Deep Purple

Kloster, Benediktbeuern, Germany   August 3, 2008

Deep Purple with ex-Rainbow members Roger Glover and Don Airey is still touring Europe. Ralph Grille saw them last weekend when they played in Cologne and went to another show this weekend when they played the Kloster (Monestry) in Benediktbeuern (Ritchie would love to play there too, Ed.)

Ralph not only saw Roger Glover & Don Airey play with Deep Purple live but he also met Rainbow's original keyboardplayer Mickey Lee Soule, who's working for quite some years now as a roadie for Deep Purple. Ralph has sent us photos and a short review of this gig.

Before the concert began I met Mickey Lee Soule (see photo above). So far as I know, he now is roadie for Roger Glover's bassguitar. For a moment he was breaking his work to autograph my Rainbow record and gave some time to taking photos.

Unnoticed I took a secret backstage tour and catched Don Airey too, while he checked his keyboards.

The concert at Benediktbeuern Monastery was sold out. The setlist was similar like the concert in Cologne, but a surprise was included. A second guitarplayer came on stage - dressed in black and a large crucifix on his neck. Together with Steve Morse he played "Smoke on the water" - his favorite song.

No, it was not THE man in black - it was Notker Wolff. He is the most important representative of the Order of Benedicts and leader of the rockband Feedback, who's supported Deep Purple.

Text: Ralph Grille
Photos: Ralph Grille

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