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Touring the Great White North

Date: 2012-02-17

: TCU Place

: Saskatoon

: Canada

Just returned from the Purple show – been a long wait since I bought the ticket…

Had heard that the Canadian shows were being well reviewed – just added to the anticipation, especially seeing as this was only my second Purple show. First one was the Perfect Strangers tour…

The guys came out flying with the usual opener and never let up on the throttle. Fourth row center and the sound was a little muddy at times with the vocals sometimes lost in the mix. Nonetheless, a very well played show. Highlights for me were Hard Lovin’ Man, When a Blind Man Cries, Rapture of the Deep and No One Came. Didn’t record the set list, but, was somewhat surprised that they didn’t play anything from Purpendicular or Abandon.

Gillan sounded in fine form for the most part (walking cast and all) and was quite powerful in his natural, lower register. While he certainly appears to be working hard to produce those trademark “Eeeeaaaooouuwww’s”, they were often drowned out. Paice did this one handed drum roll in his solo that, if you had your eyes closed you’d be pretty sure he was using two hands. Without knowing better, at times it was almost possible to believe that Jon Lord was still on the organ (get well soon, Jon). Amazing skill from all the players.

Great show – bought the T-shirt. And the CD’s (Roger’s “Guilty Party” is signed)…

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