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France: Tour(s) de force

After a glorious Pau show (see review), I decided to take a last-minute trip to Tours, for the next-to-last show of this fall tour. The Bordeaux and Pau experiences had been too overwhelming, just incredible, and so I decided to do a third gig. The setlist didn’t contain any surprises; by the way – for […]

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“Ian, your music is really … funky!”

For my second Deep Purple gig of this fall tour after Bordeaux (see review), I travelled to the rather medium city of Pau. Deep Purple’s touring policy in France is quite amazing: Pau, Limoges, Lorient are minor cities where international rock artists rarely (not to say never) show up (although someone reminded me Robert Plant […]

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Smiling faces everywhere in Rouen

Show started at 6pm with Philip Sayce’s brilliant power blues-rock trio. With a set essentially based on the Peace Machine LP, Sayce took the audience by surprise using his talent to set the field for Purple. The oriental intro served by the new lightshow surprised the audience a few seconds just the time to hear […]

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Highway Star(s) back in Montpellier

After a few dates in Czech Republic, Poland and Belgium, and Lyon the day before, Deep Purple were in Montpellier on the 6th of november. The show started very well with an italian support band called “The Running Birds” (their first song “Blast Me Away” is still in my head). Congratulations! Then Deep Purple hit […]

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Very good night in Rennes

Seventh time that I see the Purps in concert. The show was fresh and energetic. Enthusiastic crowd. They played loud. Same list than Lyon with a great opener Hard Loving Man. The guys were in a fine form, even if Gillan had always some problems with his voice. Highlights: Hard Loving Man, Rapture of the […]

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Top of the rocks in Bordeaux

The show in Bordeaux was quite special for me: it’s the place I live, wheras usually I have to travel to see my faves … Second, it was kind of like closing a cycle (I hope this won’t be the last), because Bordeaux is the place where I rediscovered Deep Purple with Ian Gillan after […]

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Airey conquers the hearts of Brittany

Another year, another Purple show. This year they had the good taste to show up in the city of Rennes a few days before an important trade show in the U.S., so me an a colleague could go watch them again (last times was Angers in 2007, way too long a wait). We had nice […]

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Really happy in Lyon

Set list :*HardLovin’ Man – Things I Never Said – Maybe I’m a Leo – Strange Kind of Woman – Rapture of the Deep – Fireball – Silver Tongue – Contact Lost – When A Blind Man Cries – The Well-Dressed Guitar – Almost Human – Lazy – No One Came – keyboard solo – […]

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Glenn Hughes interviews

As the Black Country Communion goes into the full promo mode, Glenn has just finished a European tour doing public appearances and interviews. Interview to the French channel France 24 (in English) can be viewed at France24.com. Acoustic performance (including Medusa and Catch The Rainbow) on Radio 3 RNE in Madrid (July 14): Interview on […]

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Amiens: Good show but…

Well, it’s been two years since I saw Purple (Beauvais – March 2007), in a very impressive show, and fronted by an impressive Ian Gillan. I didn’t planned to see the band on this tour, but a friend of mine who is a big Gotthard fan proposed me the trip to Amiens (about one hour […]

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