North America 2
Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
Aug 10, 2004
Wwoman from Tokyo
I got your number
Strange kind of woman
Knocking at your back door
Contact lost /
Well dressed guitar
When a blind man cries
Smoke on the water
Jam - Black night
Well, the Boys came back to town! and I'm not referring to Thin
Deep Purple returned to our fair city after 2 years and as if to prove
to all the hacks and pseudo rock bands, proceeded to rattle the rafters loose
from the Bell Centre. From the open licks of Silver Tongue to Montreals' introduction
to Don Airey ( complete with a bit of Beethoven and Star Wars), the band settled
in to prove what should be obvious to everyone; these guys are the best at what
they do. I've seen this version of Deep Purple on several occasions and would
have to say that this was the best, the tightest, the most relaxed I've even
seen them. The hype prior to the show stated that they would be playing the
entire Machine Head album. Well, hopefully the boys have not forgotten how to
count because 3 track were missing (Pictures of Home, Maybe I'm a Leo and Never
Before). I guess this is the edited tour. But I can't really complain. Having
them play Montreal is reward enough.
Outstanding hilights; Woman from Tokyo - The last time I've heard this song,
it was starting to sound a bit tired. Not last night. New life was breathed
into this classic Bananas - This should be destined to become part of their
their regular play list - Outstanding! Contact Lost/ Well Dressed Guitar - Finally!!...I
get to hear this live!!. Definetly worth the wait Highway Star - For me, the
absolute hilite of the night. Amazing rendition, total energy. If this doesn't
do it for you.
It was good to hear Silver Tongue, I Got Your Number and Bananas from the new
The set list hadn't really changed from what I've been seeing on the Highway
Star Review pages . They dropped POH,MIAL, NB. For encores - Hush and Black
Joe Satriani was not on the bill - too bad.
The tour kicked off here in Montreal last night. Joe Satriani,
who's playing all the US dates (and Toronto), was not scheduled to appear at
the Montreal show or tonight' show in Quebec City.
Thin Lizzy kicked off with their typical greatest
hits set and didn't disappoint (although the reviewer in our local paper disagrees
with me). I was worried how the crowd would react to the band, as this version
of Lizzy has never played Montreal, but response built throughout the show and
John Sykes was visibly pleased with the way the band was greeted. They played
for 45 minutes (7:30 to 8:15), and the band consisted of Sykes, Scott Gorham
- who has lost at least twenty pounds and is in awesome shape, Michael Lee -
who was an absolute monster on the drums, and a bass player I didn't recognize
but who I believe was Randy Gregg.
The set list was:
Waiting for an alibi
Don't believe a word
Aare you ready
The boys are back in town
The band also hung out for Deep Purple's set and watched/cheered on Purple from
the side of the stage. The two bands seem to have great comraderie and this
made for a great night.
Being the first night of the tour, there were some technical
difficulties and there was a 45 minute break between Lizzy and Deep Purple.
There were also some pretty nasty thunderstorms and power failures in Montreal
yesterday, so that may have caused some of the delay.
In any case, Deep Purple hit the stage at 9:00 and played for and hour
and forty-five minutes. The set alternated between new numbers from Bananas
(which you should rush out and buy if you don't own it) and hits. Deep Purple
were overwhelmed with the response they received, as the entire crowd (except
a couple of lard asses in the front row) were standing and singing all night
- Ian Gillan made that known on several occasions by thanking everyone for their
"good vibes". I've seen this version of Purple many times, and this
may have been the best - they just seem to get better with age. Each musician
i a virtuoso in his own right, but they give each other the space to perform
whch leads to some great musical improvisation. Ian Paice, Don Airey, and Steve
Morse each did short solo spots which were entertaining and not overbearing;
Roger Glover was solid as a rock, as always; and Gillan, adorned in white pants
and shirt and barefoot looked like he just came from yoga class. Gillan amazes
me, as despite his age he sings effortlessly with no effects on his voice. The
only singer I've ever seen sing so well without "help" is Ronnie James
One final positive note was the attendance. I had heard that not many tickets
had sold in the first week of being on sale, but there must have been a late
run on tickets. The final attendance was reported as 6,400 - excellent for a
rainy Tuesday night in Canada.
Great show; see it if you can. I'll pay to see both of these bands for as long
as they're touring.
We arrived at the Bell Centre nice and early - 6:30 p.m. in
fact - to see Deep Purple with Joe Satriani and Thin Lizzy at the Bell Centre
in Montreal. A visit to the t-shirt stand (and a tear in my eye when I saw the
price of the tie die tour shirt... but in hindsight I should have bought one
anyway), one or two cold ones and then we made our way to our seats to see Joe
To my surpise Thin Lizzy took the stage at 7:30 p.m. OK, so Joe Satriani
will go on before DP right? I enjoyed TL's set, which has been repeated in many
reviews so I will save everyone some extra reading. TL left the stage around
8:25 p.m. or so. I figured that JS would take the stage next and made a quick
escape to the refreshment stand. When I returned to my seat around 8:45, it
was clear that JS was not on the bill. The techs were unveiling Ian's drumset.
Hmmmm, too bad that Joe wasn't there but this could mean a longer set by DP?
At 9:00 p.m. the houselights dimmed and 6500 people went 'Bananas'. The
opening song was Silver Tongue which went over extremely well with the crowd.
A few sound glitches with Don Airey's keyboards were sorted by the end of the
The band's level of energy was sky high. I believe they have had a few week's
off before starting this leg of the tour and it showed. Ian Gillan was in fine
form, from Knocking at Your Back Door to the screams in Lazy he sounded great.
Roger Glover was in a great mood and interacted frequently with the crowd. His
bass playing was, as usual, spot on. Steve Morse's guitar work was nothing short
of amazing. The guitar sound he was getting from his Musicmans (I think he switches
three times) is probably the best I have ever heard. I especially enjoyed his
playing on on Contact Lost. Don Airey was perched above his colleagues with
what looked to be a Hammond organ ( in from below) and a Kurhweil (probably
misspelled that) above the Hammond. There were also two more keyboards to the
side. Behind Don I spotted two huge Leslie speakers (fans spinning away). I
honestly believe there is only one keyboardist who can stand in for Jon Lord
and his name is Don Airey. During his solo he covered several different styles
including classical, ragtime and yes Star Wars. When Don Airey traded licks
with Steve Morse, it sounded like he'd been in Deep Purple forever. Ian Paice
was... well... simply put Ian Paice. Rock solid as ever , Ian Paice is the rythym
backbone of Deep Purple and his performances are nothing short of perfection.
The show ended to the thunderous applause of 6500 fans going 'Bananas' again.
After the show I had the honour and priviledge of meeting Deep Purple. All of
the band members were very generous with their time, pausing for photos and
signing, signing and signing again. There were quite a few teenagers present
and it was evident that the Deep Purple following does indeed include today's
youth. I was able to ask Roger Glover about Joe Satriani's absence and he said
that, unfortunately JS was not on the bill for the Montreal and Quebec City
shows but would be joining DP and TL for the balance of the North American dates.
I have been a fan of Deep Purple for over 25 years and have been very fortunate
to have seen the band on many occasions. I can honestly say that I have always
come away from their shows with a renewed appreciation for their musicianship
and song writing genius. Last night was no exception.
Thank you Deep Purple.
Purple Vibrant - review by Montreal Gazette