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The tenure, the royalty, and the status

A review of the St. Petersburg, FL, gig on February 20, 2023, from the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay e-paper. Forgive them for their ‘Mr Grover, Mr Gillian’ snap of judgment, if you can.

There aren’t a whole lot of bands around who have the tenure, the hard rock royalty, or the status of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted-band Deep Purple still boast; still touring constantly, still pleasing their longtime followers, and still wisely combining their many classic cuts with their newer, impressive compositions, Deep Purple is still going strong and earning every accolade they’re so richly deserving of for being one of the pioneering bands to make hard rock and heavier music a bone fide force for the last 50 years.

Read more in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

Thanks to Tobias Janaschke for the info.

12 Comments to “The tenure, the royalty, and the status”:

  1. 1
    Ivan says:

    I was at the concert at the Mahaffey/St. Pete on Monday night. It was my 6th time seeing Deep Purple live. I have to say, probably my second favorite DP concert since the 2002 extravaganza-triple bill of Deep Purple-Scorpions-Ronnie James Dio in the blistering heat of Atlanta, Georgia.

    Simon McBride brings a new energy to the band, and a bit heavier sound too. Him and Airey carried that concert. The addition of Anya to the setlist was very welcome. Gillan sang his heart out on When A Blind Man cries. The highlight for me.

    The Marshall Tucker Band as an opening act was fantastic.

    I just felt privileged to be in the presence of rock music’s royalty and enjoyed every second of the show. Long Live Deep Purple!!!

  2. 2
    AndreA says:

    Oh my God!😱
    It is incredible also nowdays Gillian instead of Gillan. It is astonishing!

  3. 3
    James Gemmell says:

    The article was fairly well-researched. The writer may not be a longtime fan – as evidenced by the misspelling of Gillan’s name – but knew a fair amount about the band’s history. And had enough of a musical ear to write an intelligent, favorable review. Pushing 80 years of age, the band still sounds better than 99 percent of the other rock/pop musical acts out there.

  4. 4
    Ivica says:

    Steve didn’t join the guys on stage. I was expecting his medley (Concact lost- The Well Dressed Guitar-Sometimes I Feel like Screaming ) or playing together with Simon “Nothing At All” , “No Need to Shout” or the ending : SOTW-BN -Hush !!?.Nothing….Simon is doing a good job, new energy, with him (together with the guys of course) return on SL “Anya ” big song from DP catalog. Like Steve he played songs that were not performed in the era of the original line-up (Bloodsucker”,”Pictures of Home” ,”When a Blind Man Cries”, “No One Came”(My Fa) .Songs that are highlights of concerts .

  5. 5
    Uwe Hornung says:

    James is right, let’s not get worked up about an additional “i”, Gabe Echazabal (the writer) did a fine, informed, in-depth and evenhanded job with his review.

  6. 6
    Daniel James Russell says:

    @1 Ivan. I was there with my wife and our 12 year old boys in the 3rd row. Great show as always. Surprised Paicey didn’t solo as Tucker’s drummer did (but he was probably just being classy to let the younger lad show off). At the end Roger tossed a pick our way; it hit my hand, bounced off my wife, landed on my son Kyle’s seat, Ian (yes, his name is Ian for a reason) the other twin grabbed it, then elbows ensued.

    Sometimes I feel like Screaming!

  7. 7
    Brian Jackson says:

    Re Gillian vs Gillan, I could imagine this being the result of autocorrupt or an over-zealous sub-editor rather than the author of the piece.

  8. 8
    Andres says:

    I’ve found a very interesting interview of Shoshana Feinstein (former Rainbow back up singer and RB lover).


    Check it out!

  9. 9
    MacGregor says:

    Andres @ 8 – I wonder why there hasn’t been a movie made of this by Netflix etc. Richard oh Richard, where art thou Richard. Just a bit of fun. What about those ‘Rainbow girls’ oh dear oh dear. Thanks for the link I enjoyed it, all so innocent, well most of it. Just remember everyone here at THS, it is Richard from now on, NOT Ritchie. Cheers.

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Andres, those Shoshana reordings at the end of the interview are really interesting. When she’s not in Vinegar Joe/Elkie Brooks mode, her singing approach is very much like a female Dio. Even her melodies and her intonation are very Dio’esque plus in her deeper ballad voice she sounds uncannily like Dio in his falsetto ballad voice (think Rainbow Eyes). She and Ronnie must have gotten along splendidly.

  11. 11
    Andres says:

    MacG @8 & Uwe @9

    Glad you liked it, mates.

  12. 12
    Henrik H says:

    I wish they would stop.
    It is embarrassing.

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