Deep Purple live at Clyde Auditorium (Glasgow, UK 2013-10-13)
I recently went to the Glasgow Auditorium to see Deep Purple on their Now What 2013 tour. I was apprehensive as I saw them in the SECC in 2003 when Lynyrd Skynyrd
were the support band and Skynrd played them off the stage. Purple were at best average on the night.
I bought their new album after listening to it on Youtube and on the strength of that I booked the tickets. Would they deliver?
The answer was a resounding yes and then some! 5 tracks from the new album kicking off with “Aprez Vous” instead of “Highway Star” – a bold move but it set the
standard for the rest of the show. Highlight for me was the poignant “Above And Beyond” as a tribute for Jon Lord which then transformed into “Lazy” but it was the
musical prowess of the the whole band which shone on the night. Here are a band at the peak of their collective powers, with each player performing their role
passionately. Don Airey and Steve Morse were outstanding and their interplay on “Uncommon Man” and “Hard Loving Man” was a joy to watch. Don in particular has
stepped out from Jon’s shadow and owned the stage and in my opinion drove the show.
Performing “Green Onions” on their return for the encore set was not lost on the audience, who roared their appreciation in return. Nearly 2 hours on stage with a stellar
performance worthy of a festival headlining act – Download 2014 anyone?
What of the support band I hear you ask – Rockbox – walked on to the stage with 4 out of 5 dressed as Angus Young in the purple velvet school uniform – one guitarist, 2
drummers and a guy playing a French Horn! The vocalist performed through a megaphone throughout as they delivered a stellar set of covers from Bowie, Hendrix, Cooper
AC/DC etc and as funny and entertaining as they were, they were blown away as soon as Purple hit the stage.
review by Billy Duchart