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Paicey at the Stazione Birra

On September 4 Ian Paice played another gig in Italy that for some reason went completely under our radar. He performed at a Roman club called Stazione Birra with a tribute band Hush. Keyboard player Gianluca Stabbi (from the Ranfa Blues Band) and guitar player Marco Carpita (from Blackmore’s Night tribute band Morning Star) were the special guests.

During the night there had been a moment of commemoration of Aldo Murgia, bass player from Orchydea (another Deep Purple tribute band from Rome) who was tragically killed last April. Little Ian himself handed the commemorative plate to his brother Filippo Murgia.

Setlist (might not be in the exact order):

Highway Star
Strange kind of woman
Child in time (guest Gabriele Pizzuti on bass)
Woman from Tokyo
Perfect Strangers
Fireball/Into the fire
Lazy (guest Gianluca Sabbi on keyboards)
Burn (guests Gianluca Sabbi on keyboards and Marco Carpita on guitar)
Speed king inc. drum solo (guests Gianluca Sabbi on keyboards and Marco Carpita on guitar)
Smoke on the water (guest Marco Armari – second drumkit)
Black Night (guest Marco Armari – second drumkit)

Regarding this particular version of Mistreated, it is peculiar how the band (an they are undoubtedly very competent musicians) take a back seat to the drummer on a tune which can hardly be described a drummer’s showcase. Meanwhile Paicey manages to turn it into one.

We’ll leave you with this energetic take on the Speed King:

Thanks to Francesco from deep-purple.it for the info, to nikos833 for the video and to Kevin Dixon for spotting it.

7 Comments to “Paicey at the Stazione Birra”:

  1. 1
    james jay says:

    Iiiaannn Pppaaaiiiccee–dude has the hands of a champion fighter.

  2. 2
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Amazing how much freedom these guys have now, and how much they get out doing separate events along with the Purple Tours. A Great Display of the energy injected into these great players sparked by the Happiness that has been blessed unto the great band Deep Purple.

    Great to see Paicey just having fun and enjoying even further, playing the songs of Deep Purple, even when he has time to himself between tours. Nice versions of these songs also….


  3. 3
    reidy says:

    If this is Paice playing Mistreated & Burn, it’s really interesting how he puts so much more in than playing with Purple at present. Sounds as if he’s just going for it, as opposed to sounding like he’s playing what he’s told to play. Same as the rehearsal version of ‘Battle Rages On’; it’s so hard and heavy and they all sound as though they really mean it. If I thought I was going to hear him going for it, I’d go and watch him play every time they toured – I just don’t feel it happens now.

  4. 4
    HZ says:


  5. 5
    Bo says:

    Now we just need Purple also to play these great MRKIII songs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    At least I need so fresh air into the Purple concerts, and the fresh air must come from the golden age of Purple – just “new ones”.

  6. 6
    Bo says:

    reidy “3”
    You are 101% correct!

  7. 7
    Soren says:

    Oh dear GOD!
    When i listen to, for example, Space Truckin´ off DP in concert the same thing always seem to happen: despite the brilliant solos on organ and guitar, after a few minutes all i hear is the drums… And 37(!) years down the line he still manages to do the same thing for me. What other drummer can. Or could.
    This performance of his of Speed King is just…amazing.
    What a drummer. What a musician.

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