Review of the show in Karlsruhe, 17. June 1998
Hm, hm, hm well what shall I say. Well letīs start with the positive things. First of all a big HI and THANX to Andy Thul and everybody else from the net for arranging the meeting with us, the readers of the Highway Star. See you again folks. Not in Stuttgart, maybe in Hanau. But more of this later...
This was my 11th DP show since 1985. Iīve seen them in all line-ups since the reunion. I enjoyed the 1996 shows and the purpendiular album very much. This time I am not too happy with Abandon and I was really very disappointed of the show. But step by step:
Also the band was not in good shape. Big Ian became really big (even I can apologize this, watching the mirror). But his voice was very disappointing. Roger was smiling (why?) all the time and played a reasonable set. Thatīs it. Was Paicey really there? Jon made the lead this nite, but 2 minutes and 28 seconds for his solo was surely his fastest (pole position???). Steve was really good, nice solo. But this was not the band I love! I donīt like Abandon very much, but the managed to play the songs even worse live.
Deep Purple has always been a live band. But maybe a little break would be good. It is hard to say, but maybe this is the time to abandon. Leave as the world champions. If it will go on the way it was last night the halls will become smaller and smaller and they will end like other former classic bands who are nowadays only a shadow of themselves. Deep Purple hasnīt earned this - put them in the Hall of Fame!
But I kneel and pray (whereīs that song BTW) this was only a bad night. I cancelled my plans to go to Stuttgart next week. And I will read your reviews in the meantime very carefully before going to Hanau in September.
Hope to see you there folks!