Date: 2012-02-11: John Labatt Center/Massey Hall, London, Toronto, Canada
Well, where do I start? What a week-end indeed. First of all my brother (Scott) flew in from Scotland on the Thursday to be part of the Purple experience with my son (Craig) and I.
We set off on a snowy Saturday morning from Oshawa bound for London, we arrived in one piece, booked into the hotel then headed for Steve’s clinic. My son and I are both drummers, but enjoyed Steve’s playing and story telling.
As reported, the gig itself was what you’d expect from Purple, full of high energy, with musicianship second to none. In all my years they have yet to disappoint.
As luck would have it we were staying at the same hotel as the band and after the show we met Ian Paice and Steve in the lobby. As always, Ian was gracious enough to spend a few moments with us.
Next day we were off to Toronto for the Massey Hall gig. Again, same high performance, but Massey Hall just seemed to be electric, there was a great buzz and Purple made it shake to it’s rafters. Only down side was the ushers kept telling people to stop filming, this went on through the entire show.
Next day we set off for “Just Drums” (a drummers paradise) to see see Ian Paice once again. We arrived a little early only to find Ian already there, so again he was good enough to chat to us for about 10 minutes before the “meet & greet” actually started. It was a great turn out and Dave Hamilton and the Just Drums staff were gracious hosts. To me this was the high-light of the week-end as being a drummer Ian has been a great influence on me for over 41 years. I was able to get my Ian Paice Signature snare actually signed by the man himself.
Now my brother heads back to Scotland tonight, still not quite believing what he’s experienced. A trip none of us will ever forget.
Roll on the new album and tour. Long live Deep Purple.