Concert review, 2nd July, Burg, Clam
These are my thoughts about the concert on 2nd of July in Clam.
The concert took place in the village of Clam, a rather small place with a nice castle in Lower Austria. The stage was right under the castle's tower and it really was a perfect scenery (and no, they didn't play A Castle Full Of Rascals; it would had made sense, anyway...).
After a rainy day the sky cleared right at the start of the evening. There were about 2000-3000 people, but i may fail in this estimation. The crowd was interesting to watch: ages from 10 up to 60, young kids and serious looking elder men with pipes, lots of couples. The motto of the evening could have been "let's rock again like in the old days and take our kids with us to show them good music...".
At first the band Rage played for about an hour - nothing really exciting for me. They sounded like a copy of Black Sabbath and had their own string orchestra. It was funny how many people they had on stage at the end - about 10!
Deep Purple started after a 30min break and they played the same songs as in Stuttgart; i don't know if the order is correct, but as far as i remember:
Strange Kind of Woman
Ted the Mechanic
Pictures of Home
Fingers to the Bone
Into the Fire
Woman from Tokyo
Watching the Sky
Smoke on the Water
Nevertheless this song is also a new classic for me. Some people don't like it, but on Abandon as well as live it sounds great! And i really like Steve's playing on this.
Like on the previous shows (AFAIK), SM did some duels with JL and then with IG. It looked like they enjoyed it very much and so did the audience. IP had a short drum solo as well.
Any Fule Kno That
Most of the reviewers said they had been disappointed by the setlist. As always, it's a matter of taste - for me it was my 1st DP-concert, and from that view of point the setlist was ok. I'm sure most of the audience hasn't been enthusiastic DP-fans, more like casual DP- listeners. For this type of people the setlist was fine - there has been Hush, SOTW, Highway Star, SKOW, WFT and POH - all time classics. If DP would drop that kind of songs, they won't do anything good to themselves. I only wish they will play some songs from Purpendicular in coming tours - Loosen my Strings, SIFLS or Somebody has stolen my guitar.
The sound was fantastic! I talked to several people and they agreed the mix was incredible - you could hear every single note from every instrument. Congratulations to the people "behind the stage" ! And it was loud too, i mean LOUD! But this is a major reason why i think Fingers to the Bone will not work very well live - same for i.e The Aviator...
This was an exciting concert to all of the people! And DP played with fun and lots of smiles (not only SM, but also RG, IG, ... ;-) JL did a lot of solos, IG even more screaming and SM played like he had always been in DP. RG and IP were a fantastic rythm section and it was amazing to listen to the exact entries of the instruments - what a professional band this is!
I'm looking forward to the next album and the next tour! Deep Purple 2000!