: Hamilton Place
First the good stuff.
Good crowd on a cold night and a nearly full theatre. Hamilton Place seats 1,500 would say there were between 1,300-1,400 there.
The guys were on fire despite some problems for Mr. Glover during Strange Kind of Woman. (Finally back online with a third bass).
Steve Morse showed once again why he’s one of, if not the best. Great interpretation of Blackmore licks and positively stunning work on Rapture of the Deep, Contact Lost and in his solo spot.
Especially impressed with Don Airey. His keyboard patterns sounded closer to Mr. Lord’s work than what Jon was playing the last time I saw the Purps. Either that or he was higher in the mix that Jon was that 2001 show at the Molson Amphitheatre.
The musicianship was top-notch as always although Ian Gillan seemed to be struggling at times, which leads me to…
Playing it safe on the set list. Add more Morse-era tunes — please.
Could have done without Hard Lovin’ Man, Woman From Tokyo, Well Dressed Guitar and Blind Man.
Don’t get me wrong, love Hard Lovin’ Man but it really sounded as if it presented a problem for Big Ian.
So… How about Ted the Mechanic, The Aviator, ’69, Seventh Heaven, Bananas, House of Pain or even Wrong Man? Most would present less of a strain on Mr. Gillan’s voice.
That being said, Lazy was killer and it was really nice to see The Mule get an airing complete with a Paicey solo.
Nitpicking about the set list aside, a thoroughly enjoyable evening for me and my wife.
A great night from fourth row centre in a great venue.