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Stars shine at The Starlight

Deep Purple live at Starlight Theatre (Kansas City, USA 2018-09-18)

Wonderful show in Kansas City on a beautiful Tuesday night! First group The Temperance Movement was energetic and sounded quite good, then Judas Priest hit the stage…LOUD LOUD LOUDER.. the first half of their set was newer stuff but went over well with their base fans but the second portion including the big US hits and the Harley making an appearance on stage really rocked the house!! As with previous double bill gigs I didn’t notice anyone leaving before DP hit the stage and for good reason! They came out with a scorching Highway Star and never slowed down..the setlist remains the same as in previous shows. Sometimes the energy level falls off drastically after the opening song but Pictures of Home is the perfect tune to keep it rolling and SIFLS fits in just right later in the set. The newer backdrop was a nice added touch over last years tour, the band seemed much more relaxed than last year with Alice Cooper, not rushing thru the setlist, performing every tune with true perfection!! Lots of gray hairs in the crowd but many younger fans too, just a few comments heard after the gig..”they were awesome I didn’t think they could top JP but WOW…they never stopped playing they just kept on with no breaks between songs…best show I’ve seen in years…they are all really good but that keyboard guy was so good…(and my favorite) so much more depth and texture to their music”. The motel lobby was still buzzing about the gig at breakfast in the morning..haha..we met lots of fans from all over the Midwest. All in all another great show, my 10th and my wife’s 6th. If you ever get a chance to see a concert at the Starlight Theater try to make it, what a clean and friendly environment and not a bad seat in the house! Thank you Deep Purple and I hope to see you again at least once! As Gillan says ..Take it easy, we love ya, bye bye!!!!

review by stoffer

2 Comments to “Stars shine at The Starlight”:

  1. 1
    John says:

    Good show overall. JP were way too loud, I know, if it’s too loud, you’re too old, but jeez, major ear damage. I went to see Purple, a last homage.
    They played great, good sound mix. My main complaint was the absence of anything off of Infinite, really? Such a great album. And only
    one song, Uncommon Man from Now What? Clips online of European tour have them playing a 2 hour plus set, with many songs off Infinite.
    They are not an oldies band with the last 2 albums, but you’d never know that from their US setlist. Happy to see them for the last time, but feel kind of ripped off by the short set and having to endure the awful JP. On the plus side, Starlight Theatre is awesome!

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    Maybe I’m A Leo says:

    My wife and I flew in from Seattle to see the show. We had the meet and greet just before they went on stage. Yes, grey hairs in the audience. My wife and I saw them in August of 1974 at Arrowhead Stadium, we were both 18. Paicey was the only member of the band then. Saw them a year earlier in 1973, I was 17. Add up the years. All of us that have followed them since the beginning are in their 60’s and 70’s. They have changed since then but think about it, we all have. Deep Purple have been a part of my life since I was in high school, now I have grandchildren and 20+ concerts, they still are. The setlist is as follows:
    1) Intro: Mars, the Bringer Of War
    2) Highway Star
    3) Pictures Of Home
    4) Strange Kind Of Woman
    5) Somethings I Feel Like Screaming
    6) Uncommon Man
    7) Lazy
    8) Knocking At Your Back Door
    9) Don Airey Solo
    10) Perfect Strangers
    11) Space Truckin
    12) Smoke On The Water
    13) Hush
    There was no encore. Ian Gillan has really aged since last year when I saw them in Las Vegas. We are all getting older.

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