Only read, when interested in one`s personal fanship to RB/DP:
Okay guys, here my confession: My name is Zakk, Blackmoreholic
the Reunion was a very emotional thing for me. I just went into that whole DP thing after beeing give the original cassette of Made in Europe by my brother. I was into metal that time, Maiden and everything. I was totally blown away by the brutal guitar sound (Burn etc.) and the whole band so mighty and powerful, wow
. I got more and more into DP. My father brought me the DoLP of Made in Japan and by the time the needle hit the vinyl and Highway Star came up, you could see me jumping all over my Bed in my small room, hitting the cealing
. One of the greatest moments concerning music in my life. I was 13 at that point and then ... shortly afterwards the thing that never seem to happen happened. The Reunion. I listened to BFBS Radio (BBC for the troops outside the UK) late in the evening with headphones, hiding my activities from my parents. Hah - 21/22 o`clock, our kids would have laughed at that. They played 2 tracks prior the release: Nobody`s Home, which was okay and then Wasted Sunsets. I was totally in tears, never heard such an emotional thing, such beautiful guitar playing
. I was in heaven. Then came the 2 open airs in southern Germany in 1985, I was just 15 and had no-one to go there with me. I was very disappointed
. Then Germany TV sent the recording of the 85Paris gig after their WDR Lorelei Open Air on TV, radio and on that stage that night. My uncle, who was a lucky man, having a video recorder taped it on VHS for me, I recorded it from TV and radio. I was allowed to see it after sleeping in advance. So Gillan`s voice wasn`t in good shape due to his problems, we all know now, the organ sounded totally trebly distorted (never heard such a cool sound ever since), Ritchie`s guitar had too much distortion as well, they didn`t sound like 1973 but I was in heaven again, because I wasn´t able to visit the open airs. Ritchie played very well that night, only having a muddy and too much edgy sound. The band worked harder because of Gillan`s bad voice shape, but they did it like friends/brothers.
My first DP was in 1990 with JLT at good voice but huuuu you can not watch him on stage ... great playing from the band, still love the record. Years later I got a bootleg from the gig via the internet, great! Ritchie`s backline alone was much louder than the support act via the PA. They opened with Burn, which was clever, the crowd went nuts.
The next MK2 Reunion I went to see them on 2 occasions in 1993, as a result of missed concerts in my youth. Essen and Cologne. Great gigs. Anya was jaw dropping!
Then came a gig with Satch. I can`t remember good things
. Keep it short: Uriah Heep as support were in good mood.
Next Purpendicular. Even though I never thought it could happen I really dig the record. Still do. Went to seem them with Morse, even though it seem a sacrilege to me. They were so good. Lord and Morse were a great team, they had so much fun on stage. I really liked it. Then came Morse with an uncompained Solo. You had me in tears once again
. Really beautiful. You must think I am way too emotional, but f..k off I don`t care. ;D ;D ;D
Next Purple gig with Don Airey, okay nice but not so great.
Saw Blackmore with Rainbow in 1995, the gig you mentioned before in Duesseldorf, recorded once again by Rockpalast and 1996 in Schmallenberg. Good gigs. Doogie, great singer!
Then several times with Blackmore`s night until I had enough of it, honey voice singing and his moody shape. Then a friend asked why I hadn`t been at a BN gig in Wuppertal. I had enough of tights and synths and plastic trees
, I said. Only to hear that he played the Strat nearly throughout the gig and played wonderful. Okay ....
Hornby and Bernd were lucky to be old enough to get to that 1985 Mannheim gig. But Bernd even saw the 1975 Saarbrücken show, most of Made in Europe is from this concert, wow, ...
So, being older definately has advantages.