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The new setlist

I’ve been known to bitch about Deep Purple setlist over the years and after reports from London last night, I have to say that the setlist looks very promising this time with a clear focus on the current line-up. Sadly, I don’t have time to see the band now in January but have to wait until the festivals this summer. I hope they don’t fall into greatest hits mode then just because the festivals have a higher precentage of casual fans.

The setlist:
Pictures of Home
Things I Never Said
Wrong Man
Ted the Mechanic
Living Wreck
Rapture of the Deep
Back To Back
Before Time Began
Contact Lost
Well-Dressed Guitar
Keyboard Solo
Perfect Strangers
Junkyard Blues
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
Space Truckin
Highway Star
Smoke on The Water
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Black Night

Pictures from the show can be found here.

What do you think?

50 Comments to “The new setlist”:

  1. 1
    Rasmus Heide says:

    I think this is bloody excellent! 🙂

    Out of 19 actual titles, 11 are Morse era. That’s a first – and about time too. This newfound belief in their current material is refreshing, and I feel extremely encouraged before going to see the band next weekend.

    On top of all the current songs – seven from the new album – they’ve revived the old classic Living Wreck, which probably hasn’t been played live since 1970.

    – Rasmus

  2. 2
    tomekdp says:

    Well – not the setlist I could die for (but the same can be said about the last LP), but it’s a small miracle anyway. I can only wonder how much of it all will be saved until they arrive to Poland in the end of February… When did they play 7 new songs last time??? Strange things happening – perhaps they started to read comments on THS and learned a thing or two…

  3. 3
    Kasper says:

    A lot of songs. Does anybody know if there was any jamming in the new songs, or did DP play them just as on the CDs?

  4. 4
    Simon says:

    I totally agree with the first comment. Ted is back and a larger well welcomed attention to non-Blackmore material. Not in the least that I dont like it! Hell! I love Blackmore! But the Morse material has just as much to offer.
    Living Wreck is the most unfrequently played DP classic next to Rat Bat Blue from my point of view. It has a great vibe and I think has been played in part during the last 10 years and once or twice in full, but I am not sure. Still it is a great contibution to the new live show in my humble opinion.

  5. 5
    Benny Holmstrom says:

    Looks great, lot of new songs and “Living Wreck”. Can’t wait to see them.

    Take care

  6. 6
    Peter Neumann says:

    Great setlist! Good that SIFLS is back. Highway Star and Smoke one after the other is new and great. Living Wreck as a “new” live song is also good.

  7. 7
    Reinaldo Alves says:

    Simply amazing !!! That´s what we wanted, and we got it now. Good tour to the band.

  8. 8
    George Martin says:

    Set list looks great but I’ve been waiting forever to here Flight Of The Rat and Smooth Dancer so I guess I’m still out of luck. Here is the set list that I would love to see. 1. Smooth Dancer 2. Wrong Man 3. Girls Like That 4. Rapture of the Deep 5. Flight of the Rat ( Ian Paice solo at the end moving into ) 6. Pictures of Home on some nights and Fireball on other nights 7. Back to Back 8. Contact Lost 9. Well Dressed Guitar 10. Keyboard solo 11. Money Talks 12. Sun Goes Down ( Thats Right ) 13. Ted the Mechanic 14. Junkyard Blues 15. Smoke on the Water ( Because I guess you have to )
    Encore 16. Hush 17. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 18. The greatest song ever
    Highway Star! Now thats a kick ass set list!

  9. 9
    Joanna says:

    Living Wreck. Excellent. Things I Never Said. Great. Ted the Mechanic- hmmm… I’d take it out and I’d put Walk On instead.
    Nice setlist. Cheers, J.

  10. 10
    Rich says:

    This is “most excellent” news. Not only 7 songs from ROTD, but (finally) SIFLS is back in the setlist.

  11. 11
    Ola says:

    Kul med Living Wreck. En av de bästa låtarna på In Rock. Vi ses i Köpenhamn.

  12. 12
    Mike Whiteley says:

    It’s great to see a setlist that clearly favours the current line-up and album.(I still say drop Well Dressed Guitar and replace it with something from Abandon).Ian Gillan has said in recent interviews that European audiences are much more willing to see DP as a living,thriving,current band,while North American audiences like the “Classics” more.I certainly hope DP doesn’t fall back into “jukebox” mode once they hit North America.Give this “Morse-era” setlist a try in Canada,guys.I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised !!
    PS: I haven’t heard “Things I’ve Never Said” What’s it like ??

  13. 13
    marcin says:

    I’m stunned. The setlist looks definitely good. I’m looking forward to hear Rapture songs as well as the old classics and Living wreck which I have never heard live. It is nice that we have two tracks from Purpendicular. See You on the road!!!
    purps rulezz

  14. 14
    Garrett says:

    Well, this setlist creates mixed feelings. There are songs that i would not have expected to hear live (Before time began which is perfect and Things I never said which isn’t so perfect). SIFLS is a nice surprise. My ideal setlist would definitely contain When a blind man cries and Speed King, Bloodsucker and an absolute classic: Child in Time. But then again it’s Deep Purple and to be honest i am overjoyed to see them in Estonia. But have you noticed that there are 5 songs out of 7 from Machine Head?

  15. 15
    Bruce says:

    Good start, would like to see them add a bit more perpendicular and some olde gems. Place in line would be an excellent choice for instance. Could do without Highway star, Blacknight and Smoke. Not that they are not good tunes, but give the others a chance.

  16. 16
    Kasper says:

    Things I Never Said is a shuffle, same tempo as Pictures of Home. Could it be that the second one is played as an extension of the first one?

  17. 17
    Karl-Heinz says:

    A great live-set. I hope with a lot of improvisation.

    Great wonderful surprises: “Living Wreck” and “Things I Never Said” – which is for me the best song on ROTD. A pity, that it is not released in Europe!

    Fine that the play a lot of “ROTD”, but unfortunately nothing from the best album of the last years “Bananas”.

    Songs I don’t need: “Well Dressed Guitar”, “Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming”, “Space Truckin'”, “Back to Back” and “Ted The Mechanic”.

    Instead of the solo stuff “Well Dressed Guitar” and “Don Airey Solo” I would like to her a fifteento-twenty-minute-song with duets and solos by every member (improvised). Maybe in “Lazy” and / or “Things I Never Said” and/or “Turtle Island Shuffle”.

    I’m looking foreward to see them in Kiel / Germany in Febrauary.

  18. 18
    Victor says:

    A huge step forward! Still too much “Machine Head” material – how bout a tour without any “MH” material. Give it a rest. Deep Purple have so much worthy material – it blows the mind. Anyway, a set list like this is worthy of this old man traveling across the pond to catch a show or two.

  19. 19
    Johan says:

    Looks ok ! Nice with the new songs and SIFLS.
    We also need those older tunes.
    But one thing we need to get back into the show is
    IAN”DRUMROLL”PAICE with a 3-5 min drumsolo!!!!!!!
    I think this is one of the most wonderful things that happens
    on stage performed by this Elton John lookalike……………..
    I´ll be in Jyväskylä waiting for it !

  20. 20
    André Sousa says:

    Brilliant! I agree with Mr Gillan when he told “Classic Rock Magazine” last November…”We Are Not a Classic Rock band”!!
    This set-list is a reflection of that! The Pathway is Foward not backwards…
    The Purps roll on!!

    Please come to Portugal in the Summer!!


  21. 21
    adam says:

    That list is OK, but with Woman From Tokyo, Knockin’ At Your Back Door, Fireball, Mary Long, Bananas, Girls Liket That, Strange kind Of Woman, Hush, Walk On, Bad Attitude…

  22. 22
    Joachim says:

    Well folks, this setlist looks more than great. I am so happy that they do not do the same thing every tour. Can’t wait for Mannheim. CU Joachim

  23. 23
    Milan says:

    Bloody awesome setlist! I hope it will be just like this at the end of the german tour! This will be a fantastic evening, best setlist in 10 years and then I finally get to meet my heroes, woooohhhoooooo!!!

  24. 24
    Ted (the mechanic from brazil) says:


  25. 25
    Thomas says:

    Looks like a nice set list. I completely agree with what most have said: it’s good to get some fresh material – including stuff from the freezer – in the set.

    Now, if we can only get rid of Smoke on the Water, Highway Star and Black Night…

  26. 26
    BILL says:

    Setlist looks great! I hope to see them this year either in Europe or in the States (last time was in Tokyo in ’04 on the Bananas tour).
    I also would like to see them drop some of the MH stuff. Can’t believe the didn’t play anything from Bananas – as this went over very well live when I saw them last. I would have added Silver Tounge, Doing it Tonight, and House of Pain.. and dropped Pictures of Home, Space Truckin and Well Dressed Guitar.

    That’s my 2 cents.
    See you soon Purple!


  27. 27
    Bo says:

    I dont know about this setlist. I agree that it’s far more adventures than for MANY years. My problem is only that I don’t like ROFD that much. Bananas was in my opinion – and I know many others – FAR FAR better and FAR FAR more a Deep Purple masterpiece. For every ROTH playing I listen to Bananas 20 times. Great with Living Wreck!! More of that old “forgotten” stuff please – and please be on stage for more that 90 min.

    See you around – SOON!

  28. 28
    Mike Whiteley says:

    Last night’s show must’ve been over 2 hours !!
    The summer festival gigs will mean that DP has to chop 30 mins or so from the set. I think Lazy,Space Truckin’ & Well Dressed Guitar can be dropped.As well,Before Time Began. (Sorry,I’ve seen words like “epic” & “masterpiece” used to describe this song,but it bores me to tears…In fact,I usually hit Stop after Junkyard Blues !! )

  29. 29
    Paul Surefelt says:

    Seems like I’m not the only one waiting forever for a set list like this! Really hope it stays similar when they hit Canada again. Are you listening guys? I’m slowley spreading the word for the last 10 years or so to fellow Canadians that real rock just keeps on rolling.
    Congradulations guys on Rapture. As a die hard fan since 1972..I love all purple and have been Blown away by all of the last Morse era releases but this last one just hit home! Play your new stuff lads and be proud! Would love to see more Abandon material and flight of the rat live!
    There is heart in the homeland.
    Cheers fellow rockers!

  30. 30
    Chip says:

    I’m excited. It’s not exactly what I would’ve picked…but my god it is so good to see the band feature their new fantastic LP and not rely so heavily on blackmore era stuff…..PLEASE DON”T GO BACK TO THE MIJ setliest when you hit the states….whenever that will be…..

  31. 31
    Eric Eisenstein says:

    Finally! As I have been saying for years, play samller venues for the loyal fans and highlight the Morse era songs. Ive missed one DP tour in the states in the Morse era, and quite frankly, my enthusiasm has been waning, especially after the bareley 90 minute greatest hits set this past year. Now I cannot wait for the band to hit the states again. Congrats to the band for a great album and for having the guts to play what THEY want. As stated elswhere. please do not look back when you hit the states!

  32. 32
    Marcelo Soares says:

    They should play such things in Brazil. Here, sadly, they only play the classic-rock routine. But my dream ticket would be to a concert where they didn’t play Smoke on the Water and play Mandrake Root instead.

  33. 33
    Fanny Craddock says:

    One of the better set lists since 2001. Would like to see it the same for their visit to the states. Great to see pictures of home back in there, also living wreck… Great to see a lot of Morse material being included and not just the typical 3 songs from the touring album and a greatest hits package….

  34. 34
    Sigurður Bachmann says:

    Why drop out Lazy, Space trucking and The Well Dressed Guitar? Lazy shows a great bluesy organ feel and is needed on gigs, I would have cried if they had left these 3 out in Iceland 2004! The Well Dressed Guitar shows how great musicians they are, and well those masterpieces are constructed ! Too bad they cant have a orchestra with them;) it sounds so great with an orchestra! and Space Truckin’ ? I was so surprised when they played it in Iceland and so happy! its a great song! has the boogie kind of feeling to it, hard chorus, shouting and drum and guitar solo, great song! The setlist is great! but i would like to see Speed King in there..!

  35. 35
    Jim Sheridan says:

    WOW! If they are playing anything like this when they hit the US, I am THERE!! I am so glad they are finally standing behind the new stuff. This is not a dinosaur band!

  36. 36
    Chip says:

    The best thing about the song MTV is that it almost forces the band not to play a greatest hits set or they would sound really hypocritical. I do hope they play Money Talks live at some point (take WDG out…and one more ROTD or Bananas track.

  37. 37
    Steve says:

    I would have like to have House of Pain, Silver Tongue, Walk On, and Clearly Quiet Absurd oh and I forgot Fireball, Flight of the Rat, Hush, and lots of others……damn……there aint enough hrs in a day………

  38. 38
    Sam Clayton says:

    This is more than a bit ridiculous. There’s hardly any point in having the band anyway, without Ritchie (or Jon!) and this Steve Morse doesn’t even compare. Not that he can play the material from the good years (only Roger seems to be able to), but back then the songs were good. Great. Excellent, even. and since ’75, it’s not been the same. And currently, it’s worse than ever.

  39. 39
    etienne says:

    I am not addict enough to understand your discussions on set list but I can say that yesterday’s concert in Lyon (France) was really fantastic. An opening part by a local group (sed lex) not too bad. It was in the biggest hall of the area (halle tony garnier), I imagine about ten thousand people of all generations.
    Nice lights and nice sound even if the wall behind the band is under-used (only a picture of the last album) and if the cameraman wasn’t able to film the bass guitar and the singer (in love with the guitar maybe).
    have a nice concert in your countries.

    (sorry for my weak english level)

  40. 40
    Gert Larsson says:

    I`m still missing Houso of Pain,Almost Human,Sun goes down,Don`t make me happy,69,Walk on,Seventh Heaven, Cascades but this is a way in right direction and why not Ramshckle Man, Spanish Archer or Mad Dog.

  41. 41
    Martin Correa says:

    Whotta set list!im very excited!.i would like to see that show here in argentina.but i would like to see clearly quite absurd and dont let go.but its okay.thanks,and greetings from argentina!

  42. 42
    Troy says:

    This is a great setlist that flies in the face of people who claim that DP are a “retro” or “classic rock” band. I would like to see something more from “Abandon.” As for older things, I agree that some of the Machine Head material is getting a little old, and the addition of “Living Wreck” is very welcome. I would like to see more like that. “Hard Lovin’ Man,” maybe…or “Flight of the Rat.” But more than anything, I would like to see a Morse/Airey version of “Burn.” Sadly, ain’t gonna happen…

  43. 43
    Ulf Eriksson says:

    A fantastic set list with so many numbers from ROTD. One can always complain about this track or the other but seriously – doesn’t any of the Bananas songs fit the set anymore?
    I’m not counting Contact Lost or Well Dressed Guitar as Bananas tracks since they are more of a Steve Morse showcase.
    House Of Pain or Silver Toung could well replace WDG as far as I’m concerned. Hopefully they won’t drop half the new numbers in the first 6 month of touring.

  44. 44
    Tomas says:

    It is good tracklist I think, but I´d like to hear more classics as Fools, Strange kind of woman, Fireball. But it is good that there are so many songs from good album ROTD. I´m going to concert in Hungary and I´m very happy. I´m a highway star :). DP is the best.

  45. 45
    Brent says:

    Hi! The show from the Astoria on Jan 17, 2006 is available for downloading at http://deeppurplehub.proboards31.com

    You can also find…

    Hannover 1970
    Fairfield Hall 1970 (Ian Gillan says this is only the second time they played Lucille)
    Liverpool 1971
    Hamburg 1975 (Ritchie refuses to come back for an encore)
    Bruxelles 1973 (An early Mk III gig)
    Madison, WI 1976 (Tommy Bolin Mk IV)
    Portland, OR 1987 (Only performance of “Mad Dog” from HOBL)
    Rome 1993 (The first TBRO show)
    Mannheim 1993
    Forli 1993
    Monterey 1994 (early Steve Morse gig)
    Burgerena Klam 1998
    Trieste 1998
    Dresden 2001

    Great, great stuff! Again, it’s at http://deeppurplehub.proboards31.com
    Thanks to all those who already SHARE THE PURPLE on the Hub! A lot of good fans have spent time to upload these gigs for the enjoyment of all fans, please share something in return! Thanks!


  46. 46
    Lorelei says:

    I’ve never seen Deep Purple in concert yet (moved around a bit in my life and was never living close enough to where they were playing), but I would love to see them play the states (especially western NY state please *grin*). I would love to see mostly newer material, as well. American radio has labelled them classic rock, and it’s very hard sometimes for us serious DP fans to get our requests for newer songs played. There are more than a couple radio stations that I’ve stopped listening to in my life because of that. It’s absurd to me how a country with a love for new talent such as the US can completely ignore such great music. I don’t know how many times I’ve talked to people here in the states who don’t even know the band is still around because the media has very nearly completely ignored DP in the states and it’s so unfair since there are so many of us fans here.

    To the members of DP, if they read this site, you do have quite a lot of serious fans here in the US and we love your newer stuff and it’s the media, not us, who has labelled you “classic rock”. Serious fans know that you work bloody hard to entertain us all and we appreciate it, and thank you for all the wonderful music you have given us… solo stuff as well as studio and live albums.


  47. 47
    Tomas says:

    yes, good playlist. and what about lucille Ian? 🙂
    DP please come on once to Slovakia in Košice please. we don´t have good bands 🙁

  48. 48
    Rover says:

    Great setlist, although I would be happier if they dropped even more of the classics that “have to be” in each live album. I’ve only seen DP once in concert on Bananas tour and I was pretty disappointed by the setlist (it was Silver Tongue / Woman from Tokyo / Bananas / Demon’s Eye / Strange Kind of Woman / Knocking at Your Backdoor / Contact Lost – Well Dressed Guitar – Solo / Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin’ / Highway Star / Smoke on the Water / Speed King / Hush / Black Night – essentially a “jukebox” one except for 3 songs from Bananas). Great that at least two Purpendicular songs are back – _|_ is the second best Purple album I think (Rapture is THE best, honest :)) and it’s good that there is more Morse era material than old classics (wasn’t Morse sick of being treated that way?) Another small miracle – Hush is gone! Good riddance!

    Hope the setlist doesn’t devolve to jukebox mode again by the time they reach here (October)…

  49. 49
    TauRush says:

    Well, last night in Amsterdam they played Hush again 🙂 and they dropped SIFLS. Also Back 2 Back was replaced by Mary Long.
    Very nice concert (my first Deep Purple) and a good atmosphere, the guys seemed to enjoy it very much too.

  50. 50
    Rover says:

    Well, they’re slowly getting into “jukebox mode” again… what a pity. At least we can have a bootleg of the first show, it’ll be unique just like the recording of Black Sabbath’s 1990 Wolverhampton show.

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