Forevermore in the House of Blue Light
Snakes in Town. It had been so many years ago since Deep Purple had transformed the Vienna City Hall into a "house of blue light." Now we were back to see "the snakes," purple spin off group of the very first hour. Our full focus was on sweet songs that had accompanied us "forevermore," as they turned the same place into a trembling beehive of screaming sensation. "In an equally sensational and lively hard rock-threesome, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and Judas Priest would stomp the gas pedal in the Vienna City Hall," the daily newspaper reported. As an opener, "the boys" from Thin Lizzy were "back in town" with new singer Ricky Warwick, warming up the audience with the bilingual question: "Are you ready – Seid Ihr bereit?" During the encore "Rosalie," we were encouraged to "do it again for Mr Phil Lynott and Mr Gary Moore." They skipped "Sitamoia" though, an early song and a malapropism of the Irish "Si do mhaimeo." Then Whitesnake started to bring back memories of "the best years" and made loud statements with guitar duels and drum solos that "here they go again," until we would be left behind once more "in the still of the night." Priest "concluded the evening's soiree," but tired "purple people" would "break the unwritten law" and leave before the lesson in "British steel" was over. Yet the richest part of the concert had been experiencing it with good friends, who had shared the same purple enthusiasm and had "stuck" over all these years At a nearby hot dog stand, we would slowly regain our sense of hearing over a cheesy Kransky sausage and a chewy "hunchback"-bread heel.