number of people have emailed asking who the very special guest
is who was mentioned by Candice during the Buxton Blackmore's
Night performance. Backstage the gentleman (dressed in doublet
and leather boots) was introduced by Ritchie Blackmore as someone
to whom he owed his success. It turned out to be none other than
the original Deep Purple manager Tony Edwards.
was a sell-out, our seats were at the rear of the stalls, much
further back than last year, so perhaps the DVD has boosted their
popularity over here. Set list the same as Edinburgh, although
only one encore, which consisted of a keyboard solo followed by
'Ariel', done on the strat, with a wonderful 2-4 minute
they were concerned about the sound, as the sound engineer spent
half the evening moving up and down the centre aisle of the stalls
checking it was ok! he needn't have worried as from where we were
sitting it was perfect. The Opera House now have security which
wasn't there last year, and they're pretty keen on stopping photography;
more than one person had a good talking to.
- 'Home Again', always lots of humour in this performance,
and it gets the crowd going. A fair bit of improvisation going
on, with the keyboard player singing a couple of traditional songs
that you know instantly but can't put a name to ! - 'Ghost
of a Rose', brilliant performance from the whole band, this
song really suits Candice. Why wasn't this a hit single? Radio
2 would have been falling over themselves to play it if it had
had the right promotion.
- 'Child in Time', this just doesn't work for me. If you
haven't heard the song before (which is unlikely if you are at
the gig!) it probably sounds alright, but there are too many miles
better versions available, plus it stops when it's meant to get
going! I can't see the point, and their own material suits them
so much more...
really good show. We went last year expecting the worst and were
blown away with their humour, enthusiasm and yes, the songs. This
year was just as good, and it's so nice to go to the Opera House,
one of my favourite venues (Candice said it was their favourite
in the UK). Regards, Mark Woodhead (fully paid up
DPAS member since 1977!) !"
venue, as always, alluded to by Candice. Backdrops basic, but
more interesting this time, with good use of colour, ie. "purple"
during 'Soldier of Fortune'. Band in good humour, particularly
Ritchie and Candice, who looked and sang superbly throughout.
Overall a very good concert, with 'Ariel' a real plus,
but personally I was a little disappointed that again most of
the concert consisted of Shadow Of The Moon and Under A Velvet
Moon tracks. I feel the band are in danger of becoming too reliant
upon these. To me, Fires at Midnight and Ghost Of A Rose should
get more of an airing, and more than one new track would have
been nice. Blackers on form throughout, with some brilliant runs,
yet I believe he played well within himself on this night. I left
happy, but know I have witnessed even better nights in the past.
Hope the new CD brings added spark." review:
band were excellent. They seem to inject a sense of fun and enjoyment
into their music which flows out the audience. The only negative
was they only played one encore. The set was similar to the previous
gig but Ritchie played 'Minstrel Hall' near the start.
Highlights were 'Ghost of a Rose', 'Fires at Midnight',
and 'Streets of London' (done perfectly). 'Home Again'
really added fun to the night. The encore was worth the price
of the ticket by itself! Well done to Mr Blackmore, I think he
has found the perfect avenue for his talents, he is in a band
that can write new songs, cover old ones and revitalise music
over 200 years old: give it the Blackmore's Night treatment and
produce great music and a great concert...THANKS! I eagerly await
the new album due in the New Year." review: Philip