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The (last) Stuttgart Show?

Deep Purple live at Schleyerhalle (Stuttgart, Germany 2017-06-14)

Here we go again …Stuttgart, Schleyerhalle. MONSTER TRUCK were one of the better guests Purple had during the years as far as we were concerned. Us being the girl and me and two of our boys, 16 and 10 years old, that are really in DP (and were lucky enough to catch a drum stick from Ian Paice each – but after a PURPENDICULAR-show earlier in the year, where Ian signed booklets and was kind enough to chat and have a pic taken. They are so proud…) Back to Stuttgart: Purple started in time and with a powerful 4-pack of Bedlam, Fireball, Bloodsucker, Strange Kind of Woman. I could easyly do without the last one for years now, but have to say, this time it was special. Ian Gillan started a rap at the end, talking to Steve at the speed of light and being very funny, well the bits I could understand at least. Just when you were tempted to think “clever move, he just can not do the call and reaponse bit with the screaming and all anymore …Ian screamed. And man did he scream! Just as if to show ’em … and show ’em he did! Oooh my soul, I love you baby! Yep.

Don Airey was very much in the front throughout the whole show and I wonder if he covers up a bit for Steve Morse who has reportedly issues with his right hand. Steve’s playing was flawless though (even with a broken string for the encore of Black Night). And I for one did not mind they dropped Contact Lost after all those years ….
Of course I would have loved to hear even more new stuff or some rather obscure songs but that’s just me being very picky, given the fact they played 4 songs from Infinite and even 2 songs from What Now. And as a matter of fact folks yelled and danced to the classics so the band may hardly see a reason to change the old homerun we’re all used to: Perfect Strangers, Space Trucking, Smoke on the Water, Hush (with an opening of Peter Gunn this time) and Black Night. A pity they did not add Roadhouse Blues to the shuffle of Black NIght (as coverband PURPENDICULAR did – and that was were Ian Paice got the idea to cover the song from) but as lots of people on the net put down Purple’s go at the classic the band might not have been very encouraged to do so …

The new stuff sure was impressive and sounded well rehearsed and went smoothly. It fitted in better than the songs from Now What did on the last tour, I’d say. Maybe that’s because I like Infinite much better anyway. Jonny’s Band and especially The Surprising were great additions to the set. Birds of Prey has never been my favourite despite many people singing it’s praise but came across very good here. I would have loved to see Top of the World or One Night in Vegas (grooves like Ted, doesn’t it) played but you can’t have it all. It is nothing short of breathtaking at times how the band manages to squeeze something fresh from every single tune they play at every single show they play – so hats off!

review by Thomas Max

2 Comments to “The (last) Stuttgart Show?”:

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    indra kusuma says:

    no all i got is you ?

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    max says:


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