Lyric Theatre, Star City, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
April 22, 2004
Woman From Tokyo
I Got Your Number
Strange Kind Of Woman
Knocking At Your Back Door
Contact Lost - Steve Morse solo
The Well Dressed Guitar
Don Airey's solo
Lazy (incl drum solo)
When A Blind Man Cries
Smoke On The Water
It's been remiss of me not to paint a clearer picture of the
venue for Deep Purple's Sydney concerts this week. The venue is the Lyric Theatre
at Star City Casino, which is located just to the west of the Central Business
District on the water's edge near Darling Harbour. Star City Casino has a number
of venues for entertainment with the Lyric Theatre being a three-level purpose
built theatre, with Stalls, a Dress Circle and a Grand Circle. The Dress and
Grand Circles step down towards the stage in a curve. In front of the Stalls
is a small "mosh-pit". Actually it is more of a "mosh-flat"
as the stage is just one metre above the floor.
Tonight I saw the show from the second row of the Grand Circle after previously
seeing Tuesday's show from the first row of the Dress Circle and Wednesday's
show from the front row of the stalls.
Each show has been different, partly from the various seating positions, partly
the crowd's reactions to the band's playing and in the case of tonight's show,
the song list.
The backdrop was a picture of a banana plantation which was highlighted by the
The stage set up consisted of Ian Paice and Don Airey on separate podiums to
the rear of the stage. There is a gap between the podiums, which allows IG to
exit stage centre to have a refreshment. Both podiums have a bananas skirt that
hides the frames and no doubt various cabling. There are two monitor boxes in
front of the podiums.
Ian Paice plays a white Pearl drum kit (centre left) and Don Airey is surrounded
on three sides, one side (front) has the organ, one side (middle) has the piano
and the rear side is the Leslie stack (centre right). There are no monitor boxes
along the front of the stage so it is a fairly spare set with only Steve's array
of pedals off to one side. Roger Glover has four speaker cabinets with eight
speakers in each (stage left) and Steve Morse has two Marshall speaker cabinets
and four Peavey 5150 speaker boxes (stage right).
The show itself was pretty bloody good. Perhaps the band enjoyed not having
to pack the truck, drive all day, set up the gear, etc. Oh that's right, they
have someone else to do that, but I'm sure you get my point. No packing of suitcases,
no limos and no travel by plane, train or automobile. Three consecutive nights
at the same venue in the same city must be a record. I think IG enjoyed the
opportunity to critique the dribble of Sydney Morning Herald music critic Bernard
Zuel. [Read the review. What did Ian say about it? Rasmus] Probably something
that he doesn't get the chance to do that often, as the review of Tuesday's
concert was in today's (Thursday's) paper.
Highlights (and there were many) included Bananas, especially the guitar work
of Steve Morse (stunning), Contact Lost was exceptional, the guitar solo included
bits and pieces from Major Impacts 2 which was a nice touch. Perfect Strangers
(there is just something special about that song) and Steve's control of feedback
was simply stunning,
Highway Star was so good even Ian Paice applauded.
His drum solo in Lazy was hot (just as well his drum tech adjusted the fan before
the song started) and consisted of the famous single-stick drum roll - amazing.
Space Truckin' was a blast, simply as good as ever (the crowd around me went
wild) and the crowd at the front surged into the "mosh-flat". Smoke
on the Water really got the crowd (and the band for that matter) going.
The encore was Speed King - say now more.
Sometimes I feel like screaming and tonight was one of those moments, a picture
of innocence (not).
I went to the first and third Sydney show on April 20th and
22nd. Both shows were brilliant, and the material differed slightly. In my opinion
the second time around was better. The solos of each of the members were brilliant,
however Steve Morse's and Ian Paice's really stood out for me. Contact Lost
To really get the most out of this tour you must listen to the new Bananas album.
As I found out, having a good listen to the songs on the album will really allow
you to appreciate the live versions even more.
A brilliant tour not to be missed!
Morning Herald review