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HS, TCRD, Truth Hurts and FitB are all great from this gig. Like doggone said, Knocking On Your Barn Door and PS not so much.
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I believe you guys!
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Rezi wrote: I don't have the infamous Stockholm show which almost ended the band. By all accounts it was a disaster yet no one knows why. I know a guy who saw the gig, he said the PA was far too quiet to start with. The show was in the mighty Globen ice hockey arena. The band did a very good show in Gothenburg, and according to one of the biggest Deep Purple experts, Michael Eriksson, who saw both shows, said the second gig saved the band. Touch and go eh!



I was at the Stockholm show, and it was truly horrible, mostly due to JLT being his usual supremely cringe-inducing self.

I remember the odd feeling of feeling totally numb and uninterested even when hearing Burn played live by DP, something I had really been looking forward to.

JLT made me feel embarrassed by being a DP fan, and didn't even think S&M was all that bad (except for the terrible lyrics and JLT:s overtly AOR style singing). I could understand the band wanting to move in a new direction, but... this?

A huge wig-wearing, totally self-absorbed abomination of a not-very-good Las Vegas-cover band style AOR singer painfully mutilating Child In Time with absolutely zero feel, shaking his hips in silly leather pants, prancing and pouting like a teenage girl, looking exceptionally pleased with himself? And for some unfathomable reason being backed by the real Deep Purple, albeit with little apparent enthusiasm?

Maybe some people like that kind of thing, and that's fine by me. I still cringe just thinking about it. The absolute horror...

For those with a penchant for self-harm, the full show is available on DVD in pretty good quality (shot from near where I had the misfortune to be sitting). PM me if you feel you're up to the task of enduring it.

(Now I need to listen to a 1993 show to thoroughly cleanse my mind of any memories of JLT).


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Thanks Heimdall!

I have seen a few vids from the tour, and I don't mind JLT's stage presence. I'd worn out a VHS tape of Live Between the Eyes after all! But at some shows, like you said, he just comes across as an arrogant... I remember him telling a heckler to "!@#$ off" in one show. You just can't do that as a performer. Now, if someone throws something at you it's different. Rumble!

Btw, there are exceptions to the rule. A mate of mine was playing a gig as this one guy was heckling a lot, even during songs. Very disruptive. The music they did was quiet, comtemplative. It was captured on video by chance. You can see my mate putting down his guitar, calmly walking up to the heckler sitting at a club table, in a lighting fast move getting him in a ju-jutsu armlock and escorting him out. The crowd gives him an ovation! My mate told me when he arrived the door, a surprised bouncer only managed, recognizing my mate as one of the band, "oh, he's leaving then?" On the video (fixed camera) you can see my mate coming back on stage to another round of applause, he picks up his instrument and is matter-of-factly introduced by the singer, who then jokingly adds, "anyone else got a problem or shall we play the next song?"

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I had a heckler standing right in front of me when we opened for Dokken. Guy kept yelling "you're no George Lynch!" I said "No one is; he has a style of his own! And he's not in this lineup anyway". Guy persisted so I walked over to my amp, grabbed the pitcher of beer off of it, took a sip then dumped the remaining amount on his head (only about a pint's worth). Didn't see him the rest of the night emoticon
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Now listening to A Whiter Shade of Purple. Copenhagen '91 plus extra tracks from London. Awesome tapes!
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I saw them twice in 1991: Essen and Würzburg. I didn't really like JLT's stage acting, but I didn't find it that horrible like heimdall describes. Music wise I found them OK at Essen and really great at Würzburg. Some of the recordings of that tour, especially Freiburg, are an enjoyable listen for me.

However, I wasn't too depressed when I read that JLT was out. From the instrumental side it was the real DP to me, but just from the instrumental side.
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Watching the shows with JLT is all right but what this line-up really needed (IMHO) was an instrumental where Lord and Blackmore could battle it out and show off their talents. It seems that for this tour Lord was relegated to the background and there were too many guitar/vocal trade offs which get boring after a while.
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doggone wrote:

Watching the shows with JLT is all right but what this line-up really needed (IMHO) was an instrumental where Lord and Blackmore could battle it out and show off their talents. It seems that for this tour Lord was relegated to the background and there were too many guitar/vocal trade offs which get boring after a while.


There's some truth about that. It would have been a good idea to play Wring That Neck for instance. Or interpolate the guitar / organ duel from Speed King into Burn (i.e. the other way 'round as they did it when they put the Burn riff into the Speed King instrumental section with Mk II).
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