Question: what does a drummer do, when his band has got a break from
touring for about 9 weeks and he doesn't fancy to spend his free time in
rehearsel rooms. It's simple... - He meets up with the best tribute band
around and goes on stage again to play some live shows, or should I
better say - does his rehearsels rather on a stage in front of audiance
then in a lonely home studio. And it's a lotta fun as well, Ian Paice
admits. Yep, that's how he keeps in shape and condition until he's back
on the road again with Deep Purple - the mothership.
Coincidentally this best
Deep Purple-Coverband comes from Germany, or more definate from Siegen,
a little town just behind the moon - far away from everything.
Nevertheless the group named Demon's Eye have already reached some
reputation within the musicscene and established themselves. Even Purple
bassist Roger Glover has stated one day, that those boys are so
good, we couldn't do it better ourselves. I presume, you can't get a
nicer compliment as the tribute act of your heroes.
The project Demon's Eye is going now since 1998, and the currentlich
consist of Mastermind and drummer Andree Schneider, guitarist Steve
Curly, who could be easily Ritchie Blackmore's son, at least what's up
to the visual aspect, Maik Keller on bass, the youngster in the club,
keyboardist Florian Pritsch and singer Robby thomas Walsh, a real irish
man. He is the focus in the band, and a true handsome one as well. And
he's got the big advantage, that he doesn't sound german due to his
english, or should I better say, irish accent. This is very conveniant
in national and international ways.
This trip now with
the legendary Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice must be a real highlight for
the boys and a true honour as well. And I guess, they do appreciate this
very much. Four times they got the chance to share the stage with their
idol, once in the Netherlands, twice in Germany and one time in Austria.
And thanks god, one occassion is set for Munich - right now and after
Ian has done a drum clinique first in the city's Musicshop.
Aprox. 250 friends of classic rockmusic have found their way to this
club tonight. There are Purple freaks, as well as Munich's drummer scene
and some lovers of just - solid good rockmusic. The reasons, that there
are not more spectators showing up might be a famous soccer match at the
same time in town, or maybe another Rockmusic event in the venue around
the corner, Who knows.....
However,our local heroes "Dead Means Nothing" start off with
the set, while I am sitting backstage with Mr. Paice doing an interview.
It's nice to see again after quite a while, and there would be so much
to talk about, but there ain't that much time. The first impression of
the support act is mentioned by Ian himself as he says: "this
sounds like Motörhead, doesn't it?" - Yes, they are first of all -
loud, very loud indeed. The headliner and Ian start getting ready for
stage time- And I catch up with them for the last 10 minutes, just
enough to take some live shots. I won't judge 'em this time, due to the
shortness of my presence. But like mentioned before, - whatever Deep
Purple is for Demon's Eye, that's Motörhead for 'Dead Means Nothing'.
here we go, Ian comes on stage, takes first of all the mic and says
hello to Munich's music lovers, before he climbs behind his drumkit.
Off we go with a lot of dry ice. But whoever thinks, that this is gonna be
a pure Deep Purple camouflage is wrong, because the setlist also includes
Whitesnake tunes as well as songs of Jimi Hendrix. Over all it's a
colourful bunch of melodic flowers, and the jamsession goes ahead. - The
poorest guy here on stage is certainly the original Demon's Eye drummer
Andree Schneider, who's job has changed tonight to become an additional
background singer because the seat behind the drumkit is occupied. Only
for one song inbetween Andree returns to play drums to give Ian Paice a
little rest. Although I don't think Ian really needs a break. Despite 58
years of age, he is in an excellent shape and shows once again what genius
he is on his instrument.
I also should mention guitarist Steve Curly, who has not only adopted
Blackmore's hair and dressing style, but also his guitar playing style.
And even the physical movements are almost perfectly copied. - In fact
there are so many similaritys, that Ritchie should ask himself, whether
there ain't another son of him on this globe, he doesn't know about :-)))
Anyway, Stevie-Boy is great player as well, that's for sure.
Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City“, originally penned by M. Price, D. Walsh
and made famous by Bobby Bland and Whitesnake is one of the highlights
here. And this young generation also let this masterpiece sound brilliant.
There is so much heart and soul in it, that I ask myself very often, what
have musicians done differently in the past to give music eternal life.
You can really feel the emotion in those tracks, Robby, Steve & co try
to transfer to the audiance. But most of all Ian Paice shows us his
talents within this small place. And you can realize, how much fun he has
still got in what he's doing after all those years. The vibe is jumping on
to the band and is passed on to the audiance. - "Nothing serious, but
just a lot of fun" - Ian explains this stint to the fans, who might
feel this way like he does. But for Demon's Eye it is probably the most
serious and important thing in the world.
It's been a happening, we will talk about and even longer remember at. And
maybe sometime in the future, there will be another chance to get this
connection between the next generation and their idol. But 'till then,
there will be some smoke on the water rising, and Demon's Eye will show up
on their own again, like shortly for some dates in Ireland.
Meanwhile - see you all soon again, and Deep Purple maybe soon in
for some Off Stage snapshots