Reviews, Europe 2003
Pavelló Olímpic Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona
October 22, 2003
Woman From Tokyo
Strange Kind of Woman
House of Pain
Steve Morse Bridge
I've Got Your Number
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
Well Dressed Guitar
Don Airey's Solo
Smoke on the Water.
To be honest, Deep Purple had a hard stand this night. They
had to compete with Christina Aguilera, who was "stripping" through
Palau San Jordi. With the result that the latter was filled by half (6500),
and our guys filled the venue, Pabelló Olympic Vall d'Hebron, completely.
The opener, Lilith, was as far as I understood a local one. Letting gender equality
rule in Hard Rock we saw two girls and guys. Lilith played exactly half an hour,
and they filled their role quite ok.
As the break took another half an hour the place filled the crowd went already
hot. Not only because doors closed (finally!), but also due to the good rock
programme coming from CD filling the break. Oh, an the air was filled, by a
whole lot of "flowerpots", very poke-ish!!! Any EU officer would have
Everybody went nuts right from the first tunes of HS, and yes, how it rocked!
There surely is no better rocking opener! Followed up by WofT, it marked all
a brilliant start, and the crowd went on being absolutely wild. Coming to the
audience, apart from the herbal fragrance, it's so great to see them at all
ages, equipped with all kinds of Band-Shirts rocking on the seated places, waving
down from the balustrades, just all those great vibes IG uses to appreciate.
Silver tongue as the first of the Bananas songs, was well received. Topping
the mood after WofT would have been impossible, to be honest and the new songs
aren't that familiar so far. Then came SKOW (IG: "This is the story of
one of my first girlfriends..."), how great to hear that live again! Although
I don't like the end they played, in the sense that to me this song came a bit
short. Unfortunately it's no MIJ-alike version. At this point I want to say
that in SKOW as through the whole concert I missed a lot the musical clowneries
between IG or DA and SM, respectively. Such always has been a big winner of
DP, I don't understand why those "duels" are so rare now.
HoP from Banana came up and was cheered a bit more than Silver Tongue. Afther
that, IG sat down to calm a bit and explained the sad inspiration for Contact
Lost, and they played it merging it together with Haunted. Very good move, and
making it an exretemly emotional part of the show. To me it's for those moments
why I consider SM a true plus for the band. I know it's a matter of individual
taste, but I like that one. It fitted to play Space Trucking then, and it's
nice to have it back after 5 years.
IGYN followed, which I was very eager to see it played live and I like this
version absolutely. Especially for the voicing in the low part and its rock
turnover. Excellent! SFILS and the Wild dressed Guitar were the two songs played
from Mark VII, and the latter went better than I expected.
Time went fast, but they also played the songs without big pauses. IG was stating
that, and I suppose it was for being the first gig in Europe on this tour. They
let themselves lead by the incredible crowd, who just couldn't get enough. The
five on the stage had visibly a lot of fun, IG blamed it to the Guinness they
took before the show. Later he told us greetings from Tony Iommy, who called
him that morning saying that they had always great times in Barcelona.
Don Airey started his solo with the whole audience singing the Mozart's "Alla
turca" when he played it. Don definetely is "in", setting his
own marks, and he played a very impressive solo. Perf.Str. came on, Steves Solo
and SOTW, with was the last one before the encores.
Hush, what a great song, greatly plaed, as young as ever. IP had his little
solo part in it. Intresting to note he played it in that one, being the only
one present who recorded it with DP. BN was introduced by a bass solo of RG,
and SM was conducting the singing crowd in the mid part.
As they played much of the show so quickly (not the songs themselves...), the
whole took 'only' 1:45h, and to me it appeared a bit short. Such impression
is of course due to the fact that it's been yet another tremendous concert of
Deep Purple. Very good, very impressive, Hard Rock played at its best.
One thing I'd like to critizise, is that for the first time an official T-shirt
has reached the price as the concert ticket itself. In countries like Spain
it's especially bad, but also in general, 25 Euro for the cheapest T-Shirt is
just too much!
Christian M. Siegler
Nice first show of the tour with two changes on
the set list: Strange kind of woman (presented by Gillan as "this song
is about my first girlfriend") and Sometimes I feel like Screaming ("written
in Spain"). The voice of Ian was superb, absolutely superb, in my opinion
much better than the past time I see him live in 2000. Roger as always with
his smile and very good performance as Ian Paice (two small solos, the first
in Strange kind of woman and the second in Hush).
Steve did an amazing work on his solo without famous riffs of other big bands,
the technique of Steve is incredible as it showed too in The well dressed guitar
but he commited one big error starting Strange kind of woman. Don's solo included
the Star Wars theme, it's very nice to see him with his funny hat in the last
song, his improvised parts in Woman from Tokyo, Hush, Strange kind of woman
and many others was fantastic.
The Banana's songs played were one of the best points, especially Silver tongue
and House of pain (with an harmonic intro similar to the Purpendicular waltz
Thank you for this amazing show (and the signatures on the ticket), I'm waitting
to see you the next time. I thank yoooouuuuu !!!