North America 2
Calgary Stampede Corral Arena, Calgary, AB, Canada
Sep 13, 2004
Woman from Tokyo
I Got Your Number
Strange Kind Of Woman
Demon's Eye (introduced as "we haven't played this in a while, so forgive
Contact Lost / Steve's Solo / Well Dressed Guitar (introduced with a short version
of the inspiration story)
Knocking At Your Back Door
Don's solo (including O Canada and the theme to Star Wars)
Highway Star (guitar/bass duel intro that confused some in the crowd)
Space Truckin' ("we're leaving the highway and going up there")
Smoke On The Water
Speed King (with Elvis and country interlude, plus guitar and
Hush (with some silliness in the middle and Don in a funny hat)
Purple pleased me as usual.
Thin Lizzy played for a little over half an hour, and wasn't really very
good. No Satriani on the Canadian leg I guess.
Deep Purple started the show in the dark and jumped right in. The show
was excellent, including the sound - impressive considering the hall was an
old hockey arena. There were a few little bits where the mix wasn't exactly
right (Don was a little faded out a couple times).
Ian was his usually silly self, and it was clear that they were all having a
good time, goofing with the folks in the front rows (I was near the back of
the arena, alas).
The hall was pretty close to sold out, maybe 6000 in attendance. The crowd was
good, but it was clear most hadn't heard the new album. Unfortunate that the
sponsoring radio station's idea of Deep Purple songs are Kentucky Woman and
Hush. [You go tell them! Rasmus]
The show in Vancouver in February was better, because of the whole Machine Head
thing. I missed Lazy and Maybe I'm A Leo this time, as well as House of Pain
from the new disc.
Seeing Purple twice on this tour after seeing them back in 97 with Purpendicular,
I must say that Steve has really melded a lot more with the band (even though
Don is new too).
All in all - Excellent. Wish I'd bought tickets to Edmonton