Guitars and Strings in Hamburg
After having checked the local newspapers' announcements and finding most of them mentioning in their headlines (!) that Deep Purple would play "The Concerto", as well as some other stuff, I had hopes that this night would pass without disturbing idiots. And it did!!!
At 8pm, when the show should have started, a German announcer (no idea who he was) told the audience that due to technical (!) problems the show would start late. Three members of the band were stuck in a traffic jam and hadn't arrived yet. The show would start at 8:30pm, or earlier, regardless, and would go straight for 2 hours without a break. (Speculations in the audience: what would they do if the missing members were still not there - did it mean that those who were to start the show were already there?) Finally at 8:45, the orchestra entered the stage and the show lasted for 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Needless to say, this was the greatest show I've ever been to! I've dreamt of something like this happening for more than ten years (since I first discovered "The Concerto" at the age of 15) - and now it came true! Even my dad (whom I took to a regular Purple gig in 1996, which he didn't like at all ;-) was fascinated!
I am pretty curious whether it will be the same setlist in Frankfurt in two weeks time - or if band and orchestra will be able to play together even better after two weeks of 'practising', though this is hardly imaginable! Steve, especially, was great and obviously happy to be rid of his plaster. The setlist is not identical with the one that is found on the Royal Albert Hall recording done last year - those of you who want to go to a show and keep the suspense (which I recommend) should stop reading my review right here.
Setlist with comments:
"Pictured Within" / Jon Lord (Miller Anderson on vocals).