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Sao Paulo feel like screaming

I want to share my experience at Deep Purple gig last night at Via Funchal, São Paulo.

This is the 4th live Purple concert I attend. The first was at Ginasio do Ibirapuera 1992 (if I’m not wrong) Joe Lynn Turner era and the last three at The Rapture At The Deep Tour. Tom Brasil (november 2006), Credicard Hall (february 2008) and yesterday at Via Funchal.

Sao Paulo 2009 by Carolina M.A.
Photos by Carolina M.A.

This is the first time I can take my 14 old daughter to see the Purple live. There are a lot of families with teenagers and even children as well. And the kids reactions after the show usually are: “Uow!!! This guys are really great!”

The setlist is like expected, very similar to the ones at Argentina and last three years. I really would like to hear some more Morse era songs, but we can’t blame the band. Every time they started a old classic the crowd went nuts.

The Battle Rages On get a new arrangement with very heavy keyboards by Airey. Gillans voice was in great shape, but we cant say the same about his lungs. He cough a lot and even missed some phrases here and there, but give his blood on the stage and the band share the usually fun to play with public.

Since the gig at rain in Cosquin, Argentina, Gillan is suffering with a cough and I think the extreme heat here – were the hottest days in many years, even we natives are suffering – don’t help too much.

Anyway a really great show like only Deep Purple can do!


Highway Star
Things I Never Said
Into The Fire
Strange Kind Of Woman
Rapture Of The Deep
Mary Long
Contact Lost
Well Dressed Guitar
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
The Battle Rages On
Wring That Neck
Airey Solo
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin’
Smoke On The Water

Black Night

Sao Paulo 2009 by Carlos Coca
Photos by Carlos Coca.

27 Comments to “Sao Paulo feel like screaming”:

  1. 1
    Mr P says:

    Thank you . Haven’t seen the band here in the USA for over a year . Great to hear that they still can crank it out .Have the same problem with the set list though . Was lucky enough to catch them years ago in Hollywood (HOB) for three of the shows . It was before “Abandon” came out and they did a good bit of the “Purpendicular” songs and previewed “Seventh Heaven”. Cheers

  2. 2
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    Hope you’ll recover soon Ian and that your good health comes back. We know you always “give your blood on the stage” and that’s why we love and respect you !
    Cheers and bottoms up !

  3. 3
    AVI ASOR says:


  4. 4
    stoffer says:

    Very well said Ger, agree 100%!

  5. 5
    Marcos Brandi says:

    Gillan´s voice and energy in the 2nd night in Sao Paulo was much better than the 1st night, and the set list had a few changes:

    Highway Star
    Things I Never Said
    Into the Fire
    Strange Kind Of Woman
    Rapture Of The Deep
    Ted The Mechanic
    Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
    Contact Lost
    The Well-Dressed Guitar
    The Battle Rages On
    Solo Airey (playing “Desafinado” and “Aquarela do Brasil”)
    Perfect Strangers
    Space Trucking
    Smoke On The Water

    Hush ( Solo Paice)
    Black Night

  6. 6
    George says:

    It would be great if Gillan’s current vocal problems are due to lungs infection and cold…
    btw, we’ll see how his voice will sound, hot spring is coming 😉
    I hope GIllan’s current voice problems is the matter of “good times bad times”…

  7. 7
    George says:

    and actually it’s not really good, to be bad… So, rock on Ian, you HAVE to show us that you’re what you used to be even in 2006.
    Luv u…

  8. 8
    andre sihotang says:

    #1 – #4

    Me too thought the same about Gillan’s voice problem
    Winter, cold, lungs, etc that make sense…
    Yes his truly energy and blood came from the audience who were about to rocking the house everytime Deep Purple played.

    But let me add another major cause that might definitely took its toll on Gillan’s vocal problem. It’s the setlist that almost most of the songs taken from 70’s catalogue while GIllan’s voice at its best with so much vibrato and others even in the recording. Now we are in twentieth century, almost 30 years or more, and Gillan couldn’t ALWAYS make it properly perfect, even he can still singing it. The solution, why not put much of Morse era songs to the set list as those songs were recorded when Gillan’s truly ability was like nowadays. I mean WHY hurting him so much? He is the hero NOT ONLY BECAUSE his screaming and vibrato, but also the other things that there’s a lot on the table can be talked about him.

    In my opinion, the oldies stuff that can still be around for the set list (refer to Gillan 2008-2009) are : Smoke (of course!),Lazy,Strange Kind,Hush,Black Night,Highway Star(who’s dare?),Mary Long,The Battle Rages On, No One Came, and When A Blind Man Cries.
    What do you think??


  9. 9
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    #5 andre sihotang :

    I agree that Deep Purple’s setlist is a tremendous attack on Ian’s voice, singing those songs almost day after day must ask for an almost inhuman vocal strength to do, not to speak of the mental strength it needs. And, for sure, Ian is a physically and mentally extraordinary man !

    He always wants to give more than the best of himself and that’s why he is immense popular.

    About adjusting the setlist to the nowadays (still superb) vocal abilities of his voice :
    it’s surely something that might be considered, but :

    My opinion is that that’s an issue that Ian and his fellow bandmembers should decide. I think that they choose a setlist that suites themselves best and I really think they make a setlist that in their opnion suits the majority of the fans that visit the shows.

    Setlists will always be a big issue for some fans, but as I said : it’s up to the great DP-guys themselves.

    Finally, Ian is such a passionate, energetic and dedicated singer/frontman/musician that he would probably enter the stage in a wheelchair to give the fans an unforgettable evening !

    And if that is what he wants I can only say :

    Cheers and bottoms to all and rock on.
    Best regards.

  10. 10
    Fabio Jacintho says:

    I attended the march 7th São Paulo show, and all I can say is that these guys still have it! Although Gillan´s years start showing, his voice soldiers on steadfastly, even though his bad cough didn´t help him. I hope it´s just a cold. I´d seen DP before, with the “classic” formation, but this present formation is equally good, with the solos of Airey and (specially) Morse making a good long-lasting impression. These guys are nop-notch musicians! Hope they come back again next year. I will not miss the show.

  11. 11
    M B Zapelini says:

    I saw Purple in Florianópolis the night before (03/05/09) and the set list was the same as the first night in São Paulo. Gillan also missed some lines and his voice was buried in the mix, but he was fantastic and did his best. I would like more Morse era songs in the set list, but a Purple show without Smoke, Highway, Black Night or Strange King wouldn’t be Deep Purple at all!

  12. 12
    big al says:

    pack up the tabs ian… it worked wonders for saxon’s biff… his voice now is better than it was in the 80’s!

  13. 13
    Fernando says:

    I attended the first concert in Sao Paulo (6th March).
    My impressions:

    1- Gillan really was facing throat problems BUT only once or twice he gave up to sing due to it. He coughed several times, but almost always during singigng inbetween. He also keot the good humour, joked with the audience, and made his front Man role. Neither to compare nor to criticise, but some months ago, the female singer in Nightwish (half Gillan´s age old, or so) abandoned the concert due to some throat or voice problem.

    2-Set list – No surprises, except that second night had Ted the Mechanic (sadly I was only on first) instead of Mary Long.
    Interesting that: from Rapture we had less regular album songs than bonus tracks (Rapture of the Deep from the album, and Well Dressed and Things I Never Said from the tour Sp. Edit. disc). Fireball and Pictures of Home , two never-left-apart on Morse era tours, were dropped.
    Changing from Wring that Neck to Lazy (comparing March 6th to march 7th Concerts) may reflect Gillan´s throat getting better from one day to another.
    And… the kick off was Highway Star. Perfect!!! Why do they sometimes change THAT ??

    Hammond sound is stunning. Don is playing a different unit than he used in 2008(this is a black one, short cabinet), and the difference is
    quite audible.

    Nice individual solos, as always… no Guitar Parade before Smoke, and no Star Wars Theme on Don´s solo (I was glad with that, it always has sounded innadequate for a DP conert IMHO).

    Lots of fun, lots of great music, 3 or 4 generation people attending (there were some dozen less than 10-year old boys attendind the concerts, along with parents and grandparents, this is amazing) Peaceful and strong Rock Concert, as it should be.

    Hope they can keep it onwards for a long time , yet against the odds…

  14. 14
    George says:

    mmm, that’s cool… I read one review of sao paulo show on d-p.net and it was such a negative review (especially about Gillan’s voice) that I thought: Oh My God, Deep Purple’s story is END. But as I see, tastes differ (as usual).

    what about setlist, I’m sure what we got on the set, is what the most of audience want and NOT what the band wants to play.
    In interviews, while asked to name his favourite DP album, or DP song, he always answers: Purpendicular or Bananas… in the last interviews he named Loosen My Strings or Aviator as his favourite DP songs. I bet they want include 70-80% of morse era songs in the set…

    btw, what I read everywhere is that fans demand more and more Morse era songs, so, dear site administrators, why not run the new poll about the setlist???

  15. 15
    George says:

    Btw, the South American audience seems to be the hottest one in the world, they do know how to enjoy the show and how to express emotions during the live concert.
    I watched many videos on youtube and the 10 000 people @ Luna Park are going crazy together, they seem like going to burn down the venue with their energy and vibe… great…

  16. 16
    tomekdp says:

    Rapture Of The Deep
    Ted The Mechanic
    Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
    Contact Lost
    The Well-Dressed Guitar

    Wooow – five songs in a row from the Morse era… Nothing new here, but look impressive 😉

  17. 17
    AC says:

    You’re mistaken, frist time Dp played
    in 17.08.1991 in San Paulo. In 20.08.1991 and 21.08.1991 they also played in San Paulo. It was with Turner.
    In 1997 they also played in San Paulo, Firebal from that night was released officially

  18. 18
    Fernando says:

    George… Gillan made a big effort to keep his performance, not less than five times we colud clearly see he was in pain or suffering to keep the voice against the cough… He was pale , skinny and obviously not in top health… Some says it is a lung infection, Gilan himself said it was only a flu …But, apart of that and overall, he DID his job (IMHO).
    You will all be able to hear it and listen by yourselves, as it is to surface a Bootleg with the whole concert from March 6th , in the next few days…

  19. 19
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    Today is my day : I HAVE “One eye to Morocco” !!!!
    And : I’m HAPPY with it !!!!
    Thank YOUUUU Ian !

    Cheers and bottoms up !

  20. 20
    Bruno Rocca says:

    Sem duvidas um show inesquecivel!!!!!
    Um show aonde pais e filhos vibraram do mesmo jeito!!
    Deep Purple,
    We love you!!!!
    The Best of the Best!!!!!!!
    Please come back! We’re wainting for you again!!
    Sao Paulo tanks for you concert!!!!

  21. 21
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    Oeps, THS-visitors are asleep nowadays ….. 😉

  22. 22
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Did you say something?

  23. 23
    George says:


    Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaouuuuuuuuuwww, congrats 😀
    I pre-ordered my copy an amazon.com and can’t wait while it arrives.

    btw, I found download link on RapidShare and downloaded the album yesterday. first impression: ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. This album rocks. Since the first listen, I still can’t stop listening to it.

    One Eye TO Morocco is a great title track, with fantastic arabic arrangements

    Change My Ways is a rocking blues-rock song, and yeah, Gillan screams pretty well there.

    Don’t Stop is kinda pop-rock, very very melodic one

    Deal With It is also a great funk-rock song and remainds me Doing It Tonight from Bananas

    Girl Goes To Show – one of the greatest ballad IG has ever done

    to tell the truth, OETM is the ONLY Gillan album, where ALL OF THE TRACKS became my favourites. on other Gillan albums, there’re some tracks I like, some tracks – I don’t like. But OETM is my favourite album, every track is fabulous.

    I’m steack with this album and Ian Gillan, I Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaankk Youuuuuuuuuuuuu for being so fantasticf musician and singer.

    YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE FULL TITLE TRACK ON YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqAdhtV0liM

  24. 24
    The Aviator says:

    The man himself updated the Caramba TV with your own toughs right after the Via Funchal show:


  25. 25
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    #24 The Aviator : Thanks for the post. Good to hear from Ian himself that he is ‘just’ suffering from a cold and not having major voice-problems. It takes away the worries about that by myself and I’m sure other DP/Gillan-fans !
    Thanks Ian for letting us know ! Cheers !

  26. 26
    james jay says:

    Ian’s voice will be fine–just needs a Riccola now and then.

  27. 27
    Antonio Segura Lopes says:

    Please 12/11/2104 Espaço das Americas São Paulo Brasil SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE SCREAMING in setlist. Please. We are waiting

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