North America reviews
Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
February 17, 2004
It was two years ago when I finally got to see my favorite
band. I saw them on the opening night in Las Vegas and two nights later in Albuquerque.
Both times they were the opening act for the alternating headlining tour with
the Scorpions. Both nights were great but nothing like what I saw last night
I wont spend your time listing the set list as it has not changed over the last
few shows. The only difference is the omission of House of Pain which would
have been great to see. Before I even saw the set list, this was the one song
I thought would have been in the set.
Everything they did do off Bananas came over fantastic. Looking at the crowd
during these songs I watched them dancing along. This showing that even if you
were not that familiar with the new album, the back beat - a DP trade mark -
was making everyone move.
Steve was in prime form as was Don, who has turned out to be a admiral replacement
If you ask me, though, the star of the show was Ian's voice. After reading some
of the earlier reviews from the Seattle and Vancouver shows, and after seeing
the beginning of the last tour and feeling the same way, I was worried about
Ian's vocals. Not last night. He was in fantastic shape. It was great hearing
the screams that, although were not of the past, were stronger that I could
The band also seems to be having a great time. Many times you could see Ian
G. and Steve laughing and joking during a song.
All in all it was a great show. If you folks on the tail end of the tour, San
Antonio, N.J., and N.Y., are on the fence, jump off and go see the show. It
will be well worth your time.
Another solid performance by Deep Purple, from Silver Tongue
to Hush. The set list was the same as previous nights with the exception of
House of Pain and no video projector screen for the slide show.
While on the four hour drive to Albuquerque listening to the rock station, they
were announcing that tickets were still available, but I saw no empty seats
so I assume they later sold out. We arrived a couple of hours before the 7:30
start time so we had dinner at a hotel one block away from the venue. As we
left I saw a white van with the door open and Roger inside. I went over to shake
his hand - see ya at the concert.
Gillan's voice was strong - he didn't seem to have trouble at all with the high
notes. Don Airey was great. I really think he should move the keyboards to the
front of the stage just like Jon Lord used to. We cant see Don's fingers working
back there. Of course Steve, Ian and Rogers were exceptional.
After the show we went backstage where we talked with Roger, Don, Steve and
Ian Gillan. We took pictures, they autographed my older pictures I have with
them and some CDs.
Roger and Ian told me they had dropped House of Pain because of the city's altitude
and how that takes a toll on Gillan's voice since HOP has very high notes. So
they decided not to include it and not risk the rest of the show. Don't know
why they didn't use the video projector.
My wife and I had a great time. It was exhilarating for her to finally meet
On our way back to the car Don, Ian Paice and Bruce were walking just in front
of us, they were heading to the hotel which was about one block away from the
venue. We headed to our car and Don gestured good-bye.