Brighton, United Kingdom
November 16, 2004
Woman From Tokyo
I Got Your Number
Strange Kind Of Woman
Knocking At Your Back Door
Contact Lost / Steve Morse solo
Don Airey solo
Smoke On The Water
Speed King (including Dream Baby, It's Now Or Never, Rave On)
My expectations were very high. Since 1999 I've attended five DP
concerts, all of these extraordinary experiences. The members in the band have set a standard that's
But in Brighton I was disappointed. Very disappointed.
Most of all it was the sound. From where I was standing - slightly to the right, 10 - 15 yards away
from the stage, and that should have been an ideal position - the sound was terrible. For some
reason, Gillan's vocal and Airey's organ was mixed through the PA system that hang above the stage.
Morse's guitar amps, however, were aimed straight to the audience. The result: You could barely hear
Gillan, and the organ was only audible when the guitar wasn't playing. That is not what you expect
at a concert with these guys.
They play loud and always have, yes. But for the last five years they also have sounded really good
on stage. This sounded really awful.
Gillan pointed out that the band have been touring 38 countries for 18 months. I know, I went to see
them in Gothenburg a year ago and have counted to more than a hundered concerts between then and now.
It seems to have taken its toll too. There was a certain flair of tired routine over their
performance in Brighton. That goes especially for Steve Morse.
He is a wonderful and inventive guitarist, but this evening it seems like he most of all wants to
get over and done with the concert. It's a bit hard to pinpoint what causes this feeling - he still
plays very good. But his heart does not seem to be in it.
I think the band ought to take a long, well deserved, holiday. They need two things now: A new sound-guy
and a rest. They got so much to give, and they embody the spirit of rock. The energy is still there,
but it has lost its sparkle. I'm sure they can get that back again.
On the positive side: Demon's Eye was a nice surprise. That song should stay in the set for a long
Not so good: Two less songs from Bananas. No House of Pain and no Doing It Tonight. Since those two
went down really well in Gothenburg a year ago, I can't understand why they chose to exclude them
from the set.
Normally walking out from a DP concert you can hear the enthusiasm in the crowd leaving the arena.
Not so in Brighton. Instead, leaving Brighton centre, I overheard many complaints. That's a first
for me since the HOBL-tour in 1987. And I find that sad, because I know how fantastic these guys can
Right, I thought I'd post a few thoughts about the show last night.
In general it was somewhat inferior to the one I saw on the ill-fated 2002 UK tour (which saw the
band stretching out much more and also had an air of tension about it too being one of the last
proper Jon Lord Purple gigs) but at the same time very very enjoyable (with some stonking highlights!)
reaffirming my belief in the band (and also frustrating me enormously since I will have to wait till
2006 to see them again!).
I only caught a couple of songs from the Dean Howard Project (the ones Gillan and Danny Bowes
sing on) before heading to the bar so it's probably a bit unfair to judge them on that basis. Still,
they didn't sound like anything particularly impressive to me...
Thunder were, as I expected, excellent! They kicked off with Loser off their last album and
for 35-40 minutes managed to squeeze in a cover of Gimme Some Lovin', River Of Pain, Low Life In
High Places, Love Walked In and their new very Whitesnake-sounding single. I can't really understand
how some people here seem to find them a disgrace since they were IMO the quintessential opening
band, warming up the crowd in a sensational manner, getting everyone to their feet and also
showcasing themselves very efficiently at the same time. Danny Bowes was awesome throughout (the
ending bit on Low Life... was chilling!) with some very funny quips too (calling someone from the
audience queer and then saying "maybe I shouldn't have said that in Brighton!", LMAO ).
Anyway, as a result of their short set, I am seriously giving it some thought of going to one of
their headline gigs in March, probably the London one! Only gripes? Their sound was considerably
tamer in volume compared to Purple and Frampton plus Love Walked In, great song as it is, was a bit
of a wrong choice for a short set as it ruined the momentum somewhat. Still, top marks for their
Peter Frampton on the other hand was the audio
equivalent of watching paint dry... A faceless band, a middle aged has-been, tired songs and some
very average guitar playing (can anyone seriously argue that Morse didn't wipe the floor with him
night after night?!). Boring pentatonic boc soloing with some talbox phrases thrown is hardly
something to get excited about... Again, I left twice during his slot. I think it speaks volumes
that Thunder despite being third on the bill had more people in the arena than he did!
As for Deep Purple... First the bad bits; Silver Tongue's a crap opener
(they should have started with WFT instead), the sound was not as clear as last time I saw them (with
Don sometimes getting buried in the mix) and most importantly the running time was too short. 90
minutes simply isn't enough for a band that has made its reputation on jamming... At times (with a
good example being the shockingly short Strange Kind Of Woman!) you felt they were competing against
the clock and that just ruined the atmosphere completely. Many times they went into a little jam
only to abandon it seconds later... Shame.
Now, for the positive things! First of all the setlist was the finest I've
ever seen them play since 2000, a great mix of both new exciting stuff (Bananas for example sounded
like a real classic, they should really keep that in the set for future tours!) and "new"
oldies (Demon's Eye was an awesome treat with fantastic soloing from both protagonists and some
great singing while KAYBD, despite the lack of a decent ending solo -Blackmore-style!-, chugged
along very nicely indeed).
Gillan was in pretty good voice, some patchy screams here and there (it was a bit embarassing trying
to see him duel with Morse on SKOW and Speed King, he should just let that one go) but very
consistent throughout. He also looked like he enjoyed himself immensely! Airey and Morse were the
real stars of the night, funnily enough I've never been one for solo spots but theirs were the
highlight of the night for me! Don has clearly gelled in with the band while Steve was his usual
self, throwing more picks than a certain widdling Swede (!), touching hands with the audience and
even playing the SOTW on the monitors on the right side of the stage! His Contact Lost/WDG solo left
many people speechless (Mr Frampton please take notes!).
Finally, Roger and Paicey (who sadly was the only one that didn't get a solo spot apart from a short
break at the end of a song) were spot on, settling nicely into grooves and providing a solid back-bone.
Was it worth it? Hell yeah! I would have liked to see them play longer and
thus shake off the 'through-the-motions' feeling that crept in at times but this is Purple we are
talking about, halfway through the set things started cooking very nicely indeed leaving most people
with a show to remember! Roll on 2006, with a new album in tow the prospect of seeing them again is
even more exciting!
I went to the Brighton concert on the spur of the moment after seeing tickets would
be sold on the door. After a lengthy wait, 9:30 and time for the main act.
- Bananas sounding particularly menacing
- Steve's guitar solo was mostly backed by the band; I much prefer to hear him like this than
completely on his own
- The new introduction to Highway Star; it shows the band do actually think about reinterpreting the
- Black Night being blasted through with some oomph to make a fine closing number
- Ian Gillan convincing most of the crowd to play air Hammond whenever Don took a solo
- Choosing to play a standing venue which improves the atmosphere a great deal
- Getting to stand in front of Roger's bass cabinets to experience a distinctively bottom heavy
- Steve playing the 'Smoke' riff straight without the annoying twiddles he used to throw in.
- The organ was mixed rather low (although this could be down to standing in
front of Roger)
- Don still playing Star Wars in his solo
- Knocking At Your Back Door - I've never rated this song
- Only playing for an hour and a half. If they'd gone to two hours I'd have liked to hear House Of
Pain, 69, The Aviator, Sun Goes Down and Seventh Heaven.
In all I was impressed by the show and the new line up (first time I'd seen
them play a whole show with Don). Roll on the next tour - 90 minutes isn't long enough!
Strange Kind Of Night
Brighton was the only chance I got to see Purple on this UK tour, lack of funds and time! (It is
hard being a struggling musician!). But what a great performance from the Purps!
Our Gillan looks much better now hes growing his hair back, and I had to laugh when he came
out dressed in the same gear as he was wearing on the Battle Rages On Tour and someone chucked a
glass of water (or something) at the stage, I reckon Blackmore was there somewhere! Gillan was in
great voice as well!
Morse did his Contact Lost and Well Dressed Guitar bit which didnt go
down too well, I was clapping for the poor bloke! Then Gillan stood up and got all the crowd
clapping for him, maybe get those two out the set, eh? Get something from Purpendicular or even The
Battle Rages On in the set? Thatd be nice! It was real good to see the inclusion of Demon's
Eye which was awesome, nice arrangement as well!
It was a very hard crowd in Brighton, it seemed not a lot of people were up
for the audience participation bit, it had been a long night though! The band gave 100% and were
truelly professional, proving why they are still here filling arenas (there were a few clams dropped
though! Sort it out, son!). I also remember many people having seizures!?
Purple were the daddies as usual! Monster gig!