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Germany 2005


Burg Mark, Magdeburg, 24 July

Just got back from Germany went with some family and friends from NY and Connecticut to tour Germany and see Blackmore's Night. We were able to see three shows that were awesome and each different in its own way. The first one was Magdeburg we made our way from Berlin Airport to Zoo Station and then found a train to Magdeburg. We stayed at a great hotel the same one that Ritchie, Candice and Carol were staying. Magdeburg had a great feel.Berlin 2005 © Paul Deblond

I met with Susanne to get my tickets. It was so nice to finally meet her. We ended up with front row on Ritchie's side at the Festung Mark. The venue was an old fortress. Des Geyers were great and then on came the main attraction. They opened up with Morning Star. Candice was in excellent voice and Ritchie was in a good mood. They played over two hours. Ritchie seemed to get in even a better mood after Candice was being bothered by some flies so he ate one! We met them all back at the Hotel that was so special.

Berlin was a quick shorter show more electric. Berlin was at the Zitadelle which was a nice fortress castle with a moat and draw bridge around. They even had some people playing Bagpipes before the show. Berlin was fun but ended early. Hamburg was a great finish to my mini-tour. It was not a castle but the venue was beautiful. Front row was nice also. Susanne from the fan club helped us with seats and we had a great view! Thanks again. We met some others as well as people that came from Australia. What a great group of fans. Geyers were also great as the opening act. The show was over two hours with the group in a good mood Great shows great fun! Can't wait for the December Shows!

Here is the set list as I remember? (Not in order) (I heard in Chemnitz Mandalay was done).

Morning Star
Past Times With Good Company
Queen for A DayBerlin 2005 © Paul Deblond
Under A Violet Moon
Mr. Peagram's Morris And Sword
Minstrel Hall
Ariel
Temple Of The King
Soldier Of Fortune
Child In Time
Mond Tanz
Ghost Of A Rose
Diamonds And Rust
Renaissance Faire
The Clock Ticks On
Home Again
Loreley
Difficult to Cure
St. Theresa
Midwinter’s night
Dandelion Wine
Wind In The Willows
Durch den Wald Zum Bach haus
World Of Stone

Tim Rzasa
Back in Connecticut


Zitadelle, Berlin, 27 July

Set list:Berlin 2005 © Paul Deblond

Intro
Morning Star
Queen For A Day I & II
Under A Violet Moon
The Temple Of The King (acoustic version)
Soldier Of Fortune
Durch den Wald zum Bach haus
Past Time With Good Company
Child In Time/Mond Tanz
Ariel
World Of Stone
16th Century Greensleeves
Diamonds And Rust
Mr. Peagrams Morris And Sword
Wind In The Willows

Encore:
Loreley
Difficult To Cure
St. Teresa



Schauspielhaus, Hamburg, 28 July

The surroundings:
Having booked a room in the hotel right next door to the "Deutches Schauspielhaus", my wife and I were pretty amazed when we arrived around noon, that there was no posters, no banner, no nothing to indicate, that there was a concert there the same evening. Around 5 pm though we could hear the soundchecks in progress, which made the temperature rise to an even higher level! (It was a VERY warm day in Hamburg). Arround 8 pm we left for the concert and found the place swarming with people of all ages and quite a few like us in Garb - Nice! The Concerthall itself was a beautiful place with tons of red velvet, gold and plaster ornaments, a large Chandelier, 2 balconies and a lot of small 2 person booth's. It looked like something out of the "Last night of the proms" or the "Muppet Show" :-). The stage, thankfully not too high for the the first row, was decorated with flovers, ivy, haybales, something that looked like thujaleaves hanging from the ceeling to cover the lightconstruction - all were nice and giving the right atmosphere.

The support:Hamburg 2005 © Paul Deblond
Die Geyers - what can i say. Those guys are marvellous. They can really play and built up a good ambience with their funny presentation and an energy that spreads through the crowd. Hearing their music makes it clear that Ritchie owe's them alot. Standing ovations for them, NO DOUBT about that!

Blackmore's Night:
This time I didn't pay much attention to the playlist so there might be some faults in the order of tracks. They started out with "Morning Star", "Cartouche" and "Ariel" (I think) and then came the first song that indicated that this was going to be an incredible evening - "Queen for a Day I+II" this was really powered up and allready after 20 minutes the place was cooking!

Blackmore's Night was playing the whole evening as a band and everyone was performing at their best. Remember there hasn't been a lineup change in over a year - this really pays off. Only Sir Robert wasn't up to his best at the start, not looking too pleased. We don't know if this has anything to do with his torn shirt, which looked like Ritchie has let his cat out in Bob's suitcase ;-) - but he came arround later.

In my opinion the heights of the evening was Fires at midnight (Acoustic), I still Remember(Acoustic, but with slide :-)), Diamonds and Rust, Difficult to cure and the best of the evening "Ghost of a Rose". When they played "Ghost of a Rose" - Ritchie reached for volume knob on his amp 3-4 times to keep up, the lights were flashing, Squire Malcolm was beating the H**l out of his drums, everyone was participating at full power and it was loud and excellent!

The "Sisters of the Moon" also gave us an amazing vocal performance on "Child in Time" and both Tudor Rose and Bard David of Larchmont performed their solo's with a virtuosity which showed that they have settled in the band. It was also good to hear Sir Robert picking up the guitar more than usual, this gives room for the more complex guitar tracks.

Ritchie was at his best especially on "Fires at Midnight" and "Queen for a Day II" but great all evening and it is nice to see and hear the way he enjoy's his Beethoven.

Last but not least, having said that Ritchie was great, the band was great, there are one performance of the evening that top's it all. Candice was the star of the evening! This being my fourth Blackmore's Night concert and listening to the live record and the DVD concert this was by far the best vocal performance from Candice ever, and she is usualy pretty good ;-). Not only was she spot on all the time, this night's (or should i say this Night's) versions of "Diamonds and Rust", "Ghost of a Rose" and "I still Remember" added a deep emotional dimension to the songs.

BRAVO!

This is our second time in Hamburg with Blackmore's Night (the first time also great) so if you ever get to Hamburg again, we will be there. Those people knows how to party. We are now looking forward to the release of the new studio album, from which we also got a little teaser. (Sorry i can't remember the track tittle)

"So heres to you all our friends, Surely we will meet again"...


Peter (and Doris) from Denmark


Herkuslessaal, Munich, 6 August

We arrived in Munich a day before the concert, after a nice seven hour drive from Zagreb, Croatia. Plenty of time for sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the not-so-nice weather. Anyway, the Herkulessaal is a beautiful venue, but a bit low on acoustics. We messed up in planning this time so haven't been able to get good seats nor the renaissance garb. D'oh! We've had the first balcony row seats, which offer a nice view, but are really too far for our likings.Berlin 2005 © Paul Deblond

This being my fourth concert, my friend Dario's third, we really wanted something closer. Especially after a great experience of being in front of the stage before. So we were a bit bummed, but the good fortunes smiled upon us when we realized we can go down and stand on the side of the hall (there was plenty of space on the sides where the big pillars are placed). So after the American Minstrel Owain Phyfe did his songs, we ran down and made our place beside the pillar quite near the stage. Excellent view!

Owen Phyfe played some really nice tunes and made a good contact with the audience. Everybody seemed to like him, but he played only four or five songs. After a few minutes of intermezzo, the real show started.Strangely enough, the opening song was Morning Star! The rest of the songs were more or less usual, atmosphere building up with each song played. A strange buzz in the speakers seemed to trouble Ritchie but everybody forgot about it as the show went on. Somewhere before the middle of the concert the crowd went wild and of course, everybody ran towards the stage, and so did we! I was hoping it would get to that, and we ended up on the perfect spot somewhere in the middle of the second row of people. It was crazy then, the contact with the band was awesome, and we even got a few handshakes from Candice and Ritchie! Very precious experiences :)

As far as the songs go, Ariel was unexpected in the middle of the concert, and my favourite Fires At Midnight was mighty as usual. I still miss Lord Marnen. Ritchie was very open and always commenting something, Candice told us an interesting story how she met Joan Baez in Istanbul...the whole band was really cheerful and in a great mood.

At one point later during the show, Candice asked what we would like to hear. Quickly I shouted "Spanish Nights!" and just as I did that also last year in Budapest, Candice responded in the exactly same way as she did back then - "oh?" with a surprised face. Well, I don't know why is that so surprising, thesong is excellent and would work wonders if played live. Of course, they didn't play it, instead we got to hear one of the songs from the standard set list:( One curiosity though, they played one song which we did not know, can't remember much but we think it had "by the old mill" in the chorus. Might be something new? Can't tell, but it would probably be announced before, which it weren't. So it remains a mystery...

So, the show ended with two encores and the last song, strangely enough, was Ghost Of A Rose. Secretly I was hoping we'd hear Castles and Dreams since that was the tour and the DVD title, but alas. The great show ended, it was very memorable with so many good songs and the best contact with the band so far. Looking forward to the next one!

Set list:Berlin 2005 © Paul Deblond

Morning Star
Queen For A Day
Minstrel Hall
Under A Violet Moon
Soldier Of Fortune
Durch den Wald zum Bach haus
Diamonds And Rust
Past Times With Good Company
Mond Tanz/Child In Time
Ariel
Loreley
Mr. Peagram's Morris And Sword
Fires At Midnight
Renaissance Faire
Home Again
I Still Remember
The Clock Ticks On
Wind in the Willows

Encore:
All For One
Difficult to Cure/Unknown
Ghost Of A Rose

Showtime approx: 2 h 20 min.


Igor Vukomanovic


Herkuslessaal, Munich, 6 August

Arriving to Munich 5 August, spending most of the day of 6 august wandering around the old town and following my wife and daughter on an exhausting! Shopping tour….. finally ending up at the Hard Rock café at a Beatles table! Perfect!

The last official BN show of the German summer tour took place in the fantastic venue Herkulessaal in the heart of Munich.

Owain Phyfe opened the show and did a great job!Berlin 2005 © Paul Deblond

Before BN the new BN song Old Mill Inn was played through the PA. A little after the band entered the stage and Ritchie started playing an unusual but nice intro.After a while the intro to Morning star began and Candice entered the stage to the audiences cheer. The sound mix was somewhat unbalanced during the two first songs, I also felt that the sound was really loud during the numbers including electric guitar occasionally drowning Candice’s voice but in general the overall sound was good.

This last show was my first BN show this year and I felt the band made a solid and tight performance. Great piano solo and violin solos on bachhaus. Sisters of the moon great as ever especially during Child in time, Bob is keeping up very good with his bass playing and also doing a great job when playing guitar which adds a great flavour to Ritchie’s work. Malcolm keeps the percussion going great as always. Candice did sing very well especially Diamonds and rust, Ghost of a rose, I still remember and Ariel which was my surprise of the evening.

Ritchie was in good spirit with his joking and he did very well during the whole show but especially his soloing on Fires at midnight, great work! On a phenomenal song.Malcolm was the target of the night’s jokes mainly because he was hidden behind the drums/percussion so you could hardly see him from the audience, one of Ritchie’s jokes was that Malcolm was wanted by the police… At one point Bob and Ritchie started dancing creating a mess with guitar cables, which Jim had to sort out...

Memories of the evening:
Ariel: nice surprise and loud!
Fires At Midnight: brilliant on every level outstanding guitar work by Ritchie!
Home Again: never seemed to end…
Hurdy Gurdy intro on Clock Ticks On: Brilliant work by Ritchie!
I Still Remember: great spirit and emotional moving song…
Wind In The Willows: great sing along!
All For One: another great sing along!!
Difficult To Cure/ St Theresa: great medley.
Ghost Of A Rose: My favourite, emotionally moving, melancholy feeling always reminding of Jacqueline Dupree and Elgar…

Set list:Rainer with Ritchie's mandola Berlin 2005 © Paul Deblond

Morning Star
Queen For a Day (pt I&II)
Minstrel Hall
Under A Violet Moon
Soldier Of Fortune
Bach Haus
Diamonds And Rust
Past Time With Good Company
Child In Time/ Mond Tanz
Ariel
Loreley
Mr Peagram’s Morris And Sword
Fires At Midnight
Renaissance Faire
Home Again
I Still Remember
Clock Ticks On incl. Hurdy Gurdy solo
Wind In The Willows
Beethoven’s 9th/St Theresa
All For One
Ghost Of A Rose

Time: approx 2 h 30 min

David Braic


Schloss Eggersberg, 8 August

I have just come home from a magical trip (about 1800 km) to a medieval land of beautiful castles, clothes and music. I am exhausted but happy. But let me tell you from start.

We arrived at noon at Riedenburg which is a beautiful little village about 100 km north of Munich. This must be the most beautiful village I have ever been in. Germany is a fantastic land and has many beautiful places to visit for everybody. Just leave Autobahn for a couple of hours. I can promise you its worth it. Schloss Eggersberg 2005 © Ronny Persson

The show was about to start about 9 pm but first it was dinner and some drinks in the beautiful castle. It was wonderful to see all the fans in costumes and garb. There where also some familiar faces among the fans. It was fun to say hallo to David from Minstrel Spirit. If you haven’t checked them out earlier its time right now. David’s little solo in “Distant dreamland “ is as good as it gets.

I also spotted fans from Norway, Italy, England, Holland, Sweden and of course Germany.

The show started about 9.30 with Owain Phyfe from “New World Renaissance Band“. He played and sang some wonderful songs from Ireland, Bosnian and Italy. That was a perfect start for everybody to get in the right mood for the main event.

Ritchie, Candice and the band entered the stage about 9.15. You could tell from the beginning that this was going to be a very special show. Ritchie and Candice was in a good mood and very relaxed They where making fun of each other and the band members and Ritchie even played some games with the audience.

They started with Shadow of the moon which a still think is the best opening act. It was followed by Avalon which is a great song. Rarely played. After that it seemed as they had no planned set list. Ritchie was arranging the show and started the songs and Candice and the band just jumped in to it. When they played Temple of the king the audience sang along and it was a magical moment. They also did a wonderful version of Streets of London, Tambourine man and Whiter shade of pale.

Ritchie had some incredible moments there he played like a god. Especially the intro to Minstrel Hall and the solo in Fires at midnight. A couple of years ago I think you could really hear that, even if Ritchie was great on acoustic guitar, something happened when he took up the Strat. Like it was one with him. They really belong together. I don’t really think the difference between the Strat and the acoustic is so big anymore. I didn’t miss the Strat one second this night.

And Candice was wonderful she has improved so much during these years. She is very charismatic, funny and her voice has become terrific. Let me tell you right now that in my book Ritchie has no equal when it comes to music. But over the years I think there has been some of his band member who has been close. Jon Lord 1973 and Dio and Powell 1977 for example. I really think you can count Candice in there now also.

I can’t comment the whole show, which lasted nearly 3,5 hours, but it surely was a magical, mystery night. I am sure that the party continued in front of a bonfire for the rest of the night. But after 12 hours of driving from Sweden a fell asleep about 2.30 at the hotel. I must have had a stupid smile in my face.

Set list:Schloss Eggersberg 2005 © Ronny Persson

Shadow Of The Moon
Avalon
Play Minstrel Play
Mornings Star
The Temple Of The King
Durch den wald zum Bachhaus
Soldier Of Fortune
Catherine Howards Faith
Wind In The Willows
Streets Of London
Under A Violet Moon
Queen For A Day
Past Time With Good Company
Minstrel Hall
Child In Time / Mond Tanz
Solo performance from sisters of the moon
Renaissance Fair
Wish You Where Here / Ocean Gypsy
Maybe a new song which I didn’t recognise (Great performance from Candice)
Ghost Of A Rose
Fires At MidnightBerlin 2005 © Paul Deblond

Encore 1:
Way to Mandalay
I Still Remember
The Times They Are A Changin'
Tambourine Man
A Whiter Shade Of Pale

Encore 2:
Old Mill In
Now And Then

Ronny Persson (with family)
Sweden



Schloss Eggersberg, 8 August

Schloss Eggersberg located in the beautiful Altmuhle valley close to Nurnberg and Regensburg was the place for the special fans appreciation concert 2005.

Around 6.00 PM all people dressed up in medieval costumes were let in to the halls of the castle were the buffet was set. The buffet contained good food and people were in good spirits. During the meal The American minstrel Owain Phyfe played some great songs including a great sing along melody…Schloss Eggersberg 2005 © Ronny Persson

The concert was to take place at an upper wing of the castle, to get there you had to climb a spiral staircase which never seemed to end…(especially when you are carrying a child!!)
Finally reaching the concert place which was an intimate small place reminding of an old theatre with a stage in a size of a living room. Owain Phyfe opened with great tunes which were sung in several languages.

After a short break Blackmore’s Night attended the little stage to the audiences cheer. Candice greeted the audience but also said it was sad in a way because this was the final concert in Germany this year…

Ritchie then started to speak with his band mates and tried to settle what song to start with…. and off we go with Shadow of the moon. I think no one in the audience could imagine what direction this evening would lead to…It was a special evening indeed… A marathon concert which lasted about three and half hours!! Although there was a lot of talking and joking in between, and Ritchie did most of the talking! And joking! He also led a kind of a strange letter quiz game. In between songs he would get his handheld glasses in order to get an idea of which song to play. Many surprising songs were played such as “Streets of London”, “Mr Tambourine man” A whiter shade of Pale” with Ritchie starting a sing along with the Bach “air” part... it was great… Many requests from the audience were also played…My request of “Catherine Howard” was also accepted… here we also got two lengthy stories about this song….

Of course we also got some serious playing delivered and then I mean serious!! Ritchie did some amazing guitar playing, the highlight for me was the intro to Minstrel hall and the intro and the middle solo in Fires at midnight, Ritchie never stops to surprise You, here he really showed his brilliant technical skills as far flamenco and finger picking style goes… absolutely amazing…
After the first set they came back three more times to play encores… The show ended with the whole band together in arms dancing to Havah Nagilah... The clock now showed 2.45 in the morning of 9 august!!

A few more notes...
The band sat down through the whole show so sometimes it was difficult to see the whole band even if you were in the 4th of 5th row… It was a very intimate show with approximately 100 people present and it was very hot inside, now I can see why there were people from the fire dept. present during the show!!!!! I felt that the overall sound volume was to low at times.

After the show out of the hot theatre climbing the spiral staircase downhill now with a sleeping child in my hands out in the cold... over the courtyard into the place where the buffet was served in order have some beer and later champagne, played some Beatles songs together with Swedish, Norwegian, German and Italian friends and finally reach my bed at 6.00 in the morning…Up at 10.30 to visit the beautiful place Riedenburg, preparing for the 1200 km drive to Sweden next morning...

Here are the songs that were performed (not in order and I could have missed some songs...)

Shadow Of The MoonBerlin 2005 © Paul Deblond
Avalon
Play Minstrel Play
The Temple Of The King
Minstrel Hall
Past Time With Good Company
Soldier Of Fortune
Queen For A Day (pt I&II)
Bach Haus
Fires At Midnight
Streets Of London
Under A Violet Moon
Catherine Howard’s Fate
Ghost Of A Rose
Renaissance Faire
Wind In The Willows
I Still Remember
Mond Tanz/Child In Time
Dome Paix (Sisters of the moon)
Wish You Were Here/Ocean GypsyHamburg 2005 © Paul Deblond
Times Are Changin’
Mr Tambourine Man
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Way To Mandalay
Christmas song (don’t know the title)
Olde Mill Inn
Now and then


David Braic






 



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