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2009 tour has started

Deep Purple have started their World Tour 2009 by playing yesterday at the opening of the Nordic Skiing World Championship in Liberec, Czech Republic. Here is a truly bombastic version of Highway Star for your viewing pleasure:

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info.

Update (Feb 22): another clip of this performance appeared on the YouTube. This time sound is on both channels, but out of sync with video:

Thanks to Trond Strøm for spotting this one.

99 Comments to “2009 tour has started”:

  1. 1
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Yeah, watched it already and had to laugh at people ranking on Ian here, it isn’t that bad, is it?
    Looks pretty damn good to me… sorry Ian cut his chin though, and whats with the boots? lol!

  2. 2
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Must be the cold weather, oops.lol!


  3. 3
    Purple Princess says:

    I really wish I was there!

  4. 4
    69 says:

    What´s wrong with the sound?

  5. 5
    nsoveiko says:

    69: i have no idea. i get music in the left channel, but only 50Hz hum in the right. there’s nothing we can do, it comes from youtube.

  6. 6
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Recorded from mono TV most likely, it’s all we get for now.

    Hey Pricess, check in with me sometime at the forum, missing your mod factor lately.

    Cheers dear!

  7. 7
    marcinn says:

    All I can say is wow, they nailed it. 🙂 Truly great performance, a lot faster than during the last tour. He is singing great here, they all do play fantastic. They’ve just whetted my appetite for more. Hats off!

  8. 8
    Nigel Young says:

    That’s a relief, I thought I had blown my headphones! 🙂

  9. 9
    nsoveiko says:

    Nigel: same here 🙂

  10. 10
    Bo says:

    As allways GREAT!
    Some new surprises in the show? – Did someone say “House of Pain”?

  11. 11
    George says:


    Greeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaattt, a REAL BOMB!!!
    The band has never playes such a heavy and strong versio of Highway Star for the last 10-15 years, amazing!!!
    Mister Ian Gillan sounds and looks quite well, his screams during Morse’s solo are amazing…
    As I see, the short intro is better for this songs, than the intro/jam RG and ST used to play before…

    Truly a killer version of the killer song…

    Highway Star could be the best opener track for ANY rock band…

    Rock ON!!!
    This is the great begining for the 2009 tour as I see the band is in TOP form, real rockers… who cares about Gillan’s white short hairs and his weight? the man and the band are not going to get older for the next 4-5-6 years I see…

    I Thaaaaaaaaaaankk Youuuuuuuuu Deep Purple…

  12. 12
    Tom Green says:

    I hope this is the stage setup for the whole tour, it looks ace. Gillan continuing to diminish but still great.

  13. 13
    George says:

    As it was not ordinary concert and it was the opening ceremony, DP played a 75 minutes set, with shortened setlist, so they mostly played greatest hits (I repeat, It was NOT ordinary Tour show, BUT a openind ceremony)

    the setlist was:

    Highway Star
    Into The Fire
    Strange Kind Of Woman
    Rapture Of The Deep
    The Battle Rages On
    Perfect Strangers
    Space Truckin´
    Smoke On The Water

    Pictures Of Home
    Black Night

  14. 14
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Great Jam…..

    They were on fire for this. Now I’m totally jones’n for them to come to the US and tour. Can’t wait. Long over due. Any nay sayers out there that are sceptical about these greats should put there crap jto rest………THEY are STILL the GREATEST!!!!!!!!!

    This was ProShot video. Hopefully the whole gig will surface…..Yeeeeooooooowwwwwww!!!!!!!


  15. 15
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Not likely at all Tracy, because only the first song was filmed and aired on TV, unfortunately. (if it does ever surface it will be by way of tape smuggling from someone on the inside)

  16. 16
    Maybe I'm A Leo says:

    Same songs as 2006 when I saw them in Las Vegas. Wish they could change some songs around. Been playing the same basic set list since they started the Rapture tour in 2006. I agree, how about House Of Pain and more from Bananas and Abandon, Ted, and House Of Blue Light songs?

  17. 17
    stoffer says:

    Just viewed with my 18 year old son, in his words “awesome”, very heavy sound………

  18. 18
    Crimson Ghost says:

    “HOP” was only done at trial stages prior to the first gig of the actual Bananas tour, major problems were experienced concerning the layered vocals, it really didn’t work, the pro shot footage doesn’t lie, it was dropped almost instantly.(they were just finding what songs would work when they tried it out)

    Thank goodness indeed for me, someone who it doesn’t taste well with, I’d rather hear “Walk On” which would likely work, as there are no challenges in the vocal department as far as I can predict. Or better yet “Picture Of Innocence” for that matter, concerning live choices from Bananas anyway.(a great album with just a few sound and timing issues, a tad rushed, as someone once put it)

  19. 19
    elprupdeep says:

    where is roberto there and his complaining about Ian voice?????not to bad at all for a man who lost his voice while ago isn’t it???
    long live DP. CHEERS.

  20. 20
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Good point.

  21. 21
    andre sihotang says:

    Noticed that around 4.24-4.30, Steve did a little miss on the guitar solo first part. Ian was counfused that he stopped mimmicking the melody. And in 4.40, Steve was laughing, I bet it reffered to his slip before.

    But it was one of only fuckin’ minor points on this performance. After all, I must admit that they blew away the stage with a wonderful rendition of Highway Star. Ian Gillan, while tried to adjust his vocal phrases instead of the original recording, really done better here. Most of 2008 bootlegs shown that he couldn’t sing Highway Star proper anymore. On top of all that, the band really did business here.

    Like I said before on this forum, enough rest, holiday, idea to put Highway Star as opener; all really took its toll on this performance. Highway Star should be opener again.

    As long as we wait for new album, I hope some or even all dates in the begin of 2009 may add rarites or even introduce something form their catalogue. It will be fuckin’ great. I’m the one who will find the bootlegs soon as possible, hehe….

  22. 22
    George Fotis says:

    Ian’s voice sounds very good for somebody in his 60’s, but why is it that his voice sound’s better live! He didn’t sound so good on the last album Rapture Of The Deep .
    Who know’s what Michael Broadford is up to on the controls. Roger’s production work on the 1st Michael Schenker Group album is excellent . It still sounds very modern even though it’s from 1980.
    If and when DP make another album he needs to be the producer again & make Ian’s voice sound good again and transfer their live heavy fresh sound onto a studio album .

  23. 23
    mamak says:

    please play some of the Who do we think we are album – Super Trooper is a great track, they might be not aware how great the song is.

  24. 24
    Michael says:

    DP on fire!

  25. 25
    kraatzy says:

    Yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaauuuuu … that´s the “KILLER MACHINE”….

    … I´m the highway star …

    Long Live Rock´N´Roll

    Long Live Deep Purple

  26. 26
    Reinhard says:

    fantastic, I am looking forward to see the best band ever this year in bavaria and in austria, yeeeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.

    And for the first time my wife and me will take my grandson Elias Ian (smile) to one of the gigs……..Elias Ian is 8 years old and he likes rockmusic:-)

    So I never give up, we have to show our children and the young generation what real !!! music is:-)

    God bless Deep Purple and god bless the fans, keep on rocking for a free world………

  27. 27
    Rascal says:

    What a blast!!

    Although lets not get ‘negative’ (big brother watching) about the 50hz buzz………lol

    If changing the balance is too difficult then press one ear against the left speaker and stick your finger in the other ear…….and hey presto!!

  28. 28
    kraatzy says:

    … and a very great video.

    The DP management shout catch the director for making this video for their next Purple-DVD !!!

    -really great-

  29. 29
    HZ says:

    Reinhard, cheers mate!!! 🙂

  30. 30
    Daniel Todorov says:

    On FIRE. It’s a great performance !

  31. 31
    Joanna says:

    Always the same shirt. I saw it in Berlin last year:D
    A very good performance!

  32. 32
    james jay says:

    simply fantastic…gives me goose bumps every time I hear it. @31 I-G is a self proclaimed hippie–shirts are worn until they fall off the body 🙂

  33. 33
    George says:

    I’m sure the band manages to maintain the same fire and spirit for the whole tour,
    can’t wait for the Istanbul concert, as it will be MY FIRST EVER DEEP PURPLE LIVE!

  34. 34
    Roberto says:

    bombastic version?…it sound to me as a normal version…do you really think Gillan vocals are so good here?I won’t even compare to the 2005 tour which were better…
    do we need still to see highway star and smoke on the water played?I hope for new songs and for never played live songs…sorry but after 40 years of “smoke on the highway”…
    now elprupdeep are you happy???

  35. 35
    George says:


    Heyyyyyyyyy, are you crazy?
    This was an opening ceremony, it somehow wasn’t the part of Rapture Tour, thus they played only 1 song from Rapture…

    What about HS, I’ve never listened to such heavy version of the song for last 10 years, truly amazing. and Gillan is in better form than he was on the 2008 Tour…

  36. 36
    Thunderhawk says:

    Don please, play something else than always the same old Jon lord cover Organ solo on Highway Star, i know you can do it, why won’t you.
    And once again not much is changed in the set-list, they only play the same old songs in a different order.
    Why not put in some, A Twist in the Tale, or Watching the Sky, suprise the audience again like you did in the early years, for crying out loud.

    If i had the choice in such a great repertoir of songs, i would do something dfferent with the set every night.

    But a wel, who am I.

  37. 37
    cruise missile says:

    Hi George,

    I took notice of all the things you forced us to read in the OTR subject. And now you unveil that you never in your life have been to a DP-concert. What the heck do you dare to bawl around like you do on this site? Normally I ignore people like you, and normally guys like you eventually someday leave. You seem to be different. So I think I am not allowed to hope that my post is strong enough to let you stay away from this site. But I can’t keep quiet any longer.

    A lot was said in the last two days concerning your behaviour. So I’m just going to add one more aspect: why don’t you just go to some concerts of DP (and other bands), why don’t you just get a little older than your juvenile 20 years, why don’t you just keep your mouth shut for a couple of years and get a little wiser?

    I am shure, all you would have to say then we would appreciate in it’s wisefulness.

    We all – including you – would have a much better life, believe me.

    It would be a sign of your wisdom not hearing anything of yours anymore.

    All the Best!

  38. 38
    AndreA says:

    I am astonshed!!

    great!!! great!!! great!!!
    EVIL and HEAVY!

    Gillan is Superb with a wonderful and cleaned voice,and all the others too!!
    Morse: I don’t remember a better version of HS than this,He is Great,amazing.

    I think that HIGHWAY STAR is the best opener track at all!!

    GREAT BAND I love you Deeeeep Puuuuurple!!!

  39. 39
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Roberto……..you are much over-rated……


  40. 40
    kraatzy says:

    Hey GEORGE

    Why do you make a judgement about JLT and others, if you have never seen DP live ???

    That makes no sence.
    Expect in one way -> You are a silly wacko 😉

    Sorry of that, but that the only way for me to understand you and your postings in the past at THE HIGHWAYSTAR !!!

  41. 41
    George says:


    Heeeeeeyy, you silly dunky. Do you really think that the only way to uderstand, realase and love or hate someones music is to see them live???
    Actually, can you tell me the reason why band release live albums and DVDs???

    How old are you?? stupid… NONE OF US have been to the Japanese Tour in 1973, but we listened to it on Made In Japan live album and thus realased, that the band is bloody awesome there…

    Heyyyyy, hahaha 😀

    ONLY ver few (from this site), or maybe none of them have been to the Paris Olympia live in 96, but we’ve listened to it and this is how Steve proved to be a great performer…

    I’ve not seen DP or Rainbow live, but you say that I can’t say Made In Japan is fabulous, just because I wasn’t in Japan in 1973??? (I wasn’t born at that time)…

    So, plz stop saying such stupid things 😀

  42. 42
    james jay says:

    #37 direct hit—bullseye- I did not see Made in Japan Live either—however I was alive then– living in B-holder Germany and jamming to DP on my Emerson boom box back in 1973.

  43. 43
    HardRockPete says:

    Best rock’n’roll band EVER!!!! It’s so fun to see that they have such a good time playing together, enjoying every live performance, playing like there’s no tomorrow! Such a great band!!!!! We’re lucky to have them!

  44. 44
    joe says:

    Yeah, thats it !!! I’m on fire…

  45. 45
    Roberto says:

    made in japan shows:1972, not 1973…

    is definately under-rated by Tracy…

  46. 46
    james jay says:

    #44 NOTE- I was LISTENING to DP in 1973 while in Germany—never said I was in Japan at the “Live” concert —however- I also lived in the Philippines too–1979-81 and indulged in some R-bow during that time. smell-it.

  47. 47
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Funny of you to ask ANYONE about their age when you don’t even display a level of maturity that matches your own age.

    I don’t have to point out that you attacked JLT in a way that is so unimportant and irrelevant to anything but some sort of personal opinion of yours that concludes him to have no right to make a living singing songs he participated in originally writing and recording, and songs he was allowed to sing live while in Rainbow that he did not write, and some more that he adds for the benefit of those who might like them added. And how a singer should go about forging their career and attempting to entertain people withing the established DP scope.

    As if it’s a crime or something… mentioning the outlandish point that a musician must fit your criteria for existing and thriving in the business after or at anytime working with former or current DP members.

    This snowballed and led to a comment or two from TC that clearly should have not been made, however, you deserved to be at the very least challenged about your ridiculous outburst because it was so immature that it should not go without being strongly debated… not for your opinion sonny boy, but for your approach to displaying it here and expecting to be bowed to like a god or something.

    No artist has to follow any sort of legacy guidelines of yours, and JLT and the rest of OTR obviously aren’t in business to cater to your job description design.

    There is no reason for it, and you came on so strong about it, and over nothing but some things you seem way too young to be developed in your understanding of.

    Your passion for DP is understood, believe me, it really is, but it manifests itself in such a way that you don’t even understand yourself how to convey to others on a website dedicated to them.

    You’re a loose cannon, sonny… try relaxing about it before you go off saying things that do not apply to reality whatsoever.
    Get out of your dreamworld and stop grandstanding.

    It would be a better idea to follow those guidelines here, rather than try to establish some kind of declaration of rock and roll business criteria by ramming your misunderstandings down the Adminsitrations throats as well. You really can’t process your own thoughts well enough to translate it to English in a way that even deserves to be reasoned with. Grow up if you’re going to expect people to just sit here and allow you to get away with venemently describing what an artist is SUPPOSED to do with their music and how they’re supposed present it to the public.
    It’s not an effective means of communicating with adults on a long ago established news group’s blog.

    Play nice, and play fair, like your folks should have taught you to do with people, and you will either be responded to positively, or at least respected somewhat by those reading.

    And about your recording that doesn’t exist yet and is just a plan at this stage and cannot be predicted will even be salvaged at this point.

    Well, if you plan to unleash it on the internet, it can and will be exploited far and wide beyond your possible imagination, it will be at large for the taking once you share it anywhere, with anyone who has any sharing practice integrity.

    Trust me, you don’t even seem to know that thousands of DP recordings can be downloaded off the internet and where to get them, yours will be there within days if you share it with any self respecting collector who shares or trades DP material on or even off of the internet… you will see, I GUARANTEE YOU THAT MUCH!

    Who do you think you are… don’t answer, you already have_______!

    Respond to others criteria of how you should express yourself based on whether or not you have seen a band live, that’s fair, but what you started and the way you went about is NOT, without clearly being taken to task concerning it, by someone, or even many here.

    Love and respect, but not without some words of wisdom to you.

  48. 48
    big al says:

    splendid version sounds more like a 70s version than a recent one nice and heavy. cant wait till uk dates in nov!

  49. 49
    Maybe I'm A Leo says:

    I saw Deep Purple in May of 73 and the whole concert set list was the Made In Japan LP. The encore was Lucille.

  50. 50
    Annemie says:

    To Roberto
    I agree with you on the version and the voice of Ian. This version is even rather ‘a slow car on the highway to me’ , and Ian’s voice sounds rather tired.

    But I must say I do love always all their old hits.
    About this part I agree with Thunderhawk.
    Why not change more often the setlist , and it bothers me that Don indeed never changes his solo on this song.
    And a much more urgent question…when making a new album!
    And although I know most fans don’ care, I find it terrible that Ian’s hear is so short 🙂

  51. 51
    kraatzy says:

    to George:

    I´ve never seen DP in Japan, but very often in Germany between 1974 (Mark 3; I was 12 years old ) and now.
    I´ve seen RBs Rainbow on every German Tour till 1976 to 1996.
    Blackmore´s Night … HTP … … Gillan … … …

    Please RESPECT ( !!! One more time: RESPECT ) the meaning of other people. It seems to be like golden thread, that you have a problems with the mind of nearly each other guys.

    That is intollerant, ignorant and respectless. This happend, if the own pride is on a too high level !!!

    No way – you have to lear about respecting other peaple and their mind.
    That´s your main problem.

    And one more time:
    We are fans of this great music around DEEP PURPLE and want to have fun and no S T R E S S.

    ( I hope, you understand, Mr.George )

  52. 52
    Maybe I'm A Leo says:

    I am so glad that the younger generation is into Deep Purple. In 1968 I was in high school and the song Hush turned me on to them. Several (many) concerts and 2 grandchildren later, Deep Purple are still on top of the their game. Ian looks great. I don’t understand the boots. Last 3 times I’ve seen him live, he had been barefoot. When they played their last US show (Bananas Tour 2004) In the US (Auburn, WA 9/10/04) in an outdoor venue, the weather was cold, wet, windy, and very stormy. The Highway Star video shot very well and I agree with everyone, sounds great, best in years. They have such a large catalog to choose from, I just wish they would drop a few songs and play stuff they never have done live. Super Trooper, yes, Picture Of Innocence, yes. Bananas, a great underrated release. Not every new release can be Machine Head, although we all would like. Like Ian Gillan said in an interview on a recent DVD, “we are no longer on the rock and roll highway, we are on the scenic route”.

  53. 53
    George says:

    I don’t really know what’s happening here…
    Who cares about OTR? I was talking about HS from Liberec show and I’m really happy with this outstanding version…
    Then I truly happily posted that we’re going to Turkey to see our TOP BAND live for the first time, and someone began blaming me: “how can you judge otr, while you haven’t seen DP live”…

    Can you see the logic in this words???
    you don’t know situation here, in my country. It’s a developing, but the 3 greade one. You people in the rest of Europe, USA, got the worlds mega-bands every week, every day… You’ve got great festivals and so on… I was born in 1988, so, what I used to see since 1990, was WAR, WAR, WAR, WAR, poor people, poor country, destroyed city… it was till the 2000’s… then things changed and we’re getting on higher and higher level both sociologycally and financially… BUT – Georgia was NEVER a country where world’s mega band played.
    Even in the 90’s we were behind the iron courtain… and it was IAN GILLAN who destroyed this courtain. you don’t know what happened when Gillan visited Tbilisi. 7 sold out nights at Tbilisi Sports Hall (capacity 15 000) and overall almost 100 000 people attended his concerts. then we had Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and Coolio. Joe Cocker in 2003 and Jamiroquay in 2004… this is the whole list of mega-artists who has played in Tbilisi.. tooooooo much little number yeah???

    and at this period, Deep Purple’s music made me to feel happiest man in the world… imagine dark 90’s, when you see nothing in your country but the war and darkness, you are 7 years old and listening to Child In Time… then doing your best to have DP CASSETES (yes, Cassetes) in your player… and then years goes… I’m now 20, and i really think of myself being a true Deep Purple fan. I already explained the reason why I haven’t seen DP live. BUT the fact I’ve not seen them live doesn’t mean that I can’t talk about them…. This was the most stupid statement I’ve ever read here.
    I repeat the question: Why band release their live CD and DVDs???
    Because they take a chance to them, who hasn’t seen them live….
    When i listen to live CD, I turn the volume upper and upper and really have the feeling as I’m there, on their concert…

    but then was then, and now is now, seasons changed and everything is returning… I was posting here happily about my first DP live in july 2009… What did you want from me??? As I see, you just read my posts to see something negative to bark at me…
    And what was the negative here???
    don’t begin about OTR again, I don’t care. I was talking about Deep Purple…

    Tryin’ to make me leave this site? NO WAY… believe that I don’t care about your negative comments toward me… maybe I’ll pay attention to the kind advices by the wiser people who don’t say thing like “I’ll fuck your wife” or “i’ll ignore you no matter what you say” or so…

    Don’t you think that you just try to see ANYTHING negative in my posts?

    I tried to be sincere, maybe I talked too much about something from private life or situation in the country, because I want to explain you the whole situation and rapture of the me…

    It’s up to you understand me or not, maintain this negative tone about me or not, i don’t care, as much as I’m here for Deep Purple, not for you…
    I’d really like if we have nice conversations and discussions about DP. for me, as a fan, it’s always something special to share my opinion with others… but if you continue to bark at me no matter what I say, negative or positive, believe me that I won’t pay any attention…

    btw, Love you all TRUE dp fans, and NOT barking dogs…
    And sorry for my spelling…


  54. 54
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Nice try to elude the address of your overall behavior.
    But it’s still apparent that you’re out to grandstand.
    My comments weren’t negative, they were as positive as it possibly gets, addressing YOUR negativity.

    Sympathy for your country and that situation, but it doesn’t exempt you from said behavior and it doesn’t matter what blog topic it’s picked up in, and nobody would mention it if you hadn’t done it.

    Good luck, nobody will make you leave but yourself, just remember that.
    it was uncalled for and you deserved a bit of feedback concerning it.

    Good luck with that as you continue. It’s up to you.

    Your spelling and grammar are actually very good, considering… no problem there at all.

    Cheers and thanks for making an effort to respond.

  55. 55
    More Black says:

    Highway star is back as set opener.At last.

  56. 56
    Crimson Ghost says:

    By the way, I’m not a dog, I’m a man, something I hope you aspire to be someday.

  57. 57
    Federico says:

    Deep Purple live in Buenos Aires,first show,friday 20th,february 2009

    Highway Star
    Things I Never Said
    Into The Fire
    Strange Kind Of Woman
    Mary Long
    Rapture Of The Deep
    Contact Lost
    Well Dressed Guitar
    Steve Morse Solo
    Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
    Wring That Neck
    The Battle Rages On
    Don Airey Solo
    Perfect Strangers
    Space Truckin´
    Smoke On The Water
    Black Night

  58. 58
    Peter Neumann says:

    Great performance. Two reasons why Ian sings at his best: he can still sing at this level I think but not 25 days out of 30 days in a row. And he should wear always shoes, the barefoot singing is not good because the feet get cold and that´s not good for the voice (no joke, serious argument!).

  59. 59
    Ptr says:

    I was there as you may know from other forums. I have to add a comment to George.

    There is something that you can never “record” by live album or live DVD… What´s REALLY happening on the stage – that real magic of concert. Yes, you are recording voice, bass, drums, keybords, guitars and you are recording the songs which they are doing, but that´s only one third of that whole… second part is crowd and third most important is atmosphere in band and their “work” with crowd. You can never capture this even on DVD. And in fact, I´ve seen many concerts – I don´t know – Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne on 2005 Tour, Genesis, Stones… and there is no other band, where you can feel that enjoyment of making crowd happy, so strong as with current Purple! I´ve never seen Purple´s in MkII, I´ve seen five shows with Mk8 and each show was absolutely unique event – just because of that work with crowd and sheer ecstasy which is happening on stage… You can see only 0,000000000000001% of that all what´s happening on stage in few seconds on that video – 1:52 – 1:53…. That´s it!!! That´s it what you can “feel and see” during the real concert, but never got it from live album or DVD!

  60. 60
    kraatzy says:

    Dear George,

    this is exactly the point – you and we are in love with the musik of DP and around the people of DP. Thats the only reason to be here.

    I value your last post, that you are in our view to love DP-music.

    I accept your mind and I think, your last post will commend your position.

    I was very angry about your and TONY CAREYs post and the words both have used. That was unacceptable for both parties and especially for the readers of THE HIGHWAY STAR.

    Now you have said: SORRY. I think, thats the solution.

    Now we have to wait – maybe for a couple of years to Tony Carey that he will takes your example and will apology his bad words !!

    At the end I will say it with a bible word: “Love another like you”

    -God bless you-


  61. 61
    james jay says:

    @52–wish more younger folks would turn back to any classic rock–i think the guitar hero games are bringing a few on-board to hear real talent. The rap crap invitation is expired—what no talent B-S that stuff is–shiney gold teeth with nonsense coming out of their mouths. Long Live Classic Rock.

  62. 62
    marcinn says:


    Thank you for the setlist. Any more thoughts about the general performance? Come on man, I’m hungry for knowledge 😉

  63. 63
    Federico says:

    Well marcinn my friend,it was a exciting show,as usual,you know.

    The place,Luna Park stadium,was Crowded,5000 people.

    Ian Gillan had some troubles with his voice,mostly because he was coughing many times during the show.There were some jammings during some songs(Wring That Neck,Hush and others)but larger than other times,maybe because of Ian,I don’t know,it’s a guess,but I think so.

    The setlist is more or less the same from the last tours;Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming version was awesome,oh yes.
    I really enjoy Wring That Neck and a cool long version of Hush.Black Night set the place on fire,like always,great.

    No classic songs medley during Steve Morse solo;no Mr.Crowley during Don Airey solo,Star Wars and La Cumparsita(a famous song in here).

    The whole performance was solid;the band sounds really good;Steve Morse is some kind of a god;and I love Ian Paice.Glover and Airey were pretty good too.

    Deep Purple,the eternal magic.

  64. 64
    elprupdeep says:

    to peter #58
    I agree with the foot thing. why some people cure some illness by massaging the foot? barefoot and you can surely catch a cold.good point!
    long live DP.CHEERS.

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    marcinn says:

    Federico, thank you for the review. I’m holding my breath to hear some more reviews from the tour. You just proved the point that one night Ian is one fire, the other he might struggle a bit but still he puts his heart to what he does and that’s why I love, adore, and respect him so much. He does everything with grace that many artists lack.

    It’s great to hear you had a good time. One more thing: did they play the shortened version of SIFLS, the way they performed last tour?


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    suzanneq says:

    wow! loved it – thanks for sharing…

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    Crimson Ghost says:


    You must not have read every word, TC did retract that he lost his temper… so read everything and see.

    End of story then, right?


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    kraatzy says:

    @ 66

    Intellegence is, if you are stay above of it and don´t loose your contenance. Not important, if it´s Mr.George or Mr.Carey or anyone else.

    Important is simply, that THIS is THE WRONG PLACE for this bullshit !!!

    tony carey says: “… I … lost my temper … tc”
    You are right, Crimson Ghost, thank you, for wake me up.

    But the story will be the same. If anyone have a problem with another one, they don´t have to fight their match with deadly insults here on this place. It must be OVER the line of observing the proprieties- and not _____ this line !

    To live together in … Peace … Love … Harmony …

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    kraatzy says:

    Little correction:

    _____ this line !

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    T says:

    A lot of energy and enthusiasm in this performance. I was particularly struck at the power of the rhythm in the verses. I liked the chromatic sequence at 5:14 done by the whole band rather than just the guitar.

    Two-thousand and nine and still playin’ fine.

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    Al Cornish says:

    Here’s hoping they play America, we want to see them.

    Last time I saw them was 2004 in Los Angeles.

  72. 72
    HardRockPete says:

    We all have different opinions, no matter what age we are. Maybe we should show eachother some respect? After all, it’s only rock’n’roll we’re discussing! We’re not solving any big political issues here!

    As I said, great performance by a great band! This line up is GREAT!

  73. 73
    cruise missile says:

    Hello to George:

    thank you for thinking about some things (remember my post #37?). What you were telling us in post #53 really touched me. Of course, I don’t know nothing about life in Georgia, and I have the biggest respect for all people not losing and not having lost their faith in countries that suffer from war and poverty. So I also have big respect for YOU. And I have respect for your explanations and how you managed to stay cool after my obviously not very factical contribution. But the result was ok, don’t you think so? We all could calm down a bit and you had a reason to reason and we all had the chance to get to know a lot about you we wouldn’t have learned otherwise.

    For me the exchange of thougts in this blog and the one where the thing started (the OTR-blog) is a perfect example of how people – not knowing each other – are able to trade their values and make each other understand how man should interact.

    The argument that was going on here was in full fire, and amazingly after now a while gone everybody listenes to what the others really have to say. In the end now it seems that we all know more about each other – and ourselves. Maybe next time we will be able to behave like we did here in another situation – and the world would be a little bit a better place.

    So we all maybe have to think you a lot for acting like you acted – cause now we all are a bit wiser.

    I really wish that the show you are going to see sees the band in their best shape ever. You – and the band – and we – and all people you know and who know you – deserve it. Let us never forget: The sound of Deep Purple is the quintessence of what we love in music. Like in life the transcendental moment, the never before heard, thougt, spoken or done is not predictable – it just might happen, but you never know if, where or when.

    Best wishes

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    Crimson Ghost says:


    Agreed, much so…

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    Crimson Ghost says:



    Peace and love to all!

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    George says:

    at first, I’ll respond Crimson Ghost @ #56
    Criomson, you said to me: “By the way, I’m not a dog, I’m a man, something I hope you aspire to be someday”…
    hehe, great post 😀
    Are you proving us that you’re a man? who needs your proving? if you are jealous about your being a man or not, it’s your problem, actually I know that I’m a man… as well as many people knows here…
    btw, I truly said that I would pay attention (and take in consideration) to the kind advices by wiser people, and NOT by the dogs who bark at me… If you think that you’re barking dog, it’s your problem again, I didn’t adress “barking dogs” to someone special, I just said what I said, and thought: barking dogs will guess themselves who I mean…

    Thanks a lot, if you think that i’m not a man (not like you) and I’m aspiring to be some day…
    But i think TC in a role of wives-fucker was much ridiculous, than your comment #56 toward me 😉

    And my answer to whom who really understood me, and shared their opinions with me (Interaction and understanding is the right thing we should do). I was just listening to Gypsy’s Kiss from PF, remember lyrics?
    “Mind, body, heart and soul, we’ve got Rock’N’Roll and there’s nothing we can do”

    And there’s nothing I want to post now, just ROCK ON 🙂


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    Maybe I'm A Leo says:

    Any one out there would like to see Purple do a 20-30 minute jam of Space Truckin’ or Mandrake Root like they did in late 60’s early 70’s ? I miss those long instrumentals.
    Federico: Did the Wring That Neck have any kind of instrumental Feb 20, 2009?

  78. 78
    Federico says:

    marcinn,yes,they play the shortened version of Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming;the final part was cut;however the version was beautiful, to say at least,trust me.

    By the way,Ian Gillan had some troubles(it wasn’t a big deal anyway) but he put his whole heart at every moment;besides,Deep Purple is playing today in Cordoba,and tomorrow again in Buenos Aires,the tour just started,and he’s not that young,you know;I mean,his performance was pretty cool,but he’s taking care of himself I believe;I’m totally ok with that.

    Anyway,Ian Gillan rocks no matter what;he’s a great singer,and a very charismatic frontman,just like any one of the members os this band.

    Steve Morse is laughing all the time while playing as a demon,and I mean all the time.

    Roger Glover is very charismatic too;and people here loves him,you don’t know how much.

    Ian Paice is a personal hero of mine;I think he’s now playing better than ever,it’s a personal opinion.

    What a great band,my god.Still kicking asses;when they play Smoke on The Water they blew my mind,and Space Truckin’ version was tremendous as well.Oh yeah,what a great band.

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    Okay, good point, however:

    I simply addressed it to say that I am NOT, just in case I am one you were referring to, which it clearly looks that way, because you responded concerning it, obviously! People aren’t stupid… don’t be coy, be for real. And don’t act so smart either, it’s obvious you have some growing to do, as the brain develops clear into our 30’s.(an astute observation concerning ONE of your posts if there ever was one!)

    TC’s comment was indeed over the top and then some, I agree… like your comments about OTR in general were.(sorry to mention OTR, sincerely, but TC is a part of that, so….)


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    Crimson Ghost says:

    One more small thing… provokation will always be answered to, as you wish. Can it, and it won’t have to be that way, lad.

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    George, the above two posts are in reply to: #75

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    Michael McMillan says:


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    kraatzy says:

    Yeah – thats the way we are:

    Long Live Rock´N´Roll in Peace and Harmony

    Thank you all

    Long Live Deep Purple Music and all around of it – if you like it or not !

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    Sami From Israel says:


    waiting to see them again here in Israel after one of the best ever cocert they gave here


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    AndreA says:

    I guess in one day,George and TC together for a beer..
    (better with a stout)

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    Federico says:

    Deep Purple live in Buenos Aires,Luna Park Stadium,Sunday,February 22th,2009

    1-Highway Star
    2-Things I Never Said
    3-Into The Fire
    4-Strange Kind Of Woman
    5-Ted The Mechanic
    6-Rapture Of The Deep
    7-Contact Lost/The Well-Dressed Guitar/Steve Morse Solo
    8-Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
    10-The Battle Rages On
    11-Don Airey Solo
    12-Perfect Strangers
    13-Space Truckin’
    14-Smoke On The Water
    16-Black Night

    Ian Gillan had some troubles with his voice,again;it wasn’t his best weekend I guess.

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    Roberto says:

    I don’t need to say something about nowdays Gillan voice…

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    Yeah, me too, wish he could get that back, but he’d also reverse the aging process too, you can’t achieve one without the other.lol!

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    marcinn says:

    I see they changed Mary Long to Ted the Mechanic. Nice move, hope it will stay that way.

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    Agreed, my friend!

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    simply the best,no comparison out there,and they need no girls to make exceptional albums and shows.rock on

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    Chic McSherry says:

    I was lucky enough to see DP with Gillan a few years ago in Glasgow on my birthday. They were amazing then and what struck me most was the age demographics of the crowd: everything from pensioners to toddlers! I think that maybe we all recall Mr Gillan in his glory days and compare his voice now to that. Age does take its toll sadly, but what a vocalist and what a band. Inspiration to a whole new generation of rockers surely!

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    marcinn says:

    Federico, could you give us the set list from Feb 24th? Thanks in advance.

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    Federico says:

    I don’t have it marcinn,sorry
    only the ones from Buenos Aires

    I don’t even have the set list from Cosquin,Cordoba show(February 21th)

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    Scott says:

    I’d rather see Gillan on his worst day then ever see DP with another Singer. But How long do think Gillan can keep going. He sounds like he’s having a lot of problems.

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    George says:

    I saw some videos from Antafogasta, Santiago, Puerto Montt…
    I think that Gillan’s voice isn’t spoilt by the flue or something like that… Ian simply can’t sing the way he sang even in 2005 or 2006…
    it’s not matter of “good times & bad times”, but Gillan simply can’t sing properly anymore…sad…

  97. 97
    Roberto says:

    Tracy and Crimson…

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    tony carey says:

    hi – just want to make it clear that I regret and apologise for
    my temper tantrum, it was uncalled for and won’t happen again.
    it was the ‘lying about the ticket sales’ that set me off – that’s about the easiest thing in the world to check…
    George, as has already been suggested here, when we meet I’m buyin.

    best, tc

  99. 99
    George says:



    March 6th 2009. Via Funchal, São Paulo, Brazil new March 7th “Was this night the end of my purple dream? I’ve just returned from the first Sao Paulo ( Brazil ) gig (March 06) and my feelings are that this could be the first of my last Purple nights. I’ll try to explain better later, but first I have to say that we Brazilians love Deep Purple – in fact, we love most of the international acts that never played in Brazil before the ‘80s and 90’s (with few exceptions like Alice Cooper in 1974 and Genesis in 1977).

    I am a real Purple-hearted fan (I’m 50 years old and was lucky enough to buy their vinyl at the time of release during the ‘70s) but the band is becoming a pale shadow of itself. We had a wild audience at Via Funchal, but Gillan (my eternal idol!) seems to be suffering from something and can’t sing and be spontaneous as usual – he seemed a little bit fragile sometimes. The band continued to do their thing, but can anyone imagine Purple without Big Ian? (apart from Ritchie Blackmore I suppose!) How long will he stay as the front man? I have seen all the Deep Purple shows in Brazil since the early 90’s but was this particular night messed me up a bit.

    On the other hand, the set-list was almost the same as their last visit in 2008, and Highway Star started it all. Ian Gillan was very low in the mix and instrumentals like Wring That Neck, Don’s solo and Space Truckin’ helped to support the show. In general, I did appreciate the show and I want more! The question is: will I have it?”

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