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HOB was packed. Don’t know if it sold out, but it looked like it. Show was good, not great.

Edgar Winter was the opener and that’s all that needs to be said about that, now on to Purple.

The mix was good except that the keyboards were louder than Morse and we could hardly hear him. Set list was the same as Atlanta except they added Knocking at your back door.
Glover was amazing, probably the star of the night. Paice was way above his usual self and was brilliant. Morse was great as usual, from what we could hear.

Airey was average at best. He is a good musician but lacks the enthusiasm and emotion as Jon Lord. I just don’t know if he is the right fit.

Gillan was better than the Montreux DVD. I guess the long break did him some good.

The show started slow, but got cranking after 4 songs and rocked the rest of the way.
We are going to the show Sunday in Clearwater (closer to home) and hope they really rock the house.

We would love to hear them do “Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming”. That is a terrific song and should be included somewhere. We are sitting 4th row on Glover’s side. He really had a ball Friday. Hope he has one on Sunday also.

The band looked like they were enjoying themselves and having fun. Looking forward to the show.

Del Ferguson

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