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Highway Star(s) back in Montpellier

After a few dates in Czech Republic, Poland and Belgium, and Lyon the day before, Deep Purple were in Montpellier on the 6th of november.

The show started very well with an italian support band called “The Running Birds” (their first song “Blast Me Away” is still in my head). Congratulations!

Then Deep Purple hit the stage, with Hard Lovin’ Man to open, which was a good “surprise” (even if i had seen it on this website before). Then, “Things I Never Said” came. It sounded really well, and i’ve been a bit disappointed to see the song was dropped from the setlist then. I remember Gillan laughed after forgetting the lyrics “i can’t remember, i can’t forget”, which was indeed quite funny.

All the show was great. To name a few highlights: No One Came with the strobe light. Good to hear Almost Human (great intro), Silver tongue. Perfect Strangers (my personal favorite) sounded so powerful…

Then it was time for the encores. Before going to the show, I had seen on The Highway Star that the song of the same name had been dropped from the setlist since the beginning of the tour. Also, while waiting in front of the Zenith before the show, people who were in Lyon the day before confirmed me that Highway Star hadn’t been played there. That’s to say I was really pessimistic…
What a great surprise to hear Steve Morse’s guitar screams!!! Highway Star??? Really??? Then Gillan started “Nobody gonna take my car i’m gonna race it to the grouuuuuuund…!”. No more doubts! I felt really lucky that they choose this show to play it again.

Then Hush and Black Night ended the show very well. And unfortunately it was already time to go.

Thank you very much to the band for nearly 2 hours of great music! As always with Deep Purple, you cannot be disappointed! You see they have pleasure and they really share it with the audience. Chapeau bas!

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Setlist:

Hard Lovin’ Man
Things I Never Said
Maybe I’m a Leo
Strange Kind of Woman
Rapture of the Deep
Fireball
Silver Tongue
Contact Lost
Steve Morse guitar Solo
When a Blind Man Cries
The Well Dressed Guitar
Almost Human
Lazy
No One Came
Don Airey keyboard Solo
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin’
Smoke on the Water

Encore:
Highway Star
Hush
Black Night



4 Comments to “Highway Star(s) back in Montpellier”:

  1. 1
    Ralle says:

    Hi there,
    In Nuremberg (2010-11-20) Highway Star was the opener,
    Cheers,

  2. 2
    dpmuc72 says:

    Hi Ralle!

    You are right. Only 3 shows of this tour had Highway Star in the encores: Montpellier, Bordeaux and Rennes. Highway Star is the opener since Paris on 10th of november. The setlist didn’t change after.
    I must say that opening with Hard Lovin’ Man works very well.

  3. 3
    dpmuc72 says:

    The video of Highway Star http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UoTmO81AjU
    Many thanks to Kleinergus!

  4. 4
    John Bartone says:

    Silver Tongue sounds great live.. Long live the Morse Era!!!

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