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Packed House

Deep Purple live at Bergen Performing Arts Center (Englewood, USA 2014-08-25)

My girlfriend and I drove roughly 1 hour and 50 minutes from Connecticut to see one of the best dp shows I’ve been to (this was her first). We were 10 rows back center. What a great venue. Indoors, comfortable seats, air-conditioned. There was no opener. We laughed it up, made some new friends. All around a happy atmosphere. Small venue and not surprisingly, sold out! Packed. The fans were loud and so was the band. A perfect mix. IG was spot on. Everything was clear. Fans were on their feet all night except when Steve started Contact Lost. Played beautifully. I had never heard them play The Mule so that was a treat. Awesome drum solo. Of course I would have loved to have heard more Morse era material, but I was happy with Hell to Pay, Uncommon man and Vincent price. The fans roared even for the new songs. The band definitely liked that. I’m really at a loss for words here. It was that incredible! Everyone rushed the stage towards the end, fists pumping, head banging. Good thing I’m 6 foot four so no problem seeing anything. We met Roger, Ian Paice and Don after the show. Great guys. Roger liked my Purpendicular shirt that I bought at The Beacon theatre, NYC back in 95? He said he took the photo that’s on the front. Took pictures etc. I’ll end my review with this message, go see this band now!! You will not be disappointed. Cheers

review by John

14 Comments to “Packed House”:

  1. 1
    Rob Carr says:

    Deep Purple – live in Englewood….history repeats itself!

  2. 2
    LorenZo Gonzalez says:

    Amazing show last night! Still trying to get back home to Detroit, Michigan from Englewood, NJ. Dead stop in traffic right now but so worth the journey. DP kicked ass last night! For those of you who went to the show, I was the long hair guy going nuts in the front row standing in front of Steve. ,,/

  3. 3
    Kidd Purple says:

    This is why we love Deep Purple!

  4. 4
    John Bartone says:

    I remember you.. What a show!

  5. 5
    Anthony DiMondi says:

    Hey John , this is Tony,we were talking in the Bar, Great Review!

  6. 6
    Anthony DiMondi says:

    Lorenzo , I remember you , I was in the 2nd row

  7. 7
    oc says:

    Nice…My wife and I always travel to catch DP, we’ve driven 12 hours before, one way. Here are some pics of the first night in USA 2014.

  8. 8
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    I was typically blown away and actually could not believe it was sold out. I spoke to a number of fans who hadn’t see them in years and they could not believe how great they were and the joy the band has for each other. Ian’s voice was stellar. Scary that they gigged the night before and played Westbury the next night. I was 16th row center and had my “Steve Morse For President, The Aviation Party I first raised up at The Beacon during the Bananas tour. Middle of opener Highway Star, Steve pointed out and smiled wide. US tour has been way positive for the band. I suspect they will return in a year’s time. See them! Joyful, joyful, joyful!



  9. 9
    jeff says:


    Great review. How long after the show was it before Ian, Don, and Roger came out. I thought about waiting by the boss but I had to be at work early Tuesday morning.


  10. 10
    Michele Shingo Teso says:

    seats ? I saw 8 times always dancing

  11. 11
    Chris says:

    Great review and spot on!
    I had the great pleasure of driving down from Boston to see them and it was of course worth every wasted minute in traffic on 95 south. Best of all, I got to share thhe show with my 15 year old son Ian. Smiles from me, and as a long time diehard, they were spot on. Thanks to all, the band and the fans for making it a seriously memorable evening!

  12. 12
    Eileen Sykes says:

    I was there and had a great time. This was my first show, The small venue made it easy to get around and to see the band. The venue’s sound system was a little off/distorted but I still had a great time. Hubby was not as familiar with Deep Purple but he was impressed especially with Don Airey’s solo, Ian Paice solo and the sheer power of Morse’ guitar. I love Gillan and I swear he waved to me!

  13. 13
    Eileen McDaniel Sykes says:

    I was seat M111. You might all remember the woman who kept creeping up the aisle to get a closer look and taking pics.

  14. 14
    john says:

    @9. I would say less then half hour after show.

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