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Racing like a fireball through Montreal!

Deep Purple live at Bell Centre (Montreal, Canada 2018-08-29)

At 3pm in Montreal, a vicious storm flew in. Something I can only interpret as the spirit of late Deep Purple founding member and organist Jon Lord, coming to conduct from the heavens the music he made with this legendary group.
Purple, comprised of 5 key members: Ian Gillan on Vocals Roger Glover on Bass Ian Paice on Drums Steve Morse on Guitar and Don Airey on Keys delivered a blistering hour and a half master-class set kicking off in classic Made In Japan fashion, Highway Star leading into another Machine Head classic Pictures Of Home. School was only beginning when the massive riff of Bloodsucker rang through the venue. A thought occurred to me during Strange Kind Of Woman, only this band could make 6000 people sing in unison about falling in love with a hooker! One after another, Deep Purple unleashed classic after classic. Every song a massive influence to what we know as Heavy Metal.
Though the heavy riffs were handed out in mass quantities, Purple slowed it down with Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming and Uncommon Man, the latter of which was dedicated to Jon Lord igniting the entire building to erupt in applause as if the man walked out on stage himself. Continuing the setlist with even more archetypal pieces of music Lazy, Knocking At Your Back Door, Perfect Strangers, Space Truckin’, Smoke On The Water and the encore Hush. Deep Purple’s very first hit single.

All in all, tonight was a music lovers dream. An absolute intensive course in original heavy metal. Judas Priest performed Delivering The Goods for the first time since 1980 and Glenn Tipton, despite suffering from Parkinsons Disease graced the stage for 4 songs. I believe, if there was a night fitting enough to start calling the Bell Center a legendary venue, it would have been tonight.

review by Brandon Benwell

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Ah, I love the Priest’s Delivering the Goods. It’s essentially a twelve-bar, but delivered (no pun intended) with such venom and aplomb.

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