Everyone was mesmerized by "Fools"
I once read an article in the early 80's about why British bands are so much better than US (mostly Southern Rock) bands. It stated that British rock bands have more of a variety of influences to draw from such as classical music where an American band wouldn't know classical music if it ran over them with a truck. This is very true and surely the same for their fans.
Moments before Deep Purple came on the sun was shining bright, the seats were still half empty, I saw women walking around in witch's hats and many in the crowd with southern flags. Deep Purple was introduced by the opening band and I actually heard some drunken 350 pounder booing. I knew at this point what I was in for.
1. "Woman From Tokyo"
2. "Ted The Mechanic"
4. "No One Came"
6. "Pictures Of Home"
7. "Perfect Strangers"
8. "When A Blind Man Cries"
9. Steve Morse medley
10. "Smoke On The Water"
11. "Speed King"
12. (Encore) "Highway Star"
Over all this was an amazing show and much better than when I saw them three years ago. Ian Gillan really impressed me. Jon as always was amazing with lots of class, Steve was brilliant, Ian Paice was solid but I really wanted more of a drum solo than what he gave. Way too short and safe. Finally Roger Glover, he seemed very quiet but as usual he was also solid. Maybe they should play "Rosa's Cantina" for him to get more of the spotlight.
1) DP being a supporting act. Very dumb idea to have DP play with a southern rock band. There was nothing in common.
2) Too many people walking around to and from their seats while DP was playing.
3) The lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd actually rubbing it in on DP by stating that most of the fans were there to see them. Very tasteless.
4) The audience reacting louder to LS' screaming "DETROIT HOW THE FUCK ARE YOU" than Deep Purple's brilliance.
Regardless of this, I am glad I drove six hours from Canada to catch this concert. I can't wait for the next North American tour.