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Ian Paice feat. Purpendicular – Human Mechanic Tour – Riom 26/11/2022

Ian Paice and Purpendicular were in Riom, at la Puce à l’Oreille, on Saturday 26th November. It was their third time there after two sold out shows in 2016 and 2018. The venue was really packed (around 450 people).

The show started on time, at around 9PM and ended at about 10.15PM. That was very short to be honest. There was no opening act.

Highway Star was the opener. The encore was Stormbringer.

3 Whitesnake songs were played, Walking in the Shadow of the Blues, Ready an’ Willin, and Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City.

All the classics were played (Black Night, Perfect Strangers, Lazy ,Smoke On The Water, etc.). No rarities.

The band played 2 songs from their new album, Human Mechanic and No One’s Getting Out Alive, which were very well received by the audience.

Here’s the complete setlist :

1. Highway Star

2. Walking in the Shadow of the Blues

3. Hush

4. Human Mechanic

5. Lazy

6. Ready an’ Willing

7. No One’s Getting Out Alive

8. Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City

9. Black Night

10. Perfect Strangers

11. Space Truckin’

12. Smoke on the Water


13. Stormbringer

Cyril Dagouret

18 Comments to “Ian Paice feat. Purpendicular – Human Mechanic Tour – Riom 26/11/2022”:

  1. 1
    Tony says:

    I ‘m on my way to Verviers, Paicey will play there this evening with Perpendicular.

  2. 2
    max says:

    Same set in Stuttgart, Proton Club, 22/12/03. Although the venue had changed, probably due to the previous one not being sold out, a very good time was had by all. In fact it was a techno club and the place was packed! When the band had left the club crew began setting up a deck and stuff for a techno night to start at 11 pm! The show was a real treat and Ian Paice was in a very good mood, speaking german to the crowd – I didn’t know he’s in command of the language like that! – telling us how he spent a couple of years in Germany as a kid and gettin’ a shot of beer in his lemonade by his dad before dad was off to church … of German wurst got a mention as well, even bockwurst did. Oh, and the Whitesnakle songs went down very very well. Most people sang along to them – and yes, there even were some people in their twenities (apart from my son). Very pleased to get the chance to listen to Walking in the Shadow of the Blues live once more …

  3. 3
    dpmuc72 says:

    Thanks a lot to the team for publishing this review and the pictures.

  4. 4
    dpmuc72 says:

    I forgot to mention the name of the band members :

    Vocals : Robby Thomas Walsh
    Guitars : Herbert Bucher
    Drums : Ian Paice
    Bass : Nick Fyffe
    Keyboards : Christoph Kogler

  5. 5
    Tony says:

    Ian Paice and Perpendicular Verviers Dec. 12.

    The Spritit of 66 is a small cafe in the center of Verviers, ideal for seeing Ian Paice at work up close.
    Perpendicular is a cover group that has different musicians every time I see them, I fear / think the singer Robby Walsh is not an easy person, oh well so be it, after all you go to the concert for mister rock ‘n roll Ian Paice.
    Setlist was refreshing with 3 songs from Whitesnake, the 2 new songs were certainly not bad and were well put together.
    They played about 90 minutes and it was a good concert, still I missed extended solos, no more drum solo from Ian either, Ian addressed the audience at the end and especially thanked the audience for coming to small clubs and that this was something that needed to be kept alive. The last song was Stormbringer and eight literally 20 seconds into the song Paicey took his backpack and wriggled his way between the crowd to the exit, it sounds weird he said, but I have to catch my plane. Overall good concert, yet not comparable to Deep Purple I saw recently in Amsterdam. See you next year said Paicey……. and fair is fair,…… what a nice guy is that Ian Paice, you rock !

  6. 6
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Is Ian Paice the hardest working drummer in his age group?!
    The guy just keeps on going 👏👍
    Peace ✌️

  7. 7
    Svante Axbacke says:

    From Uwe:
    You’ve got to hand it to Purpendicular, their constant line-up changes in the bassist, keyboard and guitarist departments would even make DP blush! Whenever I see Purpendicular, there are at least two, sometimes even three new musicians.

    Interesting to see Nick Fyffe – generally a finger player – playing with a pick, no doubt to come closer to a DP sound. When he deputized for a Roger undergoing surgery some years back, the difference in his finger playing to Roger’s largely pick playing was very noticeable – DP had lost its chugging rhythm. (That said, Roger has been finger-playing more and more in recent years, especially new songs and ballads, a development I’m not always happy about because the classic Glover sound is a pick sound and he invariably loses attack and audibility when he plays with his fingers. He has, however, said, that he generally prefers finger playing and only switched to pick playing in 70ies Mk II – where he initially played with his fingers too – to get himself heard on stage at the time.)

    The wide-eyed kid at 0:54 with the bandana and the Paicey drum stick right at the front of the stage is real cute, way to go, son!


    I’ve seen Purpendicular three times over the years – which is saying something as I generally avoide tribute bands of any ilk like the plague, I really only go to see Little Ian at work up close. How they perform the Purple songs generally leaves me cold, but you have to grant the new guitarist in this particular line-up that he has more of a Blackmore feel than some of his predecessors. But that whole tribute thing is an acquired taste for me, sorry, and it hasn’t done a vibrant live music scene any favors.

  8. 8
    Buttockss says:

    It’s a testament to Ian of how many great songs he was the drummer on.

  9. 9
    max says:

    Well… I have seen them like 5 times I think and I was never disappointed. Unlike Demon’s Eye, a german tribute band that tries very hard to sound like Purple – with a guitar slinger that is stunning but also tries to move like RB … – Purpendicular have a sound of their own IMHO. Despirte the ever changing line up. They tend to funkt things up a little and have some fun while they are at it. Mind you that Purple recording Roadhouse Blues (and I do like their version a big deal) was an idea that IP brought in from playing it with Purpendicular as a part of Black Night … at least they manages to add something to ths overplayed classic. They are very loose at times and I think that is what Rock’n’Roll is about and I have to confess that I found myslef enjoying their shows sometimes even more than those of DP. It is just plain fun. No prog, no playing it save, some unusual choices setlist wise. And I’d say they did the live music scene favors. They sold out most of the time and delivered at a reasonable price.

  10. 10
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I guess my issue with Purpendicular is that their singer doesn’t really grab me emotionally, but maybe that is just me.

    Of course, one thing that speaks for tribute bands is that without them there will be – for biological reasons – uncomfortably soon no one to play the music from the 60ies, 70ies and 80ies.

  11. 11
    john says:

    im afraid constantly playing same songs by their own band is a bit of a let down….why not play original music with originals band…same old dosh??

  12. 12
    Dr. Bob says:

    @11 Do you want Paice to leave Deep Purple and join a new orignals band? He enjoys playing with those guys during breaks from his main band. That’s all it is.

  13. 13
    Rob says:

    I saw them a few times. It is a bit pitty that the use a small keybord. I miss the real hammond / lesley box sound.

  14. 14
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Yes, the keyboard sounds suffer the most. You can get close with all the Nord keyboard gadgets (and they are really great, our keyboarder uses them too), but it’s never as mighty and ambience-filled as the real thing. And with DP, the Hammond sound is possibly the most decisive single component. I saw them in 1985 in Mannheim when Jon’s Hammond broke down for much of the gig and he had to switch to electric piano. It was interesting and showed his flexibilitiy as a musician, but all of the sudden DP sounded more like Elton John doing one of his harder tracks (no offense meant, he’s great).

    As a rehearsal tool for him and to watch Little Ian at work up close Purpendicular is perfectly fine. But just imagine, how ‘real DP’ would sound in the clubs and small halls Purpendicular populates. The Don Airey Band is a good comparison, they play the same size venues in Germany, but Don brings along every damned nut, bolt, capacitator and computer chip of his keyboard ‘fortress of solitude’ and, Himmel!, you sure can hear the difference.


  15. 15
    Janbl says:

    Talking of tribute bands, have you seen this japanese (Rainbow) one?


  16. 16
    Adel Faragalla says:

    John @11
    If you listen to Ian Paice old interviews about break ups and musicians fired or hired you will find out that all he cared about is just playing the drums and he didn’t care who was in the band. Drumming is in his DNA and that’s what he enjoys. Nothing else really matters.
    Also he is always playing in Italy with this band so I guess he gets paid in Pizzas and Beers so it can’t be a bad thing 🤣
    Peace ✌️

  17. 17
    Woodman says:

    Ian’s stated desire to keep his playing chops by gigging out makes sense. The older I get, the more I gotta use it or lose it. The quality must be kept up by any means. I admire the guy a lot.

  18. 18
    Rock Voorne says:


    You are not Bobby, I suppose.
    Do you drum or did you refer to skills in general?

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