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Basel 2003

For some reason or another, one of my favourite Deep Purple shows of the last 20 years — Basel 2003 — has made it to Youtube, complete broadcast (which is, sadly, just 60 minutes), and in decent quality. So, if you have nothing better to do on a Sunday night, feed it to your big screen, crank up the volume and enjoy:


Thanks to TheSmokeDP2 for uploading the video.

32 Comments to “Basel 2003”:

  1. 1
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Thanx for posting it.
    Although I did get it somewhere else some time ago, it is good it is on.
    I kinda liked this show.

    I do remember being in a Internetcafe when I saw it.
    I forgot the name but it was a name that was international I think.

    I did not have Internet at home so cycled to the centre of Rotterdam, to see this streaming live event .

    It was near The Hilton Hotel btw, where it was often possible to meet, even when they were in a bad mood(…), DP people.

    It gave me awkward moments of sorts meething DP there.

    I still feel very sad about focussing my attention to them instead of Ronnie James Dio, who went with them on their Concerto Tour.
    Dio, many have told about this phenomena, was polute, friendly, that warm voice……
    |Speaking with 3 fans , so I thought, trying to be polite myself, refrained from interrupting.

    So instead of a wonderful memory of meeting with the BIG VOICE I got myself a bad experience with Gillan in a rather rude mood.

    So sad that Ronnie is gone.
    Like with Jon, I ll never get to another chance gain : (

    Since 2006 they relocated to Amsterdam for their shows.
    Maybe because of the good museums?

    I went to see them in Amsterdam in 2006. ROTD tour.
    They still played more than 4 new tracks.Things like Before Time Began and Clearly Quite Absurd.

    It was not bad, but……..
    This time I could not block the ” impact” on the overall sound whereas I kinda enjoyed myself during the Purpendicular and Abandon shows.

    I was not impressed with the Heineken Music Hall.
    Overrated, probably because it is in Amsterdam.

    Strangely enough, in the same area you have more places for ” going out” .

    Apart from a lot of places to fullfill your hunger for fastfood, It also had the Cinema’s and……..The Pepsi Stage.

    Pepsi Stage. Who ever thought of seeing a Blackmore’s Night show in aplace with such a name.

    No castle, but…….

    Still, inside it was a nice experience.
    Goodoldfashioned theatre like dressed inside, so…..
    My expectaions based on the exterior site of the venue did not come true .
    I could breath again after entering.: )

  2. 2
    Roberto says:

    I think there are hundreds Deep Purple shows better than this one (the video and audio bootleg circulates from 2003) of the last 20 years but “For some reason or another” could explain this choice…

  3. 3
    Valerio says:

    The same for me, great to see House of Pain live !

  4. 4
    josh says:

    If you ‘ve been there, like me, you could hear Ian G. rhyme to the audience : “Whatever you do, don’t join the E.U. ” The simple truth…

  5. 5
    Reg' Renaud says:

    Yeah, I was there !!
    I was in front of the scene when Ian came down to the crew and sung together !
    It’s my best souvenir with Deep Purple.

  6. 6
    TheVincek says:

    In 2013 tour more songs from Morse era!
    MK VIII is not tribute band to MKII!
    Purpendicular, Bananas, Rapture of the Deep is excellent!

  7. 7
    kraatzy says:

    awesome ….

    That rocks …

    that rolls …

    that are our friends in Purple




  8. 8
    Martin says:

    “So, if you have nothing better to do on a Sunday night, feed it to your big screen, crank up the volume and enjoy”
    That’s what I just did. Thank you very much. Very good quality indeed.

  9. 9
    Tommy H. says:

    The version of Lazy, which is the second song on the broadcast, is about one of the best I’ve ever heard. The concert, so far as it has been revealed, is absolutely fantastic – the band’s totally on fire. Please publish the whole thing as official DVD-release!

  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 9

    At the time I had friends that HAD computers and all that, I m always kinda behind with those things.

    But uptill now I ve not been able to get that clever / to understand how to download something like this, broadcasted live.
    Maybe you could watch it back later on I dont remember.

    I m able to DL YouTube but I dont find the quality always satisfying.
    Another ” buzz” is that after I put it on a usb stick or rewritable or recordable some are not lip sync.

    Talking about releases……of old stuf….

    Simon Robinson did not get the VPRO radio in Holland to do what they should, which is FINALLY releasing that show by MK 2 they recorded in 1969.
    Would DEEP PURPLE itself not have the willpower or money to persuade them?

    Or is something else that does hold them back from trying?

    Even me appreciates a good performance night of Morse era DP, although mainly 1995-2000, but I get the feeling I can swim in Morse era DVD’s by now.

    Would it really hurt to put more time and energy in releasing stuff from the Classic line up?

  11. 11
    Rommel says:

    Nice show! It reminded me of the time I saw them in Mexico in 2003. THANK YOU you for posting it!

  12. 12
    napa ale says:

    So so wonderful enjoy house of pain live! I tought that they never played this song alive. Just in case, I think that Bananas is a underestimated album. Probably the happiest purple´s album. Just like Born again is the happiest Sabbath´s album (if it is possible).

  13. 13
    al says:

    not their best concert,Gillan not in his bet night,struggling to hit the notes…..and the audio no

  14. 14
    Atharri says:

    This is one of the most interesting boots in Purple’s reunion history since there are 5 Bananas tracks present in the audio (Doing it Tonight, House of Pain, I Got Your Number, Silver Tongue and Bananas) It would be nice to have an official release of it one day!

  15. 15
    Drdp says:

    Second that #9. Love the versions of “Lazy” with the inclusion of the ”Effing Boo Hoo-ing” & ”Effing Puddles” in the Lyrics.

  16. 16
    max says:

    One of my favourite bootlegs indeed. Great playing, new setlist and all. Highly recommended!

  17. 17
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    When seeing them on that tour in NYC, they did not play House of Pain much to my dismay. That song should be a staple every night.

    Anybody out there happen to catch them playing it here in America?



  18. 18
    Alf says:

    I couldn’t agreemore with @TheVincek ! More Morse-Airey era, please.
    By the way, for me the sound of the drums in this rendition of Banana’s songs is much better than that of the album, I never liked the sound of the snare drum in that album; a shame because I really like Bananas!


  19. 19
    stoffer says:

    very good show, like the Morse era material too………thanks

  20. 20
    Tommy H. says:

    @ 10:

    I bet that there are more video tapes like the Scandinavian Nights concert (Machine Head live, March 1st, 1972) in acceptable condition from the 70ies and I guess even better ones from the 80ies. I know that there’s material from the In-Rock-, Fireball- and Machine-Head-tour. I understand that they maybe were in fear of recording them after the California Jam orgy when Ritchie destroyed that annoying NBC-camera. Those who own the “New, Live and Rare”-DVD know that there are a few very good recordings from the reunion tour in 1984 and 1985. So we speak of maybe 5-6 potential releases. I wouldn’t hestitate to buy them all if they were released some day.

    From the Morse era there isn’t an official release from the Bananas-tour and I wonder if the original recording of the show in Basel is complete and of better quality. I only saw them live during that tour, so to me it would be a nice addition in that regard as well.

    And I’m sure that there’s a video tape from the Purpendicular-tour too. So to sum it up: There’s enough material to overflow the market with live recordings. It would be interesting to know who’s responsible for holding them back.

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 17

    It can be worse.

    As far as I can remember DP did not even come overhere during Bananas.
    I do recall Classic Arrow Rock Festival way back with among others Status Quo, Uriah heep, Y & T.
    Was it 2004?2002?
    They did I ve got your number and……uhhhhhh…Contact Lost, maybe.

    Around the same we heard they did I m Alone which was eagerly awaited but……ofcourse it was skipped already.

    Am I wrong about Bananas tour? Did they maybe gig at the Bospop festival way back?

    Unlike OZZY I m not on drugs but sometimes it all seems a big blur, all those years, all those concerts.

    Cheers, Mark

  22. 22
    ivica says:

    Mark II simple the best
    “In Rock”,”Fireball” ,”Mashine Head”,”Perfect Strangers ” fantastic albums

    Steve Morse era is great
    new set lista ?
    or new live album ? /songs Steve Morse era/
    my favorite SME
    “Doing it Tonight”,”I ve Got Your Number”,”Silver Tongue”,”Fingers to the Bone”,”Somebody Stole my Guitar”, “Hey Cisco”,”MTV”,”A Touch Away”,”Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”,”Hause of Pain,”Rosa Cantina”,”The Aviator”,”Don’t Let Go”,”Wrong Man”,”Loosen my Strong”,”Ted the Mexanic”….. and the best song SME era “Sometimes I Fell Like Screaming”

    Deep Purple MK II or VIII .. F A N – T A – S- T I C

    Appsolutlely brilliant ..”LIVE” R ‘n’ R band


  23. 23
    josh says:

    … this experience we will never, never, never forget !! A great age where we live in. cheers j.

  24. 24
    KIDD PURPLE says:

    Saw them in Atlantic City 2004-AWESOME!

  25. 25
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Yeah Ted,

    Saw them twice in Texas in 2002. San Antonio and Galveston. They did ‘House of Pain’ both nights along with others from ‘Bananas’. That was the tour that they also did ‘Machinehead’ in its entiretee. Check out my review with pictures….


    I welcome the day when they center on the MK7-8 era tunes as the main body of the set list. Especially the never played ‘Sun Goes Down’.


  26. 26
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:


    Here is the ‘Galveston’ review along with pics also…



  27. 27
    Theo says:


    I was there too
    It was the year with Thin Lizzy and Lynyrd Skynyrd also.

    I was backstage with my 10 year old son.
    Had the pleasure to meet Ian G and Roger before the show.
    Signing stuff and posing for pictures with my son.

    DP were headliners and started late.
    My son got very tired and Steve’s roady got him a chair to sit down and watch the show.
    After the show they had to leave right away, but Steve’s roady (again) brought my son some guitarpicks.
    Because there was no chance to meet afterwards, we got tickets and backstage passes for the tour in November.

    Befor I forget they played I Got Your Number and Bananas

  28. 28
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    @21 purplepriest1965, That’s a bummer. But they typically visit Holland most every tour I presume?

    @26 Tracy,

    At the gig I was at, the first set was basically the same as the Galveston gig. But I notice that Never Before is not on your set list. They played each and every song from MH the night I saw them in NYC. Strange as to leaving it out….



  29. 29
    Richard Woodhouse says:

    A great show. Like many of the other people posting above. They should do more Mark 8 Material. One person said it well. They are not a mark 2 tribute band. Some of the morse era material is just as good as anything from the 70’s or 80’s. With that said, I have been blown away by their doing the Mule over in Europe in 2012. Ian Paice is still awesome. The hand speed is still there. Finally, Its a darker world and life, without Jon Lord with us anymore. Losing Him was almost like losing a member of the family. Its amazing that they are still going and still sound good. Looking forward to the new album in the Spring. Probably will be the last studio album of the Masters of Hard Rock, DEEP PURPLE!!!!!!

  30. 30
    purplepriest1965 says:


    I think you are right about that.
    Not completely sure though.
    But I seem to recall that they sometimes came twice in later years.

  31. 31
    purplepriest1965 says:

    ad 30.

    I recall they came twice to the Netherlands with the Purpendicular tour.
    After Rotterdam they came back for Zwolle, I think.

    I planned to see them in the South Of France in that summer because I intended to do some working in vineyards.
    Must have been quite enthusiastic, then. : )

    The gig in France I cancelled due to illness I got due from the bad working conditions under that vineyardexploiter.

  32. 32
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I once downloaded a Deep Purple show from 2000 , live in Montreux again.

    It was in strange format, aspi I think, and could only be played on pc.

    Only recently I converted it it but playing stopped somewhere before the half of the show.

    About evey montreux show gets released.
    I wonder why not this one.

    Maybe someone here has thoughts on that?

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