North America 2
Erie County Fair, Hamburg, NY, USA
Aug 20, 2004
Silver Tongue, w
Woman from Tokyo
I Got Your Number
Strange Kind of Woman
Knocking at your Back Door
Well Dressed Guitar
Wow! What a show!After all these years, they still have it.
Before I get to the good stuff, let me just say I hope the Thin Lizzy boys
never come back to this town - and Joe Satriani is one hell of a guitar
player. The crowd really did enjoy both bands even though it rained while both
Now for the good stuff. The rain stopped and Deep Purple played a magnificent
set that highlighted many new tracks from the new album Bananas as well as the
old classics like Hush, Speed King, Space Truckin', Highway Star, Strange Kind
of Woman, Knocking at your Back Door, and Perfect Strangers.
The crowd rose to their feet the minute they took the stage and never sat. Ian
Gillen stated "We are getting a great vibe from you all," and proceded
to thank everyone.
Musically, they sounded fantastic! The entire evening Glover and Morse threw
picks into the audience. I was on the far left of the stage and raised my hands
to get Roger's attention. I did and he threw a pick to me but it hit the speakers.
He was cool enough to throw me a second pick and I got it. Thanks Rog. At the
end of the show he asked if I wanted his bass, then his shoe. I never got either
but liked the humor. Speaking of humor, Mr. Gillen sang of his little "wee-wee".
The band really seemed to be enjoying themselves as well as the crowd.
On a final note, I saw my first Deep Purple show on the same date in 1985. August
20 in Rochester, NY. Best show I ever saw.
Please come back to western New York.
Another cloudy and eventually rainy day, in this part of the
country, but the show must go on and it did. Thin Lizzy opened, with
Joe Satriani playing next. It was the first time I had seen Joe, and
I was pleasantly surprised. Truly a master of the guitar. It was raining very
hard during his set, but I enjoyed it anyways, which says a lot for him and
his band. Besides I had my protective garbage bag on, that a frowning employee
issued to me, thank you very much.
Then came Deep Purple. Big Ian Gillan in his sage outfit, looking very
comfortable. His voice was excellent and clear and powerful. Roger and little
Ian were solid and really into it. They seem to be having so much fun, its a
joy to see people having such a good time, it shows in the quality of the show
too. Steve and Don were great as well. An excellent show.
The highlight for me was Perfect Strangers and the new numbers went down very
well. Also good was a slightly different rendition of Strange kind of Woman.
Ian also had some hilarious lines during Speed King about his little weeny.
The guy is delightfully mad, as Jon Lord once said.
Well, we all had a great time, even with the bad weather.
Deep Purple is a class act and the rock and roll hall of fame is a farce for
not inducting them, in my humble opinion.
Attending a Deep Purple concert is an exodus for my family.
I was online buying our tickets 15 minutes after they went on sale for the Erie
County fair concert. We drove 9 1/2 hours to Hamburg, NY, the night before the
concert and drove home again after it ended. Given the effort that we made in
getting to the concert, and the length of time that we had for anticipation
to build up, there was a nagging voice in the back of my mind that there was
no way this concert was going to be good enough to justify all of this effort.
As blasphemous as it sounds, in essence it is just five guys with musical instruments.
Would it, could it possibly be worth the exhaustion and expense endured? No.
It was worth three times that - at minimum.
I could hardly wait for this concert to come, as I had never seen
Deep Purple, Joe Satriani, or Thin Lizzy before, and the venue, Erie County Fair
(one of the largest County Fairs in the US), was less than ¼ mile from
my house. Heck, I could even walk there in less than 10 minutes and leave the
car at home!
As I reflect on the experience, the word 'enthusiasm' keeps popping up. According
to the dictionary, the archaic definition of the word means "ecstasy arising
from supposed possession by a god." I think that effectively and efficiently
summarizes the experience. We wait with bated breath for our next opportunity
to be enthused by the Deep Purple gods.
We enjoyed Thin Lizzy, despite only being familiar with two of their
songs. They were good. Joe Satriani's performance was enthralling and
exuberating. I was amazed at his talent, his jovial personality that infused
his performance and his music. I had assumed that he would be talented - one
must be in order to step into Blackmore's shoes in the middle of a tour - but
was unprepared for the realization that I had truly been missing something worthwhile
in not exploring his music.
Virtually every member of the audience was on their feet before the Deep
Purple gods walked onto the stage. From the first strains of the music until
the final echoes of the encore faded from our ears, they rocked. By the end
of the concert, we were dancing in front of our seats and sharing our enthusiasm
for the set list with those standing near us. Our children, ages 11 and 9, reveled
in the experience as much as we did.
As for the band, they seemed to be having as much fun as we were having. Their
performance was top-notch and, by far, one of the best I have had the privilege
to encounter. Gillan's voice was crisp and robust. Paicey confirmed my husband's
opinion that he is the best drummer to ever walk the planet. Don proved (again)
that he is more than capable of filling the enormous void that we were expecting
after Jon's departure. Roger and Steve jammed, neither to be outshined nor to
outshine their mates.
Our only disappointment was our inability to get our names on the 'short list'
and gain access to the gods backstage. Maybe next time we'll be able to afford
the $400 a seat price tag for that guarantee. That said, our 10th row stage
center seats were wonderful; the venue offered the sound of an outdoor concert
with the intimate feeling of a small concert hall.
Ami D. Shroyer
The concert was outside, as the stage was set up facing the grandstand, and there
were many track (floor) level temporary seats surrounding the stage.
Unfortunately, there was a slight drizzle of rain throughout the evening, but
this really didnt dampen any spirits or the attendance level. My guess is
at least 5,000 were in attendance, and probably more.
Thin Lizzy received a deservedly fine reception from the Hamburg, NY crowd.
After a quick set changeover, Joe Satriani began about 7:30pm and played
for 60 minutes. It was easy to see that he is a virtuoso guitarist. Satriani seemed
happy to be playing to another fine receptive crowd, although I would say that
perhaps some (me included) got a bit bored towards the end and anxious for the
headliners to appear. I also noticed his second guitarist seemed to have problems
and changed guitars several times, maybe he kept breaking strings?
Another quick set changeover took place and the Bananas stage was being readied
for Deep Purple. About 9:05pm, Ian Paice walked out, waved, and took seat
behind the drum kit, with Don Airey, Steve Morse, Roger Glover, and Ian Gillan
following after to their coveted spots. The band started off with a powerful version
of Silver Tongue, then Woman From Tokyo, I Got Your Number, and then after I believe
the set list remained the same as played in Boston. The only exception may be
Steves excellent Contact Lost/Well Dressed Guitar solo appeared after Knocking
At Your Back Door, where it may have been played before it on other venues.
However, my personal highlight was hearing Highway Star, Space Truckin, and Smoke
On The Water, all in a row, which ended their stellar set. Deep Purple came back
and played as encores an extended version of Speed King, mixed with more solos
and some 50s type music, and then finishing off the night with Hush. The
concert ended about 10:35pm, after a generous 90 minutes of music.
It is easy to tell that each member of Deep Purple is a
star in their own right and worthy of being treated as the superstar
of the group. However, Ian, Roger, Ian, Steve, and Don all fed off each other
perfectly, like a true team effort, and they all seemed genuinely thrilled to
be together playing in front of my hometown.
In the battle of the guitarists between Steve
Morse and Joe Satriani, I liked Steve better because he seems to play more melodically
and passionately, and can do anything from jazz to country to rock. For straight
speed burning technical runs up and down the fretboard, I would say that maybe
Satriani has the edge.
I also thought the new material from Bananas went over quite
well, considering it is likely that many from the audience may not have heard
much after the Perfect Strangers era.
All in all, a great night and from me to Deep Purple and
guests, I Thaaaaaaaaank You!