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Old 02-20-2005, 09:05 AM
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Deep Purple -- Reykjavík, Iceland -- June 24th, 2004

I thought the first night was good, but the second night (the original date that sold out so quickly) was awesome. The crowd needed awhile to heat up, but when they did, they proved themselves to be one of the most responsive audiences I've ever witnessed - and this of course meant the band, in turn, replied with a very heated performance featuring someextended solos (Black Night was great!)
Apparently, the band decided after last night's show that if this is the kind of reaction they get, then they should tour small island states every 30 years. Wink
Another amazing thing about the Icelandic audience was the percentage of really young kids among them: I saw tonnes of kids between 8-16 everywhere, banging their heads, dancing or punching the air. Most of them were not accompanied by their parents but seemed to have come on their own accord. Quite a few of them [inl. me] waited patiently at the backstage exit for the band to come out, and got their guitars, bass guitars, t-shirts, tickets, albums,etc. etc. autographed. As the band got in their van and left, one girl shouted something like "you'll be sexy even when you're 80!"

The setlist was basically the same in Japan/Korea, with Hush and Black Night for encores. Various arrangements were different each night.

The local support act, Mánar, is a 70's hard rock band who were very big here. Although one of their albums have recently been re-releasedon CD, they had not performed live for nearly 30 years, and they got back together for these two Deep Purple concerts.
On top of the five original members, there were several, young, guest musicians onstage. A few numbers into the set, the singer introduced everyone - the young ones were all sons and daughters of the members!
Their set consisted of their old hits as well as a couple of Uriah Heep covers. The last number they performed, an anti-war song was very impressive with the very loud machinegun sound and white 'search light' lighting effects.
All the older members of the audience knew every number, of course, and there was alot of clap-your-hands-to-the-music and very enthusiastic mood even before DP hit the stage.
Afterwards there were a few fans hanging out in the bar at the hotel. This young boy comes up to Don Airey with a vinyl copy of Machine Head. Don hesitated before signing it, as the boy explained to him how his father and a mate were planning to see DP in Iceland in 1972, when this mate met an accidental death by drowning a few days before the show. This was the copy of the album he was planning to bring along to the show in the hope of getting it autographed by the band. The young boy had brought it along now on his father's behalf. Yes, the young boy was very, very, happy.

The setlist:

Silver Tongue
Woman From Tokyo
I Got Your Number
Strange Kind Of Woman
Bananas
Knocking At Your Backdoor
Contact Lost
Steve Morse Solo followed by The Well Dressed Guitar
Don Airey solo (including Á Sprengisandi*)
Perfect Strangers
Highway Star
Lazy
When a Blind Man Cries
Space Truckin'
Smoke On The Water
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Hush
Black Night

* Á Sprengisandi is an tradional Icelandic folk song.

Overall 4,5/5
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No Child In Time? Phooey!
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I don't think Ian can sing that anymore.
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No Child In Time? Phooey!
He can´t sing that anymore.

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