new Salzburgarena wasn`t sold out, although there were approximately
2,000 fans present. It all sounded amazingly fresh, and
even playful. When A Blind Man Cries lacked the customary
keyboard intro, instead beginning with blues guitar. Into
the Fire came across really heavy - sporting a new arrangement
which had Ian Gillan smiling from ear to ear. The mood was
good; during the solo spots non-participating band members
sat and sipped beer behind the drum-kit. Throughout the
night Morse played in a much more blues based style than
usual. We all left happy. I can see them doing it all again,
another album and a tour from 2007 to 2009!" review:
was lucky enough to watch the soundcheck. Among others they
Wreck and Ted The Mechanic, neither of which were played
during the show itself." report, and photos: Sam
full Salzburg set list: 01.Pictures Of Home 02. Things
I Never Said 03. Into The Fire 04. Strange Kind Of Woman
05. Rapture Of The Deep 06. Fireball 07. Wrong Man 08. Steve's
solo - Well Dressed Guitar 09. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 10.
When A Blind Man Cries 11. Lazy 12. Don's solo - Perfect
Strangers 13. Space Truckin´ 14. Highway Star 15. Smoke
On The Water 16. Hush - including a very short drum solo
17. Roger's solo - Black Night.
list: Nigel Young
5th 2006. Hala
Purple once again proved that they are one of the great
live bands. They were performing in Slovenia for the third
time in less than three years, and show was once again (almost)
sold out. The concert was awesome, the band appeared very
fresh and relaxed, and it was obvious that they still enjoy
being on stage. Every member gave 100%, and the overall
performance was perfectly tight. The set list was the same
as Salzburg. The only drawback was pretty weak sound. As
a photographer I was impressed by a light show, it was easy
to take nice shots!" review and photos: Janez Pelko
8th 2006. Cez
Arena, Ostrava, Czech Rep.
great, powerful show!! Deep Purple once again proved that
they are one of the great live bands. It was Roger's night,
he played splendidly throughout. The set list was very good.
Especially 'Into the Fire' , 'Fireball', 'Things
I Never Said' and 'Wrong Man'. We all left happy.
The set list: Pictures Of Home, Things I Never Said,
Into The Fire, Strange Kind Of Woman, Rapture Of The Deep,
Fireball, Wrong Man, Steve Morse Guitar Solo ~ Well
Dressed Guitar, When A Blind Man Cries, Lazy, Don Airey
Solo ~ Perfect Strangers, Space Truckin´, Highway Star,
Smoke On The Water. Encore: Hush, Black Night." review
and photos: Katarzyna Jakubowska
9th 2006. Torwar,
Purple played a very powerful show. Highlights were the
Rapture Of The Deep songs, with Wrong Man the most
powerful riff I’ve ever heard, it really shook Torwar to
its foundations. The classics were played with great intensity,especially
Into The Fire. Now this song shines, during the Gillan’s
Inn Tour it lacked something. Ian Gillan is in top shape,
I have never seen him singing that well before in Poland
(even in 1996, 1998 and 2000). If he wanted, he could hit
every high note in Child In Time. Steve played a great solo
spot, complete with his riff parade. Roger and Ian Paice
were as solid as ever. And Don Airey played marvelous solos.
Ever wonder what this band is about? It is about great music
and authenticity." review and photos: Marcin Rybacki
surprisingly good show, however the expectations were rather
low after short phone reports of the show the day before
(Ostrava). Although Warsaw was not sold out, the band were
in good mood and enjoying a very positive and enthusiastic
response from the audience. Ian Gillan was in fine form
and didin`t use his lyric cribsheet.
set: Pictures Of Home / Things I Never Said / Into The
Fire / Strange Kind Of Woman / Rapture Of The Deep / Fireball
/ Wrong Man / Well Dressed Guitar / When A Blind Man Cries
/ Lazy / Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin´ / Highway Star
/ Smoke On The Water and the encore: Hush and
What I would like to highlight is Into The Fire - nice to
have it back, and a really fast and powerfull Fireball.
They cut out one track (Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye) from the
Salzburg set list. The result was only 1 hour 45 minutes
(again...) of live music. Do they have to take keep an eye
on 'time limits' ? The track order is of course fantastic
for the public but is not what you`d love to hear when you`re
a die-hard fan. Anyway, Deep Purple didn`t disappoint. As
always. Last Thursday night (Oct 12th) I heard on the Polish
radio Program 3 that during an informal talk after the show,
Ian Gillan mentioned he would come to Poland soon with 'a
small band' (meaning Gillan`s Inn project I suppose), but
I can`t confirm it and until it appears as an official news
I would treat it as an idea, rather than part of a scheduled
tour." review: Domink Bednarski
4th 2006. Zenith
Arena, Lille, France
Howard appeared on stage to do a little duet with Steve,
and then to play on 'Smoke On The Water'. Highlights
for me were Into the Fire, Fireball and all
of the Rapture tracks, which sounded really good. The only
thing that could make these gigs better would be to change
the end of the shows, the sequence after Lazy hasn't
changed for years except n January/February, and it would
be great to have Speed King back !" review: Regis
Lamoline (For the french speakers there's a more complete
review on : http://users.skynet.be/deep-purple/r061104.html
what a night… my third Deep Purple show… the other two being
in Brazil. I was in the front row; watching Roger Glover
playing up close was amazing… he was perfect (as always).
The worst part for me was in Perfect Strangers, when
my girlfriend felt unwell and was taken away by the security.
On the bright side, she returned during the next song, Space
Truckin’, she returned, and in the mean time I'd managed
to grab one of the Roger’s custom plectrums… great souvenir!
set list: 01.
Pictures Of Home / 02. Things I Never Said / 03. Into The
Fire / 04. Strange Kind Of Woman / 05. Rapture Of The Deep
/ 06. Fireball / 07. Wrong Man / 08. Steve Morse's solo
/ 09. Well Dressed Guitar / 10. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye /
11. When A Blind Man Cries / 12. Lazy / 13. Don Airey's
solo / 14. Perfect Strangers / 15. Space Truckin´ / 16.
Highway Star / 17. Smoke On The Water / 18. Hush (incl.
drum solo) / 19. Roger Glover's solo / 20. Black
set list and photos: Octavio Farias
5th 2006. Zenith
de Caen, France
don't speak English very well, so I can't write you
a review, but it was a great show, as was Lille."
for the photos Arnaud!)
7th 2006. Le
Galaxie, Amnéville, France
List: 01. Pictures Of Home / 02. Things I Never Said
/ 03. Into The Fire / 04. Strange Kind Of Woman /
05. Rapture Of The Deep / 06. Fireball / 07. Wrong
Man / 08. Steve's solo / 09. Well Dressed Guitar /
10. When A Blind Man Cries / 11. Lazy / 12. Don's
solo / 13. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye / 14. Perfect Strangers
/ 15. Space Truckin' / 16. Highway Star / 17. Smoke
On The Water / 18. Speed King Medley / 19. Roger's
solo / 20. Black Night.
only previous visit to Le Galaxie was for Purple in
the Joe Lynn Turner years. The catering is surprisingly
dreadful for France: only one food stall, serving
microwaved soggy pizza and pre-wrapped burgers and
non-existent hot dogs. At least there were no queues
for the beer. Toilets adequate, but in need of a clean.
(thank goodness for that..) The venue didn't
look full. The crowd were lively, especially for the
In Rock and Machine Head numbers. Fireball didn't
achieve the same reaction – maybe the album didn't
sell well in France. Don was up to his usual tricks,
incorporating local ditties in his solo (is his lack
of knowledge of the Luxembourg national anthem the
reason why Purple haven't played there since 1998?).
Steve played the medley of riffs during his solo which
he has used as an intro to Smoke On The Water
in the past. Ian forgot his lines on a few occasions.
I must admit I make mistakes in singing along with
Strange Kind of Woman, but, then again, I didn't
write it. The encore started with Speed King
when we were all expecting Hush. A nice surprise,
especially as it meant we got a total of 1 hour 55
minutes: a bonus of 10 minutes!" review: James
more on the show, see www.deep-purple.new.fr
(French DP site)
for a Deep Purple French tour in 2007, as seen on
a flyer at the Amneville show: 16/03 Reims / 17/03
Tours / 19/03 Nantes / 20/03 Rouen / 22/03 La Rochelle
/ 23/03 Pau / 25/03 Strasbourg / 26/03 Beauvais /
28/03 Bordeaux / 29/03 St Etienne / 30/03 Grenoble
/ 31/03 Limoges."
Mathieu Pinard. photos:
9th 2006. Zenith
de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
opened up by blasting the place with "Pictures of Home",
followed straight away by a very punchy "Things I Never
Said". The sound was very heavy even if it wasnt all
that loud, just what was needed for a venue holding upwards
of 8,000 people. It was such a pleasure to hear "Strange
kind of Woman" again, and 'Rapture Of The Deep'
really took wing, with the crowd singing along. "Wrong
Man" suffered from bad sound, but all was well by the
time Steve Morse lead into "Well Dressed Guitar",
punctuating his virtuosity with a parade of famous riffs
and solos from the likes of 'Stairway to Heaven', 'Sweet
Home Alabama', and others. Don's solo spot featured "Toulouse"
(a famous local anthem written and performed by C. Nougaro,
a singer born in the city). At the end of the set there
was a 2-3 minute break before they returned to hammer into
"Hush" and "Black Night"...... " review:
11th 2006. Musikhall
, Rennes, France updated,
day after, we had an 800km drive to Rennes. Ian Gillan wasn't
on top form at this show, and said so during the first two
songs, but it was still a great show. During "Into the
Fire" he forgot words in the middle of the song, had
a laugh about it with Roger and Steve, then went back tried
again! The set list was the same as Toulouse, but the sound
seemed better, the atmosphere warmer and the crowd younger.
two last times I saw Deep Purple, at the "Vieilles Charrues"
in 2005, and Paris with Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2003 seemed too
short, they could'nt fully express their talent. But here
we are now, back to the form of the Purpendicular tour,
with all the energy af a shooting star. It would have been
good to hear some of that album too." review: Fred
Chandevau, photo: Mathieu Pinard
13th 2006. Palais
Nikaia de Nice, France
list: 1.Pictures of Home, 2.Things I Never Said, 3. Into
The Fire, 4. Strange Kind Of Woman, 5. Rapture Of The Deep,
6. Fireball, 7. Wrong Man, 8. guitar solo +
Well Dressed Guitar, 9. When A Blind Man Cries, 10. Lazy,
11. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, 12. organ solo ~ 13.
Perfect Strangers, 14. Space Truckin', 15. Highway Star,
16. Smoke On The Water. Encore : 1.
Hush + drum solo, 2. bass
solo + Black Night.
Purple in Nice was quite an event, as in this part of France,
hard rock is generally not many people's "cup of tea". The
show took place at the Palais Nikaia, the newest venue in
Nice, which can accomodate up to 50,000 according to the
type of band performing there (the Stones concert took place
there last summer). In the case of Deep Purple, the venue
was configured to hold 5,000 to 6,000. The venue was almost
full. The sound was very good. Ian Gillan's voice needed
some improvement in the beginning but got better and better
during the first three songs. He seemed to be in very good
form, and even congratulated a woman in the crowd for her
"air-bags"! Some highlights of the show : "Into the Fire"
and "Fireball", both of which I heard live for the
first time. This was a pure pleasure despite some vocal
problems during the former. We were glad to see a little
drum solo back in the set as we didn't have one when we
saw them in Monte Carlo in July. Ian Paice is still the
best drummer in the world! They left the stage after almost
two hours, throwing picks and drum sticks to an ecstatic
crowd. As a conclusion: Hats off ! Excellent show, excellent
band. The only "negative" opinion that I would like to express
concerns the set list - come on guys, surprise us a little
bit more ! "
Nathalie Milliet - www.deep-purple.new.fr