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‘Another awesome concert!’

I’ve seen Deep Purple each time they have visited the Detroit area in the last 8 years, and I am always amazed at how great they really are!

Each time I see the band, it’s obvious that they love playing…. and love playing with each other! The breath of fresh air that Steve brought with his arrival, and continues with Don, is still surrounding them!

The show started promptly at 8:30 and ran until 10:30 and not a moment was wasted. Starting with Paicey’s intro, they belted through the set list with every ounce of power that they have always had. I was pleasantly surprised to hear Things I Never Said, and hearing Into The Fire was also a joy!

Ian introduced Steve as “The Only – Steve Morse,” possibly as an answer to those who never shut up about Blackmore, but with the crowds reaction, you would never know that anyone cared about ole whats-his-name. Steve Morse is F#$&ing incredible and he showed it last night!

Don, as always, was wonderful and has rightly earned his place along side the rest of the band. Roger is one of the greatest bassists and he shows it. And Ian Paice…… In my humble opinion, currently the Greatest Living Drummer! I was a little depressed about not seeing Ian deliver one of his perfect drum solos, but it is always a pleasure just to be in his company, even if is is half way up the pavillion.

Ian Gillan was, as always, the only singer that is really worth seeing all year. His voice last night was a little strained. I assumed that Big Ian was suffering from a cold, because of the cracking in his voice, but that was only during the screams. But other than that……. Fantastic!

All in all, another awesome concert from the boys…… Well done! The only thing that was unsettling was the lack of crowd. The lawn, of course, was packed, but the pavillion was only half full.

I hope that Deep Purple do not take this as a sign of losing fans in the Detroit area, because I would hate it if they didn’t return. I could happily pay to see this band several times per year! If you live in this area and have never seen Deep Purple…… It’s time you did

Paul Steinmayer

1. Pictures Of Home
2. Things I Never Said
3. Into The Fire
4. Strange Kind Of Woman
5. Rapture Of The Deep
6. Woman From Tokyo
7. Contact Lost
8. The Well Dressed Guitar
9. Knocking At Your Back Door
10. Lazy
11. Don Airey Solo
12. Perfect Strangers
13. Space Truckin’
14. Highway Star
15. Smoke On The Water

16. The Battle Rages On
17. Hush

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