Label: earMUSIC/Edel 2015
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Looking out through a vast sea of tattoos, denim, and black leather, Deep Purple took on Wacken Open Air in 2013 to the opening notes of Highway Star, and with its infectious riff and roaring hammond, Black Night, the perfect closer. The songs in between are technically pretty great indeed. Their professionalism drives the set list forward in lack of enthusiasm or hunger?
Don't get me wrong. It's seventeen tracks of sheer class on this live DVD, however, it's not the most exciting thriller as of lately. Not to mention that the following three of Into The Fire, Hard Lovin, Vincent Price, does absolutely nothing for the Wacken audience. They seem to be half a sleep and merely Strange Kind Of Woman gets them going for a while. Too many beers and not enough of stamina? or not enough of metal?
The band, sharp dressed from top to toe in flamboyant outfits that's just about as bright as their light show, as they possess enough of the latest fashion wear to attract the beautiful people? Nah. Not likely. They're just no fun and you couldn't tell them apart from your East European truck driver or hobo for that matter. Gillan, sporting the dodgy white Pull & Bear t-shirt and old geezer pants has clearly decided that it's all about comfort from this point on. Steve Morse and his Well Dressed Guitar is a flawless solo though and they bring up Uli Jon Roth to jam along to Smoke On The Water. The average Purple gig and perhaps not their audience? It's still something that die-hard DP fans will more than likely enjoy.