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Deep Purple, Zuerich, September 1st.
Newsgroups: alt.music.deep-purple
Subject: Deep Purple, Zuerich, September 1st.
From: Jonathan 
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 1996 11:35:58 +0200

Set List: (approx)

  • Fireball
  • Ted
  • Pictures of Home
  • Black Night
  • Cascades
  • Woman from Tokyo
  • No One Came
  • SOTW
  • SK


  • PS
  • The Aviator
  • Hey Cisco
  • HS

Saw them in Birmingham on the UK tour, this was a much shorter set but a far better show IMHO. Steve Morse seems much more part of the band now, he came to the front centre stage to play solos and was cueing JL as RB used to do.

Highpoints for me were No one came and the guitar/organ duels in BN and SK, though SOTW not surprisingly got the most enthusiastic reception from the crowd (well it is Switzerland :-) ).

I guess the venue was more or less sold out (>5000?) and the crowd was very loud and appreciative the whole set. The band seemed genuinely moved by the reception which resulted in the Aviator being added to the encore, I love this song though, as IG said, it seemed unrehearsed and the bass pretty much drowned out the acoustic guitar.

Finally HS with Steve making racing car noises on his guitar during the intro to round off the evening. This pretty much summed it up for me, SM is *the* guitarist in DP now playing the old songs his way not just the new guy.

Well I'm moving to that DP less wasteland aka the USA in a couple of weeks, so now is the time to finally schedule the US tour :-)

Oh yes, the support was the Steve Whitney Band (possibly for this date only?). They were a pretty good hard blues rock band, finished with an ACDC medley.


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