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Ft. Lauderdale

Saturday 4. March 1995

From: conish91@futures.wharton.upenn.edu (ADAMM CONISH)
Newsgroups: alt.music.deep-purple
Subject: Purple in Florida
Date: 14 Mar 1995 17:47:56 GMT
Organization: University of Pennsylvania
I had the opportunity to see Purple in Ft. Lauderdale. It was the best show I have ever seen. There were no fancy props or lasers but just a solid performance by the band. This review is late because I spent the whole week in Florida on spring break. It was the highlight of break for me.

The main feeling I got from the band was a feeling of happiness. All of the members were having a really good time on stage. They all played very well.

I must say that Jon Lord is the best organ/keyboard player around. He was excellent. From Fireball to Smoke he never let up, his solo was great and was a highlight of the show.

The best part about Roger Glover was he was dancing and swaying around and having a good time. For the encores he brought out that black and white bass and shook the whole theater.

Ian Paice was on fire for the whole show. I did not know what to expect from him, but he played like a madman. After his solo he and Ian Gillan shook hands and had a laugh.

Ian Gillan never sounded better. I thought that maybe he might be losing his voice but no way!. He sounded awsome, he was running around talking to the crowd and loving every minute of it.

Steve Morse did a superb job. He sounded so good. I really like Blackmore but it seems as if he sometimes doesn't feel like playing and doesn't care if he puts out some great solos. Morse played great from the beginning, I liked all of his solos and he is extremly fast. Highway Star was outstanding he played that solo like he wrote it.

All in all the feeling of the band was good. Gillan was all over the stage and I don't think that he would have done that if Blackmore was on the tour. One comment he made after Knocking was along the lines of that used to be painful, I don't know exactly what that means but I do know that he feels alot better now.

In a nut shell this was what I thought about the show. It was outstanding and each member of the band did a wonderful job.

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