sold.
In the hall, the chairs were standing in front of the stage, and behind it all
was located the no-chairs area (where I was). The crowd got really mad with
that, because when we bought the tickets we were told that the chairs would
be in the upstairs. Another bad point! The crowd almost started a riot, and
some people got hurt a bit.
The third bad point goes to the opening act. It wasn't even anounced on the
ads! So we got there to see DP and got a band called Laguna before 'em playing
a couple of mediocre songs and some bad covers (Pulp Fiction's Misirlou and
Beatles). Boo! The frontman wasn't even male enough to reply the "boos"
and thanked the good reception! Doh!
Some minutes more, and the 9:30 pm anounced DP got on the stage at 10:00 pm.
Turned on my tape recorder and let the music flow.
They opened with the more than classic Highway Star, followed by Woman From
Tokyo and some "Obrigado". Then came the first new song of the night:
Silver Tongue, which amused the crowd with its so potent riff. Superb. Right
after, Don introduced us with a beautiful solo to Lazy. At this point the audience
went nuts, and Gillan got really excited with the concert. But every amusement
came down with Morse's Contact Lost. Incredible instrumental song, followed
by the fantastic Haunted. I personally liked this part a lot, but the guys around
me that were waiting for all those big hard hits got a bit disappointed, calling
that a Dixie Purple or Deep Dregs sound. And I can't see what's wrong with that!
To lift everybody to the stars once more, Space Truckin' was the right vehicle.
At this time the chorus was sung by the audience higher than the 2 PA system.
Although Paicey's solo during the song wasn't as exciting as it used to be,
it was still unbeliavable.
After, they did one more new song: I Got Your Number. Really good vibe, the
crowd even sang along with Roger and Steve on the chorus. Good one! But I still
think this song sounds like a Rush tune, and Roger's low-tuned voice sounds
like Alex Lifeson's sometimes. Following this one, Knocking At Your Back Door
and Well Dressed Guitar were done. Then Don started to show his real abilities
and virtuosity. When it ended, Ian got back with his harmonica and did a really
small jam with Roger, just to get ready to the House of Pain. The song really's
got everything to become a new DP classic. For sure, the most impressive of
their new stuff.
When the House of Pain ended, Don was alone to show why he can be as good (if
not better than) Jon "The" Lord. He played some J. S. Bach, Mr. Crowley's
intro, Tom Jobim's Chega de Saudade, some funny piano tunes, Beethoven's, Garota
de Ipanema and the Star Wars Theme. Back to the legendary Hammond Organ, he
casted a few more solo notes and then the so awaited Perfect Strangers intro.
It was just perfect! Don really got the brazilian crowd heart! This song was
so amazingly sung by everybody in the room that I hardly can listen to Ian's
voice on my tape.
When I thought they were ready to leave the room, Steve jammed with Roger and
Paicey the following: Guns' Sweet Child o' Mine, Hendrix' Hey Joe, AC/DC's Back
in Black, Zep's Whole Lotta Love and Beatles' Here Comes The Sun. It surely
was ended with Smoke On The Water. Do I have to say it was incredible?
Then they left the stage under the more than happy screams of "Deep Purple"
and "Mais um" ("one more song", in portuguese). When the
choir started chanting Black Night, the brazilian's fave, they got back to do
Hush, which included a small Paicey's solo and the more than perfect Don's and
Hush ended up in a small jam that made the bridge to the darker than ever Black
Night. The crowd went crazy, and Steve soloed as hell, playing phrases that
were immediately repeated by the audience. It was a magic moment.
After all the show was over. The audience kept screaming for Deep Purple after
all Ian's nice words, and just got out of the hall after the lights went in.
The nice thing of the end is that someone that was standing near the stage gave
to Ian a full set of musical miniature instruments made of aluminium. He got
so amazed with that he kissed the guy who did that.
After the concert, I went outdoors with some pals to wait for the band at the
artists exit. When we saw Paicey getting into the van and the guard didn't let
us go there, I got so mad that I started screaming for him. He came and signed
my Bananas sleeve and took some pictures with another fans that were there.
When he was going back to the van, I asked him to tell the other guys to come
too. He did, and so we had Roger, Steve and Ian signing, shaking hands and posing
As Don didn't come, I asked Roger to go to him with my Bananas sleeve so he
could sign that for me. And he did it! When the vans left the parking lot, everyone
around 'em started clapping and screaming some words that we learned with Ian...
"Unbeliavable!" "Superb!" "Incredible!" :-)
I didn't take a look at the set list sheet, so when the show
started I had no idea they had changed it. Highway Star was brilliant as ever
and was followed by Woman From Tokyo. A funny introduction from Gillan to Silver
Tongue which was not so exciting for the audience. The bands can't expect Brazilians
fans will know all about the new songs. The album was just released, we didn't
have much time, most of people will wait a while until buy the album, it's not
Marcel Vinicius de Morais -
read Marcel's full review
It was a big let down for the concert here in Rio was that instead
of only selling stand up tickets, this year they decided to sell seated places
in the front, and then placed a stand up area in the back! Of course, a lot
of confusion happened, and Deep Purple even asked them to remove all the tables
from the front area (or it would look like a "Las Vegas gig"!). People
from the stand up area literally invaded the seated area, and it all was transformed
into a stand up area at the end of the day! :-) Well, that's rock'n'roll...
Rodrigo Werneck - read Rodrigo's