[ d e e p P u r . p l e ) The Highway Star


DEC. 16/97
ATTENDANCE: 1,500 (a sellout)

Another super performance. Another night of the audience standing in awe - grooving to the sights and sounds of the Purple machine in full flight.
    It's so hard to say whether this night was better than the first show, but a couple of improvements were made on the mix for Jon's keyboards. It was definitely better tonight. And I thought Ian sang Perfect Strangers even better. Also, it was one of the best Highway Star versions these ears have ever heard. I don't where else they can go to reach that level of perfection, but it seems they attain another plateau every time I have witnessed them.
    It was an adrenaline rush that every Purple fan should have the pleasure of experiencing.

    The setlist (only change from Dec. 15th show was was RC replaced SIFLS and that Steve's Cascades solo was different. Not to mention the intro into SOTW):

Into The Fire
Ted The Mechanic
Pictures Of Home
  (Steve's Cascades solo)
Black Night
Rosa's Cantina
Woman From Tokyo
Seventh Heaven
No One Came
Smoke On The Water
  (Jon's keyboard solo)
When A Blind Man Cries
Speed King

Perfect Strangers
Highway Star

Glen Miller

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