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Re: Rainbow - Birmingham Genting Arena - June 28th 2017


That was the best concert I have ever seen emoticon

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I wass actually wondering all along why he did not play Blues and one of his [sign in to see URL] was thinking about Maybe Next Time or perhaps Weiss Heim, so Carry On Jon is even more of a surprise, but it seems like the setlist is starting to make more sense. Lazy is a good choice as well - take away some more of the sing-alongs (BN, LLRNR) and DP stuff and add a couple of either MKIII (What about Stormbringer for an easy, well known and fast number?) or early Rainbow tune and you get a MUCH better gig. Happy it went so well!
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quote:

Celtic Legacy wrote:

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Witchy Nightmare wrote:

Setlist until the live stream broke down:

Spotlight Kid
I Surrender
Mistreated
MOTSM
Soldier Of Fortune
Perfect Strangers
Difficult To Cure
All Night Long
Child In Time
Stargazer
Long Live Rock'n'Roll
Blues / Lazy (short version, but with vocals, organ solo and key change)
Catch The Rainbow
Black Night

Can someone tell me what they played after Black Night?

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I'll post a review when I get home tomorrow. General consensus is the gig was effing brilliant. Some sublime moments and a 2hr 20min set to boot.





Good to hear!!
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So, as someone pointed out to me on one of these discussions, criticising these shows from Youtube clips is hardly fair. Good point. So I went to Birmingham last night and got in. It wasn't sold out and the black curtain was out at the back. Someone gave me a ticket outside, they didn't want money. I gave them £20 to buy a t-shirt.

Iv'e seen RB eleven times since 1980. Ive always enjoyed him, in whatever band or set up. I rate him as one of our top 5 guitarists of all time.

I saw about half of the Sweet. They were good. Tight, humorous and full of hits. Lots of singing and the audience on their feet. A great warm up by any standard.

And then the main event. I was genuinely excited and with the rest of the audience I was on my feet.

But, oh dear. What a terrible let down. The band were terrible. They were session musicians at best. No power, no passion, no cause for them to be playing this stuff. I don't play any instruments but everyone on that stage was lacking. This was not an arena band, this was a pub band. And then Ritchie. He looked like a man out for a walk in the park with not a care in the world. He had no fire, no committment, no energy. He was literally taking the piss and hitting bum notes at the same time. In Child In Time he seemed to hide behind the keyboards, just in front of the backing singers. His stage positioning was all over the place. The sound was not loud enough, the lights were basic and the video back drop thrown together. There was a keyboard solo as well. It was so dull and uninspired that my mind wandered to the prostate exam I need to organise. I think that keyboardist needed a finger up the arse to be honest. This was not good enough for arena rock in 2017.

I left in the middle of Lazy. I nearly purchased a t-shirt for old times sake but at £25 and £30 I thought not. I realised I didn't give the man outside enough money to buy one. There were quite a lot of people leaving at this point. One bloke uttered something about "!@#$ keyboardist" as we wandered back to the car.

Im sorry I missed Carry on Jon but not the rest. I wish I hadn't gone. This is taking money and giving nothing back. He should be ashamed, except of course he's not. This is pension fund money.

I'm glad people here are happy with these shows. I saw no progression from last years clips.

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Well, I went. Surprise birthday present from the missus, we were seated not far from the stage. Sweet were great. Very entertaining. Rainbow - exactly what I expected having seen numerous YouTube clips. Carry On Jon was the highlight for me and it proved that Blackmore is far more at home on the acoustic these days. His electric playing is sloppy, lots of bum notes and bad timing. But the songs are still great! I had goosebumps during Stargazer and I really like Romero's voice. Mistreated was great. I could really do without the extended keyboard and drum solos, though.

Blackmore is obviously either not that interested in rock anymore or he does have physical problems. I don't know. There was little fluidity in his playing, lots of slide guitar and certain runs were repeated regardless of the song. But to be honest, I couldn't care less. I enjoyed the evening. Would I go again? Nope. I saw Jeff Beck a couple of years ago. He's a year older than Blackmore but is still a supreme guitar player. But Beck was not so much of a showman on the stage as Blackers. I saw Purple in Feb. 1973 basically playing what was the MIJ set with Mary Long thrown in. Blackmore was a ball of energy, you couldn't take your eyes off him.

I agree about the standard of the other musicians in the band. Session players lacking a feel for the music.

I'd definitely go to see Jeff Beck again.

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Re: Rainbow - Birmingham Genting Arena - June 28th 2017


Here's a short (ok, ok, not short, it's like 2000 words emoticon ) review wot I wrote: ][sign in to see URL]

In contrast to some posters, I loved every minute. And nobody can tell me I'm wrong, because no matter how much you pick apart the show you are not me and I'm writing about how it made ME feel not you emoticon . I'm sorry if it didn't give you all the same feeling, I wish it had, because honestly I wish the whole world could feel how I felt when I walked out of those arena doors.


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Great that you enjoyed the show David. In the end that's all that matters.
 The link didn't work for me.
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Ohhh, it didn't for me either. But it does now emoticon

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Re: Rainbow - Birmingham Genting Arena - June 28th 2017


Well done David M - it sounds like it was a great gig warts and all. I read your review.

Wish I had been there too.

As you say Blackmore does "noise" better than anyone else. And you are right about the the chaos to structured and back again - its was always the hallmark of Rainbow - loud, powerful. slow, intimate, soft, quiet and fast; melodic and noisy and even murderous/anarchy (the guitar smash)... he's too old for that now of course.

Blackmore has been able to serve it all up in one evening.

A Rainbow gig was always a roller coaster ride - I don't know of any any band that has attempted to do the same... now or before.
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Carry On Jon



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