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Deep Purple Rocked Israel!

Deep Purple live at Menora Mivtachim Arena (Tel Aviv, Israel 2014-02-22)

Gillan is 77 years old and man, he Rocks !
They came hungry , after three years without playing live, Purple opened their tour with a blast.
Two shows, day after day, amazing evenings.
Tel Aviv Menorah Hall was fully packed with 10,000 people, all yearning for the sounds they love so much. The crowd loved them and Purple loved them back.
We came, three generations of Purple fans, and enjoyed every second of it.
No need for fireworks or other visual pyrotechnics, They played it hard from the heart straight to the guts.
Ian Paice stormed the drums, Roger Glover was in his ageless pirate look and the new guy,
Simon McBride was a super surprise, this guy was on fire ! This Irish guitar virtuoso provided that freshness that added cool vibes to the party. And it was only his first show with the band!
On the screens you could see Don Airey’s fingers move so fast on the Hammond, playing all those beautiful Baroque influenced interludes. And him playing “Jerusalem of Gold” with the crowd’s singing was another great moment.
This year it’s a 50 years celebration to “Machine Head” and most of the album was played in the show, don’t think that anybody objected to that. They kicked in with “Highway Star” and finished with “Black Night” with the same full power energy of the beginning. Wish we all will still be rocking like that when we’re 70.

“Black Night” finale:

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“Very Heepy Very Purple”

review by Avi Rosenfeld

17 Comments to “Deep Purple Rocked Israel!”:

  1. 1
    Eitablepanties says:

    My Parents are in their 80″s and they rock their depends. Keep on rockin!!! Ian.¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 🦽.

  2. 2
    Avi Rosenfeld says:


    Highway Star
    Pictures of Home
    Strange Kind of Woman
    Nothing at All
    Uncommon Man
    When a Blind Man Cries
    7 and 7 Is
    Throw My Bones
    Time for Bedlam
    Keyboard Solo
    Perfect Strangers
    Space Truckin’
    Smoke on the Water

    Caught in the Act
    Bass Solo
    Black Night

  3. 3
    john says:

    Machine Head + Bob Ezrin Years. Interesting. They have 18 albums prior to NowWhat?!, but they play just one, almost entirely. Somehow, it’s ok. It says a lot.
    I wish I see them one last time. They are the best.

  4. 4
    Tony L. says:

    Maybe they could retain young Simon and have 2 guitar (banjo) players when Steve comes back. All the best to Steve’s wife .

  5. 5
    Adel Faragalla says:

    My grandmother used to always say to me if you haven’t got anything nice to say to people then don’t say it.
    Please look around you and you won’t find any classic rock band from the 70s doing half as good as these guys.
    Respect is due
    Peace ✌️

  6. 6
    Eitablepanties says:

    @ 5…… Respect was given, note: ( Keep on rockin Ian! ) above.

  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Tony @ 4: An Iron Maiden solution for DP you mean? They would have distinctly different guitar styles (which is always good listening fun) and could complement each other, but aside from the fact that a second guitar is “unpurplish”, it would put even more pressure on Big Ian’s voice and Don (never the most sparse player) would have to “make room” for a second lead guitar as well.

    And let’s not forget: Simon is a comparatively young man trying to forge a solo career for himself, would he really like to spend the next crucial five years playing Machine Head songs? He seems dedicated to the Blues to me.

    But it’s another enjoyable and interesting phase in Purple’s career for sure. Is Mark IX already an official term for this particular line-up?

  8. 8
    john says:

    @ 7 : Iron Maiden are currently not 2 but 3 guitars. But in MHO, aside from the first seven albums (their heyday) the lattest ones are -for me- the best ones. The last 3 albums are -again, for me- astonishing, a creativity that is only possible due to having such three great performers, each with a very different style, working together, inspiring each other and challenging each other. So, you may get a point there, maybe the talent plus the youth of Simon Mcbride would be of great value, who knows.

    Anyway, I hope this “MARK IX” releases an official live album before spliting. (Something MARK V and VI should have done!)

    The legend goes on….

  9. 9
    akl says:

    Hi Uwe, Point taken, but as a person who shared stage with pre Purple in 1968, I am always on the hunt of something good, and young Simon’s participation could seem a good thing. Maybe as a frequent guest player in the future could work, Cheers to all.

  10. 10
    Uwe Hornung says:

    John: With “Iron Maiden solution” I meant having one guitarist return (Adrian/Steve), yet have his replacement (Janick/Simon) stay on (and thus increase the number of guitarists from 2 to 3 in Iron Maiden’s and from 1 to 2 in Purple’s case).

    It’s early days. Whether playing with Purple is Simon’s life fulfillment (Wouldn’t he enjoy a Gary Moore tribute even more? Just joking!), whether the band chemistry is right on a prolonged basis and whether Simon could form a lasting songwriting partnership with DP like Steve did (leaving his stamp on seven DP albums with new original material for which I for one am eternally grateful, a huge chunk of Purple legacy), whether Steve’s private situation allows him a return at all and whether his mind is even still up to it after the long pandemic hiatus, the new family health-induced sabbatical and his own playing hand health concerns, we will all have to wait & see. One day at a time.

    It never gets boring with these guys. They should have their own reality show: “Keeping up with Deep Purple line-ups”.

    We won’t have collective closure until there is a Mark X !!! : – )

  11. 11
    albert muda says:

    for my part the group does not pass far from my home and I will not go to see because the story of deep purple ended in 1993… Too bad

  12. 12
    Lutz says:

    @ 10, Uwe: “Keeping up with Deep Purple line-ups” would only be half as interesting as “Keeping up with Rainbow line-ups” or even “Keeping up with Whitesnake line-ups”.

  13. 13
    akl says:

    Now come on you buggers, Just enjoy the fantastic music all the purple configurations and cast offs has given us over the years, and without doubt will over a few more. Look forward to the next album(s) which without doubt will come one day from some or all of them. Cheers to all.

  14. 14
    john says:

    @11 yeah, one chapter ended in 93.

    But what came after, and it’s still going on, was, and is, superb. It’s every page and turn, the whole of it all, this never-dying, never-surrender, always reborn, with incredible Steve, with Don when Jon step aside, when meeting Bob, even now that Steve isn’t there for -hopefully- just a little while… THAT makes them so great, and above Zep, Floyd, Guns or other monsters.
    That’s what make them unique, with or without Ritchie.

  15. 15
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Brother John speaketh the eternal truth, amen! Purple is all about chapters, even eras. Every line-up change has had substantial impact (ironically, Jon making room for Don probably the least though still audibly to any fan – and obviously also emotionally tasking for all of us).

    Purple never went out of their way to preserve a certain sound, relying rather on the character of their strong individual instrumentalists to put their stamp on any line-up’s output. But if you played Kentucky Woman, Flight of the Rat, Sail Away, Coming Home, Love Conquers All and Rosa’s Cantina to anyone who has never heard DP, he/she would have an impossible time identifying those songs as stemming from one and the same band. The differences are vast. Yes, Ritchie’s, Jon’s and Little Ian’s styles are tell-tale to the accustomed ear, but you might just as well recognize them as stylistic individuals playing in different bands. And even the difference in Paicey’s drumming between, say, Mk III and PAL was smaller than between, say, Mk III and Mk I.

    Now you can of course say that other bands have shedded their old sound like a lizard’s skin too when making a line-up change (eg Ultravox from John Foxx to Midge Ure, Doobie Brothers from Tom Johnston to Michael McDonald, Marillion from Fish to Steve Hogarth). But there are examples for the opposite too: Uriah Heep, through a myriad of line-up changes, have by and large always retained their core sound, even after the loss of their main songwriter Ken Hensley.

  16. 16
    MacGregor says:

    Indeed plenty of bands have changed their skin to shed the link to the past in many ways. Black Sabbath with Dio was very different. King Crimson’s 80’s & beyond was incredibly different with Adrian Belew & Tony Levin joining to help Fripp ‘forget’ the past ‘classic’ early Crimson. AOR Yes in the 80’s, the only recognisable musical style in many ways was Jon Anderson’s voice when he sang lead vocals, which wasn’t all the time with Trevor Rabin also singing lead. Rainbow of course from Dio to the ‘lawyer’ Graeme Bonnet to the JLT era. Kansas in the 80’s, especially with no violin player in the band & joining the AOR mob. The early 80’s with John Elefante on lead vocals & then following that with Steve Morse joining, very different again.There are more of course, it isn’t always a bad thing, it just depends on the quality of song & composition etc. The one thing I have noticed over time is that most of the bands I have mentioned, do return to the ‘golden’ era sound & style, or at least attempt to. That says something I guess. Cheers.

  17. 17
    julsol morris solano cruz says:

    Simon debería apoyar más a Ian Gillan cantando, lo he escuchado en solitario y tiene buen voz, y podria apoyar en los coros a Ian Gillan

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