Reviews, Europe 2003
Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
November 2, 2003
Strange Kind Of Woman
Knocking at your backdoor (bass intro by Roger)
House Of Pain
I've got your number
Well dressed guitar
Smoke on the Water
First of all, my over all impression: Bloody brilliant. This
was my 8th Deep Purple concert since 1987 and the best yet.
The concert began with Molly Hatchet. To be honest I am not very familiar
at all with their music, except that they are a southern rock combo. The crowd's
initial reception was rather luke warm, but due to their very energetic and
raw performance this reception gradually got better and better. The only bad
sides to it was a very mushy sound and the singer was hard to understand. He
seemed to swallow most of the words and mumble loudly more than sing. Still,
it was a good performance.
Then came the boys. The seemed to be having a ball. Their performance was raw
and full of energy. A hell for leather performance that often reminded me of
recordings from various 70s concerts. I am not somebody to compare the current
DP to the earlier 70s time period, as time has gone by and the band has evolved,
but this concert was not only their usual perfect musicianship and their brilliant
showmanship, this also kicked major ass, like I have not seen it before. Their
selection of songs was also faultless. The new songs, Silver Tongue, Bananas,
I've got your number, Haunted and Contact Lost acting as a prelude to the previous
rubbed shoulders with Purple's 70s and 80s hits and sounded as though they could
have been recorded back to back along with them. They
fit in with the classics like a glove.
Don Airey has definitely become part of the band and certainly added to the
high energy performance. He attacked the ivory keys with a vigour like a dervish
in full flight, which fired up Steve Morse to as yet unreached performances
in each and every song.
I was totally gob smacked at quite a number of times. Goose pimples were running
up and down me most of the time and that is a very good sign for a blooody good
The only down side perhaps, was that Bananas didn't continue into a vessel for
more duelling between Don and Steve, but was more or less of the same length
as the recorded version. On the other hand, I suppose they would have had to
have ommitted one or two of the other songs to keep within the time limit and
nobody wants that, do they... So it isn't a downer after all.
An absolutely fantabulous concert and I highly recommend everyone to go see
them. They are in their prime and maybe even getting better...
The concert in Düsseldorf was great, the atmosphere was
very good and the concert took about 105 minutes.
Everybody played a solo: Ian Paice played a short drum solo in "Hush"
(too short). Don Airey played a very great solo before "Perfect Strangers"
(featuring "Maybe Next Time" by Rainbow!), Roger Glover played his
solo in the beginning of "Black Night". Steve Morse played a great
solo before "Lost Contact" and "The Well dressed Guitar"
and a very nice introduction to "Space Truckin'".
And - for the first time that I've ever heard - Ian Paice did a big mistake
in "Highway Star..." He played the break he usually plays before the
keyboard solo between the first and the second verse, and everything went a
little bit wrong. After the song he left his drums, went to Ian Gillan, bowed
to him to show his backside to be punished, and Ian Gillan patted him - it was
It was a very nice evening. I only missed songs from "Purpendicular"
(Ted The Mechanic, Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming) and "Abandon"
and perhaps some "new old songs".
Last night my two sons and I went to see DP in Düsseldorf.
Molly Hatchet opened the night and played a hellraiser show. Hell Ya.
After a 30 minute break it was time for the event of the night.
At 21.30 Deep Purple kicked off with a great version of Highway Star,
followed by a 'different' version of Strange Kind Of Woman. Different from the
version in a previous life. The song sounded heavier and had a short drumsolo.
This night they played a lot of tracks from the Bananas CD. The songs sounded
tighter and heavier live as on the 'perfect' Bananas CD. At the Arrow Classic
Rock festival I already heard I've Got Your Number and Haunted. The first one
was as tight as I saw it the first time, a real classic track and the latter
was now preceeded by Contact Lost and fitted in perfectly.
There was a lot of joking around on stage. Ian Paice coming to the front of
the stage to show Ian G his back, Don's funny hat, Steve preventing Ian Gillan
from singing by changing the melody, the strange guitar parts Steve played during
the chorus of Smoke on the Water. A roadie holding up a card which showed the
perfect score of 10.0, when Don and Ian Paice did a short solo.
Ian Paice and Roger Glover sat down behind the amps to watch Don Airey do his
solo spot and Ian Gillan stood there with his arms crossed. All watching in
admiration at Don. They we're all having a great time. I don't have to tell
how good everyone was.
The only thing I missed were the famous purple battles between keyboards and
guitar. Sure they were there, but much too short and far too few.
It was over much too soon at 22.55.
The encore was the same as at Arrow Classic Rock. First Hush, with a much too
short drumsolo by Ian Paice and second Black Night. In between they played a
fun version of Hit The Road Jack.
Thank you for a great show. And a special thank you to Roger Glover who was
kind enough to spend some time with us.
Theo, Vincent & Philippe Moonen
The concert in Dusseldorf was a bit disappointing. The very
first song "Highway Star" was a bit of a mess. Steve Morse broke a
string and wasn't able to play his solo. That was quite disappointing. Sorry...And
they didn't even play "Speed King", Fireball" or "Pictures
of Home". I love to listen to Deep Purple, but any other band would love
to have these songs...
How about "When a blind man cries", Mean Streak", "Nobody's
I really love you guys.
I think tonight was my 20th DP show - and what a show. So many
years since ABandOn finally some really new songs were put in the show. Not
that I was bored with the last shows, oh no, not at all! But I think Bananas
is in the top 5 of the best albums ever DP made and I was looking forward to
hear them live. Oh yes, and it was even my birthday (nice birthday present).
They opened with Highway Star, pity that Steve Morse made a little mistake and
they missed a part of the song and because of that the song sounded not as strong
as it used to be.
The classic Strange Kind of Woman was next. After so many years this song still
makes me happy. Even though it is a great song, it could easily have been replaced
by a new song, (Sun Goes Down or Razzle Dazzle for example).
Lucky for me they continued with Silver Tongue. SM surprised me with a kind
of a futuristic guitar solo and IG loves to sing this song, judging by his way
of singing and acting.
Knocking at Your Back Door sounded different to a few years ago, much more powerful
and the crowd went wild, just like me.
Again it was time for a new song, one of my favourites of the new album, House
Of Pain. Thinking back, it was one of the highlights to me. It is such a powerful
song that it is impossible to stand still.
Bananas was followed by Contact Lost, IG introduced it sitting on the stage
and giving it the emotional meaning the song has. It flowed into Haunted which
has grown since I heard it first in Belgium at the Schwung Festival.
SM lead us into Space Truckin' and after 30 years this song still rocks the
roof off. I Got Your Number was next, on the album not one of the best songs
but live it's great and the band love to play it, especially SM, who was out
of control according to IG's words. The Well Dressed Guitar showed up again
and gave a very good performance and it went faster and faster with more and
more power. Don Airey came in with a very good solo and it was nice to see that
backstage IG and SM and out of my sight maybe RG and IP too were looking at
him with a satisfied smile. As usual the solo lead into Perfect Strangers and
they closed the show with Smoke on the Water. The encores were Hush, with a
never ending rhythm and a solo from RG and IG singing Hit The Road Jack, and
Then it was over and out, so soon? No, it was not that soon, but time passed
away so quickly.
Best moments of the show were House Of Pain, Knocking At Your Back Door and
the joy they had on stage. After so many shows together it is so good to see
that they are still a team. Just look at Ian Paice how he hits the drums, what
a rhythm, just like Roger Glover, he is always playing a solo, but it fits into
the song. Don Airey is maybe not as a large personality as Jon Lord, but he
plays in his own way, and what a way, and last Ian Gillan, what shall I say
about him, just 'thaaaaaaaaaaaaaank you'.
Peter Rossen, Netherlands
Wow, the fourth time this year to visit a concert of our DP
gang. Lucky us!
First some minor points. Rather heavily priced T shirts (as always) but not
a single Bananas tourbook for sale! However: big positive point: loads of Bananas
cds for sale as other cds, DVDs etc.
Second point: sorry folks, but Molly Hatchet? Do we need American bands,
who sound like amateurs next to Deep Purple and who worship the American president
and the American army? Do we need those American political items in a rock concert
in Europe? Well, no need to waste more words about that!
Then Deep Purple in Dusseldorf. First Item of Joy: Bananas, the titletrack
is back! Hip hip for the band! Second item of Joy: they sounded fresh and fresh
fruit brings the best flavours. New tryouts and alternatives within familiar
old sounds, also very much appreciated!
Magnificent lightshow and bananas curtains behind the group: also appreciated.
Most delightful new track of the Bananas cd but NOT in the show: Walk on.
Strange Kind of Woman (according to Gillan's about his 43-year-old wife when
he was 9)
Silver Tongue (experimental with effects)
House of Pain (Gillans voice starts to sound good although he says somewhere
during the show, "my voice is shot anyhow")
Lazy (new and fresh sounds)
Bananas (what a relief to have it in the show)
Contact Lost (emotional intro by Gillan and very sensitively played by Steve
Haunted (straight into the song from Contact Lost, good thinking)
Space Truckin (what a trio after Contact Lost and Haunted)
Well Dressed Guitar (great new intro by Steve Morse)
Don Aireys solo (he knows his classics as well as the German favourites
and the space songs keep attract one's full attention (great lights
Perfect Strangers (one can hear Ian Gillan struggle with the heavy parts but
he is working hard for it, applause for him!)
We liked the although short solos by Roger Glover (give him 5 minutes alone)
and Ian Paice (he can play forever)
It was a pleasure to hear them again and hopefully till next year
Dirk de Hen
Although I belong to the setlist-sceptics I went home satisfied.
First of all they did a nice Bananas which brought the total of new songs on
5. Out of 15 songs that ain't bad. More important is that the show didn't loose
momentum as was the case during some of the Abandon songs and The Aviator a
few years ago. On the contrary, the new songs were dynamic and fitted in the
rest of the program very well.
Also the old songs got some little changes here and there which was a plus.
The sound was very loud, especially the guitar.
Ian Gillan was coughing, but didn't sound bad. Don got more space in my opinion
than a few months ago, he did well, especially in Hush and Perfect Strangers.
And Roger, thank you for the plectrum you threw in my right arm...
Frank van der Broek
As Gina, my wife, had some complaints about me going for a third
Deep Purple gig this year, and for a 3 hours drive from Bruges to Düsseldorf.
So, I had a cunning plan :-): Ive matched it together with a one week
holiday in Holland, next to the German border
Michel De Pourcq - read Michel's