Chevrolet Amphitheatre, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
June 11, 2005
1. Silver Tongue
2. Woman From Tokyo
3. Strange Kind Of Woman
4. I've Got Your Number
5. Demon's Eye
6. Contact Lost
7. Don Airey keyboard solo
8. Perfect Strangers
9. Highway Star
10. Space Truckin'
11. Smoke On The Water
12. Lazy (encore # 1)
13. Hush (encore # 2)
Deep Purple's performance at the Rib America Food and Music Festival did not
disappoint. Playing at a ribfest is sometimes a sign that a veteran act is in the waning
stages of its existence, but Deep Purple played like a band with something to prove. The audience
The problem with shows by many so-called classic rock groups is that the casual audience
member is unfamiliar with anything recorded in the past twenty years. A few people seemed to be
caught off guard by the songs from Bananas but were won over rather quickly. Silver Tongue worked
well as an opening number, grabbing everyone's attention, even those who did not realize that Purple
stills writes and records good music. Let's hope this inspired them to go out and purchase a copy of
The audience was also receptive to less well-known (to American audiences) songs like Strange Kind
of Woman and Demon's Eye (one of my personal favorites). I looked around and noticed that no one
other than myself was singing well, mouthing the words, really during these tunes.
Steve Morse slowed things down a bit with Contact Lost. Again, many of the attendees seemed as
though they had lost contact with the band at this point, but it might help if they understood the
meaning behind the song. Steve moved on to The Well-Dressed Guitar and the audience was likewise
The Don Airey solo just before Perfect Strangers was, as usual, full of interesting bits. The Star
Wars theme has been part of his routine for a few years now, but the inclusion of the Simpsons theme
caught me by surprise. I had to stop for a moment and ask myself: Did I actually hear that? Funny
The set ended with the obligatory selection of FM radios hits that every drunk in the
amphitheatre should know. One DP fancier enthusiastically waved his Machine Head album cover
in the air during the four selections from that LP. The rest of us were with him in spirit. And at
this point I did not need to concern myself with being the only one who knew the words to the songs.
Overall, the band performed exceptionally well. The guys have managed to stay fresh during their
time apart. [Apart? Where have they been? Rasmus] The music was well-rehearsed; there was
nothing erratic about their performances. Ian Gillan sounded quite well for a man of whom it was
said by a former bandmate over ten years ago that he couldn't sing anymore. Whatever happened to
It was a hot muggy night in Pittsburgh with occasional thunderstorms. The place was
packed as Deep Purple took the stage at approx. 9:30 PM. They ripped into their first song "Silver
Tongue" but Ian's microphone was dead and it was not corrected for approx. 15 seconds. Ian's
voice was in fine form, although at his age, he can no longer hit the high notes as well as in
As the band went into the second song, "Woman From Tokyo", Ian took off his shoes and
socks. (Maybe his feet were sore...or hot) and he rolled up his pant legs. This song brought the
crowd to their feet and they never again sat down.
Between songs, Steve and Roger seemed to enjoy throwing guitar picks into the audience and the
shaking hands of people near the stage. All the band members seemed to be in a incredibly good mood!
One poignant moment came when Ian sat crossed legged on the stage and explained to the audience how
Steve and the band came up with the space shuttle Columbia tribute song, "Contact Lost".
Apparently the band was exchanging e-mail with the shuttle crew shortly before the disaster. This
beautiful song, highlighted by Steve hypnotic guitar chords, moved many in the audience.
The Don Airey keyboard solo was fantastic! The sound effects were stunning, and Don even did a
little bit of the "Simpsons" TV theme song and music from "Star Wars". He
literally blew the audience away!
They played many of my favorites, but I was a little disappointed that they didn't play "Fireball"
and "Pictures of Home". But all in all, it was a fantastic show, and I urge all Deep
Purple fans to go and see them if they will be playing in your area.
What amazed me so much was that the band was so tight and no distortion what a great
sound and they really mixed up the new songs with the no so old songs to the real old songs..Very
They did not play nothing from Purpendiclar though and the show was very short like about 75 min.
But it was a great 75 minutes. All the songs they did were excellent.
If they come close to Pittsburgh again I will see them again.