Once again a sold-out show, taking place at the Amager
Bio. We soon got the bad news that Ritchie was ill, so what were we to
When they let the people in costume's in first Ritchie was just walking around
the stage, saying he had a cold (well, it seems to be a bad one).
Mostly Autumn began at about 8:30, contrary to the announced beginning of 9 pm.
They were joined by a 'phantom tambourine player', hidden behind the stage curtain.
Heather saying there was a ghost made the ghost reply he had a cold, so you can
all guess who that tambourine player was...
Blackmore's Night came on stage at about 9:15, without the intro tape having
been played. Having done Shadow of the moon, the guitar had to be tuned again,
so Chris got to play the longest intro to that song I've ever heard. Play Minstrel
Play followed and then came Minstrel Hall. This version was outstanding. A beautiful
intro, at times quiet and slowly, then fast flowing arpeggios would follow -
everybody was amazed. After the actual song Ritchie decided to add a wonderful
end to it, it just had to be standing ovations from everybody after this performance.
Under a violet Moon was followed by the next breathtaking performance: 16th Century
Greensleeves. During the riff he suddenly decided to take the bottleneck and
played around for quite a while before actually getting into the song. Then the
solo came. I'm lost for words, this was so brilliant...I have no idea how long
the solo went on, but it certainly was a very, very long one. At one stage he
gave his Strat the treatment it so often used to get back in the Purple and Rainbow
days - after a while having it unplugged. Surely the best 16th Century Greensleeves
I've ever heard.
Soldier of Fortune and Bach Haus were standard quality. Fires at Midnight was
another great one, and Ritchie made Bob and Carmine play a solo. His own solo
thus was a little shorter, probably due to the fact that he was getting really
exhausted. Before the storm Ritchie got Candice to ask the audience to spot the
mistakes they would make. The reason for this was the unusual version (minus
one verse) they had played in Tilburg.The rest of the show was not as exciting
as the first half, but still a good standard. After Spanish Nights (including
Mostly Autumn's Brian on rhythm guitar again) the band was introduced and the
clock ticks on eneded the regular song. The only flaw of the show was that they
only played one encore, I Still Remeber. Nevertheless everybody seemed to have
enjoyed the show very much.
Time to get ready for Gothenburg
Setlist (140 minutes)
Shadow of the moon
Play minstrel play
Under a violet moon
Soldier of fortune
Durch den Wald zum Bachhaus
Fires at midnight
Pastime with good company
Catherine Howard's fate
Possum goes to Prague
The clock ticks on
I still remember
- Rainer Klos