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Setlist poll: Return of the Jedi

If our first setlist poll have proved anything, it’s that most people can agree on what exactly the golden oldies are (and even there opinions varied wildly). Let’s tackle it from a slightly different angle — how many new vs. old songs should be in the setlist? By “new” we mean anything starting from 1995.

How many new songs in a set would you like to hear?

  • 6 (14%, 170 Votes)
  • 5 (14%, 167 Votes)
  • 8 (14%, 164 Votes)
  • 10 (12%, 147 Votes)
  • 7 (12%, 146 Votes)
  • 4 (9%, 109 Votes)
  • Only new songs (5%, 63 Votes)
  • 3 (5%, 57 Votes)
  • 9 (3%, 38 Votes)
  • 15 (3%, 35 Votes)
  • 12 (3%, 31 Votes)
  • None (2%, 26 Votes)
  • 2 (2%, 18 Votes)
  • 1 (1%, 10 Votes)
  • 13 (1%, 8 Votes)
  • 11 (1%, 7 Votes)
  • 14 (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,198

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  • Poll closes on October 27, at 23:59 UTC (let’s make it a blitz).

Thanks to Erik Lidström for the idea.

80 Comments to “Setlist poll: Return of the Jedi”:

  1. 1
    hpm says:

    Hey, I’m first!

  2. 2
    MorTaK says:

    Oh, I really like these polls. I think they are very useful for the modern DP business. The classic rock image is more and more losing ground. There is enough new material, and so many young fans. And the selling of newer Live-Albums should be more efficiant, if the setlist would contain more of the Morse-Era songs or other non-classic hits from this band. I’m happy to see this band improving their habits…

  3. 3
    purpletemple says:

    On the average, dP plays 15 songs by concert. Therefor I’d say half new material, half classics.
    Okay, how do I divide 15 by 2? Let’s say they can make an effort, and add a 16th track to their set.

  4. 4
    Eric says:

    If they play 15 songs i’d like to see 4 new ones, 7 classics and 4 songs bever done live before (hard lovin’ man….etc).


  5. 5
    mike whiteley says:

    I’d have no problem with a dozen Morse era tunes.Highway Star opens,Smoke closes.Perfect Strangers as the encore.

  6. 6
    69 says:


  7. 7
    Bryan Caillouette says:

    Nine has always been a magic number for me. 9 Morse era songs. Smoke, Highway star, Knocking at your back door or Perfect Strangers. Then 3 ultra rare surprises. Mitzi Dupree, Rat Bat Blue and place in Line.

  8. 8
    Anders Altzarfeldt says:

    I agree with Bryan Caillouette. That would be fun to watch.

  9. 9
    George Martin says:

    They should play 7 new, 6 classics and 4 old songs that have never been played live before. Also, I should create the set list! Deep Purple e-mail me anytime! I should get so lucky!

  10. 10
    tomekdp says:

    Well, not much point in making a poll like this, because in the recent poll people decided that they don’t want to hear virtually no (or almost no) new songs in the setlist.
    Ansd apart from all – what does “new song” notion mean? A song from currently promoted album? Or a song from last three albums? In any case the response was not too positive, I’m afraid…

  11. 11
    deep lavender says:

    At least half (if not more) should be new (1995-present) songs. DP is not just a nostalgic act; they are still a dynamic, creative, musical force with new ideas and songs to perform. Still they have a 40 year heritage to acknowledge and entertain us with.

    How many Old vs New vs ‘never played before’ songs on the setlist: I’d say when making a setlist, the band has a “good” problem to consider.

  12. 12
    Paul Orchard says:

    I want to hear Smooth Dancer, Strangeways, Fools, Solitaire, Hungry Daze, Spanish Archer, Loosen my Strings, Seventh Heaven, Place in Line as well as a few staples. I don’t want to hear Black Night anymore. Its sounds boring without blackmore playing on it. I am not saying I want Blackmore back – I know the albums after Perfect Strangers have been poor in comparsion to what you would expect from Deep Purple. And Purpendicular was clarification that he had to go. I just want more from the current line up than what we are getting from them. The set list is too predictable. This band is so good musically they could really do the songs above brilliantly. I know there will be people there who want to hear SOTW but the rest of the set list really needs revitalising.

  13. 13
    Anders Altzarfeldt says:

    I think they should play as much as possible of the new songs. The have 2 members that haven’t played on the classics albums and it must feel strange for them that they do new albums but the songs don’t last long in the set list. If they want to keep it fresh and not like an old cover band they should do at least 11 new number and on a rotation song list 4 other old songs.

  14. 14
    marcinn says:

    I suppose Deep Purple, the band, not the management should take a look at this. Yes, we would love to hear some material from Steve Morse Era. Damn, you have a variety of tunes to choose from. Anything never-before-played from Purpendicular to Rapture of The Deep would make me smile, and I wouldn’t be the only one smiling. I understand that MH is your best album commercially, but a die hard like me, really would like to see you putting on the show with 10 ‘new’ songs, and 5 or more classics. However, I really appreciate Steve’s in improving the oldies ( some bits from Chid In Time incorporated into Pictures of Home was a terrific idea imho).

  15. 15
    Joachim says:

    Hi, more new songs – definitely!!! Sometimes I feel like screaming, Ted, Rosas Cantina, Seventh Heaven, Wrong Man, Rapture, just to name few. You cannot be without Smoke and I guess Highway Star. Bloodsucker was great as well. Pre 1995 and post 1973: Perfect Stangers and Battle Rages On. 3 to 5 old ones, up to 3 old but rare and the rest newer stuff. That’s it for me :-).

    In my opinion Purple lost the chance to make the newer ones “classics” as well by not keeping them permantely in the setlist. E.g. who would have complained about a permant “Sometimes I feel like …” or “Ted”?

    Cheers Joachim
    Just to remember Hanau 1996, which was the right direction:
    1. Fireball/Into the fire
    2. Maybe I´m A Leo
    3. Ted the mechanic
    4. Pictures Of Home
    5. Black night
    6. I´m not your lover
    7. Sometimes I feel like screaming
    8. Woman From Tokyo
    9. Bloodsucker
    10. Purpendicular Waltz
    11. No one came
    12. Rosa´s cantina
    13. Smoke on the water
    14. When a blind man cries
    15. Somebody stolen my guitar
    16. Speed king
    17. Perfect strangers
    18. Hey Cisco
    19. Highway star

  16. 16
    purpletemple says:

    I saw RUSH last week, and the show featured 8 or 9 tracks from their new album, some classics (Tom sawyer, Mission, YYZ,…) and the rest was old(er) material rarely played on stage. The set list was radically different from their R30 tour, three years ago. This time they dropped A LOT of classics!!!
    I think dP should do the same. I’m not saying it was an easy playlist that Rush did, and to be honest I prefered the previous tour which was an anniversary tour, and they played ALL the classics froim ALL albums, but this time it was the “Snakes and Arrows” tour, and the album has been well promoted on stage, while giving the fans some forgotten pearls too.

    Who dares win.

  17. 17
    micke says:

    More songs from HOBL, S&M (yes), BRO, P, A, B and ROTD.
    Top it of with a few mk I classics….

  18. 18
    Raycoba says:

    I would say around 10 songs would be nice.
    Songs like

    Loosing my strings / The Aviator / sometimes I feel like / Almost Human / Watching the sky / Sun goes down / Silver tongue / Money talks / Rapture of the deep / Before time began.

    Would be great if they put a setlist together with all these songs included

  19. 19
    deep lavender says:

    My copy of “Perpindicular” has a song at the end of the CD called “Don’t Hold Your Breath”, though it is not listed on the sleeve, nor are the lyrics printed on the inside.
    Does everybody else’s copy of the CD have this song?
    I’d like to hear it performed live!

  20. 20
    stoffer says:

    I said 9, heres a few…Ted, Cascades, SIFLS,Almost Human, Haunted, Razz Dazz, Silver Tongue (2005 US tour opener AWESOME), ROTD,Junkyard, MTV, Things I Never Said, Well Dressed just to name some. Also a few rarities, Rat Bat Blue, Bad Attidude,Anya, Painted Horse or Kentucky Woman.

  21. 21
    KLEBER says:



  22. 22
    T says:

    Deep Lavender, I still have the sticker on my version of Purpendicular, and it says, “Includes the bonus track DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH” and under that, “Prominent 1001)”. In America, we get different tracks and in Japan they tend to get extra bonuses. I imagine this track wasn’t on every version of the release.

    I agree with the general consensus–we need more Morse-era songs and the ‘classics’ are getting worn out. There are classics they don’t play…”Burn” for one–I still think it would work, even as an instrumental arrangement.

    I agree with your suggestion to play it live. Heck, there is more than enough to choose from!

    As Deep Purple fans, we sure have a different take on this that the casual listener in America. Most people here would want “greatest hits,” and therein lies the problem.

  23. 23
    renzo says:

    That’s my set list… Maybe too many songs? C’mon mates you can do it!

    1 Pictures of Home
    2 Strange Kind of Woman
    3 Rapture of the Deep new
    4 Fingers to the Bone new
    5 Walk On new
    6 Cascades new
    7 Wasted Sunsets
    8 Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
    9 The Aviator new
    10 Junkyard Blues new
    11 Black Night
    12 The Battle Rages On
    13 Clearly Quiet Absurd new
    14 House of Pain new
    15 Smoke On the Water
    16 Highway Star
    17 Hush
    18 Perfect Strangers
    19 Speed King

  24. 24
    Ropsi Rolle says:

    They should play the old classics in a 6-minute medley and try to combat their classic rock band image with the newer material. The medley could include the worn out Highway Star, Black Night, Smoke, etc.

  25. 25
    George Martin says:

    We all have our favorite songs we would like to hear but the fact is there going to play what they want and it might not be exactly what you want. So I have come up with a solution to make everyone happy. ( Well at least it would make me happy ). Why don’t they pick a location and do one concert, record it for a cd and dvd release and call it “Things We Never Play” The show would consist of about 18 songs that Deep Purple never play or maybe only played once ever and they would be songs that they would probably never play again. My setlist would look something like this.

    1. Smooth Dancer
    2. Rat Bat Blue
    3. Place In Line
    4. Flight of the Rat
    5. Hard Lovin Man
    6. Not Responsible
    7. Wasted Sunsets
    8. Mad Dog
    9. Call Of The Wild
    10. Time To Kill
    11. Sun Goes Down
    12. Pictures Of Innocence
    13. Haunted
    14. Razzle Dazzle
    15. Clearly Quite Absurd
    16. Don’t Let Go
    17. Money Talks
    18. Girls Like That

    The songs don’t have to be in this order but you get the idea. You may not ever see these songs played live at the show you go to but at least you would have a live version of them on cd and dvd.

  26. 26
    Robert Daems says:

    It is indeed a return of a poll…

    I agree with what Purpletemple says about Rush, I saw them in Rotterdam. They were really promoting their new album by playing a lot of new songs. They also took some songs they rarely played before.
    Purple should do the same, if you don’t want to be in the nostalgia circuit you have to get out yourselves guys!

    Play new songs! I really like the live tracks from Abandon for example, and also the Live at the Olympia 1996 version of Cascades. Things I never said is a good live song and Junkyard blues too.
    Also, as some others mentioned, take some songs you haven’t played live since a long time… Knocking at your back door, Mitzi Dupree, Bloodsucker, Anyones Daughter, Hard Lovin man and Hard Lovin Woman…
    Old stuff? Just stick to Highway Star and Lazy … and maybe Smoke on the Water.

    Needless to say that Rush played without a support act, they came on stage at 20.05 and played until 23.20 with just a 20 minute break.
    If your repertoire is so big, it should be a treat for the people that come to the concerts to hear just the band you want to hear, not some freaky local rockband trying to make an effort on gaining some new fans…


  27. 27
    renzo says:

    for George Martin
    Good idea! I’ don’t like your set list but the idea is great. I propose a new set poll including the few played songs…
    Long live DP

  28. 28
    Jim Sheridan says:

    More Morse songs. Play an oldie once every 4 or 5 songs so that the casual fans have something they know or that everyone can sing along to, but vary the classics; why not do “Perfect Strangers” one night but not do “Knocking at your Back Door” that night? Make it either “Hush” or “Woman from Tokyo” but not both in the same night; make it “Black Night” OR “Strange Kind of Woman” OR “Speed King” but not all of them in the same night. And then yes by all means, knock people out by surprising them with one or two much less typical oldies – a “Demon’s Eye” here or a “Bloodsucker” there. But only a few – That way the band can play the new material that shows that this is a band that progresses!

    There is a LOT of good stuff on the past four studio albums that just has not had its due and should be played live. I thought that Purple playing “THings I Never Said” here in the US was FANTASTIC, really bold! I mean, they had to know that very few people had the tour edition of ROTD, and yet they played that song live, and it was excellent. They were confident in that new song. I would love to see more of that attitude.

  29. 29
    Jim Sheridan says:

    Let me add that my ideal for the next live album would be one culled from a few shows in which they played less typical numbers, and in which they then edited out the over-represented oldies. We do not need another recorded version of the greatest hits songs. I would LOVE to get some of the new songs live, though. Maybe that would be a cool Direct Sales or pay-to-download sort of release.

  30. 30
    Snoopster says:

    Add 3 or 4 songs from the 70s and 80s for the encores and the rest should be from 1995 and later. After all, are they promoting their new lineup and new albums, or forever stoking the fire of nostalgy and the “blackmore-should-return” sentiments?

  31. 31
    purpletemple says:

    The idea of a “Songs we rarely play” show is great!
    May this idea get to their ears.

  32. 32
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Ian Gillan : “Forget it. It’s NOT gonna happen………”

  33. 33
    stoffer says:

    Good idea George, just wish it would happen!! gotta enjoy DP fans they are the BEST

  34. 34
    JimOB says:

    I agree with the consensus. MORE MORSE SONGS!!!! Include some of the less played songs. Rat bat Blue would make a great song for an extended jam and solos. Mitzi Dupree instead of Anyone’s daughter, House of Pain, Back to Back, MTV, The Aviator (PLEASE PERFORM THIS LIVE- IT’S A GREAT SONG). THe casual fan can get inot the new stuff as much as the older stuff. I had two students attend the Radio City show in NYC. Both loved the show, but wanted the rarer songs played and this was thier first DP show (they are seniors in high school).Ian once said that Fireball is his favorite DP album due to tis diversity. I completely agree with this and maybe they should add that diversity to the setlist.Don’t Hold your Breath was include on a cassette version of Purpendicular whenit was initally realesed, and was recently included on a rerelease of the CD.

  35. 35
    alf + says:

    “songs rarely play”. yes, songs like burn, mistreated, stormbringer, lady double dealer, soldier of fortune, dealer, drifter, love child, you keep on moving… but the arrogance,ego from mr.Gillan don´t make me happy.

  36. 36
    Alex says:

    No problem – 15 old and 15 new, 2,5 hours!

  37. 37
    George Martin says:

    To alf +
    Do you really want Ian Gillan singing David Coverdale songs? Maybe Coverdale will someday do an all Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste The Band show. That’s the guy you want singing those songs. At least I know I do.

  38. 38
    The Cat-That-Sleeps says:

    A 3-parts concert :
    1st part : the whole new album (Pink Floyd did it in 87-88)
    2nd part : recent songs (96-2003) + rarely played oldies (like “Hallelujah” or “Rat Bat Blue”, to give a hint) + songs from 84-93 (like “Gypsy’s kiss” or “Call of the wild”)
    3rd part : classics in a medley, + a recent or rare song
    Encore : a big classic + a total surprise (like “One more rainy day” or “Getting tighter”… if Gillan and Glover admit that DP existed without them)

    Toto releases a new live album : look how nicely they manage to rotate their setlist : new songs, classics, rare songs, recent songs… Should DP hire Bobby Kimball then ? 🙂

  39. 39
    Sami says:

    Gillan has the final say about the set list as Mr. Morse once said!

  40. 40
    Johny masip says:

    Hy, I love ALL the songs from all the albums. Anyway, I absolutely agree with Jeorge Martin and it would really be a dream come true if they recorded a concert like that (not to mention the chance to be there). I also agree with Jim Sheridan: the set should be a bit different from show to show, that way we could have more great stuff to look for. The three-part + encore-show of The cat-that-sleeps would be great but we will never see it, they are not Kiss (fortunately)

  41. 41
    Sam Knight says:

    Imagine the fun and games IG would have remembering the lyrics if Purple did play all of the suggested stuff… that would be worth the price of admission alone! 😉

  42. 42
    AndreA says:

    I would like to hear some pieces from THE HOUSE OF BL,Hard Lovin’ Man from ’70ies. Last year I ‘ve got to listen mary Long (I’ve been loving it since my first time ) and Living wreck: very cool. I’d like that the opener on Stage could be Highway star like many years ago,it gave us a good input at the beggining…
    bye friends

  43. 43
    Rami says:

    If they played only Mk-Morse material, I would go to see them!

  44. 44
    josh says:

    Please boys, more new stuff !!! The new songs are FANTASTIC !!! Cheers

  45. 45
    jörg says:

    Here is my vote:
    Cascades Im not your lover
    Silver Tongue
    The battle rages on
    when a blind man cries
    Contact lost
    well dressed guitar
    under the gun
    Knocking on your back door
    Money talks
    Sometimes I feel like screaming
    Ted the mechanic
    Mary long
    Highway Star

    More Morse Area Please 😉

  46. 46
    stoffer says:

    IG should never be expected to sing MKIII nor will he, the “Cat” has some good ideas but lets not compare DP to Toto (no comparison)

  47. 47
    alf + says:

    DP come to places were don’t play before, the band is very old and yet play in news city´s in the world, for some people is a dream see DP, then these people want hear the olds song’s is obvius they play old song’s. in México DP play first time in Cd Juarez and Guadalajara in 2005 rapture tour.

  48. 48
    martin correa says:

    hello everybody!
    i agree deep purple must do a surprising set list,with more new songs.what do you think of this set list?this is mine one:
    1-knockin’ at your back door
    2-ted the mechanic NEW
    3-strange kind of woman
    4-finguers to the bone NEW
    5-wrong man NEW
    7-junkyard blues NEW
    8-steve solo/well dressed guitar
    10-sometimes i feel like screaming NEW
    11-i got your number NEW
    12-rapture of the deep NEW
    13-rosa’s cantina NEW
    14-perfect strangers
    15-any fule kno that NEW
    16-smoke on the water
    17-before time began NEW
    18-ramshackle man
    19-roger’s solo/highway star

    i would love to hear this in a concert

  49. 49
    T says:

    “Don’t Hold Your Breath” was on the original 1996 release (Prominent 1001) as a bonus track. I have it in my hand. Maybe it was an American-only release at the time. It was released on BMG–at least here. It is true that they tended to have bonus cuts on cassettes, however (to get one to buy the cassette).

    Anyone else have “Don’t Hold Your Breath” on the original run CD? There is also an unlisted “track” on the TOC that is blank before it goes into the song.

  50. 50
    T says:

    Spanish Archer, extended Steve Morse version.

  51. 51
    purpletemple says:

    I agree that the current mark should do Mark III/IV or JLT era songs, unless they really want to of course.
    They have enough material from the Mark II and Morse period which isn’t played already.

    What I don’t understand is the excuse they use that songs have to be played often before they can really be good, and the excuse of the lyrics forgotten by Gillan.

    After all, it’s their job, not like they have to go to work all day and practice between work and the show.
    And on the other hand, when it comes to do shows with “new” songs for a Gillan’s Inn tour, then it works…Or Ian Paice playing more obscure songs with a Purple Tribute band.

    There’s something I don’t get there…

  52. 52
    Roberto says:


  53. 53
    johny masip says:

    Oh, I forgot to answer the original question; set list: It´d be the concert of my life if they played Hard loving man, Mad dog and Money talks, ALL three, the rest, I´d put 6 from MKII (apart from Hard lov man) and 7 from 95 on (apart from Money talks). If only one of the three were there, it would be fantastic as well. Cmon´, gillan & Cº, consider it…, would you?

  54. 54
    purpletemple says:

    I meant: this mark should NOT do any material from Mark III IV or JLT era 🙂

  55. 55
    Luis from Bazil says:

















    AND 24-HUSH

  56. 56
    Jussi from North says:

    Want to see more of MK III and JLT era songs. Burn, The Cut Runs Deep and Mistreated. Why also we should forget mr Tommy Bolin and MK IV.

    Something what Luis is saying, is right. Perhaps different songs, but something from every album starting In Rock.

  57. 57
    elprupdeep says:

    hello! before we start the concert when they fix up everything the manager should put some song from deep before and after gillan glover era and of course before morse and airey era this is the first thing for a good warm up!
    an exemple burn from coverdale or gettin’ tighter then start the concert with silver tongue /: spanish archer/: 69/: picture of innocence/: MTV:/ ROTD :/ then a medley of steve and don with rosa cantina sometimes i feel well dressed guitar any fule know that /ted fireball et.c instead of stuff from other bands then almost human /: hey cisco/: may be iam a leo:/ lazy:/ anyone daughter :/ before time began /: and for the finish sotw and highway star this will be the dream concert i reckon/ thanks guys anyway for keeping me alive! cheers; richard legris.

  58. 58
    CP says:

    Don’t hold your breath was on the original Japanese release,and because the US release was so far behind the rest of the world,they released it here as well.

  59. 59
    deep lavender says:

    Thanks to ‘T’ and ‘CP’ for the info on “Don’t Hold Your Breath”. It’s a great song; worthy of a spot in the setlist.
    One song I’ve not seen is mentioned is “Why Didn’t Rosemary” from MkI lineup. I think the current lineup could really rock that song up. Also “Lalena”, alternated with “When A Blind Man Cries” for a slower blues type song.

  60. 60
    Tracy Heyder says:

    I selected 10 because I would like to see half of the songs as present Morse/Airey tunes and 10 from the past. They should be playing at least 20 tunes per show. 40 years of recordings means you have to play for while in order to appease the masses. This is much more important than selecting the perfect list. These present 15 song sets only leave the crowd displeased. Even if you don’t play everyone’s favorites, you should at least play for a proper amount of time. Leaving the crowd disatisfied by short changing them with a short set is out of line. Purple will never play the exact set list that every fan wishes to hear. That is obvious and shouldn’t be expected, but playing such short gigs is inexcuseable. Casting asside the Morse era tunes is also wrong. He has been in the band for 13 years and Mr. Gillan even wrote a song bitching about the “Classic Rock” delima (MTV). It’s time to “Butch Up” and stick by your guns and push the new stuff down OUR THROAT. We are ready and the world needs to hear it. If they won’t play it on the radio, at least take charge and play them “LIVE”. Isn’t that what you are known for? Just Do It!!! You’ll feel better. Otherwise I have a title for a song on your next album….”Same Old Song”.



  61. 61
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I would like to follow Luis idea, but they won’t play that long and I(…) would make othert choices :

    1) Mandrake root
    2) HardLovingMan
    3) Fools
    4) Fireball
    5) Smooth dancer
    6) Place in line
    7) rat bat blue
    8) Wasted Sunsets
    9) A gypsies kiss
    10) The Unwritten law
    11) Strange ways
    12) The battle rages On
    13) Enya
    14) Twist in the tale
    15) Rosa’s cantina
    16) cascades
    17) The Purpendicular waltz
    18) 7th Heaven
    19) Sun goes down
    20) Silver tongue
    21) Kiss tomorrow Goodbye
    22) Son of alerik(Let’s welcome the return of the man in black once more…..)

  62. 62
    Cranberry says:

    The idea of playing a couple of tracks of each album would seem a reasonable idea.

    However, I cant imagine Gillan entertaining tracks belonging to Coverdale/Hughes. Thats unfortunate, but I guess understandable to a degree.

    The fact he wont sing JLT era DP……………thank god!!

  63. 63
    Germain says:

    Remember Coverdale singing Gillan songs . Absolutely horrible and i am sure Gillan would succeed in singing Coverdale songs in a perfect way , but i really respect his decison not to do so. They have really enough material to fill several hours . I would suggest 20 songs with 12 new ones.
    As classic ones : Smoke , black night , anya , the battle rages on , demon’s eye , lazy , perfect strangers , knocking at your backdoor
    The new ones :solver tongue , house of pain , wrong man , clearly quite absurd , doing it tonight , walk on , picture of innocence , rosas cantina , the well dressed guitar , sometimes i feel like screaming , girls like that, bananas.

    So , what shall we do now if a new album comes out ? Easy : add another half an hour to the gig and play as well 5 of the brandnew songs

  64. 64
    alf+ says:

    i agree with germain, “songs rarely play” was the point, maybe the reasons for IG dont sing DC songs are: 1. the voice. 2. the credits 3. the ego. Just one song will be great, one intro, solo, pieces…
    One question: why not DP play some songs only instrumental?( and IG just shut up) without lyrics from mark III and IV.
    I believe IG is better, but the DC career is most “successfull” (without DP)than IG. DC dont need too much the BRAND DP, even an reunion. God bless DP and Gillan also. Sorry for me spanish-inglish

  65. 65
    johny masip says:

    Hy again!; this is the list I´d like them to perform. It covers almost every album and I think everybody would be confortably in:
    2-Demon´s eye
    3-Place in the line
    4-Almost Human
    5-Girls like that
    7-Medley: Wring that neck/Contact lost/Well dressed guitar
    8-A 200/Airey´s solo/
    9-Money talks
    10-Mean streak
    11-Mad dog
    12-Hard lovin´man
    13-One man´s meat
    14-The purpendicular waltz
    15-Don´t let go
    16-No one came
    17-Smoke on the water

  66. 66
    paul anderson says:

    If doing a couple of songs from each album to reflect the 40 years, why start at In Rock? Wouldnt that be 38 years of a span. Although the first line up was not as ‘established’ or as influencial as the subsequent line ups, (personally speaking) the initial line up was the foundation of what was to become a great rock band, therefore in my view would warrant some inclusion.

    I would, for one, love to hear the current line ups take on other classics, but I doubt it will happen, but still we can all live in hope.

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    Rascal says:

    Maybe thay just want to play what they are comfortable with.

    Should fans dictate what they play?

    If you dont like the tracks they do…………………..dont go!

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    Stormbringer says:

    It’s not the fans who get to dictate what songs they wanna hear.

    It’s Gillan’s voice nowadays, or the lack of it.

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    Station X says:

    Well it seems people on these blogs crucify Morse for not being worthy, may as well condemn Gillan for having a 62 year old voice!!

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    Troy says:

    The Burn, Stormbringer, & Come & Taste The Band song’s were written by Deep Purple in the end not by Spice Girls . They really should be getting some attention, would love to hear Steve play the solos on Burn , as Steve said on Live In Bombay India DVD Blackmore wrote some great stuff.
    Am getting tired of hearing the usual number’s in the set list too, some unplayed songs from In Rock would be better Flight Of The Rat , Hard Lovin Man , or even Mandrake Root from Mk1 , what’s wrong with A Gypses Kiss nothing Don would do a good job with those organ solos.
    Just a few of the better Morse songs from over the years should be included but more of the 70’s 80’s songs should be there .

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    Tracy Heyder says:


    Seems the same old arguement rambles on. For the love of GOD, isn’t it time that we all come to terms with all of this nonsense? Get used to the fact that you will never hear the “Perfect” Set list. You wil never hear every tune that you desire to hear. The present line-up of the Greatest Band in the world is playing the tunes they deem they should play. To state that they play the same songs is not true by any means. Yes, they adhere to a particular list on particular tours, but each tour is different from the last. Much more-so now, than back in the “Blackmore” days. If you have been following the band for a few years, you can’t say that they play the same songs each tour. Do they continue to play certain tunes every time? Of course. Let’s face it. As great a band as they are, they have only a few tunes that made it to the Radio. You will alway hear them play SOTW, Highway Star, Hush. Black Night became a Deep Purple cult tune due to it being a “B-side” that became very popular “live” and is now always demanded. So there are 4 songs right off the bat that you must subtract from the remainder. That doesn’t leave much room for many changes when they only play 16 songs on average. That is why it is imperative that the main point which needs to be conveyed to the Purple Camp is that they must extend their live shows to no less than 2 hours. To be honest, there is no “Bad” set list. All songs Purple are awesome songs. No matter which line-up. Even the “Rainbow/Purple” Slave and Masters has some great stuff on it. I would have to say that over the 35 years that I have been a Purple fan, and the 20 or shows that I have attended, they have played a vast array of songs. Plus, if you truly check out the set-lists since Morse has joined, you will see a huge amount of changes throughout. In simple terms, the root of the “complaint department’s” problem, is that they play way too short a time period…… for a band of their caliber and song catalogue. They constantly convey 2 things. They are a “LIVE” Band and that they don’t like being called a “Classic rock” Band.

    Well then, start playing longer “Live” shows, and less “Classic” songs, and definately more “Morse/Airey stuff. This would address most of the frustration that the fans have. There truly shouldn’t be so much negative discussion regarding these heralds of music wizardry. But I gurantee one thing. There would be much less criticism if there was proper time played and more jamming it up right, no matter what songs are played.


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    purplepriest1965 says:

    Even I would be interested in a 2 disc set of live tracks filled with Non Made in Japan tracks……..
    Why don’t they make a compilation of the Lord/morse era in that vein?
    Or shoud I try that myself ?
    here we go……

    Disc 1.

    1) Pictures of home
    2) Into The Fire
    3) Ted the mechanic
    4) SIFLS
    5) rat Bat blue(there is arecording of that, not?)
    6) Fireball
    7) Fools
    8) Cascades
    9) Rosa”s cantina
    10) The Purpendicular Waltz
    11) Wring that neck
    12) Blood sucker
    13) Watching the skies

    Disc 2)

    1) Demon’s Eye
    2) 7th Heaven
    3) Mary Long
    4) Hey Cisco
    5) When a Blind man Cries
    6) HUSH
    7) I m not your lover
    8) Enya
    9) The battle rages on
    10) Pictured within(…)
    11) The well dressed guitar
    12) Wring that neck
    13) woman from tokyo
    14)69(Incl The Mule, ermmmmmm)

    Did I forget something?

    If you really need crap like The Aviator then we are heading for a third disc…….
    maybe already, I dunno………..

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwww, My God……….
    I forgot at least one important one :

    NO ONE CAME……………..

    How Ironic………….

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    Tracy Heyder says:

    Here’s one for ya…….

    The ever underrated Deep Purple version of “Hey Joe” from the MK-I era.
    This is hand over foot, a better rendition than the famed “Hendrix” version, yet gets no recognition. I would love to hear this present Purple incarnation take off on this one, using the form that was used back then, but with the present bands influence. What a great tune to have fun with.


    Tracy Heyder

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    T says:

    When one takes into consideration what the band does play, in the long run it stands as a pretty decent compromise overall. It caters to most of the general audience most of the time. Only hardcore fans like us want oddball rarities and Songs They Would Never Play.

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    Tracy Heyder says:

    I Totally Agree, but……

    some tunes, even though “Oddballs” as you put it for Purple folks, would do very well. “Hey Joe” is a very familiar song, unfortunately due to the constant air-play of the Hendrix version on classic rock stations, so in retrospect would be a great one from Purple Past to re-introduce due to it’s familiarityand give it a Morse/Airey spin. Plus just listen to the intro and body and the end of the MK-I version. Very cool song to improvise on and yet the “basic goers” would be attracted to it due to the fact that it is known and also, actually a Purple tune, prior to being made famous by Hendrix. Two or Three Birds with one Song, they can’t go wrong.


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    johny masip says:

    Hey, yeah Tracy Heyder, you´re right, sure. Nevertheless, nothin´wrong in making good wishes, singing in your mind the oneself perfect set list as you eagerly write it down for everbody to read. It´s no complaint, how could it be when every concert is superb, whatever they play?. This next 18th in Paris will be my 10th DP concert. I started attending them too late, being my 1st in 98´s Abandon tour, in my home town, Barcelona. ´t was magic and every following one has been too. Never saw Ritchie but what the heck!, have a mountain of stuff with him, official as well as bootleg. I wish they played longer (MUCH longer!) concerts but… 2007 and still being the absolutely best hard rock band in the fk world, when I clearly remember back in 1988 everyone I knew saying they were already dead. And saying it again in 93. And saying it again after Jon´s departure. But they always get on and better and better, now with the Rapture, best album since 84 or, even, since 72 (as they perfectly know, which is why they play so much material from it in the currently set list). They always change a song, a solo, a jam, even a note, or just an intro from Gillan for the following number. That´s enough and worth one and every concert for me, thank you. Say sorry to everybody for such a long out place nostalgia (I´m getting old..). That said, I say let them play whatever they want, fancy or feel like and let´s hope they make it last 20 songs, instead of 15, served with a loooot of impro. I thaaaaaaaaaank……. (from the buttom of ma heart)

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    Proud to be an Oddball……

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    balfgur says:

    Yeah, a lot of songs of the morse era.
    And as a surprise songs from Ian Gillan Band/Gillan, Dixie Dreggs/Steve Morse Band, Don Airey (donT know whether he wrotes songs in the past, but he played in great bands like collosseum etc. Why not?

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    Dave Alder says:

    Well, my only stipulation is that the majority of songs should be Morse era!

    Assuming they play about 16 songs live, 10 should be Morse era, leaving about half a dozen for the older classics. Which is plenty, for those of us who have seen Smoke et al, more times than we care to remember!

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