22.07.00, Montreux, Switzerland.
At 22:45, the band hit the
stage, with a massive ovation from the sold out and rather young (or not so old)
Here is the set list of the show:
WOMAN FROM TOKYO
Strange opener, but one of the favorite of the crowd. Gillan looked
amazed at the audience reaction during the whole song.
TED THE MECHANIC
Let's face it: now a classical song, and I won't complain
INTO THE FIRE
It was unbelievable to hear all the people
screamig the chorus with Gillan. I was really glad to have once again a
live version of this song.
PICTURES OF HOME
An old favorite of mine. Good version, but a
very messy end: after the finaf riff, Steve Morse was probably about to start
improvisations, but Glover and Lord played the instrumental usual ending.
SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE SCREAMING
I'm now sure this is, along with Perfect
Strangers, the best reunion song. I really missed the song since the '96 tour.
I'm sorry I didn't manage to catch the title
of the song. [ "Long Time Gone" ] Anyway, a solid piece of rock, with an
'AC/DC like' riff, and some nice bass lines, plus harmonica from Big Ian.
SMOKE ON THE WATER
Just before the song, Gillan introduced as
a special guest the banjo player. Then came on stage... a pretty young guy
(about 15 years old), who played the song along with Steve Morse and even
did a great solo. He only forgot to stop playing the riff at the start of
the last verse. This guy really impressed me, and I wonder if he is this
amazing young guitar player I've been told some weeks ago. He received a
lot of cheers from the crowd.
Maybe better than expected, if it's possible.
Two major differences with the studio version: the guitar solo is substituted
by an organ solo (exactly the same). There are some complex vocal/organ/guitar
breaks to end the organ solo and the song itself. I really wish every Purple
fan to witness this song live.
WATCHING THE SKY
Isn't it the heaviest song Purple has ever
wrote? Great to see the people enjoying this song.
First time for me live, and I wasn't
disappointed. Good work from Lord. Snippets of THE MULE with a short
instrumental а la "MADE IN JAPAN".
WHEN A BLIND MAN CRIES
Such a beautiful song... Gentle intro from
Steve Morse. Interesting to note that the guitar solo, so often the highlight
of the song thanks to Steve Morse, has been substitued by an organ solo.
JON LORD SOLO
Very very short, it only introduced the
Everything has been said about this one.
Another marvellous version.
As usual a highlight. Very powerfull version,
with to my pleasure an endless bass solo, followed by a fantastic drum solo
(only Big Ian explained to Little Ian that he could have done better!).
Same R'N'R snippets as "TOTAL ABANDON". A lot of fun from the band all
along the song.
Just R'N'R! So close to the 70's
version (I mean played at the correct speed and in a full version)
and much better than any single reunion version featuring Blackmore.
I'll never forget who wrote the solo
28 years ago, but I have to admit that Steve Morse always plays
this one like a god. Very amusing to see the guys next to me in the
first row headbanging in a perfect timing with Glover and Morse. A
shame Gillan forgot almost all the words of the second verse !!!
This time, Gillan wondered where was his
nephew to introduce our young guitar hero. As previously, he played the
song with Steve Morse, and did the solo (once again good, but he forgot
to stop soloing when Lords turn came). At the end of the song, Steve Morse
decided to interpolate with him (I'd really like to know his name) and
believe it or not, he found an answer to every Steve Morse play!
The show ended at 00:45 (which
was the time the ROLLINGS BAND was due to play; wonder how many people
stayed). Needless to say that a 2 hours gig was more than expected.
Overall, a stuning performance. Gillan a
little low in the mix, Glover fantastic throughout (I definitively love
the Vigier), Paicey in a very good mood, Lord as usual brilliant, and
Steve Morse grinning from start to end. When they play like this, there's
no doubt about it: they are the greatest band in the world. In fact,
it seems the more they play, the more they are young !
The whole show was filmed as 4 years ago,
and was broadcasted live on Swiss TV.
As a conclusion, I'll just say
that it worthed the 1300 kms trip.
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