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No Strings (or Horns) Attached

Date: 2012-02-12

: Massey Hall

: Toronto,ON

: Canada

On this wintry Sunday night, Deep Purple showed the sold-out crowd that, while last tour’s orchestral backdrop was a pleasant enough venture, the innate power of the band is more than enough to shake off February’s chill.
The setlist was largely the same as last summer, with one noticeable change. The Mule took the place of Knocking at Your Back Door. This gave Ian Paice a spot for a proper drum solo which the fans really enjoyed. Ian Gillan was in good voice, despite a torn Achille’s tendon which had him hobbling about the stage with a walking cast on his right foot.
Airey, Glover & Morse were firing on all cylinders throught the show. Stellar musicianship as always.
The following afternoon, I went to the meet and greet with Ian Paice at Just Drums.
Ian was generous with his time, gracious and patient. He signed multiple items for fans, posed for pictures and answered questions. He even tapped out the intro to Pictures Of Home on the table because a fan asked him how it is done.
Other questions and answers revealed that Purple is taking about 3 months off after this tour before heading into the studio to work on a new album. As well,Jon Lord is getting well and will hopefully be back to making music by April.
Ian told me that he will write a book on Deep Purple “… when it’s all over”
Here’s hoping that day doesn’t come for a while yet.

6 Comments to “No Strings (or Horns) Attached”:

  1. 1
    micke says:

    Good to hear that Jon is getting well!!

  2. 2
    purple1 says:

    jon is the man there is nobody better!!!!

  3. 3
    Jeogger Matthews says:

    …bad to hear they are talking about “when it’s all over “…

  4. 4
    purpdawg says:

    Amen, micke.

  5. 5
    Moe says:

    Great review as always, Mike! I echo your review 100%. It was a great show, excellent to hear “The Mule” again, and it’s really nice to witness a famous musician be as down to earth as Ian Paice was the next day. When answering the fans’ questions, it was almost like a dinner conversation because he was so relaxed, easy going, and friendly. He told me that Michael Bradford will probably NOT be producing the next album.

  6. 6
    Frank says:

    Some people really just see what they want to see. Can you read, mate? “They” is actually “he” and all he said was that he will write a book on Purple when its all over (to specify when he will write it).
    Just try to understand what people say and not what you want to read between the lines, okay? It helps.

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