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Moscow, Russia 10 October 2003

We all were awaiting those concerts with lots of emotions. Mainly because of the shows in Moscow in April 2002 – the venue was a large Sports Hall with capacity of approx. 10 thousand of people. It was a strange show: Ritchie had his birthday, but his mood wasn’t pretty good and lots of Blackmore’s Night’s fans were rather disappointed. Our anxiety grew stronger when the first show on 10th October was delayed: the show time was 20 p.m., but after 21 p.m. the show still hadn’t had started. Suddenly someone from the BN staff took microphone and reported that Candice felt ill at that moment. Everyone was afraid of canceling the show, but nearly at 21.40 the musicians finally entered the stage and the concert began.

Everything seemed OK with Candice, but I noticed that Ritchie asked her about her health from time to time. But the main thing was that Ritchie had a really great mood! Sometimes he even joked: for example, he pointed at the first rows and asked: “Why had they come here in those silly clothes?”. The set list was nearly usual, but once Ritchie asked the people what did they want to hear – and someone cried “Wish You Were Here!” In a few moments the song started! Ritchie played more instrumental tracks than he usually did. I think that was because of Candice and her problems with health. For instance, what an excitement we all had when during the show Ritchie took some glasses with beer from the backstage and presented them to some of BN fans!

“Ghost Of The Rose” was really fantastic, and from oldies Ritchie played “Soldier Of Fortune” and “16th Century Greensleeves”. Lord Marnen (violin) had his birthday that day, so when the band left him alone on stage for solo, he played nearly fantastic, even hadn’t forget about traditional Russian song “Podmoskovnye Vechera”. The show went to an end and the band played “Writing On The Wall”. During the fantastic solo Ritchie played the legendary riff from “Burn”. The show ended with wonderful “Beyond The Sunset” and “Now And Then”. Really magnificent and lyrical ending.

Vasily Ivanchenko

Set List:

Cartouche
Play Minstrel Play
Minstrel Hall
Under A Violet Moon
Past Time With Good Company
Soldier Of Fortune
Durch Den Wald Zum Bach Haus
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
Wish You Were Here
Diamonds And Rust
Home Again
I Still Remember
Mr Peagram's Morris And Sword
Ghost Of A Rose
Renaissance Faire
Lord Marnen's Violin solo
Rainbow Blues
Bard David's keyboard solo
Writing On The Wall (incl. Burn riff)

Encore:

Beyond The Sunset
Now And Then

Showtime approx: 1 h & 50 min


Moscow, Russia 11 October 2003

The second show started with delay again. Candice’s health still hadn’t come to good conditions. Nearly at 21 p.m. Sisters of the Moon came to the stage and had sung without accompaniment two songs. Later Bard David (keyboards) joined them into the third song. And finally after a delay the second show began! From my point of view, it was THE BEST BLACKMORE’S NIGHT SHOW EVER!

Ritchie was in unbelievable mood: he joked, talked to the fans, sometimes sang with Candice (unfortunately, without a mic). Candice felt herself fine and the band played ideally. Before “Mr Peagram’s Morris And Sword” Ritchie sad to someone in the first rows: “It’s a bit like Smoke On The Water”. Another time he asked fans “Are you ready?”, everyone screamed YES, then Ritchie said: “But I’m not”. First part of “The Clock Ticks On” Ritchie played on very strange instrument which looked like Scottish bagpipe. After that song the band left the stage, but something told me: “The real show is starting NOW”. And I was right!

The band returned to stage and started “All For One”! After that began “Writing On The Wall” and all fans forgot about their seats – they came close to the stage and sang together. The second encore was “Rainbow Blues” with nearly fantastic guitar solo. The end? No! Third encore, Ritchie takes his Stratocaster and we all heard the famous riffs of “Black Night”! Candice seemed to be afraid of screaming and jumping fans, so she sang only the first verse, further sang Sir Robert (bass). After that fantastic song even I thought that the show had ended. But I couldn’t believe my eyes: Ritchie returned to stage for the 4th time (!), took his Stratocaster and… I thought the walls would fall down. Or that might be an earthquake. Ritchie began “SMOKE ON THE WATER”!!! I saw how people jumped and danced on their seats. There could never be the more brilliant show. The first one was rather lyrical, but on the second day Ritchie was at his best. Unforgettable!

Vasily Ivanchenko

Set List:

Pre-set:

Sisters Of The Moon' 1st song
Sisters Of The Moon and Bard David 2nd song

Main Set:

Cartouche
Play Minstrel Play
Minstrel Hall
Under A Violet Moon
Past Time With Good Company
Soldier Of Fortune
Durch Den Wald Zum Bach Haus
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
Diamonds And Rust
Home Again
Village On The Sand
Mr Peagram's Morris And Sword
Ghost Of A Rose
Renaissance Faire
Lord Marnen's Violin solo
I Still Remember
The Clock Ticks On

Encore 1:
All For One
Bard David's keyboard solo
Writing On The Wall (incl. Burn riff)

Encore 2:
Rainbow Blues

Encore 3:
Black Night

Encore 4:
Smoke On The Water

Showtime approx: 2 h & 30 min

All photos © Dmitry Zykov Deep Purple Russian Pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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