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Highway Star drives Le Man

Carrying on the Rapture of the deep world tour Deep Purple’s 34th show in France (in less than two years) took place in Le Mans, world-famous place of the 24 hrs car and motorcycle races: actually there couldn’t be anywhere better in this country to perform Highway star!

The arena named Espace Antares, usually designed mostly for sportive events (including frequent basket-ball matches), seemed smaller than expected (aproximately 3.500 people roomful) but revealed sufficient acoustics for the very warm audience to ensure a great concert.

Support band Cafe Bertrand was much acclaimed, and DP’s performance was the most wonderfull collective shock, for such rock legends had never been visiting this town.

Among his pals all at their very top, Ian Gillan confirmed himself as an astounding singer and sounded in better form than in Paris one week ago. As an unexpected gift in the set-list Sometimes I feel like screaming offered a shattering guitar solo though it was a quite short version.


Pictures of home
Things I never said
Into the fire
Strange kind of woman
Rapture of the deep
Mary Long
Kiss tomorrow goodbye
Contact lost
(Steve Morse solo)
The well-dressed guitar
The battle rages on
Sometimes I feel like screaming
(Don Airey solo)
Perfect strangers
Space truckin’
Highway star
Smoke on the water

Hush (including Ian Paice solo)
(Roger Glover solo introducing:)
Black night

Purply yours
Gilles Colas

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