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Hard Rock at the Hard Rock in Biloxi thanks to DEEP PURPLE

Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, Ms. USA
August 29th, 2014

Anybody out there touting the level of performance of this Living, Breathing, Purple machine either hasn’t attended their recent tour or if they have attended and are still in disapproval, they are truly in denial. I attended the show at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, Ms. On August 29th, 2014, 3 days after my Birthday….. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!! DP at Biloxi 8-29-2014 (2)
One thing that is evident, they are playing for keeps. Gillan has figured out finally that it isn’t necessary to attempt all of the High end peak screams and notes. This is FANTASTIC. He paces himself and hits it where he wants and it has given him a whole new level in regards to overall performance quality. In other words, less is more. Yes as others here have stated, he goes low sometimes instead of high. Yes, sometimes he talks a verse instead of sing. Yes sometimes he skips a scream or a line. That is something that all performers do when working their craft. He has done that back in the past as well. The proper note is used at the lower register which completes the verse and it works…..VERY WELL!
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It gives a different perspective to a song that has been played over and over which I find to be a positive thing. Who wants the song to sound exactly like the original? An imbecile that’s who. Just push play! It’s actually quite an art to go back and forth from the high to the low register and hit the proper note which blends with the proper tone. Every first rate singer does it. I did it when I was in my band. It is the answer to dealing with vocal cord glitches that happen when they are over exposed to pushing notes. Hell, Elvis was the KING and he used that technique quite often. Sometimes it isn’t due to dealing with the inability to hit the note but because the singer just wishes to change things up for the fun of it (Been there done that too). Just as the guitarist (good guitarist) may change a note here and there to change things up. Something Gillan should have been doing for a long time instead being the hardhead and pushing himself beyond what was necessary and coming up short or off key, probably due to succumbing to the hard core critics. Glad he is doing it and I hope he continues. This will allow for a longer future for Purple to exist. He is taking care of his voice and it shows. He was in fine form and sang his ass off……. VERY WELL! He hit the notes he sang. PERFECT! Hats off to you Sir!
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Time now for the review of the show and such.
One thing that we noticed right off the bat was the advertisement for the show. Billboard signs on the highway, lit up marques, signs posted on the local roads, ads in the entertainment magazines. You name it, they did it. This is what has been missing from the promoters for a long long time. We took a few pics in front of the signs too and printed them out to take along for signing after the show if it were to happen. As for the show, well here we go. Well, since I started off with Gillan for some reason, here is another thing I noticed that is also giving him some breathing and recoup room. Set list and extended play. Something I have been recommending for a long time. Pick songs more suited for the voice and even songs with less singing. Well that’s what we got with this set list and it WORKS VERY WELL! The Mule, Lazy, Contact Lost, Well Dressed Guitar, plus the 4 musicians each do a solo or 2. Great breathers for Mr. Gillan and well deserved.
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It actually takes it back to the 70’s. Gillan did a lot of standing around while the band played on back then. Well guess what, it worked then and it works now. Steve and Don are taking a much more aggressive part in this band. They stand out now and it is evident they are no longer “The New Guys”. Much more improve between them and the sound of this band is all it’s own, thanks to them doing so. Paicey and Roger? What can you say about these 2, other than the fact that they are the true foundation and rock that holds the rhythm as no others in the business and their presence is as vital as the others. This band is a true dynamic machine that is without a doubt a no holds barred force. As many have stated here, I too was disappointed at the dropping of the “Now What” tunes. The 3 they kept worked so well with the set list. A couple more would have boosted it even more. The opener was Highway Star. Fine. That didn’t mean they had to drop Après Vu. Keep it in and move it back that’s all. There was no opening band. Purple were the sole performance. They had 2 days off prior. A 15 song set is uncalled for at any rate and under this circumstance, deplorable. Their jamming and solos did bring the concert to a 1 hour and 45 minute time period which is only 15 minutes short of my 2 hour minimum expectation. So at least it wasn’t that short as some have been in the past (90 minutes or less), but keeping 3 more of the Now What or other MK7/8 tunes in the set would have put the time at the 2 hour mark which is what a band of this caliber and legacy of albums and years of existence should be playing as a minimum. Especially with the premium price of the tickets on this tour of $75.00 to $115.00.
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I’m glad they were able to pull in the sales, but I also feel there should be a longer show. The crowd was truly energized. Though there is a lot of dead time, but I think I understand it. This is not a Head Banging, Mosh Pit band. The folks are genuinely mesmerized at the music these guys play. Hard to hear and see when one is dancing, waving, jumping and screaming. I for one find myself just watching in disbelief and in pure appreciation of their playing. Everyone I spoke to after the show was blown away. Not doing a song by song review here. The set list was the same as with the previous dates on the tour. One thing I noticed a couple of times were when Don Airey was off key during a couple of tunes and Steve turned and gave him the signal and direction with a smile bringing it all back. AWESOME live moment. The band is playing really tight and well, yet they sometimes hit wrong notes and played by the seat of their pants…. PURFECT!

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We were right up front toward the left side in front of Roger. I had taken a bunch of stuff to get signed in anticipation of taking part in the after the show meet. I didn’t receive my pass due to a communication glitch and it looked grim. I spoke to the Ticket staff and advised them to contact Roger but they said there was nothing they could do. We did get Comp tickets though for some reason. While the band played on, Roger spotted us, smiled and made a gesture to go back stage. This was while they were playing. I couldn’t believe it. We didn’t have our passes, but Roger seemed as though he was going to make it happen. I took lots of pictures during the show (some are submitted here). Took along my Gillan Glory Road alternate LP cover for him to sign and see along with other stuff aimed at each band member. When the show was over we looked for the Meet and Greet line. Ran into a couple of folks with the passes and they had no clue where to go. As time passed, they were all scrambling around trying to find out something but nobody seemed to have any info. I looked as though they weren’t going to do it. Then we went up stairs to the second level and looked around. I poked my head into a double swing door that said ‘Staff Only’ and there were 2 people standing outside a door down the hall. I asked if this was where the Meet and Greet was and the dude came toward me demanding a pass. I advised I didn’t get mine and asked him to get Roger. As I was speaking to him Roger came out into the hall and spotted us. He came up and told the dude it was OK and that we were his guest. He then gave me a big hug and actually apologized for something that happened back in 2011, the last time we saw them at the Ravinia Park in Chicago.

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After the show, he and Don were the only ones to attend the Meeting and they were rushed to leave due to scheduling. He invited us to catch up with them at the pub in the Hotel they were staying in. We went, but the pub was closed and we had no way of contacting each other so it didn’t happen. He actually remembered that incident and had wanted to apologize for the mess up all this time. Who would have thought he would remember such a nominal moment which happened over 3 years ago? Not me, that’s for sure. I was totally awestruck. That’s the nature of the man, Roger Glover. A truly humbled and absolute gem of a person. Hell of a Bass player too…..

As with the Ravinia in 2011, Roger and Don were the only ones to make it to the meeting. There were around 6 of us Fans in attendance. One of which was Brent, the dude who runs the Deep Purple Hub who has no problem making it loud and clear that HE IS THE FOUNDER. I believe there probably were supposed to be more folks, but they probably gave up trying to find out where to go. We got to speak to Roger and Don for quite a while. They constantly asked if anybody wanted anything to drink and would run out and bring it. Beer, wine, water. Even sandwiches. …. Amazing! It’s very strange being served by the Stars of the Show. Actually got side tracked regarding my signing objective due to the great conversation. We chatted about the New Album coming and he was really exited about it. Made it clear that it won’t be a ‘Follow Up’. It will have yet another approach. As he states, he loves how NOW WHAT turned out. He says he actually plays it and listens to it, which is something he says he usually doesn’t do regarding their albums. He is really proud of it. He stated that the next one will have its own sound. I stated that I couldn’t agree more about not trying to do it again. But then that is the nature of the Living, Breathing Deep Purple. No 2 albums sound alike. Always a different approach. This is what makes them so awesome. He said the tour was really doing well and the reception has been great here in the States. He also stated that they will more than likely do it again. Biloxi was sold out and most of the other venues were also. I had asked about the others and Roger stated Gillan was done for the night and that he is taking care of himself these days. They were due in Orlando, FL. the next day and time was short so Steve and Paicey were calling it a night also. That being said as usual though, Roger and Don come through for the fans. Again, a testament to his appreciation for what he does and to those whom spend the money, effort and time to go to their gigs. I managed to get a couple of things signed though at the end and a picture with them both. Don stated he was going to head down to the pub on the first floor of the Casino when he left and invited us to pop in. So we did, and I got a picture sitting and chatting with him at the bar. He stated that he has a Classical Album coming out soon and that he loves being in Purple. Says it pays the bills…… and then chuckled. He generally heads down to a pub to have a beer or a glass of wine, watch a little sports if there is a TV and unwind after a gig. We didn’t want to encroach too much into his private time, so we said our farewell headed back to our humble abode. Well, I didn’t get the Gillan thing signed, so I guess it will have to wait till they tour the next album. Hard to fathom the fact that yet another Deep Purple Album is in the works and another tour to follow. There truly is a GOD ALMIGHTY!

?Ch-BeerZ!

Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder



18 Comments to “Hard Rock at the Hard Rock in Biloxi thanks to DEEP PURPLE”:

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    Tom Criscuola Sr says:

    No one is denying the musicianship of any members of the band. We all know it is top notch. That said, so are many tribute bands. Without Blackmore and Lord it just isn’t the same.

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    Andy Worthington says:

    Tom in fairness in my opinion as a DP fan I don’t want the same, I want something fresh on each tour

    This lineup offers more of that I feel

    However it is just my opinion, and so we can both love the band for our own reasons

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    Paal Hanson says:

    My first Purple show was in 1970, and I have been along for the ride ever since. I was somewhat disappointed back in 2008 when the show here in Copenhagen was one of those nights where Gillan lost it.

    So I decided to call it quits, and not see them live again.

    That is, until I heard “Now What?!”. A few friends and I decided to go. However I did not book the tickets until I had heard “The Live Tapes” they convinced me that there was a reason to go to the show.

    And like Tracy, I was blown away by the quality of the bands playing and singing, and loved every minute, even shedding the odd tear when “Above and Beyond” was played and the Jon Lord tribute played out on the screens.

    I am getting older, and so are my favorite band, but we get there together, and this incarnation with Steve and Don is every bit as valuable as the incarnation I watched way back in 70 in KB Hallen in Copenhagen.

    I have made myself a “Deep Purple Thru The Years” playlist that I play on my iPod/Sonos/carstereo covering all my favorites from “Shades of…” Thru “Now What?!” and every song and every MK gives me something.

    Thanks for still going on the road and making music, NEW MUSIC!

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    Kotel Sadrusi says:

    It was a gr8 show.

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    stoffer says:

    Great review Tracy, reading the backstage stuff, it kinda felt like I was there. I agree they truly are a “Living Breathing Purple Machine” and pumped to hear they may be back here (US) again!

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    Jill Mwar says:

    I’m so thankful Biloxi got this…I was very grateful

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    mike whiteley says:

    Good stuff,Tracy,
    Your well constructed review makes an enjoyable read.
    Thanks for all your insight and apres show info.

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    Ray C Sutliff says:

    I guess I need to roadtrip since they don’t seem to play near me! =P

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    Deeperpurps says:

    Great review Tracy! I have felt similar joy at the past 4 Purple concerts I have seen in Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo. The fact that the band is still together after all these years, performing around the world, enjoying what they do, and sharing the joy of vintage and new music with so many people, is a wonderful thing. We Deep Purple fans are all so privileged to be part of that.

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    Fender123 says:

    Indeed, great review Tracy. Shame you couldn’t experience more of the Now What?! tunes that we were treated to in London last October.

    # 1: Tom, each to their own of course, but we don’t want it to be the same do we? 40 years after we were all hopelessly drawn to the sheer brilliance of MK2, that the memory is still alive and continues to move into new but similar areas is simply a fantastic bonus. Thankfully, all musicians are different and can all produce amazing songs for us to enjoy – and Now What?! provides precisely that for me.

    Yes, it is not the same without the two great masters JL and RB, but I can live with it exactly as it is right now, and can’t wait to hear more of the same.

    Cheers.

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    Dpfender says:

    Thanks for the review. The best part for me, was that Gillan’s taking care of himself. On his Journey In Rock dvd, he seemed to be living the lifestyle when not doing shows. Don’s classical album will be interesting.

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    THANX AZILLION FOR WRITING & PICS!!!! ROGERS ALLWAYS BEEN GROOVIEST COOLEST !!!! I MET HIM PHILLY FANCY 4 SEASON HOTEL THE MANAGER ALLWAYS WELCOME US ENJOY FANS PARTY & IT HELP HIS HOTEL BE GREATEST!!!!! THEY WERE ALL ON FANCY WHITE COUCHES RITCHIE JON * ROGER * IAN * IAN * ALL THEM & SUPER MARVY COLIN LAFFING MACH 4 1985 JOYOUSLY HAPPY AFTER THE GREATEST SPECTRUM SHOW RITCHIE LOVED IT HE SAID & BROUGHT A BUNCH OF US LATER TO HIS ROOM THERE PLAYING UNPLUGGED STRAT TILL HE WENT BED & JON LORD TALKED TO US IN THE FANCY LOBBY TELLING HOW TO PLAY SUPER ORGAN KEY MELODY TECHNIQUES & ZILLION ORGAN SOUNDS LOTS STUFF & ABOUT THE NEW INTERNET JON LORD SAID HE WROTE JOHN WALSH ON INTERNET & GAVE THE ADDRESS WAS REAL SIMPLE THEN JUST US.WALSH OR HIS WAS US.LORD IF WE WANTED TO WRITE THEM!!!! COURSE ADDRESSES ALL CHANGED LATER ~ I CAME WITH A SKINNY BIKER IN A BLACK CAR AFTER WE SAW A BLOND GIRL DANGEROUSLY JUMP ON RITCHIES GREY SILVER LIMO HOLDING ONTO SILVER CHROME ON RITCHIES WINDOW HE LOOKED SURPRISED LIKE BLIMEY HOLY COW!!!! HOPE SHES ALLRIGHT!!!! AT THE SPECTRUM SHE FELL OFF ROLLING LAFFING WE GLAD SHE WAS ALLRIGHT!!!! THE SKINNY BIKER HAD A ZILLION JANGLING BIG KEYS SILVER CHAIN ON HIS WAIST THEY SAID THEY ALL LIKED THE SOUNDS!!!! THE BIKER SAID HE DID INTERNET LIVING IN A FOREST WITH BIKERS & LIKE NOBODY ELSE HAD INTERNET HARDLY IN 1985 !!!! THAT WAS A NEW THING!!!! THATS HOW WE STARTED TALKING!!!! AMAZING JON LORD TAUGHT US A COOL VERY USEFUL AMAZING EASY THING HOW YOU CAN BITE ON YOUR MUSTACHE PULL HAIRS OUTSIDE EASY TO KEEP IT PERFECT GROOVY COMFORTABLE !!!! LIKE I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT!!!! YKNOW THATS HOW HE LOOKED GROOVY !!!! HE HAD A PERFECT AMAZING MUSTACHE THAT IS MORE FAMOUS THAN SALVADOR DALI !!!! HE SAID HE WONDERED HOW DALI COULD KEEP HIS MUSTACHE WAY FAR OUT AWESOME LIKE THAT !!!! ROGER STAYED LATEST TILL 4 AM !!!! UP JOLLY IN THE FANCY LOBBY TALKING TO ALL US & PRETTY GODESSES MOSTLY IN BLACK LEATHER DRESSES I THINK I HAD MY GREEN JACKET WITH A RADIO STATION STICKER ON BACK I WORE ALLWAYS THAT SAID = DEEP PURPLE ROCKS !!!! ROGER PLAYED THE GRAND PIANO A LITTLE TWINKLE THERE FOR US WHILE GUYS WERE CLEANING !!!! ROGER GOT SUPER HAPPY COZ A BEAUTIFUL GIRL WITH A PURPLE MINISKIRT DRESS & BLACK LEATHER JACKET GAVE HIM A PURPLE TULIP & HE GOT JOLLY ECSTATIC !!!! ROGER SAID ~~~~ “WOW IM SO HAPPY !!!! I FIANALLY GOT FLOWERS!!!! USALLY ONLY THE SINGER GET FLOWERS !!!! ” HAVE SUPER FUN YALL !!!! MAYBE BRING FLOWERS !!!!

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    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    As usual, I got a little carried away with the length of the review. It’s just that when you see these guys do what they do and at the level they do it, it’s hard to cut corners. As long as it was, I was surprised that it got printed…. So Thanks for that. I submitted 100 pictures. My only gripe is that you didn’t post my picture with Roger and Don at the end. Was a nice shot. Oh well. Maybe it can be added?

    Well, one thing that I really was happy to report here was Roger’s extreme satisfaction with “Now What” and how he expressed it’s similar effect on the rest of the band which inspired them to be heading right back into the studio soon for yet another album maybe next year. Could it be possible for them the Tour the U.S. as soon as the end of next year or beginning of 2016 on the heels of a new album? Well get ready for another long winded review from this happy little Purple Fan, because ‘Come Hell or High Water, I’ll be there somewhere.

    Ch-BeerZ

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    Stephen Smith says:

    THANK YOU for a wonderful review! This was my 12-15th time seeing Deep Purple and I enjoyed it tremendously – as much as my very first time at the age of 16 (I am now 59)..! And it was my wife’s FIRST-ever Purple concert – she was AMAZED by the band’s musicianship.

    Are you local to Biloxi? Perhaps this ex-pat Brit could share Purple memories sometime.

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    Boppr says:

    Great review. Had me feeling like I was there. I sure hope they come back to the states again soon. Not many dates were close to where I live. Chicago was the closest at 6 hours and on that week I got stuck with jury duty.

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    It must be nice to be on a high.
    I know that feeling.

    Btw, found this today.

    Maybe it is already familiar to most of you.

    GILLAN in 1982 in Vienna

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nbMz8sm0mI

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    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Dude,
    I am always on a High. “Living the life I love and loving the life I live”!
    As for the Gillan in 82 in Vienna, I hadn’t seen this particular version but I do have the complete show I believe.

    Ch-BeerZ

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    Could you be so kind to share that one, please?

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