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Lecabettus Theatre, Athens,Greece.
24th & 25th September 2002
At 9.35pm Deep Purple hit the stage with a cracking Fireball. Gillan was in excellent form from the off and the band sounded great!
Gillan and Morse during Fireball
Woman from Tokyo was very good, but the
first real highlight for me was Mary Long;
Steve’s solo in the middle was just brilliant. My second highlight was
Lazy, I was floored by Glover 's bass work throughout the track.
In When A Blind Man Cries it was time for
Messrs Gillan and Morse to shine, both conjured up stunning performances.
Not letting up, Steve turning out another memorable break after the
little drum intro in Space Truckin' It was
the first time that I'd heard this song performed live, and it was yet
another highlight of the show. Don had already proved during The Well
Dressed Guitar that he's absolutely the right person to replace Jon
Lord, and his solo spot restated the point, including snatches of
Difficult To Cure, .... some well known Greek songs and finally
the opening chords of Perfect Strangers.
Great stuff. This song is a big favorite with Greek audiences, and
caused virtual pandemonium in the arena!
At the end of the song two guys walked on stage, one of whom was Stathis
(from the Greek DPAS). He apologised for interrupting the show, telling
us that his companion's girlfriend was in the audience. And then,
guy asked her to marry him!!!! She said yes (this is surreal...)and the
band played some wedding music before hammering into Speed
|Gillan and Morse during Fireball Don Airey|
|Gillan during Woman from Tokio Don Airey doing the short keyboard solo on Woman from Tokyo|
|Morse during the guitar solo on Woman from Tokyo|
|Glover’s solo was amazing, Paice’s too (in fact little Ian was
terrific throughout the gig.) Speed King also included old rock'n roll
tunes such as High School Hop and It’s Now Or Never. Steve’s pre Smoke
On The Water 'riff-raff' showcase was a lengthy one, including
snatches of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Animals and The Rolling
Stones’ Honky Tonk Women, which Ian Gillan emerged to sing along with!
The band encored with Hush & Black
Night, finally closing the set with Highway
The performance was very good, better than last year's Athens date. It
seems that they have become a better team and Airey looks more
And where was the crowd?? Only 4000 people to see Deep Purple? Last year the same venue was sold out!! I think that two clashing gigs in the same city were the reason, as well as the fact that they played here last year! I can’t say that this was the best Deep Purple gig I have ever witnessed, that would be one from the 2000 tour.....but it was still a great show.
It rained heavily in the morning, leading us all to believe that the
second gig would eventually be cancelled! Fortunately it stopped at noon,
the sun appeared and the show went ahead.
At 9.35pm Deep Purple hit the stage with an excellent rendition of
Fireball. Gillan’s voice was once again sounding brilliant, and a few
sound problems were put right by the end of the song.
The set list was basically the same as yesterday’s, though Black Night
and Hush were played in reverse order. All the highlights were repeated;
including Steve’s superb solo in Mary Long, and Gillan’s
improvisation in Space Truckin'. Before Speed King Gillan made a
reference to last night's event at the same point in the show, and asked
Roger to marry him!
|Morse playing the Fireball riff Steve Morse|
and Morse and Glover visible in the background
|the Greek fans|
|Steve playing the opening riff of Woman from Tokyo|
during Morse’s guitar solo
Morse smiling at my
|the great Ian Gillan|
after the gig going to his room in the hotel
Little Ian’s drum solo was outstanding, even better than
yesterday’s one. Don Airey played Weiss Heim in his solo spot , as
well as clips of Greek songs . The Star Wars theme was there too and his
performance throughout the gig was really good. Morse was a little
better (just how good can he get???) and in the riff-raff section before
Smoke On The Water he bashed out Beatles, Zeppelin, Animals, AC/DC, and
Rolling Stones riffs, with Gillan joining in to sing along with the
latter. Glover once again astounded me, what a bass player! Before
leaving stage Ian Gillan announced that this was the end of a very big
tour and proceeded to thank the road crew one by one.
Tonight’s gig was a little better than yesterday’s and sadly these
two Deep Purple concerts finished their never-ending world tour!Now we
can’t wait for the new studio album and see them play live again!!
and Steve Morse - backstage after the gig
|CREDITS:Special thanks to Panos Papapanagou for the help on the review!!!
All pictures by Dimitris ‘heartcollector83’ Theodoropoulos
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