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An intimate experience

San Diego: It took five years to see Deep Purple back in San Diego again (I would prefer to live in France, you know why), last time was in 2002 at the Coors Amphitheatre with Scorpions and Dio.

This time it was also a great experience, but quite different, the place was small and appropiate for an intimate session, the crowd filled the place and was pretty enthusiastic and responsive, so was Ian Gillan, who acted as an orchestral director.

The sound was comfortably loud, clear and tuned.

The set list was pretty much like those posted before, but as far as I remember, they didn’t played Woman From Tokyo and The Battle Rages On.

Pictures of Home
Things I Never Said
Into The Fire
Strange Kind of Woman
Rapture Of The Deep
Contact Lost Guitar solo
Well Dressed Guitar
Knocking At Your Back Door
Keyboard solo
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin’
Highway Star
Guitar jam
Smoke On The Water (with Michael Bradford AKA Ritchie Moreblack)


They took the stage a 9:32 pm, and went away at 11:04 pm, enough for me, but with a little frustration because of the songs they didn’t play. Into the fire was as terrific as Lazy, Perfect Strangers and Highway Star.

Everyone was at his best, especially Morse, who was pretty enthusiastic and played the guitar furiously, Glover interacted playfully with the crowd, Bradford was nice too.

It was an exciting and intimate concert for me.

By the way, the crowd age distribution corresponded well with that of the poll.

Martin Salazar

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