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Happy times in Angers

I’d already seen Purple in Rennes last year, but a colleague of mine missed the show – he was at a conference on the other side of the Atlantic. But this year Purple came to France *after* the conference, and I couldn’t let him go watch Purple 200 km away all by himself, could I?

We left on time, but unfortunately we were caught in a traffic jam behind an accident, so we were almost half an hour late for the show, and we missed the opening act almost entirely; it was Café Bertrand, a French rock band, like last year (lucky them!).

The show was even better that last year in Rennes; Purple itself was its usual terrific, but the sound was better, and we had a big screen on each side of the stage, and a bunch of cameras that were doing close-ups of the musicians. At last, I was able to seen Don Airey’s hands while he was soloing!

As I had already seen the show once, I decided I could sacrifice a few seconds of it and take notes of the exact set list, so here it is:

Pictures of Home
Things I Never Said
Into the Fire
Strange Kind of Woman (Ian Gillan & Steve Morse duet)
Rapture of the Deep
Mary Long
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
(Steve Morse solo)
The Well-Dressed Guitar
Battle Rages On
(Don Airey extended intro)
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
(Don Airey solo)
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin’
(Instrumental intro)
Highway Star
Smoke on the Water

Hush (including Ian Paice solo)
Roger Glover solo
Black Night

Last year, we had a different order that included Fireball, Wrong Man and When A Blind Man Cries instead of Mary Long, The Battle Rages On and Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming (as far as I can remember).

For me, despite the fact that I love Fireball, it was even better, because I’m a huge fan of The Battle Rages On (I think I own all official records of the tour), and I was in heaven when they started playing it because that’s one song I didn’t really expect!

Everyone was really great, and with the close-up cameras you could really watch them play even from our seats. It was nice to give everyone a chance to solo a bit, Roger didn’t get one last year (again, if my memory doesn’t betray me).

All in all it was a great show and I’m glad I decided to come back.

Hopefully, we’ll see them again next year!

Romain Dolbeau

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