1st 2003. Big
Top Arena, Liverpool. A
Library Full Of Elephants
Liverpool Daily Post (thumbs down)...
got a few old classics, but interspersed with this was some dreadful
pop-medley dross. The big top was virtually full but I have seen
more animation and excitement at the local library..."
Liverpool Echo (thumbs up!)
Smoke on the Water live was worth the admission fee alone as the
crowd shook the arena with a show of stamping that would have
done a herd of elephants proud."
these people at the same gig??
to Janne Puska & Ian Holden]
admit I went to Purple's Liverpool "Summer Pops" gig
with a feeling of apprehension. Reviews of the summer tour so
far have been mixed to say the least, and memories of last year's
flu ridden performance did not help. But I should have had faith.
The band were superb. So the set (unchanged) was a little predictable_
but these are classics, and why should the band be ashamed to
perform them? You should have heard the crowd tonight as Steve
Morse played the opening bars of Smoke... and tell me it's
time they dropped it. Is Steve Morse tired of these old songs?
No way. His smile was wider than the Mersey all night long. This
was a band enjoying what they were doing, in the company of people
enjoying watching and listening to them do it. If the three new
songs are anything to go by, roll on the new album and tour. As
Ian said tonight, 'I can't wait for the next time'. Neither can
I." review: Tony Jenkins
10th 2003. Nandrin
Festival, Belgium. A
Slightly Improved Facsimile
was happy to see that there is finally a backdrop and
a decent light show – both missing the previous two times.
It really has been a long, long time since Deep Purple
surprised me with their stage show and setting…"
was wearing a black shirt and that was about all the new
stuff for the night!" Marc Brans
the full reviews....
13th 2003. Arènes
d'Avenches, Switzerland. Funky
is a really beautiful place. A medieval city with a castle, and
a Roman Arena (left) where the festival took place. It
was a sold out evening with several thousand people there.
list was : Highway Star – Knocking At Your Back Door – Pictures
Of Home – Lazy – Haunted (new track) – Speed King – Well Dressed
Guitar – I Got Your Number (new track) – Airey solo & Perfect
Strangers – Smoke On The Water – Space Truckin’; encore :
Hush – Black Night.
was a really good concert, with Ian Gillan in fine voice (he seemed
really thin compared with the “Abandon tour” in 98!). I Got
Your Number is a very good, edgy rock song, while Haunted
is a ballad with a nice solo from Steve Morse. During his solo
Don Airey played the Star Wars theme (just for a change..).
At the end of Smoke On The Water Claude Nobs (from Montreux)
came on stage for a few seconds. The
merchandising was nice too : several tee shirt designs in purple
or grey with a D.P. logo. A very good evening in a marvellous
Lionel Bouvet – Annecy (France)
(thanks also to the correspondent who provided the scans,
can you remind us of your name?)
14th 2003. 'Foire
Au Vins D'Alsace'. Parc Des Expositions, France
good points: the tickets were very low-priced, only 16
Euros, which really makes for a change these days. Also, during
his solo, Don Airey played a bit of "D'r Hans Em Schnokeloch",
a very popular local Alsacian song... The
bad points: ... well, I don't know where to begin...."
review: Yves Rohrbacher
16th 2003. 'Rock
Auf Der Insel'. Freizeitinsel Sportpark, Piberstein, Austria
20th 2003. Columbiahalle,
Berlin, Germany Bananas Launched
was a superb
show at the Columbiahalle in Berlin. It kicked off with
HIGHWAY STAR, and you could see immediately see just
how much fun it was for the band to play to a small audience
of only 1,200 fans! Next up was KNOCKING AT YOUR BACK
DOOR, followed by SILVER TONGUE. A short keybord
solo by Don lead into LAZY. Ian Gillan then spoke
about the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, telling us that
Steve recorded the instrumental CONTACT LOST on the
same day. For
this concert the boys combinated it with HAUNTED.
up were BANANAS, Steve's WELL DRESSED GUITAR,
and the HOUSE OF PAIN. Don then had his typically
bombastic keyboard spot (featuring the Star Wars Theme,
German national anthem and some classic tunes), leading
into PERFECT STRANGERS. The usual barrage of guitar
riffs introduced SMOKE ON THE WATER, then HUSH
ended up the regular show. The
audience was singing Black Night when the boys came back
for the encores: I'VE GOT THE NUMBER and, unsurprisingly,
BLACK NIGHT. It was one of the greatest Deep Purple
shows I've ever seen. Even better: the whole concert was
filmed and I hope it will be out some day on DVD!"
review: Gerd Lange
concert was wonderful and was over much too quickly. I haven't
experienced Deep Purple in the flesh for a long time, and
they surpassed all my expectations. The new songs from BANANAS
were an absolute highlight."Haunted" and "Contact
Lost" really touched me, the latters keeps the memory
of the astronauts alive. Songs
like "I've Got Your Number" and "Silvertongue"
reminded me of Mark II. Which magician mixes Gillan's elixir
of youth? This man is never 58 years old! All
I can say is it was a deeply purple evening and I look forward
to BANANAS like a little girl looking forward to Christmas!
Yours sincerely from Berlin, Bettina Demus."
have a few photos of the band in Berlin and live at
Avenches. Click the photo above to go see them!
purple, 2003 summer tour reviews, page one
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