Deep Purple – Palais de sports, Grenoble (France – November 9th 2012)
Set list : Fireball – Into the Fire – Hard Lovin’ Man – Maybe I’m a Leo – Strange Kind of Woman – The Battle Rages On – Contact Lost – Steve Morse solo – Sometimes I feel like screaming – The Well-Dressed Guitar – The Mule (+ Ian Paice solo) – Lazy – No One Came – Don Airey solo – Perfect Strangers – Space Truckin’ – Smoke on the Water.
Encore : Hush – Black night.
A few impressions about the concert I saw yesterday night:
First of all: Ian Gillan is singing really well. He voice was good during the whole concert and (good news!) he didn’t try to catch all the high notes that sometimes are hard for him. It was nice to see him relax, happy with this incredible voice that we all love. When he is singing like that, everything works on stage and the rest of the band seemed confident, and played with passion and power.
An obvious fact: Ian Paice is on top form! I saw Purple maybe twenty times and I was really impressed by his playing in Grenoble. He is always pushing hard, but with such fineness. He always has something new to play during the old songs, things that you never heard from him, and it’s just amazing to watch him play.
The first three numbers (Fireball – Into the fire – Hard Lovin’ man) for the beginning of the concert were terrific, with an incredible energy: it works really well and Purple shows how a powerful hard rock band it is still!
I noticed a lot of highlights: “The battle rages on” because Don solo was incredibly good. “Sometimes I feel like screaming”, very stirring because of Ian Gillan performance, “Lazy” for the superb instrumental passages between Morse and Airey, “Perfect strangers” played with perfect vocals and a marvellous Arabian solo from Airey.
It was nice to hear “No one came” too. It’s a real fine rock number, one of my favourite, and Airey & Morse were brilliant.
The big surprise was “The Mule”. I never heard it live before. An incredible performance: it was so perfect, I thought I was listening the Made in Japan album! Ian Paice’s solo was excellent, and much longer than his solos of the 2010 tour.
As always in France, during his long solo, before “Perfect Strangers” Don played several notes of “La Marseillaise” our national hymn, and he was really well welcomed.
For the encores (“Hush” and “Black night”), the instrumental passages between Morse and Airey were really good and long.
At the end of the show, Roger Glover and Steve Morse stayed a long time on stage to thank us.
The set list for me was good; nevertheless, another “Purpendicular track” (my favourite record of the Morse era) would have been great to hear.
To sum up the evening: a stunning performance of the band!
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