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Norway-Montreux 1-0

A great, fantastic show really from Deep Purple at the Steinkjer festival 120 km north of Trondheim.

They started at 22.00 hrs sharply, and since the nights here in mid-Norway now are becoming darker again, the light show really came on during the concert. It was a clear and beautiful late summer evening, and 6.100 people enjoyed every minute of the group’s performance.

The set list (see below) had no big surprises, Perfect Strangers was included, which indeed is a concert favourite among the fans, and three encores were given (Mary Long, Hush and a lenghty Black Night with Steve Morse and the audience exchanging play and sing along responses – great fun for all!).

Good sound all through the concert, and Ian’s voice was in top shape. The band was very pleased with the show themselves afterwards, and I think no one went home that night disappointed, but instead enlightened highly by Deep Purple and what they still represent. For many it probably was a ‘first’ of seeing Steve Morse and Don Airey live, and Steve does not fail to impress any ‘newcomer’.

Many young people attended and there is clearly a new ‘Purple generation’ experiencing and following the band nowadays. Personally I think this concert was even (slightly) better than the one I attended in Montreux in July.

Norwegian television filmed part of the concert and aired a short clip of it on the 23 o’clock evening news at main channel NRK1, and the local NRK radio and most of the mid-Norway newspapers in Trondheim and Steinkjer had long pre-show articles, interviews and good and positive reviews the day after.

Deep Purple, Steinkjer Festival 15 Aug 2008, 22.00-23.45.
Set list:

Into the Fire
Strange kind of woman
Rapture of the deep
Kiss tomorrow goodbye
Contact lost / Steve solo
Well dressed guitar
Sometimes feel like screaming
Wring that neck
The Battle rages on
Don Airey solo
Perfect Strangers
Space truckin’
Highway star
Smoke on the water

Mary Long
Black night

Thanks Deep Purple!

Hans Peter Jenssen

7 Comments to “Norway-Montreux 1-0”:

  1. 1
    blackmorse says:

    Please give some links to the pre-(and post, if any)show interviews…i know no names on norwegian papers…probably my fault…

  2. 2
    Tracy Heyder says:

    The set list is finally coming together with a good variety pulled from many albums. They are missing 3. Something from Bananas (beside or along with Contact Lost)preferably “Sun Goes Down”, something from Abandon….”Seventh Heaven” or my favorite “Evil Louie”? and something from House of Blue Light…”Strangeways”.

    Now you add these to the present list, and we’d all be happier than a “Billy Goat with 2 Peckers”.


  3. 3
    Crimson Ghost says:

    ‘Sun Goes Down’ unfotunately was recorded intentionally without the stage in mind, to see what they could do in the studio without translation to the stage, said Michael Bradford to the dismay of many because the lyrics are about being on stage, ironically… go figure.

  4. 4
    Tracy Heyder says:

    Yeah, also…upon speaking to Roger Glover after the show in St. Louis last year, he advised that there are “Backup Vocals” and they don’t do that live. I argued that the “Backup Vocals” in the studio isn’t an integral part of the song and that live they could easily work around it, by doing a “live stage version” revamped for that purpous. I then proceeded to ask….”so where is that ‘dangerous’ live band that you always elude to when describing Purple?” He said, “You have to pick your tunes to play, and that one just hasn’t been picked”.

    It is (in my oppinion)by far the “Purplest Tune” on Bananas, and would be great if lengthened and cut loose on LIVE.


  5. 5
    Michael says:

    Yeah, that thing about backup vocals is a bit of a cop-out. The original version of The Battle Rages On had backing vocals too, but it hasn’t stopped them performing it live. Sun Goes Down is one song I’ve always wanted to hear live too!

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    They did backing vocals on SIFLS, House Of Pain, and I don’t know how many others, but they aren’t good at it on stage imo, so I’m not too concerned about it. Micael Bradford said all the back ground vocals on Bananas were Ian anyway… the only time in the studio I know of that Roger did them was way back on WDWTWA.(WFT, Super Trouper)

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    Patrick says:

    what about i got ya numba !! or maybe pic of innocence. and the hell with mike bradford rodger WAKE UP !!

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