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10,000 people conquered by the winning team – Brussels

I’m just back from the DP concert at Brussels, and yes it was great! Better than the Bananas tour, but still under construction for some parts. Major mistakes in Before Time Began (in the structure), but I’m sure they’ll fix it by tomorrow. And Gillan will learn his lyrics. The tour is still young.

I saw the setlist posted on The Highway Star site, and already some (just a couple) of changes have been made.

Back to Back was dropped and so was SIFLS. Instead they played an amazing version of Speed King (with a short but efficient drum solo including the famous one-handed roll).

Most of the new tracks sound really great live especially Junkyard Blues and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, and although not on all versions of Rapture of the Deep, Things I Never Said is a wonderful warm-up, up-tempo track attached to the opener Pictures Of Home.

Also great to have Ted The Mechanic back in business…

Living Wreck was played, although, unless it rises a bit, I don’t think it will stay long in the setlist. Don’t ask me why, but I had the same feeling with I’m Alone on the pre-Bananas tour, and I was (unfortunately) right.

Funny little story on the side: Gillan introducing Space Truckin’ while the rest of the band looks at him shaking their head to disagree… And Gillan to reply said something along the lines of, “Okay, on our way to Space Truckin’, we decided to have some more metaphysical thoughts and went on for a Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.” This detail (and many others) shows how much the band is an entity and has a real good time on stage, spreading good vibes and a definite sense of humour among the audience.

The lights show and video screens make me believe they will release a DVD from this tour.

I still miss Jon Lord…

Philippe Joseph



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