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Tulips – Amsterdam

It was a difficult time counting the days before we could see our beloved Deep Purple guys again, the twelfth concert for my wife and myself since the Concerto concert in Rotterdam 2000.

We were very excited to hear at least some of the new songs live for the first time. My brother was with us who went to see DP for the first time of his life loving DP music for over 30 years. (And he enjoyed the whole evening!)

The Heineken Music Hall was full (sold out in a couple of weeks with 6.000 fans) but the accoustic quality is very good. After the start with Pictures of Home and the first new song Things I never Said came the powerful Wrong Man, the great 1970 track Living Wreck and the title song Rapture of the Deep.

There were two changes compared with the opening night in London. DP left out Back to Back and Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming. Instead we got Mary Long and as first encore Hush.

According to my wife Jannie and myself Contact Lost was the very best performance of the evening. A big thank you for Steve: the song was fantastic smooth and emotional at the same time. Apart from Junkyard Blues we loved the life version of all the new songs. I sadly missed the great ballad Clearly Quite Absurd.

After nearly two hours we felt very happy to have gained a new wonderful memory of a warm DP music blanket in a cold winternight in Amsterdam.

Finally, speaking about Amsterdam: Don played a wonderful part of Tulips from Amsterdam. Don became also a major player within Deep Purple with
the new album and the new tour, but we don’t have any objection to that. Thanks Don for the great performance.

Dirk de Hen

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