Deep Purple in Sarajevo

Event: Deep Purple: Europe Winter Tour
Written by: Dinko Metalac
Published: 21.12.2007
Deep Purple in Sarajevo


I need time to sum up all emotions that rise from the days after the concert. I'll try to be objective in grading it as fairly as I can, if it is possible to be objective at all. First, I have to say that these guys are professionals. They weren't late at all, so the concert started exactly at 21.00. Mr. Paice started a very known drum solo and everybody knew what comes after: one of their most underrated songs from the Machine Head album, Pictures of Home (I'm saying this since everybody loves Smoke on the Water and Highway Star). It sounded much heavier which suited me very well since I prefer Heavy Metal (and heavier, mainly Thrash) rather than Rock. It was also very amazing to see a bunch of grandads still driving the audience crazy after 40 years or more. The rest of the setlist went something like this:

Things I Never Said
Into The Fire
Strange Kind of Woman
Rapture of the Deep
Mary Long
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Well Dressed Guitar (with amazing Steve's solo at the begining)
Knockin at Your Backdoor
Lazy
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin'
Highway Star
Smoke on The Water

and ending the concert with:

Hush
Black Night

There were also some solos by Morse, Paice, Glover and Airey but I don't know where to put those into the list.

I always asked myself how much DP lost with Mr. Blackmore's departure. In my opinion, they benefited. If you listen to Blackmore's Night (his current project) you realize that this guy lost his track. Steve Morse is much more versatile and he shows his potential in every song he plays. Of course, he is not Blackmore, his style is different. His solo also included great Led Zeppelin - Lynyrd - G'n'R - Classical Music medley. So, all of you DP fans, do not underestimate Steve Morse, he was great last night. Some old songs sound much better with his arangements (Highway Star, Pictures of Home). I think this is clear for now.

Don Airey also showed that he is a magician, he was god-like. His solo started with something baroque (with some Mr. Crowley notes), went to something oriental (he also included a few notes from a very popular Bosnian folk song), and after something very Chopinish finished with some weird synth sounds (in few moments he sounded like Jean Michelle Jarre). All songs were also well with Airey's keyboard lines.

I still can't believe that Ian Paice can play drums like that at the age of 60. He was so fast on his drum solos, even death metal drummers would be amazed. Roger Glover was just another proof that DP is actually more a Heavy Metal band than a Rock band. His bass line has almost the same position in DP like Steve's (Harris) bass line in Iron Maiden. You can really hear bass guitar which sounds very good. On Space Truckin' and Black Night he was just like Steve Harris in Wrathchild.

I was little disappointed with vocal abilities of Ian Gillan. But, it's very hard to keep the voice in tune for 40 years by now. For that reason, Child in Time is not played on tours for a long time. Doesn't matter.

The audience was just superb (as Gillan said ten times too many, plainly his byword). The hall was crowded and it was great to be part of that audience. Almost every song was sung by the crowd. Only band like Deep Purple can have such atmosphere. I'm just wondering, isn't it fantastic to be in a band like that in front of such great fans?

My recommendation is, if Deep Purple comes to your town (or somewhere near) don't miss it. Sarajevo is very poor when it comes to concerts. We had U2 back in 1997, Kreator and Destruction in 2002, Vader and Behemoth were here recently. But, it's just not enough. Unfortunately, the problems are very big and I don't want to discuss them here...

So, my final grade is SPECTACULAR, 10+. Visit it, enjoy it.


 
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Stalker - 21.12.2007 at 18:51  
Hey man, cool review. Though I didnt actually know for this concert untill now...
Spyroid - 22.12.2007 at 05:16  
Awesome band live, top performance from all musicians! Too bad they don't seem to perform Child in Time anymore though :/ but especially Don Airey and Steve Morse really impressed me. Top 10 best concerts I've seen!
Spyroid - 22.12.2007 at 05:17  
(I'm talking about when I saw them of course )
EddieGunner - 22.12.2007 at 19:40  
this show was more then month and half and this artical is posted now ?
Dinko Metalac - 22.12.2007 at 21:40  
Not my fault. Blame it on staff :-D
Warman - 22.12.2007 at 23:49  
Some die hard fan who knows how often they play Soldier of Fortune?
Dinko Metalac - 24.12.2007 at 01:24  
Nope, I think that Whitesnake plays Soldier of Fortune. Probably because of David Coverdale...
iceland_Norway - 04.01.2008 at 01:45  
I saw them with this tracklist in Rome, Italy.

It was the funniest thing I did.

Dinko Metalac you have done good review.
Bad English - 14.01.2008 at 00:04  
Ian Gillan h slost his voice long ago he cant sing like he could
I agree band are undertaed, some songs overated, but basicly eraly albums are so good almosut all albums are good
Anthem - 17.02.2008 at 06:18  
I have been a Deep Purple fan for over 25 yrs. Your statement about Ian Gillian is very telling. It is the same reason Ritchie left the band years ago. He felt Ian gillian was very unprofesional in his vocals.

That said ill take any incarnation of the band i can get, but prefer the Blackomore years
frankeli - 14.05.2008 at 08:58  
Please, do not underestimate Blackmores Night. Just listen to the latest DVD.

Deep Purple are one of the greatest bands on the planet. Enough said
Dio Is God - 01.02.2009 at 20:32  
Deep Purple is amazing. They're the band that got me into heavy metal. Though, I still don't like Steve Morse. IMO, he has nothing on Blackmore, who, IMO, is the greatest guitarist of all time.
Valentin B - 02.02.2009 at 22:27  
Written by Guest on 01.02.2009 at 20:32

Deep Purple is amazing. They're the band that got me into heavy metal. Though, I still don't like Steve Morse. IMO, he has nothing on Blackmore, who, IMO, is the greatest guitarist of all time.

just before i checked your profile i saw your message and username and said to myself "this guy is a huge Rainbow fanboy" and it seems i was right

i wish i was at their gig here which was 1 year and 2 months ago, i very much like Deep Purple even though out of that list i only know 3 songs(Highway Star, Smoke and Black Night)



what would have been epic, as i see you touched on the "Child in Time" subject, i can't imagine how many times i'd cream myself if Phil Anselmo(in his prime), Matt Barlow or Tim Owens would perform that song live. *starts drooling*
Dio Is God - 02.02.2009 at 23:14  
Written by Valentin B on 02.02.2009 at 22:27

Written by Guest on 01.02.2009 at 20:32

Deep Purple is amazing. They're the band that got me into heavy metal. Though, I still don't like Steve Morse. IMO, he has nothing on Blackmore, who, IMO, is the greatest guitarist of all time.

just before i checked your profile i saw your message and username and said to myself "this guy is a huge Rainbow fanboy" and it seems i was right

i wish i was at their gig here which was 1 year and 2 months ago, i very much like Deep Purple even though out of that list i only know 3 songs(Highway Star, Smoke and Black Night)



what would have been epic, as i see you touched on the "Child in Time" subject, i can't imagine how many times i'd cream myself if Phil Anselmo(in his prime), Matt Barlow or Tim Owens would perform that song live. *starts drooling*

Hah, yeah man, that would've been pretty sweet to see. Seeing John Petrucci play the guitar solo to "Child in Time" Would be very sweet to see.

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