Deep Purple in Frankfurt: October 15, 2000
Just some thoughts of mine on the Deep Purple show in Frankfurt.
Sound: from my position not very good, way too loud. When the band was playing the orchestra was barely audible and the sound in general was not very clear. It was at times hard to hear the individual instruments.
Audience: I estimate 6000-7000 people and for a change everyone behaved well during "The Concerto".
The show lasted around 170 minutes.
Well, I won't bore you with details since the coverage of the current tour has been exhaustive so just some special points I noted down for myself.
The Dio Songs: "Rainbow In The Dark" gained much in my humble opinion with Jon's Hammond added, though I liked "Fever Dreams" better when I saw Ronnie with his band.
"Fools": I appreciated "Fools" very much played live (first time for me) but I think that Steve's guitar solo, though very good, is not consistent with the mood of the song - to me it felt like two totally different pieces tacked together. I hope he changes his part for the next time I'm going to see them.
"When A Blind Man Cries": A brilliant version.
"Guitar String": Very pleasant surprise and I enjoyed this a lot.
"Perfect Strangers": My personal highlight of the show. The song is powerful as is and the orchestra added some extra punch. Absolutely amazing.
"Black Night": Here my usual complaints about the setlist. I understand that "Smoke On The Water" has to be played, but why in all the world again "Black Night"?? I was a bit annoyed last year when "Seventh Heaven" was replaced by "Black Night", here I'm even more confused since not a single song from "Abandon" was performed, not one. Come on guys, the combination of "Seventh Heaven" and "Highway Star" has worked well as encores the few times I saw it performed, do me the favour.
That's about it, I'm looking forward to seeing the band again in Dortmund on the 29th.