I just got back from Poland and what a wonderful
trip! The flights went well, but I had some trouble finding the
correct bus to Plock. I ended up taking an expensive taxi there.
It was not wasted; I enjoyed the conversation with driver as he
spoke about all the changes going on since the Soviet times.
Plock is a great little city with the typical old
European town square. My hotel had a great view of the Vistula (Wisa)
river - and probably where the band may have stayed as there was
a big bus parked outside, but I did not see them go in or out.
The special concert was part of a local festival
going on in the town.
It was free and was staged right at the beginning
of the town square. The square was as with many in Europe is; such
special place and I think serves as a great setting for the band.
I went there at around four, to get in line. There
were a few people there already in garb. I saw Dave, Barry, Elizabeth,
and the new Earl for a bit and wished them well. They said they
may do some new songs so I was optimistic. I managed to get a quick
hello to Carole as she was busy running back and forth making the
We were treated to the sound check outside. The band
(minus RB and CN) warmed up and played bits of “Locked within
the Crystal Ball”. Then CN came on stage with her teacup in
hand. Then they did multiple versions of Crystal Ball, which sounded
great. Everyone standing around cheered. They spent some time resolving
some buzzing from the microphone.
Elizabeth was bit sore from all the schawm playing.
After they finished and left the stage, others played the guitars.
Ritchie may have played some also but was hidden behind the backdrops.
I started to here some bits and pieces that were all Ritchie, but
I never actually saw him so I cannot confirm.
After some more waiting, we were let in. I was lucky
to get up front and be on the guest list- thanks Carole! All the
front rows were filled with fans garb. It was nice to meet Alma
and the rest of the Polish Fanclub.
First up, was a Polish City ceremony honoring those
who had done a lot to help Plock and its people. I do not know the
specifics, as I cannot understand Polish. It was a nice ceremony
with people dressed up in traditional outfits and carrying banners.
They even had a small group of musicians. It was a real shock when
they fired the rifles as a salute to the people - very loud!
Blackmore's Night was next to appear. We heard over
the PA many Geyers tunes and then the tape of “God Save the
Keg”. All the media were lined up in front of the stage and
the show began.
The show started with an awesome version of “Locked
within the Crystal Ball”. This set the crowd on fire and people
kept moving forward. Seats were not used for the rest of the night.
It got a little tight up front.
The Polish crowds were very energetic from the start.
Clapping, jumping, and screaming were the norms. Crystal sounded
great and the crowd gave it a great response. Next saw the return
of “Queen for Day” to the set, which was a nice surprise
- Candice really takes you back in time, singing like a princess.
The show continues on with “Under a Violet
Moon” etc and we even got treated to another new song “Toast
to Tomorrow”. The crowd definitely was rocking. The quieter
moment, fewer than in many other shows I have seen.
In the “Fires at Midnight” acoustic solo
it was getting quite loud and then the sound of a car horn went
off - which Ritchie kindly responded by playing those sounds on
his guitar! This had the crowd laughing. It got a little loud so
the solo was then ended quickly. After that, no more really quiet
times. Songs like “St Teresa”, “All for One”,
and “Black Night” were played. The last one had to be
done as the crowd was chanting incessantly after the main set ended.
The show was very energetic and everyone played well.
Candice interacted well with the crowd all night
and even spoke of some of her family coming from Poland. Ritchie
gave out beer and even dragged a member of the Polish Fanclub on
stage for a bit to request a song. At one point, Ritchie drank a
little out of one and gave it to the crowd - they all went crazy
trying to get a sip of it! Ritchie was constantly playing with the
crowd. It was great way to start the tour. It was wonderful having
a violinist back. Lady Elizabeth / Gypsy Rose played well and contributed
some nice backup singing.
A few observations: Few instrumentals, heavy on GOAR
material, and very rocking. Should be a great tour. Hoping for some
Locked within the Crystal Ball (various versions
God Save the Keg - Intro Tape
Locked within the Crystal Ball
Queen for a Day
Under a Violet Moon
Soldier of Fortune
Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus
World of Stone
Diamonds and Rust
Keyboard - Ariel
Toast to Tomorrow
Fires at Midnight
Ghost of a Rose
Clock Ticks On
Difficult to Cure
All for One
Other personal moments.
Got three beers and handshakes from Ritchie, Ritchie mentioning
“there’s nothing wrong with Elvis”. Candice’s
charisma and the new violinist and backing singer! Nice to talk
to great friends Jim Mangaard and Barry Bostrom again as well as
talking to old friends Micke Wiklund and Kettil about past memories
through Ritchie’s career, and Micke Wiklund tops this as he
was present at the DP MKIII show in march 1975 in Gothenburg. One
can only admit that the time is flowing and the times are certainly
What I missed
Ghost of a rose (personally the best BN song ever)
Queen for a day
Under a violet moon
Soldier of fortune
Diamonds and rust
World of stone
Wind in the willows
I still remember
Fires at midnight
First of May
Times are changing
Clocks ticks on
Time: approx 2 h 20 min