T-Mobile Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Hush (incl. Roger Glover and Ian Paice solo)
Silver Tongue was the first newbie of the night, and sounded
excellent. Gillan started his famous ramblings, this time about kissing the
Blarney Stone. The band stretched out a little at the end, which was also a
nice touch. I actually prefer that band add their improvisations on the newer
material or different classics and give us the punchy versions of SKOW, Lazy,
and Space Truckin' for a change.
I had already been to four Deep Purple gigs in Prague, but this
was the first time I stood just in the front row. And it was really fantastic
seeing the band playing so unbelievably well and with such smiles on their faces.
Mr. Gillan was singing as he was 25 and spread a good mood all around as well.
The same did the rest of the bend.
Ian Gillan, the witty singer, gives me quite the cackle, as
I have never heard him get the words completely right to Highway Star, in the
many shows that I have attended. I wonder if it could be that even at sold out
shows, no one knows the difference, or cares. I do. As the tunes continue on,
Ian Gillan dances and prances, with a sparkle of the devil in his eyes, twinkling
ever so brightly above the bare feet below. Then after a spine tingling Well
Dressed Guitar, the angel in him appears, as he hugs closely his guitarist,
maestro and pilot; Steve Morse.
Unauthorized copying, while sometimes necessary, is never as good as
the real thing (with apologies to Ani)|
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