State Theatre, Sydney, New South
April 26, 2004
Woman From Tokyo
I Got Your Number
Strange Kind Of Woman
Knocking At Your Back Door
The Well Dressed Guitar
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
Smoke On The Water
I'm trying to choose a single superlative to describe Deep Purple.
Supreme, sublime, special, awesome, inspiring, outstanding, sensational, amazing,
perfection - I think I'll settle on superb.
Tonight Deep Purple played their fourth Sydney concert and their final Australian
concert on this leg of their Bananas tour.
The venue was the State Theatre in downtown Sydney. The State is one of those
'oldy worldy' theatres, one where you'd expect the wurlitzer organ to pipe in
the evening's entertainment. It holds 2,300 and it looked pretty full. Tonight
I chose to sit in the front row the mezzanine (in the middle) so that I could
for one final time capture the full band and have a balanced sound.
There was no Bananas back drop tonight and the lighting and sound were a little
different. It must be a real challenge for the technicians to adapt the equipment
to the various concerts halls, stadiums and theatres.
The band were in good form and the Sydney crowd really got into it, thanks to
Ian Gillan who stepped off the stage to discuss the intricacies of the sitting
arrangements with one of the ushers. The venue has a 'policy' of no dancing
in the aisles but with Ian's assistance it was open slather and the audience
really got pumping.
I believe that I must tell the truth and say things as they really are. This
band is superb.
Deep Purple are the Fountain of Youth.
While Ian Gillan And Roger Glover performed with the energy of people half their
age, the effect on the audience was more dramatic. The couple seated behind
me had to be in their sixties, yet ten minutes into the show they wore the facial
expressions of excited 16-year-olds.
For two hours I was in my teens when the most important thing in life was rock
The lighting used added greatly to the outstanding performance. It wasn't a
"gee whizz" Genesis light show, nor did they have the sheer number
of lights Dire Straits would use.They combined simple lighting with the best
possible music and performance to produce a very powerful and joyous image.
At various times they simply illuminated the audience to reveal more than 2000
people , all having the time of their youth.