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Brisbane and Sydney setlists

As the band is back on the road in Australia, Brisbane Times has a rather favourable review of the opening night at the Convention & Exhibition Centre, giving it 4 stars out of 5:

While it’s clear the band, especially Gillan, Glover and Paice, aren’t getting any younger, the sound was so tight and the atmosphere so high that no one cared.

The long standing ovation was proof the crowd were all too happy being reminded of the amazing sounds that defined a generation.

And here are the setlists:

Brisbane, April 27:

Highway Star
Things I Never Said
Maybe I’m A Leo
Strange Kind of Woman
Wasted Sunsets
Rapture of the Deep
Contact Lost
Sometimes I feel like screaming
Well Dressed Guitar
Mary Long
No One Came
Keyboard Solo
The Battle Rages On
Space Trucking
Smoke on the Water

Speed King
Black Night

Sydney, April 28:

Highway Star
Things I Never Said
Strange Kind of Woman
Wasted Sunsets
Rapture of the Deep
Contact Lost
Sometimes I feel like screaming
Well Dressed Guitar
Wrong Man
No One Came
Battle Rages On
Space Trucking
Smoke on the Water

Black Night

Thanks to Daniel Bengtsson for the info and to almityVideo for this clip of Lazy from Sydney.

42 Comments to “Brisbane and Sydney setlists”:

  1. 1
    indra kusuma says:

    no Pictures of Home ?

    They should have played other numbers from Who do we think we are, like Rat Bat Blue, Super Trooper….great songs !

  2. 2
    rik says:

    hmm..audience seem a little subdued.

  3. 3
    James says:

    I cannot believe it! They did more songs in Brisbane. Doesn’t matter, great concert in Sydney and IG did say he was suffering. Four songs I haven’t heard on stage before.

  4. 4
    purpletemple says:

    That’s great! Looks like another Rapture of the deep tour πŸ™

    We NEED A NEW ALBUM, guys!!!!!

  5. 5
    max says:

    A well balanced setlist – if not the one die hard fans might dream of. But for heaven`s sake – will Conntact Lost and The Well Dressed Guitar be played to the very end? I appreciate a solo spot for Steve Morse but he’s got so much material to pick from. The Well Dressed Guitar is in the setlist for 10 years now…

  6. 6
    kraatzy says:

    Oh what happens … nothing … no … nothing !!!!????

    The same setlist since many months. No new song(s) ? Hey Ian, Steve, Don, Roger and Ian. Come on, lets make some new songs for us.

    We wanna hear new songs.

    NEW ones !!!

    Please !!!

    How long we have to wait ???



  7. 7
    Hudson says:

    And where is the new album??? Rapture of the Deep ongoing??????!!!!! Please, launch a new record!!!!!

  8. 8
    HardRockPete says:

    If it weren’t for YouTube no one would complain about set lists ’cause no one would know:-) They used the same set list in the ’70s too, but most people didn’t know because they didn’t have PCs, CPs etc.

    But anyway, it’s about time they record some new songs.

  9. 9
    George says:

    Gillan said in 2009, they make the new record “when the chemistry in the band is right”.

    he said it would be in February 2010
    Deep Purple didn’t!

    someone here posted, that DP feels very happy on stage, but it seems, they’re unhappy in the studio. NO musical creativity left?

    DP hasn’t done more than 2 albums with the same lineup since reunion. Maybe time for another lineup change?

    So, as far as I guess, the chemistry in the band is NOT right.

    btw, in May 25, I’m going to see my second Purple show since Istanbul ’09, now in Yerevan πŸ™‚

  10. 10
    George says:

    ooh my god, no Perfect Strangers????? πŸ™
    one of my friend (who’s not an actual fan of Deep Purple) comes to Purple’s Yerevan concert just because to listen Perfect Strangers live.
    If they won’t play, he (and me, as well) would be disappointed πŸ™

  11. 11
    Geoff says:

    I have to agree with indra kusuma. I was the one 3 rows from the front screaming rat bat blue whenever I could. Seriously Rat bat Blue could be remixed as a dance track. Why not play a medley of the old classics to satisfy the oldest fans? Did anyone else miss the drum solo in Brisbane?

  12. 12
    craig says:

    Its the reason i couldnt be bothered going to the sydney show.They play the same songs over and over.As much as i love DP i want to hear something different. Spanish archer maybe or somebody stole my guitar

  13. 13
    Roberto says:

    NAD IT’S TIME FOR A NEW ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WHY THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  14. 14
    Roberto says:

    I saw them in december and I’am going to see them in july hoping it won’t be the same concert…the adventurous purple died…the boring purple still alive…

  15. 15
    CP says:

    Don sounds almost MkIVish on this.He seems a bit looser than some of the other things I’ve heard him do,and he has a great sound.

  16. 16
    stoffer says:

    Great version of Lazy, nicely done and video too. Whats up with the crowd?? YAWWWNNN…………………

  17. 17
    Mister Slate says:

    The good news is that it’s a good mix of Steve-era and Ritchie-era. The bad news is that they didn’t really dig up some underplayed hidden gems from either era – Rat Bat Blue, The Mule, Somebody Stole My Guitar etc.

  18. 18
    Mister Slate says:

    …or Bad Attitude, Any Fule Kno That…

  19. 19
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Why don’t all the complainers just come back here and talk when a new album is released? See you then….

  20. 20
    james jay says:

    I love “Ted the Mechanic” never heard it Live. Sounds like a fun song.

  21. 21
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    #18 Mister Slate,

    Well put. Indeed, so many gems that never made it to the radio, and in some cases the stage. The two tunes you mention are without a doubt now long lost classics hopefully still to be unearthed. Rat Bat Blue, Cascades, Bananas, or House of Pain would make any future gig beyond worthwhile…. And Ritchie era Blue Light Battle tunes Bad Attitude or Time To Kill would really seal a deal….

    Listen to the wind, a silent scream…..



  22. 22
    cameron says:

    i had no problem with the setlist it was an amazing show. i was going to meet electric mary but didn’t have time. πŸ™

    My favorite part was the BASS SOLO! I hope someone uploads a video of it soon….oh and NO ONE CAME! The strobe lighting was AWESOME but my mum didn’t like it…LOL.

    Other highlights for me were Well Dressed Guitar(That’s always my favorite live), Wasted Sunsets, Don’t Solo, Smoke On The Water & Black Night! What a great show!

  23. 23
    George Fotis says:

    I’m happy with the list as there are some good ones in there, but one song from the mighty Perfect Strangers album isn’t enough. How about Gypsy’s Kiss there are some great solos Steve good play from that top song. Also Under the Gun is great & Not Responsible. Iv’e always wondered why they don’y play one of the Come And Taste the band songs just for fun & a tribute to Tommy Bolin. Haven’t seen the band on any Australian tv yet, it’s a pitty they weren’t on Hey Hey it’s Saturday again.

  24. 24
    Made in England says:

    @ 19. Oh they’ll be back….. to complain about the new album!

  25. 25
    shaun says:

    i cant believe all the knockers.we should be glad and privelidged to be in the presence of this mighty mighty rock band.you dont hear acdc fans whinging about set lists even though they play the same songs they know what thy are getting and they get it good.if you dont like it dont go im sure noone will miss you.keep on rocking boys you are the greatest.

  26. 26
    mrjone says:

    What I am so puzzled over, is that people pay money to see the same show that has been going for the last 15 years – over and over. The Deep Purple Cabaret-show is still going strong.

  27. 27
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi Purple People

    I dont feel the urge to complain right now.
    I have done for ages and it has become stale like them.

    The FACTS are a true testament to what I ve said for years.

    I ve been “away” for some day
    Still reading though.
    Not hard because not much is happening.

    The last time I posted and got deleted again really pissed me off.

    Ten days ago I tried to open a new thread about OTR in Belgium. It was without any sour remark or name calling or bashing or whatsoever!!!!

    Why delete that?!

    Moderating like that has made a joke out of this once great site.

    One could say it is a reflection of what Deep Purple and others often try to sell us, bogus…..

    I KNOW this is not a forum but the real FORUM of THS seems to be dead or almost non existent as well.

    I just wanted to say somthing positive about a certain element in the DP family…..
    So no crying(sic)but authentic enthusiasm.
    Whats wrong with that?!


    Knowing that you really like CAPTAIN BEYOND……

    I just read in Dave Thompsons book “Smoke On The Water” that the bogus deep Purple with Rod Evans did record half a dozen tracks during the time they were together.

    I know what they did was a crime and they got punished for that.

    But I always loved Mark 1 and Rod Evans too.

    So, Tracy, do you know about those tracks or heard them?

    Cheers, Mark

  28. 28
    stoffer says:

    @14 “PLEASE……JUST DON’T GO” IF YOU ARE THAT UNHAPPY WITH THE STATE OF DP AS THEY ARE or quit complaining – I’ll take the tickets! πŸ™‚

  29. 29
    George says:

    Actually, I was complaining about the setlist over and over again…. untill I saw my first ever Deep Purple live in 2009. At the show I felt that, it doesn’t matter what they play – Deep Purple’s show is something special you can’t get by any other bands. It impressed me so much, that I couldn’t stop talking about for the next six months. So, I’m ready now to see my second Purple live with almost same setlist.
    I just want to have their new studio album.

    When there’s Ian Gillan on vocals, Steve Morse on guitar, Roger Glover on bass, Don Airey on keys and Ian Paice on drums – there’s no time and no reason for complaining about setlist.

    Ticket sales prove that. Deep Purple plays some 150-200 shows per year, in 50 countries. They are truly the hardest touring band in the world and they still sell out large arenas. People have a chance to see them live for several times each year and they don’t miss that chance. So, the band is going quite strong I think. Isn’t that amazing?

  30. 30
    George Fotis says:

    People have a right to have an opinion on set list’s & future albums ,(especially if you just went there). If everybody had the same idea’s it would make for a boring site & world.
    The warm up band Electric Mary wasn’t my style, they were to loud & didn’t sound so good. DP came on and was like a freight train coming through. They have lost nothing & are going along very niceley at the moment. Ian’s voice still sounded impressive & the other Ian’s drumming was so great. His hand`s were to fast to follow , his got to be one of the best drummer’s going around at the moment. All they needed to do was play Pictures Of Home & Never Before then you would have heard the entire Machine Head album.
    Highway Star was a great opening song & got you in the mood to party. Was good to hear new thing’s but the fan’s didn’t get into No One Came & Mary Long like other song’s. No songs from Perfect Stranger’s at Melbourne unfortunatley. The crowd was well behaved , many young kids & teens with their parents , which was good to see. You definatley got your’e money’s worth there & went home happy. They didn’t sound like a buch of dated rockers at all, they souded like a modern band .Steve was the Star his playing like Ritchie did when he was at his greatest .

  31. 31
    Woodruff P. Hoppinstopp says:

    What about Captain Beyond ? Mk1 is what got me into Purple Mk2 even better. Rock on

  32. 32
    Roberto says:

    ok, they play slowly, they do always the same songs, they don’t record any new album….the decline is evident…so sad…

  33. 33
    Annemie says:

    I agree with most of you all above!!!

    I just don’t understand why they can’t make a new album. But it could be, that perhaps they are not able to compose so easely like Lord or Blackmore . Those two make album after album…
    I think that DP should hire a music writer. Gillan does that too, when he was and is solo, and with a good result.It believe that fan’s woulnd’t mind, and just would be happy with new material!

    I like to add something to the critics of the ‘frozen setlist’and ‘their energetic spirit that is not present anymore’:
    Don Airey can be a fantastic keyboardplayer -superb with Rainbow and solo- but for the last few years ,he only adds new pieces here and there in an intro…and when comparing the setlist songs year after year…he plays exactly the same predictable tunes .Their proud ‘Highway Star’ song…I just CAN’T hear it anymore..it became just a mechanism πŸ™

    And despite how much I do like Steve, he has not be capable to turn himself into a TRUE HARD ROCK guitarist.
    I think Steve DOES read the critics on his all over ‘up and down’ playing filling every moment with amounts of notes… During the last tour, he does what he can by playing not so overloaded and dominant…
    But it does not bring new exitement,because his solo’s and rhythm’s remain in foundation just the same.
    Perhaps he could take another guitarsound. That soft ‘pan flute’ sound what it is called ,is truly original, but it does NOT FIT at hard rock!

    I think Ian ,Roger and Paicey are doing all what they can! Concidering their age they don’t deserve any remarks.
    I just think it would be great, if they should change a little on their outfits , that would be just refreshing and inspiring . All other colleague’s do ! πŸ™‚

    For all other suggetions from all fan’s above , I think the same. I would like also very much to here them sing ‘Burn’. After all those years…why not?!

    And…I’m begging too ,for a strong, exciting new album…ON MY BARE KNEE’S πŸ˜‰

    Cheers 8)

  34. 34
    Annemie says:


    I agree also on that too much moderating ! Yuch πŸ™

    And just funny, but me too posted a review about OTR in Vosselaar Belgium, and it wasn’t placed either. I didn’t understand why, it is DP-related, and I was also very positive about it !

    btw I found OTR WAS SUPER , don’t you agree?
    I do a count down for their next tour , and perhaps an album from them too ?!

    Cheers! ;D

  35. 35
    james jay says:

    @26 at least the geezers can still play quality music. top notched musicians. unlike other famous bands ie..stones, a-smith, etc…

  36. 36
    Reinder Dijkhuis says:

    I’m pretty sure the decline in the record industry is the main reason why they don’t record a new album right now. They’ve refered to recording albums as “almost an act of charity” right now.

    I’m reminded of an answer Richard Thompson gave to a question on his website a few weeks ago: when asked about his workload, the sixty-year-old Thompson said that he would actually like to slow down a bit, but his sales and royalties are in the toilet because everyone is cutting down their entertainment budget because of the recession. Apparently, people do still go to concerts (possibly because they bought the tickets six months in advance), so touring is where there’s still a living to be made. Thompson is now solving the new album problem by recording his new record live on tour so that the audiences pay for it. Well, that and it’s part of a trend in his work of the past decade to make things simpler and more direct.

    Thompson’s status is actually comparable to Deep Purple’s: he is pretty wealthy but he still has to work.

  37. 37
    Nick Soveiko says:

    Annemie @34:

    several reviews, including yours, were not published because of a technical glitch. they appeared on our site only yesterday. we apologize for the delay.

    Reinder @36:

    exactly my thoughts.

  38. 38
    Mark says:

    I can’t believe all of the cry babies. look at Purple’s age and compare to any band that came out of the awful 80’s and the even worse 90’s, Purple blows them away. THANK GOD WE STILL HAVE THEM!!!!

  39. 39
    Paulwrecked says:

    Best band in the world… ever …

  40. 40
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Dont be an ass.

    Dont be so black and white towards people who think with more colours than you appearantly like.

    Some people are happy to get fed Mac Donalds for 20 years, others prefer a bit more finesse.

    Ofcourse that went out of the roof when Gillan decided to kill his integritry values he once had by chosing to create a pensionfund instead of following his own proclaimed morals.

    You re one who says ” Something is better than nothing.”


    That attitude is so empty and sad.


  41. 41
    Rascal says:


    Even macdonalds has some variety. Maybe its better than starving, or maybe its better than eating S**T.

    One mans finesse, is another mans clumsiness.

  42. 42
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Yeah, there are as usual many songs here that are Constant, but there are some that are Not. Wasted Sunsets is new. Yes, for us who see them as much as possible, it may seem too repetitive. That isn’t the norm though. The Majority who attend these gigs probably aren’t constant avid Purple Fans whom have seen them over and over again and go even further by searching the Internet for More as we do. Every band whom has been around for a long time play relatively the Same stuff over and over. It’s because Most Concert goers want to hear the songs that they are familiar with. It is an obvious situation that exists and always will. Purple have been doing this ever since they came to be. It’s nothing new. MK1 through MK8. At least since they have been through many transitions and many albums, we get wide array of tunes spread out from many years. Yeah, we’ve heard them before, but there are a lot more folks out there whom don’t even know there has been a Deep Purple Album made since Machinehead. To them it’s ALL NEW. It’s easy to criticize when one has had the luxury of Too Much Purple.

    I personally don’t have a problem with the setlist. It covers what needs to be covered. Maybe a longer show with a couple more tunes would be nice though. A new Album would be GREAT too. “Don’t hold your breath” though. As I have stated over and over….these guys are Professional Musicians, like it or not. It’s their JOB. They have made some very responsible decisions during their career and the industry has changed the dynamics of their direction. Touring is where the Money is for this genre of music. Album sales is not. To expect them to cut off their nose to spite their face for a handful of selfish Pricks self centered wants is foolish….Any Fule No That.


    I hadn’t heard anything about Rod Evens doing anything with those guys such as recording. Makes sense though. Seems unlikely that after all these years it wouldn’t have been unearthed though. There was a single Rod Evens put out in 1971 though. Very poppish. Nothing like Purple. “It’s So Hard to be Without You” and “You Can’t Love a Child like a Woman”.

    As with you all, I too would love to see at least ONE MORE Purple Album before they call it a day, but in all actuality, we have been blessed with way more than we should expect. The band called it quits more than once and came back from the grave to give us some amazing music over the years. Can’t you just enjoy the fact that they perform still to this day and do it better than Anybody Else in the Business??


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