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Sly, sly

Edel has posted a video of the band performing Demon’s Eye at an open air gig in Düsseldorf, Germany, on September 3, 2005. That was one of the couple of warm up gigs before the release of Rapture of the Deep a month later, with Wrong Man being premiered live at the same show.

25 Comments to “Sly, sly”:

  1. 1
    GreylandFutani says:

    Great Video! My favourite track from “Fireball”. As a “old school” 60+ member of Purple fame, i prefer the slower and bluesier Tracks. This special feeling catches me everytime i hear/saw it on YouTube or trough my private (hughe) Purple Collection. Saw the guys two times in Hamburg, Germany at the Sporthalle in 1996 and i think 2018 at O2-Arena. Absoulutely brilliant! So much memories of buying the records way back in the 70ties … and all the fu….g gardening work wich are neccesary to earn the money to buy the records … but these thrilling songs were worth the labour at the time.

  2. 2
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Ritchie’s version was so much better.

  3. 3
    Wormdp says:

    I hope this is a teaser to the 2005 concert!

  4. 4
    Andy says:

    Great MK II song!

  5. 5
    MacGregor says:

    Gillan’s vocals are annoying, all over the shop in many ways. Oh for the want of a time machine, oh wait I have one, it’s in my head. Cheers.

  6. 6
    Peter J says:

    Great song, great performance by Gillan… Love it!

  7. 7
    Cameron1391 says:

    Would be nice if they released the whole show on DVD!

  8. 8
    Leslie S Hedger says:

    Excellent! Gillan does a great job!

  9. 9
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Forever having comparisons rather than enjoying, in this case, a different brilliant banjo player’s take on a classic. You remain a freak, Sir Steve!!


  10. 10
    eiricd says:

    a dvd / blu ray would be great!

    2003 would be even better

  11. 11
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “Gillan’s vocals are annoying, all over the shop in many ways. ”

    What kangaroo hopped into your cereal, Herr MacGregor? Gillan’s vocals are not flawless here, but they are spirited! He has fun singing the song – and it’s not one of the easiest Purple numbers to sing.

    What happened to that Aussie sense for having a good time?


  12. 12
    francis says:

    “James Steven Gemmell says:
    Ritchie’s version was so much better.”

    This is exactly what I think…

  13. 13
    MacGregor says:

    Uwe @ 11 -ha ha ha, that Ted Mulry clip, yes I remember it well at high school. In regards to Gillan’s vocal, he is ad libbing I know, messing about in a way. Am I too serious about that, possibly. The Demon’s Eye song is my least favourite song from otherwise a wonderful album in Fireball. That may also have something to do with it. Oh my that video clip & song of the Ted Mulry Gang, gee that took me back.
    However the thing that concerns me the most is how did you know? Keep them coming, where ever you do find them. Cheers.

  14. 14
    Peter J says:

    Absolutely Uwe !

    Gillan delivers those vocals with lot of soul and spirit(s)… Even in 2019 he sung that with great delivery

  15. 15
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Marsupial @13: How did I find Ted Mulry you mean? Up until a few years ago, I just knew the Chris Spedding version who had covered it.


    Always loved that song which in this day and age would be a victim of cancel culture I believe!

    Searching for the Spedding version in vain (it has hence been added, everything comes up after a while) a couple of years ago on youtube, I stumbled accross the Ted Mulry original which I initially thought was a cover (isn’t it horrible how no one takes Australians serious?). Only to learn that it was the other way around and that Mulry’s infinitely superior (and pleasantly lewd!) version was the original (which Suzi Quatro – did I mention yet that I’m a Quatro fan too? – heard Downunder and brought back to the UK as a suggestion for Mickie Most to record with Spedding). The above vid with Spedding is telling: I think he was neither musically or lyrically comfortable with that song, awkward just isn’t the word. Your ancestors need to have been prison inmates or some such thing to do a song like that justice. ; – p

    PS: And thus I became the happy owner of a Ted Mulry compilation CD which I had to order all the way from Aussieland!

    PPS: I never thought Demon’s Eye the strongest Purple number either, but it has grown on me over the decades. Fireball used to be my least favorite Mk II album, but that has changed over the years too.

  16. 16
    MacGregor says:

    @ 15 – I never knew that Chris Spedding did a cover of that song, Ted would be proud that his music is still out there no doubt & possibly more so that it has reached a DP site, who would have thought that back in the day eh? Yes I can imagine the PC brigade would jump on this song & it’s lyrics etc. You have gone a little further than I ever did with the Gang as I never owned an album or a single. As you could imagine being over here we always heard them on the radio & tv of course along with other ‘classics’ from our ‘convict’ pop & rock artists. Although Ted like many was a more recent import I do believe. Cheers.

  17. 17
    Andreas Nagel says:

    Haha…Ritchie’s version is better?? He didn’t believe in those songs from that album. They come to life with Steve Morse, who is by they the way, the far better guitar player and longest serving guitar player with Deep Purple. Look at Ritchie now: fat old and slow…the right man for boring medevil music.His rock music with Rainbow 2016-2019 was a horror show !

  18. 18
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “His rock music with Rainbow 2016-2019 was a horror show!”

    Ouch. I didn’t say that, but would like to add that my Blackmore loyalty was severely tested at times during that period. If you saw that Munich 1977 gig like I did and were 16 years old at the time, you’re spoiled forever.

  19. 19
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Uwe @ many!

    TMG are/were to have a 50th anniversary tour this year but I see nothing on the site now heading into The Fall.

    Have you any insight?


    Very astute observation. :>


  20. 20
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Hey, I have to come to the defence of the old badger! He might not have liked the song he (co-)wrote, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t play it, here it is in extended 10 minute glory live in Berlin!!!

    Gillan sounds rough here (actually the whole band sounds a little knackered), even in 1971 the endless tours were taking their toll on his voice (and the band): Also featuring the call and response part between Ritchie and him we otherwise know from the MiJ version of Strange Kind of Woman:


    That Berlin performance above was – after another European and UK tour – followed by the aborted US tour where Gillan caught hepatitis (and Roger sang lead instead of him at one gig before it all folded). It forced the band to rest and get off the touring treadmill for a while so they could arrive in Montreux in early December somewhat recharged for the first time in years – the rest is history!

    PS: Herr MacGregor, I have no idea about any TMG anniversary touring plans (and they would hardly come to Europe in any case).

  21. 21
    MacGregor says:

    @ 20 -it was Ted The Mechanic @ 19 who was wondering about the T M Gang touring. However while I am here, I just cannot see him appearing, unless it is one of those cheap & horrible hologram stunts. RIP Ted Mulry. 21 years after he flew from this world. Cheers.

  22. 22
    Uwe Hornung says:

    MacGregor @21: Oh man, he really died young then – a tumour. I hope he jumped in his car and drove off somewhere nice.

  23. 23
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Actually keeping within the gene pool works for me….

    “The band consists of Les Hall, Gary Dixon and Herm Kovac from the original line up. They played on all the records and performed in all clips and TV shows.

    Rather than grab any singer the boys dipped into the gene pool and extracted Ted’s younger brother Steve. This is as close a voice to Ted’s you are going to get. Steve comes with years of experience fronting many bands, best known being Black Label.

    As Steve doesn’t play bass the guys have reached out to an old mate, original Sherbet bass player Tony Mitchell.”


  24. 24
    MacGregor says:

    @ 23 -I wasn’t aware the band was still active in any way, I guess I should have looked online first. I don’t follow the band at all, Uwe’s original link to them provided a nice nostalgic moment for me. Good luck to them. Cheers.

  25. 25
    MacGregor says:

    @ 20 – I have never seen this live clip before, wonderful it is & a very good version. Cheers.

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