01.10.00, Hamburg, Germany
Congres Centrum Hamburg
Karl-Heinz Baier, Baier-Flensburg@t-online.de
Believe me: This was really an historical gig to me.
Deep Purple, Dio and Orchestra played together on stage. It's truly unbelievable.
I like the Concerto For Group And Orchestra since I am a Deep Purple fan and I
know every note of it.
The Concerto starts late (20'40 h) because some of our heroes were involved
in or hindered by a car accident.
The concert lasted until 23'15 h.
Beside Deep Purple there were:
Ronnie Dio (Lead Voc.),
Miller Anderson (Lead and Back. Voc, Guitar),
the Romanian "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra (~ 85 musicians),
conducted by Paul Mann,
three female backing singers (they were mostly joined by Miller) and
a three piece brass section (trumpet, trombone, saxophone) (jazz musicians, not
from the orchestra).
There were 3.500 people in the audience (sold out). The stage was pretty small
for this event. From my sight: Miller (guitar) far, far left. Steve very left.
Jon left to middle, Big Ian and Dio/Miller middle. Paicey reight to middle, Roger
Behind them: the female singers left, Ochrestra left to right, Paul Mann
middle, extra brass section right.
Jon plays hammond and grand (!) piano. From Paicey to the stage-edge were only ~1 Meter.
The orchestra place was very limted.
Ian, Ronnie, Steve and Roger were nearly unable to move.
The setlist in detail:
Greeting announcement by Jon Lord.
1) Pictured Within
Jon Lord (grand piano), Miller (lead vocals), three female singers, orchestra.
Very fine version. Great Vocals from Miller. The following people entered stage.
Big applause, mainly for Dio.
2) Sitting In A Dream
Steve (rhythm-guitar), Jon, Paicey, Roger, Ronnie, Miller (lead-guitar), full
orchestra, female singers. A very different version to RAH '99. Very Different
vocal-melody by Ronnie. No extra violin. Miller played some lead-guitar, but no
solo. Great Vocals.
3) Love Is All
Steve (lead-guitar), Jon, Paicey, Roger, Ronnie, Miller (rhythm-guitar), full
orchestra, female singer (joined by Miller). No extra violin. The usual
violin-solo was repalced by a funny Steve-Morse-solo.
Fantastic spirit in audience and on stage for this song!
4) Fever Dreams (from Dio: Magica)
Ronnie, Steve (also solo), Paicey, Roger, Jon. No orchestra!
Yes, DP playing Dio-songs! Great idea. Very nice played. But Jon was hardly
5) Rainbow In The Dark (from Dio: Holy Diver)
Ronnie, Steve (also solo), Paicey, Roger, Jon. No orchestra!
Great version. But Jon was again hardly to hear. Pity!
Roger and Paicey were incredible.
6) Wring That Neck (jazz-version)
Again funny announcement by Jon Lord.
Paicey, Jon, Roger and brass section. No guitar, no orchestra, no violin (different to RAH '99).
Very jazzy. Great Lord and Paice soli. But rather short (OK, it's because I love
the 1970 improvisations). Brass solos different to RAH '99 but very good. Paice:
unbelieveable. Gillan entered stage. Again big applause.
Just Deep Purple no orchestra. The Volume solo played by Jon Lord (Hammond), after
that nice solo from Steve. During the Volume and solo parts Roger played
rumba-rattle (right english word for this percussion instrument?) and
Gillan played tambourine. A "supeeeeerb" version. Great Vocals by Ian.
8) When A Blind Man Cries
Deep Purple with Orchestra (incl. short orchestra-intro). The Orchestra could
have been a little bit louder. Interessting and melancholic version.
9) Vavoom: Ted the mechanic
Deep Purple + Horns + singers (incl. Miller Anderson). Very near to RAH '99. Fine.
10) Guitar String (written and arranged by Steve Morse)
New One! Steve, Paicey, Roger plus complete orchestra. Gillan played tambourine.
No Jon Lord, no vocals. Sounded a little bit like the early Yngwie Malmsteen (why?).
Song is OK but nothing out of the ordinary.
11) Orchestra Intro / Pictures Of Home
Deep Purple plus full orchestra, plus singers (incl. Miller). Gillan played congas.
Nice solo from Roger. Great orchestration. Funny unique solo from steve (he
played a american folk song - like Old MacDonald...)
12) Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
Deep Purple plus singers (incl. Miller) plus Orchestra plus Horns in the heavy
part. Ian plays again tambourine. Fantastic version.
Very fine introducing from Gillan to "The Concerto For Group And Orchestra
by Jon Lord".
13) First Movement (Moderato/Allegro)
Good as ever. The sound improves here. Orchestra played very fine, but the piccolo flute made one or two mistakes (in my ears). The Morse solo was longer and more improvised I think than RAH'99. The oboe-solo near the end was like the original score (On the second day of RAH '99 the oboe-solo was very different to Concerto '69).
Compliment to Paul Mann and the orchestra.
Standig ovations! Great audience!
14) Second Movement (Andante)
Gillan entered the stage just before his part. He again sang also the new
verse. He partly didn't sing the text, but screams two times like in
Bloodsucker. Big Ian also played congas. I think the Lord solo here was
much longer and very great. Sitting ovations here.
15) Third Movement (Vivace-Presto)
Very furious, loud and heavy. Compliment again to the orchestra and...
Paicey - an exceptional-solo (longer as on RAH). The audinece went wild
and aplaused very, very much in the solo and after he has done it. I
can't believe it! Very long standing ovations to all, but exspecially
to Jon Lord, Paul Mann and Ian Paice. The crowd went wild!
16) Perfect Strangers
DP with orchestra!!!!! A very great Lord-solo, like I have never heard it before.
The audience again was very furious and stands all through
this and the next and last song. Standing ovation again. Purple left stage
and entered it again with all guests! Audience went furious again.
17) Encore: Smoke On The Water
DP and Dio (for second verse), Orchestra, Horns, all backing singers - and Gillan
played again his congas. Steve did his "do you know these riffs"-intro (with a long Iron Man riff
- and Dio was laughing very much).
Two and a half hour of pure extraordinaire pleasure, fun and great music!
Only minus point: The sound was not very good. DP (exp. Morse) were much
too loud (e. g. the Dio and the Purple songs before the orchestra). The
audience and Jon Lord were hardly to hear. The Sound improves for the
Jon Lord (in very good mood today, great solos, king of the day).
Steve Morse (very loud, but he played not to much in the foreground.
Ian Paice (unbelievable and very exact, one of the best today)
Roger Glover (he can't much move, but played very great and groovy)
Ian Gillan (sung good, but not as good, as on the last tour, some difficulties)
Ronnie James Dio (sung better than ever - what a great voice!!!)
Miller Anderson (Very good. It's a pity, that he sung only one song,
and didn't play much guitar. He's a great guitarrist! I've seen him
many times live.)
Paul Mann and Orchestra (Did a very great job - fine work)
Horn section (very jazzy - played fine)
3 female singers (good to hear and very fitting into the songs).
One last but important point:
The audience in Hamburg was the best audience I've ever heard.
Furious in the end, much applause after each song - but very quite in
the calm parts of the concerto.
And the musicians were obviously very grateful! Thank you Hamburg!
Merchandising was good but expensive. The Tourprogram is very good,
but only one photo of Dio and one of Paul Mann. No foto from Miller.
Not much about the orchestra. By the way: you can by the - japanese
- Abandon-Tourbook here very cheap (DM 10,--).
... I know... "what we get out of this - I know we'll never forget..."
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