Review: Deep Purple 25/06/1999 Cologne
I'm just back from one of the best DP shows I ever heard and the best DP show I've ever seen and wanted to give some impressions.
The Palladium in Cologne is a strange venue, it's located in an industrial area and is actually a converted factory or something, I have to admit I don't like it very much since the acoustics are not that good, which brings me to...
The Sound: From my position (first row, a little bit left of the middle) the sound was perfect. Very clear and the mix and balance of the different instruments was exactly right. It can't get better than this, I even heard at two times Gillan's congas.
Support act again Lenny Wolf. This was their last show as support for DP, they put on a really good show.
Setlist same as the last German dates I saw, but it wasn't that important which songs were played but what happened in the songs...
Lightshow: Put to good use, added much to the atmosphere, which brings me to...
The Show: Purest, deepest Purple.
Gillan's voice was in brilliant shape, no problems at all this night. And Gillan himself was in overdrive, chatting nonstop inbetween songs and at one time playing a plastic blow-up guitar (the kind you take to the beach) that someone in the audience gave him. Excellent performance.
I could go on like this for quite a while, but to keep this short: Wherever you looked, whoever you watched on stage, it was a pure joy.
A perfect night.
What made the night even better was that I meet some a.m.d-p-ers after the show, so here's a quick hello to Fedor, Nigel, Svante and Benny; hope to see you somewhere along the road again.
Now it's really time to catch some hours of sleep and then it's off to Plauen...