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Geir Myklebust continues posting vintage Purple articles with a review of a gig at the Rainbow Astoria in London originally published by New Musical Express on July 8, 1972. The gig in question then would be one of the two concerts the band gave there on June 30 and July 1. Deep Purple had just returned from the arena tour of the USA and used the same arena-sized PA system at the theatre in London. Result: sound pressure level at one point peaked at 117 dB (120 dB is generally accepted to be pain threshold), Guinness book of records people were at hand to witness it, you know the rest…

Front row reviews

Deep Purple by Tony Norman

THE RAINBOW came back to life on Friday night with a snarl, a cheer and a smile. The near-capacity crowd had come to see Deep Purple and they got value for money. The most enthusiastic of them crowded down to the front, clapping, shouting, dancing and throwing peace signs towards the stage.

Many of them were too young to care about being “cool”. They just went straight ahead and had themselves a ball.

As soon as Purple walked into the stage lights they knew they were in complete control. This was their audience. Young, keen and lively. The rolls and roars of applause that were to wash through the theatre after every number were totally predictable.

They could have played “Three Blind Mice” and it would have worked. But they didn’t take things too much for granted. They worked and sweated and made sure it was a good show.

Continue reading in Geir’s blog (and thank you, Geir for your kind words).

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