Deep Purple Live in São Paulo - March 20, 1999
I left Rio de Janeiro in the morning and after 5 hours was in São Paulo to see the best rock band on the planet. Days before people were asking me why I was going to São Paulo if Purple was going to play in Rio next week. I said that they don't come to Brazil often and one show is not enough for me.
The show was sold out. I don't know how many people Via Funchal can have room for, but I estimate that there were something between 5.000 and 7.000 people, all of them very excited since they were waiting in the lines, as we could hear groups singing Purple songs.
Well, let's talk about the show. Since the beginning it seemed that the band was happy and with so much energy, maybe because they were in the road again after 3 months. Despite this, I have to say that Jon Lord wasn't much inspired this night. He played well, as always, but I missed the magic and fire we know well. The rest of the guys were ok. Ian Gillan was in very good shape. I was afraid about his voice since I had heard he had some problems in some gigs of the European leg, but when he started to sing "Ted the Mechanic" I knew he was fine. What a singer! Roger Glover and Ian Paice made an amazing job too, but "the" man of the show was Steve Morse. It's incredible what this guy can do with a guitar in his hands. It's hard to describe his solos on "Pictures of Home". Magic moments, it's all I can say.
Final note: These guys are still the best and no one can beat them.