North America 2
Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Aug 23, 2004
We made it to Milwaukee Wisconsin for the outdoor show on Monday,
not much of a crowd at 7 o'clock when Thin Lizzy came on stage.
Credit all four of those guys they played like they had a huge crowd cheering
them on, John Sykes smiles and sounds good, Michael Lee on drums is fantastic,
he drives the band thru each song.
Have now seen them twice this year warm up for Purple, I would like to see them
do a few Whitesnake songs [Why? Rasmus] and maybe do Ichykoo Park from
Don Airey came out and watched the entire show from the side of the stage and
seemed to really dig the show. He then came out and hung out with the crowd
until Satriani came on.
Joe Satriani then came on and played a perfect short set, first time
I have seen him I would have loved to see how it would have worked out if he
had joined Purple full time. Joe has always said he knows all the old Purple
songs note by note, maybe they could do a special tour with him to play all
the old forgotten stuff!
John Sykes came out and watched the show, really nice to see these guys all
give each other respect.
Deep Purple came on and played the expected greatest hits/Bananas set
as before. Crowd filled in somewhat and got into the show quite well. We had
great seats 3rd row center right in front of Steve Morse. Steve played as well
as I have ever seen, his guitars sounded like chainsaws gone wild, he smiles
and still seems to enjoy the band just as when they first got together.
I myself would love to see the Purpendicular songs featured and lose the oldies
but I think they fear they would lose the crowd, but they really need to play
on the edge again and let themselves call the shots. You need to stop and think
of the back catalog of songs that goes unheard, could you get into a show with
Flight of the Rat, Chasing Shadows, Our Lady, Place in Line, A2000, Stormbringer,
Drifter, Bad Attitude, Anya, Fire in the Basement, Wicked Ways and a encore
of Hey Joe, Kentucky Woman, then Steve would finish with the 'guess the riff'
intro then Smoke. Take that setlist and add the Bananas/Perpendicular songs
and I think you have a live CD that would sell! I already want one for Christmas.
Back to the show. They played fantastic as always, Ian looked a bit exhausted
from trying to scream over Steve's guitar. Very nice solo from Don leading to
Perfect Strangers, these guys really look like they could play a two hour set
and still be standing. So as always the setlist gets hardcore fans like myself
frustrated but a great show that you still love to hear. Get out on the road
and support these guys!!
Jack Benedik & Chris Wentworth
I first saw DEEP PURPLE in June of 1973 and although they were
welded to my brain before that, I could not believe how great they sounded live.
When I heard they were coming to Milwaukee I told everyone I knew where I would
be August 23rd. My son got me two tickets so I could go with my girlfriend and
I was shocked. These guys are still excellent. Even with the changes in members,
the spirit if the old DEEP PURPLE was still there with new interpretations.
I have always been a big fan of keyboards and what Don Airey brings to the group
puts him right next to Jon Lord on the pedestal of all time greats.
Ian Gillan still has his voice and that surprised me when he hit the high screams
in the older songs. Roger Glover can still beat up a bass just as Ian Paice
can drum. Steve Morse played with the enthusiasm of Ritchie Blackmore but did
it his way that set up an excellent battle between his guitar and Don and his
I am not a writer and don't pretend to be. I am a DEEP PURPLE fan and will have
either Highway Star or Lazy playing in the back of my head when my last day
arrives, but hopefully Highway Star will have nothing to do with the timing
of that event.
My two complaints of the concert are:
1 - the keyboards were drowned out most of the evening, taking away from the
fullness of music and
2 - the band didn't play for 24 hours straight. I realize that is an impossibility,
that's where my home library and sound system comes in, but I can still complain
about things that can't be.
I told my son the next time Deep Purple comes to this area, I am getting four
tickets so he and his girlfriend can hear some of the best music out there the
way it should be heard, live.
In closing, all I can say to Deep Purple is thank you.
Jim and Bambi, New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA
The show was great it was everything that I heard all those