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Great Show…But

Deep Purple live at Hard Rock Live (Hollywood, USA 2014-08-31)

The gang was great tonight. Same set list as previously posted for other concerts on this tour. They were tight and the sound was great. No opening act, which I thought was odd. Eddie Trunk from Metal Show introduced band. They went on at 7:15pm. Took my 21 year old daughter who loved the show. Show was over at 9pm. This was my 5th time seeing Purple, but my last. Just can’t spend $85 a ticket to see a concert thats over at 9pm. Without an opening act, they should be playing a 3 hour set. They certainly have enough material. Always my favorite band, but as Dylan said. Times – they are a changin! Morse and the gang were great! Keep rockin! But I am afraid my last time!

review by Mitch Lesovoy

32 Comments to “Great Show…But”:

  1. 1
    Sigmund Ruud says:

    Personally I don’t really care about support bands. I pay to see the headliner. What’s wrong with that? And what’s wrong with ending the show at a reasonable time…for a change? Hats off to them, I say. 🙂

  2. 2
    Brad DeMoranville says:

    With the demands of belting out Deep Purple songs, I can’t see Ian Gillan managing a 3 hour set.

  3. 3
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Never say never my friend…. I traveled 10 hours to see the show in Biloxi. Same Show. Though I feel your pain regarding the Dollars against the Time, they are still Deep Purple and won’t be that for long. You can’t attend a concert and get what they deliver. PERIOD. So, if you are that determined to miss out, then don’t go to any other concert. It won’t match up. PERIOD. Hang in there.


  4. 4
    Larry Toering says:

    No such thing for most.

  5. 5
    Stephen James Smith says:

    Saw them in Biloxi MS; great and can’t wait to see them again. What do people expect? The same as their 70s performances? Bloody moaning Minnies!

  6. 6
    Anders Hjemdahl says:

    Damn, I had no idea they were playing in LA! I missed this, that’s 20 mins from where I live. I thought they were only playing county fairs and similar in smaller cities.

  7. 7
    Jill Mwar says:

    I think the Biloxi show was nearly 2 hours which is longer than I think I’ve ever seen a headliner perform (maybe Maiden also)… Bitching that they didn’t play 3 hours? Holy crap…really?

  8. 8
    Gabe says:

    “They should be playing a 3 hour set” …really? You clearly have no idea what it takes to tour and perform at the level they are doing this. Purple normally has a local act opening for them, but there might have been reasons beyond their control that this was not the case this time.
    $85 is money of course, but you got to see them in a relatively small venue and touring costs. DP is one of few Major bands that still keep their ticket pricing reasonable.

  9. 9
    Juraj says:

    Thanks for the report,I have to say to watch and listen the show for almost 2 hours would be just enough for me:-)

  10. 10
    George Martin says:

    If this was your last time then you are not a real fan. Sorry, I don’t mean to be disrespectful but I would go see them no matter what the scenario was. I loved the fact that there was no opening act. Most opening acts at least in my opinion are a bore and I can’t wait for them to be done. As for asking for a 3 hour set, I would love that but really at there age that’s asking way to much. My advice to you is keep going and enjoy it while you still can. There is only so many tours left before it’s over. Trust me you will regret it if you don’t go.

  11. 11
    Andres says:

    What? When was the last time you saw DP live? 1972? A 3 hour set? Come on… Get real and be grateful that they still rock on.

  12. 12
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Mitch, frustration with ticket prices very much shared. But there are so many variables involved regardless of how long any band performs. At the end of the day, us concertgoers, sports fans, etc. continue to feed the machine. Regardless of a horrendous economy, the cost of tickets, including extra fees, are obviously being forked over by us feeders. It’s insanity. Food and beverage costs beyond outrageous. But it’s all about supply and demand. Don’t fee the machine, prices come down. Have a look at what the costs of tickets to see The Eagles anywhere here in the US are and it’s mind blowing….

    With that said, I’ll continue to see Purple regardless of what it does to my budget. All other popular band gigs, will not lay the cash out.:>


  13. 13
    Sigmund Ruud says:

    I saw them in Oslo, Norway early February and they kept it going for close to 2 hours. Even when it’s my very favourite band(s) playing I think 2 hours are just fine. More than that and I might get bored. Yes, I can get bored even with my favourite band(s). Like Keith Richards once said (although in another context)..”Less is more”. 🙂

  14. 14
    Chip says:

    Unless they pull out a 30 minute version of Space Truckin’ there is now way Big Ian’s voice can hold up for 3 hours. Not sure Little Ian can go for 3 hours like that either…

    The times they are a changin’ but 2 hours is all you are likely to get out of this crew…I’d rather have a good 2 hours then…well 95% of what passes for rock shows these days….

  15. 15
    Kidd Purple says:

    I have driven Thousands of miles to see them and have never been disappointed! Two hours and I am worn out too!

  16. 16
    Jagdeep says:

    85 bucks is a lot of money… Accepted Dp is a great act.. And I’ve seen them 10+times…. I think an average concert for two costs around $250 including beverages, food, which is a pinch, at least in my pocket… So, I’ve had to let go so many acts if want to see… I still keep seeing DP, Jethro Tull and the likes when they are around… But yeah, it’s not DPs fault.. It’s what someone else described above…. Feed the machine…

  17. 17
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    The 3 hour set request is obviously out of the question. Even during the 70’s they only played for around an hour. But then they didn’t have the library of albums they have now, some 20 years later. 2 hours is about right…. but no less. More newer tunes too.

  18. 18
    MacGregor says:

    Yes indeed, 2 hours of hard rock is enough in my book these days & I hear some folk saying, oh you are just growing old! True, but in reality the Purple guys Gillan, Glover & Paice would be the guys that may feel it more than the others. 100 minutes was all Heaven & Hell played for back in 2007 & for me, in the 2nd row bang in front of Iommi & that stack of Marshalls, it was enough! I could of handled more songs easily, but the intensity of the sound was a relief to get over with! I think Rush were still playing towards 3 hours not that long ago, but they are a little ‘younger’ than the Purple people, except Morse perhaps! I thought I read somewhere a few years ago Neil Peart was starting to feel it, on a physical level, & I could see why. Oh the aching body, ravaged by time & a few other things no doubt! Cheers.

  19. 19
    MacGregor says:

    In regards to a concerts length of time, it can also depend on the venue. Some of these ‘Casino’ venues have a strict time limit from what I have heard. Also, I don’t usually bother with a support act either, just give me the real deal & get on with it! Having said that, if I was playing in a support band, I would be wanting plenty of exposure for the band in an attempt to further the career. Cheers.

  20. 20
    LRT says:

    I saw them without opener, felt a little cheated without The Mule, but it didn’t shorten the show, so we got a lot out of the encores. Why on earth does an opening act matter to anyone going out to see such a band? All I can think of is giving another band the stage for 30 to 40 minutes and helping them out. Unbelievable gripe indeed. Easily as good of shape as any show of theirs I’ve traveled many distances to see since 1998. They are doing something right, whatever it is. Great vibes and conversation before the show, which is the first time I’ve ever been around them pre-show like that. Photo pit shoot as well. Couldn’t complain about one moment of the whole red carpet experience if I tried. It’s a very fortunate thing to have been in such a position when last year at this time I didn’t think I’d ever see them in the US again.

  21. 21
    Peter says:

    No comment on “should play 3 hours” – that´s nonsense, as many of the postings above just mentioned. And regarding “don´t wanna be at a concert, that is over at nine” – this has nothing to do with the band – for me it seems to be a kind of policy of the local circumstances / traditions. Here in Germany they usually start (after an opening act) around 9 p.m. – finishing at 11. And this spring I had the opportunity to see them at the Bukokan concert – where they started at 5 p.m! At seven I was back on Tokyo streets and what I can say – nevertheless it was fantastic. And a nice experience to have dinner after a DP-concert…. 😉

    Deep Purple forever!

  22. 22
    Les Hedger says:

    A 30 minute version of Space Truckin along with a 30 minute version of Wring that Neck would be great!! When Lord and Blackmore did stuff like this they were never boring!! I wonder how Morse and Airey would do?

  23. 23
    Dpfender says:

    I was happy to see them play for 90 minutes and loved it, especially when they unexpectedly played The Mule. Appreciate it for what it is, I say. If they played in a club, they’d go on at 9pm…

  24. 24
    Tommy H. says:

    I remember Bruce Springsteen playing for over three hours at a concert but this is clearly an exception. Usually you should be happy if a gig lasts two hours. I can’t think of a single Purple performance where they took the stage for more than 130 minutes. In the 70ies their concerts were much shorter. I just looked up the play time of Made In Japan: it’s roughly 77 minutes. What you are asking for, Mitch, is more than twice that lenght – think about it. Hard rock is physically a very demanding music.

  25. 25
    MacGregor says:

    The health of the musicians on the day, could also contribute to a length of a concert! If one member is feeling not to good for some reason, no doubt some gigs are shortened to accommodate that scenario. There are many circumstances to be taken into account, in regards to a concerts duration. Cheers.

  26. 26
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Dont see a thread for this one :



  27. 27
    dario says:

    I totally agree with you… Did you ever seen Rush? They’re hold too, but… 1h30 is just too short

  28. 28
    stoffer says:

    priest @26…………nice Trapeze footage, covering a nice “old” Nazz tune

  29. 29
    Roland says:

    I would say the main disappointment was the relation between the ticket price and the time music was been performed. At least that would disappoint me.
    In addition to that: If you then subtract the time for encores, then the real relation is more bigger.
    What I mean: The ticket prices are to high.
    Nobody expects one band to perform for over 3 hours.

  30. 30
    purplepriest1965 says:


  31. 31
    purplepriest1965 says:


    The old most known version of MIJ indeed is one CD.

    Never bothered to hear the encores which got released later on?

    I think that goes way over the 77 minutes together 🙂

    But yes, 90 minutes was a standard time for a gig for decades.

    Yesterday I went to see the Y & T gig in Zoetermeer and they played 2 hours and 15 minutes, I think.

    And Big man Dave Meniketti started the band 1973!!!

    This year is the 4oth Anniversary tour and Dave here and there graspes for breath but he is still having a very strong voice and he still plays guitar like the best.

    Some clips I shot myself with a very modest camera :






  32. 32
    jeff says:

    Was thinking of hitting the Deep show tonight in Toronto, causal fan but huge Live music fan…especially of Classic Rock – yes i’ve seen them before over 10 yrs ago and was amazed at how loud and heavy they were i loved it.

    My friend say them in Quebec and was disappointed, ticket sales here are not great but i believe the promoters chose the wrong venue. It holds 18-20K – outdoor theater, i’d say maybe a 2-3000 tix sold at most – last time here they only played a 2500 seater indoor theater.

    Question for you heavy fans… why is “My woman from Tokyo and Knock’in at Your Back Door” missing from setlist ?
    Back Door was an 80′;s release i get but still such a great rock song for me as i was a teenager and would love to have seen it tonight.

    For you tech fans I’ll be on Periscope tonight streaming alot of the show from close up – handle is @concertaholics


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