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Better than in the seventies

I’m from Barcelona and I was on holiday in Argentina when I discovered a DP show in the classic Luna Park Stadium and, of course, I decided to go.

It was the best DP show I’ve ever seen! Perfect in the beginning, with Pictures of home, including the final musical passage of Child in Time, continuing without stop into Things i never Said, Into the fire (yes! perfectly played) and Strange Kind of Woman.

Simply spectacular – the reaction of the Argentinian public, the very best crowd I’ve ever seen, that launched the five men on stage to a continued climax and happiness.

A very heavy version of Mary Long, with a strong guitar, and much correct plays of Rapture of The Deep and The Battle Rages On. A very well done Contact Lost and the typical battle between Steve and himself, crying his guitar and going directly to the Riff Tribute: Sabbath, Kinks, Who, Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy… the audience was shocked a lot and Mr. Morse gave them what they wanted! It finished with the Well Dressed Guitar, but we could change the mane for one night to a well-done guitar. Simply perfect!

Mr Airey’s solo was another highlight of the night, organ classics, also star wars and another classics from the keyboardist, but the best was the tango he played for the audience, who became literally crazy with an Astor Piazzola classic song.

Perfect Strangers was played with the perfection that one of the best rock songs need and we were transported to the battery of Machine Head classics one by one. an incredible Lazy, a heavy-metallic Space Truckin’, so strong performed…

..and the two best of the night:

Highway Star was exactly what it had to be, the best Purple song (sorry, but I like it more than Smoke On The Water) and in Buenos Aires they played it incredibly well. A perfect combination between Glover and Morse came to the intense rhythm of the song (like a lorry down a highway). Beginning with an absolute climax, they took the song to an infinite crescendo, a perfect organ and guitar solos and a final exctasy that only can be continued with Smoke on The Water, played very clear and without mistakes.

One minute off of the stage, and because of the crowd they returned so fast to play an incredible Hush, with Paice playing drums (also a solo) like a machine-gun. The best was yet to arrive: the audience began to sing Black Night just 30 seconds before the band, like if they knew that it was to be the last of the day.

About the musicians nothing to add to what every fan already knows: Glover was happy as a child, Airey was clear and feeling very comfortable. Morse was simply Morse, nothing to add. Paice was… better than in the seventies. Gillan was the Gillan that we need: the chief (or in Spanish: el Amo).

So, the absolute best DP show I’ve ever been to or seen, in one of the best Purple cities in the world: Buenos Aires is not only the capital city of Argentina, you must know this!

I was born in 1972 and I only was able to see DPp shows in my home town, Barcelona. First with Satriani, after for the Abandon tour, with Morse, from who I think that’s completely different from Blackmore, but also completely perfect for Purple. And two times with Airey, the best keyboardist for the modern Purple. What I mean is that the line-up is less important than the sound, and it’s for me very amazing to see that DP sounds better every time I go to a new concert. Like good wine, my favourite rock group is better as the years go by!

Thanks, Airey, Gillan, Glover, Morse, Paice, finally I’ve the perfect Purple show in my mind!

7 Comments to “Better than in the seventies”:

  1. 1
    panos says:

    i hope dp to come in greece!!!!!
    all lives of dp are best!

  2. 2
    T says:

    Well-written, positive account from an enthusiastic fan.

  3. 3
    Tracy Heyder says:

    Hey, it’s hard to argue with him…..

    It truly sounds like the last 15 shows I’ve seen and bragged about. We are the lucky ones who put the personalities behind and enjoy these “Greats” doing what they do best……Keeping Purple Alive and WELL DRESSED!!!!!!


  4. 4
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Better than in the seventies?
    What are you on?

  5. 5
    Alex says:

    Waiting for DP in Ukraine.

  6. 6
    Nacho Deep Purple says:

    Guys!! I’m from Argentina, and agree whit the spanish comment, DP here, it’s another History, the connection, the songs, the crowd, woaaauu, i see 7 times DP here, and only gets better, truly, and look so happy playing here, i hope that return as soon as posible, so anyone here in the highwaystar.com talk to the band, please tell that come back here!!! please Purple!! comke back to Argentina soon!!! cheers, Ian Paice rules!!

    PD: sorry mi english is badddd

  7. 7
    mamak kusuma says:

    yes ! DP is one of my old rock bands I love so much, don’t care who the guitarist was/is .. Blackmore, bolin, morse..they all deliver different style, and all very crispy. I’ve seen them live 4 times, the 1st is on Dec 4, 1975 in jakarta, and then in 2002 and 2004 in jakarta, and the last one was in Bali, indonesia.. 12 april 2004….unfortunately they didn’t play PictureOfHome in those shows

    warm regards to all DP fans

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