3rd 2005. Caprices Festival, Crans Montana, Switzerland.
highlights of the show for me were Demon's Eye,
which was superb, Contact Lost and the following
solo and Space Truckin' which oozed power. Gillans
'air-keyboards' were taken up by nearly all of the audience,
who, it has to be said, were great, very enthusiastic,
vocal and knew every word and note. Great show, great
location, great fun. Glover confessed afterwards that
that was the first time they had played together since
Plymouth, not even a soundcheck, you really couldn't tell..."
read Michal Richards full review here
16th, 2005. OFI Stadium, Heraclion, Greece.
show was supposed to start at 21:00, but Deep Purple went
out at 22:20 – we previously endured some 25 minutes of
a duo with guitars playing unplugged covers (Oasis – Wonderwall,
Joan Baez – Diamonds And Rust, Tonic – If You Could Only
See, Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here, Eric Clapton – Layla,
etc.). Pretty boring and certainly NOT suitable for a
Deep Purple support act.
Deep Purple hit the stage (after much shouting from the
crowd and some comic performances by their roadies) the
crowd went… bananas! They started with Silver Tongue
and carried on with the usual recent set list. Don Airey
was very good, he certainly did very well for someone
stepping on Jon Lord’s shoes and his solo was magnificent,
incorporating classical pieces, Star Wars (as usual) and
a couple of Greek folk tunes. Steve Morse was smiling
all the time and got huge applause for his solo and The
Well Dressed Guitar. Roger Glover soloed for a while
(it was more of a battle with Steve actually) at the beginning
of Highway Star and generally was solid as expected.
The same goes for Ian Paice, he didn’t miss a beat, though
his solo in the middle of Hush was VERY short (WHY???).
That leaves Ian Gillan last (but not least!) : I admit
that I had accepted that as he is turning 60, it is very
natural to have lost some of his voice. Well, what can
I say, he proved me wrong (I should apologize…). I haven't
heard his voice sounding so strong since the Come Hell
Or High Water era – no comparison to the weakness of the
80’s. He screamed, screamed and screamed, he had his low,
deep voice, he had his “normal” voice and did I mention
that he screamed?
in all, a great concert from a great band. As for myself,
I’m already looking to the next time I see them live,
and the new album in October." review: Vassilios
17th 2005. Earth Theatre, Thessaloniki, Greece.
show was really great, with the band full of energy and
power. I really liked Don Airey's playing, which was based
on Jon's studio work for most of the old songs. The set
list was the same as Canadian tour - beginning with Silver
Tongue followed by Woman From Tokyo. Highlights
for me were Space Truckin' and Demon's Eye.
met the band afterwards in their hotel. Roger mentioned
a new solo album for this year with the same singer as
on the last one. Paicey said that the new Deep Purple
album is very good." review: Anestis Ladopoulos,
19th 2005. Skopje Skating Ring, Skopje, Macedonia.
was Deep Purple's first ever show in Macedonia. The concert
was held in the open air in front of 6-7,000 people, not
only from Skopje and different cities in Macedonia, but
also from Kosovo and Serbia. The band played for little
more than an a hour and a half, performing mostly their
old hits. We had pleasure to hear: Woman from Tokyo,
Space Truckin', Highway Star, Strange
King of Woman, Smoke on the Water, Lazy,
Black Night, with Hush as the finale.
Airey caused euphoria when he started to play a Macedonian
folk song, while later Ian Gillan put a Macedonian flag
on the stage. Afterwards every electronic and printed
medium in Macedonia published a report about the concert.
Also, on the main TV stations (even in the main news)
there was time given to their press-conference before
the concert. There
were a lot of well-known Macedonians in the audiance,
including the Minister of Culture himself, the co-speaker
of the Parlament, as well many Macedonian musicians, journalists
and others. A lot of people brought their children along
(I was with my 15-years old daughter) and there were a
lot of emotion at the concert. (My 42 old friend said
to me: "When I saw Ian Gillan coming on the stage, I was
so excited I wanted to jump up on the stage and start
kissing him." )
review: Aleksandar Donski, click the photo to view
other shots from the show at www.vecer.com.
21st 2005. Kaliakra Stadium, Kavarna, Bulgaria.
audience of 20,000
of rock music fans saw idols Deep Purple in Kavarna, during
a live gig Thursday night. The veterans surprised the
Bulgarian fans by mixing one of their songs with a sample
from "Vardar," a classic Bulgarian tune by Pancho Vladigerov.
Music lovers from seven countries flocked to seaside Kavarna
for the show, media reported. The 150 policemen who were
overseeing the event did not encounter any law violations."
22nd 2005. "Festival des Vieilles Charrues", Carhaix, France.
At The Old Plough
is a brief note to report back on Deep Purple's appearance
at the Festival des Vieilles Charrues (literally "The
Old Ploughs Festival") at Carhaix in Brittany last Friday
(July 22). The Vieilles Charrues is what you might call
an "eclectic" festival...lots of world music, lots of
performers little known (or not at all known) outside
France, and a reputation for giving stage-time to new
and promising acts.
Purple were sort-of headlining on Day 1 of the Festival.
They were preceded by the Buena Vista Social Club and
Jane Birkin (see what I mean by eclectic?) and hit the
stage just as dusk was falling. They were just amazing!
Although it has to be said that the list was what you
might expect (all the old favourites) the boys were on
brilliant form and the audience of some 60,000 were blown
away. Being part of a crowd that big screaming "Smock
on ze watair..." on cue was quite an experience.
French press were suitably impressed, and gave DP a lot
of credit for providing the festival with a genuine highlight
of crowd enthusiam (the other "headliners" were New Order,
Iggy and the Stooges and Franz Ferdinand so it has to
be said the competition was not great) and the papers
are also saying this morning that DP are now planning
a full-on European tour after the reception they received
here. Certainly they themselves seemed blown away by the
reception. IG, after three encores and with what seemed
to be genuine emotion, thanked the crowd and called it
"an experience we will remember for the rest of our lives".
I imagine a lot of the audience feel the same way...I
certainly do! And the last time I saw the band live was
a VERY long time ago..." review: Adrian Scott,
On Hols in Brittany
of Deep Purple's performance was shown on French TV, including
Silver Tongue, Contact Lost, The Well Dressed Guitar,
Perfect Strangers & Smoke On The Water.
23rd 2005. "Rock Istanbul", Parkorman, Istanbul, Turkey.
In the press conference the band said; " We'll never forget
the Turkish Audience from1998, the most enthusiastic crowd
in the world! " When the concert began, that was proved
to be true ! The setlist was 01-) Silver Tongue 02-) Woman
From Tokyo 03-) Strange Kind of Woman 04-) I Got Your
Number 05-) Demon's Eye 06-) Contact Lost 07-) Steve Morse
Solo 08-) Well Dressed Guitar + ( Group Jam ) 09-) Don
Airey Solo + " Üsküdara Giderken " ( Traditional Turkish
Song ) 10-) Star Wars atc. (Don Airey) + Perfect Strangers
11-) Highway Star 12-) Space Truckin 13-) Smoke on the
Water. Encore: ; 14-) Black Night 15-) Lazy 16-) Hush.
Nearly 95 minutes in total, and a great performance. Unforgettable.
See you next time guys."
review: Bora Cetin,
www.dpturkiye.com The Turkish Deep Purple Fan
photo: Tarik Burcoglu
29th 2005. "Merida Rock Festival", Campo de Fútbol,
It was the first time that Deep Purple had visited this
ancient Spanish town near Portugal. I drove from Bilbao
to see them. There were about 5,000 people in an open
air setting and at about 23:10 (after a fantastic performances
from Doro and Saxon) Silver Tongue started... The
set-list was the same as in other places this summer,
and sounded fantastic. (Why don´t they play anything from
The Battle Rages On, House of Blue Light, Purpendicular,
or Abandon?) They were in very good humour and the crowd
enjoyed every song, especially Demon´s Eye, a heavy
Perfect Strangers and Lazy. After 95 minutes
- a little short for a band who need another 30 minutes
review & photo: Jesus Sandonis
30th 2005. Plaza de Toros de Atarfe, Granada, Spain.
crowd, baying for Purple, and they got a storming show.
Gillan sounded hoarse and was low in the mix, as was Airey...
some dubious sounding keyboards to my ears it must be
said. Paice, Glover and eternal man of the match Steve
Morse really pulled the night off. Tighter than a Scotsman
on New Year's Eve, they reached some scary heights....
Well Dressed Guitar, Highway Star with its
jammed intro, Space Truckin, Contact Lost..
It's a shame the two most recent tracks - Silver Tongue
and I Got Your Number sounded, well, alright, but
nothing more. Demon's Eye was also tasty.
set could have been punchier, in my view, had they included
some neglected faves like Somebody Stole My Guitar, '69,
Almost Human, Ted, Feel Like Screaming... but it was a
party crowd, a party night, and they proved that their
legacy is way bigger than they are and that they will
never be able to live down the big numbers from their
glory days...and that's many a musician's ultimate ambition,
to create a piece of music that will outlive them and
touch millions of lives. Purple have indeed changed the
world, and on tonight's evidence it's a hell of a better
place for it. Barry Smith, Sevilla, Spain "