Deep Purple show - 3 August 1997
I just got home from the Purple show in High River, Alberta (south of
Calgary), and I can say one thing...
The boys really know how to put on a show. I had never seen them
before, due to poor tour site selection on their part and lack of funds
Anyway, back to the gig. The festival was running late, as most do.
Purple was to start at 9:30, just as the sun went down, but ELO was
still on at 9:45, and then there was a massive delay, purportly because
of a problem involving "an electric jolt than went up the side of Jon's
organ, but he's ok" in Gillan's words.
They started at 11:10 pm with Jon meddling around, while they solved the
next technical problem (Roger wasn't plugged in or something). With
many apologies, they broke into Hush. The complete set list is as
- Into the Fire
- Ted the Mechanic
- Black Night
- Cascades (with long solo from Steve)
- Woman from Tokyo
- No One Came (with solo from Jon)
- Smoke on the Water
- When a Blind Man Cries
- Speed King (with solo from Paice, and much interplay between Jon, Steve
- Perfect Strangers
- Highway Star
An excellent show, the mix was not quite perfect. The guitar was a
little overpowering, and everytime JOn started to solo, the sound guy
would have to leap for the volume pot, and you'd miss the first part of
the lick. A bit of a disappointment, Ian's voice was also somewhat
faint for some songs. The beginning of Black Night got about 20 seconds
of funk before it returned to it's normal pace and rhythm.
The set and intro's did not vary too much from LATO, but Gillan was
himself with some rather bizarre mumblings about Manchurian dancers and
other comments. He seems a little embarrassed by the fact the last time
they played Calgary was '72 or '73.
I thought that there was a little much of Steve playing like Malmsteen,
but his main solo was rather surreal and would not have been out of
place at an art rock gig.
Well, must be hitting the sack. The gig ended at about 12:50 am, and it
was time to frice the 60 km back home.
Calgary, AB CANADA
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