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Whitesnake and Deep Purple in one day! – Lichtenvoorde

At the Arrow Classic Rock Festival in Holland my wife Jannie and I saw both Whitesnake and Deep Purple on the same day and it felt kind of strange. No doubt that mr. Gillan’s shape both in figure and especially voice was much better, though mr. Coverdale is quite some years younger. We got the same opinion from our friend Mario, who is lead guitarist in the Dutch DP tributeband Purplerainbow.

Deep Purple played for about 90 minutes, but only a few songs from the Rapture album. They started with Pictures of Home and ended with one encore being Black Night. I was very happy with the great performance they did of When a blind man cries, my personal favourite.

In spite of the fact that DP had severe troubles with the sound due to an annoying buzz in the mic and a squeek now and then with Steve Morse’s guitar, they performed well and had some laughs. We were very lucky with the good shape of mr. Gillans voice. Impressive.

During Smoke on the Water they had a guest, Neal Schon of Journey, who played earlier at the festival. Unfortunately his guitar was a bit low in the mix and he looked a bit shy (!) next to Steve Morse who encouraged him to go more upfront.

We thank the guys for another 90 minutes of warm feelings for Deep Purple, our beloved best hard rock band in the world!

Greetings,
Dirk de Hen



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