Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 14, 2004
Star Wars Missing in Action!
It's 9.30pm the house lights are down, we've heard Thunder rabble rousing,
Frampton reminiscing but the full house waits for Purple rocking
as they have done on every one of the dates of this Bananas tour that has visited
38 or 39 countries as Ian Gillan reminds us after launching into a blistering
The sound is superbly mixed from where I am - right balcony with a perfect view
of the action.
The set remains unaltered as per previous nights and it is a real pleasure to
hear the band blues it up with Demon's Eye. Steve is crisp and clinical, Roger
is enjoying it like never before (sorry).
I turn to mention to a friend that Don will launch into a Star Wars piece and
the place will thudder with reverberation, but no a short melodic interlude
of piano followed by Perfect Strangers. I asked Don what happened and he explained
that three keyboards had packed up on him. Thank the Lord it wasn't the Hammond!
This band are having fun and are due back in the studio in February, and you
will be hard pressed to see a more honest hard working rock band that plays
with sincerity for their fans. Who could not but enjoy finishing a set with
SOTW and have the whole Cardiff CIA arena raising the roof.
The band encored with Speed King and Uli Roth joined the band for Black
Night albeit with connection problems to begin with.
This band takes a year touring break now so if you missed them then let's hope
they bring out a live Bananas to make up for your misconceptions