- Seven (count 'em) SEVEN new songs plus one never-before-played-oldie!!
A packed venue (we're talking sardines here - I think I
may have some sort of moral obligation to marry the woman
who was dancing next to me) gave a good reception to the
songs from 'Rapture' (the title track, 'Back To Back', the
excellent 'Before Time Began', 'Wrong Man', 'Kiss Tomorrow
Goodbye', 'Junkyard Blues' and the surprise inclusion of
the Japan-only cut 'Things I Never Said'). Gillan was a
little under rehearsed in places (t'was ever thus) - the
lyric book is back! He was in good voice though. Good to
actually hear Steve Morse on the new material. Not a bad
sound in the venue where I was standing - although the volume
was turned up a notch at around 'Perfect Strangers' which
distorted it a bit. The surprise inclusion of 'Living Wreck'
was a welcome surprise." review Tim Summers, photo:
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19th 2006. Halle
Tony Garnier, Lyons
same venue in where I saw them during the 1991 “Slaves &
Masters” tour. A sold out evening with six thousand people.
Deep Purple played for two hours. It was a good concert,
with everyone in fine form.
list : Pictures of Home – Things I Never Said – Wrong Man
– Ted the Mechanic – Living Wreck – Rapture of the Deep
– Back to Back – Before Time Began – Contact Lost - Well
Dressed Guitar – Lazy - Airey solo & Perfect Strangers –
Junkyard Blues – Sometime I Feel Like Screaming – Space
Truckin’ - Highway Star - Smoke on the Water. Encore : Kiss
Tomorrow Goodbye – Black Night.
really liked “Things I Never Said” (very exciting rock which
should have been on every edition of the new album!), “Rapture
of the Deep”, “Before Time Began”, and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
; all of which were well played, with stunning instrumental
passages. “Living Wreck” was a nice surprise but Ian Gillan
has forgotten half of the lyrics (particularly during the
chorus : shame on him!), so it was a moderate version of
this excellent “In Rock” track (Steve Morse’s solo was perfect,
in the Blackmore’s style). Don Airey played several notes
of “La Marseillaise” our national hymn, before the first
encore. The whole band seemed really happy on stage and
they received a huge good reaction of the crowd. Ian Gillan
stayed a long time on stage at the end of the concert to
thank us. The stage was really nice : two screens because
the concert was filmed, and a spectacular light show. A
summary of the evening : a very good concert (as always
with Purple since 1994 ?) with fresh songs and an enthusiastic
crowd." review: Lionel Bouvet
21st 2006. La
Cubierta bullring, Leganés, Madrid.
really enjoyed the fact that they have a new light show
and video screens. I was fairly close to the stage but it
made it much more enjoyable being able to watch Morse, Paice
and Airey in action so up close. This was especially true
for Don, his hands always hidden from the audience by the
keyboards, now we all could see him burn on that Hammond!
way the show started was perfect. They had our attention
on the video screens, where we'd seen the band appearing
backstage one by one making their way to the stage, when
all of a sudden the screens went black leaving us in complete
darkness, and in a split second the spotlights were revolving
all around Paice who furiously blasted the frantic drum
intro to "Pictures Of Home". It was exciting as hell and
made us all in the crowd roar in approval..." full
review by Javier De Las Heras
22nd 2006. Vall
have played the Pavelló de la Vall d'Hebrón on their last
3 visits to Barcelona and for me this was the most disappointing
show to date. The venue was almost full, so they still have
a good following here. Purple are tight and talented, but
something was lacking. Ian made constant jibes at the promoter
who'd made some sort of cock-up so there was no support
act, so I guess that didn¹t help to start with. But it was
all so safe, a feeling for me of them going through the
motions, everyone smiling at each other, even the odd backslapping.
Strange to see Ian constantly flicking through a file of
notes during the songs, for a cue to the words I presume?
(good job there was no dry ice this time!).
new album has three cracking songs on it (more than can
be said for the dire artwork) which I've played over and
over; Rapture, Before Time Began and Clearly Quite Absurd.
It's in these type of songs where the present day Ian Gillan
really comes over so well. Nice then to hear the first 2
of those getting an airing in the show. Purple are a bunch
of good guys, pals, enjoying playing together, who can still
play a much better concert than most (the concert got an
excellent review in the local press by the way) and can
still live off the Deep Purple name. I think that deep down
we all crave the swaggering, electric, unpredictable power
of Purple 1970-1975, but as time goes on we're less and
less likely to get anything near that. Maybe better to pool
musical resources and come up with something else?"
review: Neil Cutler, photos: Xavier
Rulló (click to enlarge)
24th 2006. Le
place was full (8,000?). Deep Purple came on at 8h55 and
played for 2h05. Nice beginning, with screens to the left
and right of the stage showing a little movie. The set list
was a little different: Picture of Home / Things I Never
Said / Ted the Mechanic / Back to Back (not sure of the
right place but sure they play it) / Living Wreck / Rapture
of the Deep / Wrong Man / Before Time Began / Contact Lost
~ Well Dressed Guitar ~ guitar solo / Lazy / keyboard solo
~ Perfect Strangers / Junkyard Blues / Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
/ Space Truckin’ / Highway Star / Smoke on the Water. Encore:
Speed King (with drum solo) / medley ~ Black Night "
review: Dennis Netter. Photo: Martin Ashberry (click
the photo to view a full gallery)
25th 2006. Forest
out, of course, with 7,000 people present. And even close
to home for me, with only 3 km to drive! A slightly different
set than announced on the internet, with six songs from
the latest Rapture album, completed with a mix of Morse
and pre-Morse era songs. Opener was Pictures of Home; unfortunately
the sound technicians still had to find the best mix and
Roger's bass drowned out everyone else. But from there on
it only got better, with two songs from the new album and
Ted the Mechanic. Then back in time to Living Wreck, a song
they gave a new energy, especially Steve, with an incredible
solo, making the song his own. Then back to the now with
the title track and Before Time Began, easily the two best
songs from their latest effort, both sounding even better
than the studio versions. Then it was Morse time again with
a grandiose solo moment, followed by Lazy and a great keyboard
solo by Don (with Star Wars back again!). All that lead
to Perfect Strangers, Junkyard Blues and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
(even harder and faster than on the album). Then it was
time to close in an apotheosis of classics with Space Truckin',
Highway Star and Smoke on the Water. We didn't have to wait
long for the encores, as Gillan came back rapidly to announce
"We are gathered here tonight... to Rock'n'Roll", and Speed
King followed (with a little drum solo in the middle). Last
song of the set was the singalong Black Night and after
almost 2 hours it was again over. Those who weren't there
missed one of the best Purple shows ever as they were all
in fine form, with Steve and Don really integrated into
the overall sound of THE best rock band ever. Complete set
list: Pictures of Home, Things I Never Said, Wrong Man,
Ted The Mechanic, Living wreck, Rapture of the Deep, Before
Time Began, Contact Lost, The Well-Dressed Guitar, Lazy,
Keyboard Solo, Perfect Strangers, Junkyard Blues, Kiss Tomorrow
Goodbye, Space Truckin', Highway Star, Smoke on the Water,
Speed King, Black Night." review:
26th 2006. Heineken
Music Hall, Amsterdam
de Lange (click to enlarge). Click here
to view two galleries of Amsterdam shots.
returned from the show. Some first impressions: highlights
for me were the new material, (especially Before Time began),
Living Wreck and Don's playing. Lowlights: Steve's
solos (don't like his 'high' playing, it's also out of place
in the old songs in my opnion) and sometimes the sound,
it's too heavy, causing Gillan trouble to be heard. Highway
Star suffered most from this, it's just tiring. But, the
highlights win: it was really great to hear all those fresh
new songs, they worked very well on stage! They are back!
Amsterdam Setlist: 1/ Pictures of Home 2/ Things I Never
Said 3/ Wrong Man 4/ Ted the Mechanic 5/ Living Wreck 6/
Rapture of the Deep 7/ Before Time Began 8/ Mary Long 9/
Contact lost~Steve's solo~ Well Dressed Guitar 10/ Lazy
11/Don's solo~Perfect Strangers 12/ Junkyard Blues 13/ Kiss
Tomorrow Goodbye 14/ Space Truckin' 15/ Highway Star 16/
Smoke on the Water 17/ Hush 18/ Black night. " review:
Frank van den Broek, (photo www.llukygallery.nl)
brought my girlfriend along, fed up with years of me begging
her to see a DP show and - guess what? It really knocked
her socks off! I'm afraid she now has a crush on Mr. Gillan
" wow what a beautiful man, is he really 60? What a charisma
and what a voice." He was in great shape. I won't be surprised
when recovered he will take a chance on Child in Time this
tour. I was very impressed.very impressed." Adri
Karsenberg , Diepenheim, The Netherlands.
28th 2006. KB-Hallen,
were some minor errors, but you just had to look at the
crowd to see that they didn't mind at all. When the drum
intro for Pictures of Home started, they went bananas, and
it's great to see that feeling on stage, with Roger, Ian
and Steve jumping around smiling. Great to see most of the
new album on the setlist, we saw a band with a great deal
of new material, that works well on stage, and great solo
work from everybody. If you haven't already got a ticket
for the tour, get one! You won't be disappointed."
& photo: Birger, www.deep-purple.dk
29th 2006. Spektrum,
concert and great show! Sound was loud and for the most
part good, but Oslo Spektrum is well known to be difficult
sound wise during concerts. Many highlights really, and
the new songs were well received by the audience. Living
Wreck was an absolute killer. But it was the last part of
the concert that really hit home, with Lazy and the three-in-a-row
of Space Truckin’, Highway Star (exciting new intro!) and
Smoke On the Water, before the encores. Sad
to say, but the new album has not gone down very well here
in Norway so far – no entry in the charts and some poor
reviews in the largest newspapers, so I think many in the
audience were quite un-familiar with the new tunes.
band was in good form all the way, and Ian Gillan handled
(still!) a couple of failed microphones early in the show
very well. Both Steve and Don got huge applauses after their
solo parts, with Don in particular playing some good old
Norwegian tunes like ‘Hall of the Mountain King’, and Roger
and Ian were completely flawless. Ian Gillan easily introduced
'air Hammond ' to the audience - 'we have had years of air
guitars' - with immediate response. The stage lights and
the use of two large video-screens added to the experience,
much better than on the Bananas Tour in 2003. I brought
my wife and our two sons on 18 and 14 yrs, and we all had
a great time! Today the two largest norwegian daily newspapers
gave the concert 4 and 5 respectively out of 6. Now I am
wondering how to catch up with them again later this year
." review: Hans Peter Jenssen. photo: Robert Lundgren.
just to let you know that tickets for a DP concert in Bergen,
Norway 24 June are now on sale at www.billettluka.no.
In addition, the newspaper here in Trondheim (www.adressa.no/kultur)
said this morning that Deep Purple will also play at Hell
Music Festival just outside the city (previously known as
the Hell Blues Festival) the day before, 23 June, and tickets
will be on sale later today. However, no mention on the
Festival's own web-pages. Both concerts are outdoor.
Best regards, Hans Peter Jenssen"
31st 2006. Icehall,
Icehall wasn't full, but I think there were over 5,500 people
anyway. The setlist was identical to Amsterdam. Gillan sang
the high parts quite well. Songs from the new album were
not really recognised by the audience, whose reaction to
various songs suffered at times. Maybe it was partly because
there was surprisingly large contingent under 18 years of
age. A lot of fathers and mothers could be seen with their
children. Gillan talked a bit with the front row during
hte first songs, saying first that "we've just started"
and after the next song "okay, I'm not gonna even look at
you..." The crowd was still very happy (shouting play Smoke...)
and Morse's solo spot went down well. Airey played parts
of Sibelius's "Finlandia" during his, which attracted a
lot of applause. I also liked Paice's little drum-solo during
"Hush" and Roger Glover's short solo before "Black Night".
The sound was very good during the whole concert, no problems
hearing individual instruments and not too loud. Glover
and Airey were both absolutely marvelous, really."
review: Samuli Suontamo.
Jäähalli, Helsinki, Finland updated
King was a bit of a surprising encore, because on this tour
band have usually played "Hush" at this point, but in my
opinion this was a way better choice. The song sounded fresh
and very energetic, although sometimes Gillan was in trouble
when he tried to reach the highest notes. Following was
Ian Paice’s brief drum solo. It’s always a pleasure to watch
his drumming style and technique and this time it was even
more interesting because there were two close-up cameras
attached onto the drum kit and everyone was able to see
via screens what was really going on behind the kit...."
see Marko Syrjala's full review at www.metal-rules.com.
LIST: 1. Pictures Of Home / 2. Things I Never Said / 3.
Wrong Man / 4. Ted The Mechanic / 5. Living Wrec /6. Rapture
Of The Deep /7. Before Time Began /8. Mary Long / 9. Contact
Lost - Steve Morse -solo- / 10. Well Dressed Guitar /11.
Lazy /12. Don Airey -solo- Finlandia - Perfect Strangers
/ 13. Junkyard Blues / 14. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye / 15. Space
Truckin' / 16. Highway Star / 17. Smoke On The Water / 18.
Speed King - Ian Paice-Drum - Solo- /19. Black Night.
set list: Marko Hyppanen
3rd 2006. Siemens
Arena, Vilnius, Lithuania
missed the beginning of the Astoria show, I made sure the
same thing didn’t happen in Vilnius. In fact, I arrived
just after Nazareth had started their set. Having bought
my ticket (from a supermarket!) only 2 hours before the
show, I was expecting it to be, at best, half full. It wasn’t.
It may not have been the stated 12,000 capacity for a concert
at the Siemens Arena, but the floor space was full and there
weren’t too many empty seats. I’m not a fan of Nazareth,
but enjoyed their set, and it was clear that the audience
was there as much for them as for Purple. Anyway, when they
continued to play beyond an hour, and came back for an encore,
I was worried that Purple would do a shorter set. As
the band hit the stage at 9pm, my worries would prove unfounded.
first difference to note from the Astoria show was that
the screens were actually used this time, providing some
nice close ups - especially helpful in marvelling at Paicey’s
work. I never understood why they installed the screens
at the Astoria and then proceeded not to use them. The set
was the same as that in Jyvaskylä: Pictures Of Home / Things
I Never Said / Wrong Man / Ted The Mechanic / Living Wreck
/ Rapture Of The Deep / Before Time Began / Mary Long /
Contact Lost ~ Steve Morse solo ~ Well Dressed Guitar /
Lazy / Don Airey solo ~ Perfect Strangers / Junkyard Blues
/ Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye / Space Truckin’ / Highway Star
/ Smoke On The Water / Hush ~ Ian Paice solo / Black Night.
It was great to hear Mary Long, and I certainly didn’t miss
Back to Back, which I thought was one of the weaker new
songs at the Astoria. I hadn’t examined recent set lists,
so was surprised when they played Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
in the set where Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming had been,
but wasn’t then surprised by the appearance of Hush in the
encore. I noticed a few other “amendments” along the way,
notably the bridge from Pictures of Home to Things I Never
Said has changed since London (it’s faster), and they’ve
tidied up the endings of one or two of the new songs…well,
sort of. Some things haven’t changed though: Gillan still
having to look at his lyric sheet, e.g. for Before Time
Began and Junkyard Blues. He didn’t introduce Contact Lost
this time, and rushed through a few of the other (obligatory)
intros, probably realizing that much of the audience wouldn’t
understand him anyway. That said, it tends to be the younger
Lithuanians who do speak English, and there were plenty
of them there. Overall, I thought it was a great show, and
one that was much enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience."
review: Phil Needham
6th 2006. Max-Schmeling-Halle,
Cooper: 1. Department of Youth / 2. No More Mr Nice
Guy / 3. Dirty Diamonds / 4. Billion Dollar Babies / 5.
Be My Lover / 6. Woman of Mass Distraction / 7. I'm Eighteen
/ 8. Go to Hell / 9. Black Widow Jam / 10. Feed My Frankenstein
/ 11. Welcome To My Nightmare / 12. Awakening - Steven -
Only Women Bleed / 13. Ballad of Dwight Fry / 14. KIller
~ I Love The Dead / 15. School's Out / 16. Poison / 17.
I Wish I Was Born in Beverly Hills / 18. Under My Wheels.
Purple: 1. Pictures Of Home / 2. Things I Never
Said / 3. Wrong Man / 4. Ted the Mechanic / 5. Living Wreck
/ 6.Rapture of the Deep / 7. Before Time Began / 8. Mary
Long / 9. Contact Lost / 10. Well Dressed Guitar / 11. Lazy
/ 12. Perfect Strangers / 13. Junkyard Blues / 14. Kiss
Tomorrow Goodbye / 15. Space Truckin' / 16. Highway Star
/ 17. Smoke On The Water / 18. Hush / 19. Black Night (with
Uli Jon Roth).
list: Niklas Nilsson, photos: Elinor Bostock (click to enlarge)