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Hartford, CT, Bushnell Theatre, June 8

Date: 2011-06-08
Venue: Bushnell Theatre, Hartford, CT, USA

I’ve been reading a lot of negative comments regarding the US tour. Well, I’ll tell you this my fellow dp friends/fans. These guys put on one of the best performances I have seen. And I’ve seen DP with the banjo player and with Steve several times.

The concert rocked from start to finish. Rapture of the Deep was great. No One Came – fantastic. I spoke with the band after the show and they said this was the best crowd response yet. I had 6th row, floor seats. The crowd rushed the stage by the 2nd song. On our feet the whole time. Mixed age’s. Packed house. Everyone was spot on!! Ian’s vocals were terrific, Steve’s guitar playing is second to none. Roger, well is Roger. Always having a blast!!

Don’t miss this show people, you’ll regret it. Long live the Morse Era!!



18 Comments to “Hartford, CT, Bushnell Theatre, June 8”:

  1. 1
    dpmuc72 says:

    Great review! Good to see that there are people who are enjoying these shows.
    I’d like to see one show with this orchestra! From the videos, it looks and sounds terrific!

  2. 2
    COCOBEACHSILVERSTRATSURFER says:

    GROOVY FAB MARVY FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!! WHEN YALL IN HARTFORD ALLWAYS REFREASHING PERKY WALK HUGE PARK & LOOK AT AWESOME REALISTIC STATUES ON CAPITOL & ENJOY DRUM CIRCLE IF THEY FIESTY!!!!!!!! WISH I BE THERE !!!!!!!!!! LAST NITE I REALLY SUPER PLAY MY GIBSON L6S THAT STEVE SIGN ORLANDO GUITAR CLINIC THANX TO HWY * SITE ~ I WENT!!!!!! IS FUNNY TO PLAY DP ON GIBSON GROOVIEST ******** CLINIC HAD A METALLIC PURPLEGREEN PASTORIA FUNNYTOP MUSICMAN GUITAR ~ WISH STEVE ADD METALLIC PURLEGREEN GUITAR TO HIS VAST HERD!!!!!!! STEVE SAY ~ NO 2 GUITARS EVER SOUND ALIKE – STEVE BALL SON OF ERNIE { ALSO GODFATHER TO MORSE SON } ~ THEY GROW MANY PERFECT TREES TO MAKE EM !!!!!!!!! HEY HOPE GIDDY GILLAN WAS BAREFOOT 4 HAPPY BEACH PARTY IMAGE ~~~~~~~~~~ BAREFOOT ON THE WAH~~~~~~ TER ~~~~~~~~~~~ WISHN I WAS AT STONEHENGE TO WATCH JUNE 21 SUNRISE = SAW MARVY NEWS PIC ~ BY JOVE!!!!!!! KNAVES HIPPYS DRUIDS SCREAMIN SUPER GALLENTLY MAJESTICLY HAPPY ^^^^^^^^^^^ COCO BEACH SUNRISE ~ ZILLION COLORS GIANT GLORIOUS INDIAN RAINBOW EAGLE FIREBIRD GOD CLOUD MAJESTICLY ***********

  3. 3
    DK_DP says:

    “Steve’s guitar playing is second to none” well you can’t have heard MK2 ?

  4. 4
    Maybe I'm a Leo says:

    Just saw the Las Vegas last night. Great show.

  5. 5
    Drdp says:

    I agree with EVERY word. I was THERE up against the stage the whole show right in front of Steve. AWESOME performance/Sound/Crowd/EVENT. The Volume was like being hit by a jet engine…AND I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. CONNECTICUT ROCKS!

  6. 6
    ormandy says:

    I’ll be there tonight! I KNOW it will be great.

  7. 7
    John says:

    @ # 3…I’ve seen dp with Ritchie on the PS & HOBL tours.. For both shows he had his back to the crowd.. Seemed like he didn’t want to be there.. The guys a jerk.. He can continue performing to his costume party crowds of 500.. Remember, there would be NO dp without Steve Morse!! Rock on guys..

  8. 8
    RickF says:

    I was at the Las Vegas show. Ian Gillan’s voice WAS STRONG. Everything clicked. One of the highlights was the Conductor playing a Violin solo and trading licks with Steve on “lazy”. Space truckin’ has never been a favorite but, last night it hit me between the eyes. It seemed as if they played it a little hard than as in the past.
    Before the show, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of fans that were hoping for more songs from the last 4 albums. “Ted the Mechanic” and “Sometimes I feel like Screaming” being the two that were mentioned the most. DP needs to step out of their comfort zone and play more of the Morse/Airey era songs.
    As far as the orchestra goes, you never knew that were there. They only during parts of songs. They did not even play on a number of them. The ones they played on were songs they added to “Rapture of the Deep” being one.
    The concert was a great one everyone was in fine form. During songs Ian Gillan signed Autographs and Steve Morse more that once shake hands with a fan.
    I hope they come back to the States next year to support their new Album. Their first since ROTD back in ’05. They, to me are still the best!

  9. 9
    HZ says:

    @7
    Don’t be pretentious, as you can see Steve was playing Ritchies riffs mostly, so as riffmeister he’s “none to second”? 🙂
    When they start playing only Steve’s riffs I’ll say they are something else, but still, for last 18 years they’re playing Ritchie’s riffs mostly – 80-90% minimum, so come on….

  10. 10
    The Holy Chair says:

    @ 7

    I saw them in 85 and 4 times in 87 and never experienced such a thing.

    Do you mean figurative?

    The closest thing I can imgaine he often seems/ seemed introverted.
    But to call that ” absent toowards the outside”?
    I d prefer to call it concentration.

    On the other hand, Live Between The Eyes for example shows a Ritchie that looks more extravert.
    And there s plenty more of that.

    The image, which he may have build himself or not, of never smiling and all that very often seems misplaced.

    On film and live when I saw them(…)there was plenty of smiling.

    1 month before they split in 93 I saw them in Essen and they seemed to be fine with each other, smiles and all that.

  11. 11
    ozzie says:

    I was at the LA show on Friday, and I agree with you 100%, the band is solid, and yes Gillan’s voice was better than I expected,( after watching some European videos he was struggling with some high notes) but sounded much better. By the way this was an 800 mile trip I made JUST to see the band since LAX was the closest they were to Texas. Loved every minute of it.

  12. 12
    SEVEN-55 says:

    I agree with Mr. Bartone; I was at the Minneapolis show on the 19th, and they were great! Gillan’s vocals were spot on, and Morse seemed to be having the time of his life. I hope this wasn’t their last visit to The United States. As long as they keep coming, I’ll keep going!

  13. 13
    Larry R. Toering says:

    Yes, Rick, and the entire show on Youtube video, even in the compressed quality shows it was not a bad night at all. The way I see it is if Ian cuts Highway Star you can count on the rest of the show delivering. Thanks for sending this… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPFB-9n5yZo&feature=share

    The vioilin solo during Lazy on this night was crazy! Very good show for what this tour brought.

  14. 14
    Bo Finn Poulsen says:

    DP of today is a great band and FAR above most of other bands around. But there is a BIG but!
    DP in the old was from an other planet and ABOVE DP of today. The magic is not like it was back then.
    So #3 – you are 100% right!

    I still love DP. No doubt about that 🙂

  15. 15
    jeff says:

    (2) what are you on and where can i get it ? 🙂

  16. 16
    John Bartone says:

    Ritchie was great but so is Steve Morse. Couple of thoughts. 1 – Even if Ritchie was in the band they would still be remembered for their 70s records rather than any recent ones. 2 – Sure they have changed under Morse, whether you appreciate the changes is the question and is down to personal taste. If Steve hadn’t joined we would never have had “Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming”, “Ted The Mechanic, “Any Fool Kno That”, Almost Human”, “Walk On”, “Loosen My Strings”, “Silver Tongue” to name a few immense tracks from his tenure in the band and that, to me, would be a huge loss. And although there is perhaps an over reliance on certain Deep Purple staples in their live act, I am guessing that we would not have seen things like “Fireball”, “Pictures of Home”, “Maybe I’m A Leo”, “No One Came” etc featured in the live set had Blackmore stayed. And we don’t get any of those godawful meandering, noisefest, so called “improvisations” these days, which I am convinced didn’t vary as much night to night as some would like to have believed… Long Live the Morse Era!!!

  17. 17
    The Holy Chair says:

    “And we don’t get any of those godawful meandering, noisefest, so called “improvisations” these days.”

    Are you related to Tracy?

  18. 18
    John Bartone says:

    How did u know? 🙂

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