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In a dark and sweaty room

Several bootleg quality audio tracks purported to be from the 1984 tour rehearsals have been posted on Youtube.

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Thanks to Conneyfogle for the clips and to Tobias Janaschke for bringing them to your attention.

12 Comments to “In a dark and sweaty room”:

  1. 1
    David B says:

    I seem to recall these originated from Cooky Crawford and said they were from the tour rehearsals.

  2. 2
    Adel Faragalla says:

    I recall Ian Piace saying in an interview during the COVID lockdown showing his drum kits in his shed that he lent the drum kit he used for the recording of perfect strangers to someone and he never got it back.
    I really wish that person would have the decency to return it back to its owner as it’s a piece of historical item.
    Die in dignity not shame.
    Peace ✌️

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    Wonderful to hear & thanks for the nostalgia trip, nearly 40 years on. I remember the excitement & anticipation of it all, that visit to Sydney in December 1984. Monday night & the bitter disappointment of the Jethro Tull cancelled gig 20 minutes into the show. Two nights later DP in full flight & again the next night with George from Liverpool jamming on the Lucille encore. This memory trip reminds me of that Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons song, The beginning of the songs lyrics, “Oh what a Night, late December back in ’63’ etc. I just changed the lyrics a little as we often do at times, ‘oh what a night, mid December back in 84, what a very special time for us all & I remember what a night’. I don’t why that just happened, music & memories. eh, it can do that occasionally. A bit funky too that song, Funk what does that have to do with DP? Cheers.

  4. 4
    David White says:

    Dear Adel.
    I think the kit Paicey was referring to was from the Made in Japan concert?

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Historically compelling; they were getting their band groove back. Little Ian was still a bit stiff on the skins, too much of that Gary Moore metronome perfection.

    The minute Blackmore starts playing the Highway Star chords, it is evident that this is from the reunion. He had by then very much “rainbowfied” his guitar sound.

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    Micke says:

    @ 3 We saw George from Liverpool together then, unforgettable..

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    Adel Faragalla says:

    David @4
    Thanks for the correction 👍
    Peace ✌️

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    Juan S says:

    They could include all that material plus videos taken during the recordings and tours of Perfect Strangers and include them in a special edition for the 40th anniversary of the album. greetings

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    MacGregor says:

    @ 6 – I don’t know about you but we didn’t know who it was until later on. Harrison was not facing the crowd as such & with those dark glasses & the hat he was incognito to many in the audience. Cheers.

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    Nikos says:

    I was the Canberra concert a couple of days before the Sydney show with George Harrison.
    Loudest concert I’ve ever been to along with Motörhead and Salinas in Sydney.
    I also saw Purple the night George Harrison joined them on stage. Best concert I’ve ever been to.
    We were sitting right at the back and didn’t realise until the following morning that ‘Arnold from Liverpool’ was George Harrison.
    Walking through around the city that morning we stopped at a newspaper stand to get some drinks. I saw a newspaper, I think it was the Daily Mirror and it had a picture of George on stage with Purple on the front page with the hardline Our boy George.

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    Tommy H. says:

    When DP got back together again in 1984, Jon’s Hammond C3 was in very poor shape – so much so that he couldn’t use it for quite a while. But interestingly enough, there was another C3 that had been used in Rainbow before, and that was the organ, which I believe Jon played in the early rehearsals and maybe even wrote (at least to some degree) his parts for the Perfect Strangers record. I still wonder if Ritchie actually owned that organ, because usually when a band breaks up, people take their gear with them.

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    MacGregor says:

    @ 10 – yes the next morning’s local paper, the Daily Telegraph from my memory, Harrison Jams with Purple! The front cover headline. And Sydney also having a suburb with the name Liverpool also lead to possible confusion at the time. A coincidence perhaps? We have to laugh. Regarding the Canberra gig I remember a friend telling me about that, you could walk right up to the stage apparently. I was jealous indeed as we were about 2/3 of the way towards the back in Sydney & you could NOT walk around at all in that hideous Entertainment Centre (more apt for basketball & other indoor sports than for rock concerts, appalling acoustics). So Canberra sounded like the gig to be at in that more personal up front way. Cheers.

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