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Río de la Purpuro

My prediction: sooner rather than later, the band will be playing South America more often than Germany (not speaking of US or UK). Why? See for yourself.

Rapture of the Deep (a little heavy on the bass, but prime position for the cameraman):

Keyboard solo ~ Perfect Strangers:

Nice job is that you have up there, Reverend 😉

Black Night (see and hear that crowd):

Hush ~ Drum solo ~ Bass solo ~ Black Night (different angle alltogether):

I rest my case.

Thanks to Daniel Bengtsson to get my train of thought rolling.

67 Comments to “Río de la Purpuro”:

  1. 1
    Soulmover says:

    I´ve just come back from the second purple gig in bUenos Aires. This is the thrid concert of the year and the band sounded tired. Of course it is a purple gig, which means that they are excellent players and their music is sacred to me.
    The setlist has remained mainly the same for the last 4 years now.
    They dropped Knoking at your back door which was restaged not long ago.
    DSon Airey´s tango section is the same as ever.
    They cut the key changes on sometimes I feel like screaming.
    Morse´s rock classics jam was also aborted.
    Gillan suffered from his throat and forgot lyrics.

    I thhink this was the last time that I saw them live.

  2. 2
    stoffer says:

    That crowd was incredible, you gotta go where you sell tickets don’t ya??

  3. 3
    Chrissy says:

    Not playing the US and UK…..That would be a shame if that happens.

  4. 4
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Don’t worry, but also don’t expect DP to give a rats ass about the US touring factor, they don’t care… why should they when the promoters don’t know their asses from a hole in the ground…. the UK? Never will they abandon their home.

  5. 5
    Crimson Ghost says:

    To comment on these performances, I hope the anti-Gillan brigade doesn’t rear it’s ugly head as usual.

    The crowd @ Luna Park was amazing, too bad a DVD won’t come of it… one is much needed concerning capturing a riot displayed like that one.

  6. 6
    George says:

    That’s right, South American audience is probably the most emotional and interactive, and any band would be happy to play for them…
    I saw Luna Park crowd @ DP live, on youtube. can you imagine 10 000 people jumping and screaming alltogether??? that was amazing, 10 000 people jumping and going crazy together…

  7. 7
    HardRockPete says:

    #5 The anti-Gillan brigade will always pop up whenever they’re given a chance. They will never get it anyway. A singer has good and bad days for various reasons, but so do, let’s say, a bassplayer. Problem is you can clearly hear when the singer has a bad day/ cold or whatever. Can’t hear that with the bassplayer, can you? On the other hand, I hope Gillan takes good care of himself and his voice. I really hope we get to keep him a few more years, ’cause Gillan…..YOU’RE THE BEST:-)

  8. 8
    HardRockPete says:

    For the record, I think that maybe Gillan hasn’t been on top form lately since he avoid the “worst” screaming and highest notes. I saw them late last year, and that was his best performance since 1998 (that I’ve seen). Maybe he has got a cold or something? We’ll see as the tour goes on… Hey, good luck with the 2009 tour, DP:-)

  9. 9
    james jay says:

    #3 + #4 got that right-DP should have Led Zep force in the USA. Check this: I like when Gillan used the Mic and microphone stand (metal stand). It always looks like he is looking for a place to put his hands when he sings. I know it is old school–but i do not like the wireless microphones. make sense?

  10. 10
    HardRockPete says:

    Wireless microphones are OK….as long as they’re in a stand:-)

  11. 11
    marcinn says:

    He is singing very good here. I hear no sign of a cold whatsoever. Ian is the owner of the most delicate instrument. 45 years of singing is already an inhuman achievement and if you add to this the rock’n’roll style of life it will make sense that he has better and worse nights. But even during the worse nights he is able to deliver a splendid performance. Those who are bashing Gillan should try to understand all the factors connected with being a singer, and how difficult it might be to take a good care of the voice if one night you’re singing with the temperature below zero and the other you change the climatic zone.

    And the crowd really is amazing, such reactions from the audience turn them on fire, and they are able to put on a show with much more positive vibies.

  12. 12
    Soulmover says:

    Setlist from second gig at buenos aires was

    Highway star
    Things I never said
    Into the fire
    Strange kind of woman
    Rapture of the deep
    Contact Lost-Morse solo
    Sometimes I feel like screaming
    The battle rages on
    Airey´s solo-Perfect Styrangers
    Space trukin
    smoke on teh water
    black night

  13. 13
    marcinn says:

    Thank you Soul, I see they added Lazy.

  14. 14
    MoreBlack says:

    Purple is Brazil!!!!This is the 4th time they came to promote Rapture!This is what i call a brazillian hit!

  15. 15
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Agreed marcinn, 100%, they feed off the crowd, the more interation the better the performance, but a hoarse of course is irreversible either way.


  16. 16
    Roberto says:

    I have the 2005 show in argentina taken from a radio and is awesome!!!!one of the best show of 2005 and of the deep purple career…

    great glover work on this rapture version!

  17. 17
    Roberto says:

    I agree with Soulmover..
    You can’t play 3 times per year in the same nation…
    they should take care of this…

  18. 18
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Record sales fall, Touring climbs. You have to make it where it can be made. Too bad they seem to put all their ‘promotion eggs’ in the Touring Basket. And even there it is cut short. Not the Touring (obviously), but the promotion of it. They seem to skimp on the areas where it might take a little more effort promoting. In other words, they return over and over again to where the rumors alone, bring out the crowds in numbers. Here in the US, the industry is totally messed up and it requires a major amount of extravagant promotion to get someone’s attention now-a-days. Like I’ve stated many times, If not for the Highway Star and it’s posting of Tour Dates, you would never know when they come to your town. ‘Never a Word’ is made to publicize their gigs or Records when they come out……

    That being said though, you can bet they will eventually make it to the States, especially down towards Florida. Steve Morse is from Florida and many fans and family members there. Plus, they have other roots in the Orlando area. They make sure to pass through so that their family and friends can partake in seeing them and attending the Meet and Greets. I’ve been to a few around the country, but the Florida Meet and Greets are mostly geared towards Family and friends…


  19. 19
    Crimson Ghost says:

    One region, an old fogey vacation area one at that, doesn’t cut it Tracy. You know he isn’t “from” Florida, but I get the gist, he does have influence and reside in central Florida. But he also has influence in Michigan as a former resident too, he is massively well known and respected there, and they have likely gone on to play near as many dates in Michigan as they have Florida, guarnateed.

  20. 20
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Make that two regions where Steve have family, many friends and connections concerning gigging. I take note of the fact that it coincides with the business of recording in Florida prior to hooking up with him so it was a comfortable area for them all, but they left it behind for L.A. as of late. But if they had not recorded down there, Roger would have never gotten around to catching Steve live and remembering what he saw in him, although he and Ian already liked the Dregs, it did plant a seed.

    Lets face it, they can care less and I don’t blame them a bit, and they did say on the tour they finally got around to doing here in late support of Rapture, that their touring days are numbered here because of a lact of overall interest from not only promoters, but fans alike. Told it straight to my associates face. They said, and I quote, “it very well may be our last US tour, for all we care.” The formalities have deminished t a joke status for them, it’s just another vacation spot. I say play a few gigs in Hawaii and I’ll island hop and attend every one of them.(haven’t touched down there for a gig since Bolin days, as far as I know, if they have, it was only once) Again though, ther doesn’t seem to be a promoter in sight that gives a flying shag)
    As you say, they go where they’re most wanted.

  21. 21
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    Question : is the post ‘Bullets flying …’ closed ?

    My fresh DP Gillan Forum :

  22. 22
    Craig Bland says:

    Why wouldn’t Purple want to play in the U.S? Even though the radio stations only play Hush and Smoke and our prestigious Rock Hall 0f Fame shuns them. Other than that, I can’t think of a reason.

  23. 23
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Talk about ‘splitting hairs’….. My point again (sorry I didn’t include where Steve Morse was conceived, I guess next you will make sure to name the hotel or back seat it happened in also) was basically what I stated in general. He has been in Florida for many years now and that’s his homestead. Roger still holds Orlando as a ‘Home away from Home’ as he put it last time I spoke to him. Yes, and as you state, they also have LA and Michigan. Makes my point even more solid. You may be correct in the fact that they are pissed about the showing at gigs here in the States. I can confirm that also. We spoke of it every time I met up with them, but whenever it can be fitted in and not take away from the ‘Real Tours’, they will make attempts to appear (though on a limited basis) here. As I stated earlier, mainly out of respect for those whom they hold dear and close. Obviously nowhere near as often as they do elsewhere, but enough to appease ‘their own’. They have come to terms with the lack of US support. What pisses me off is how they allow themselves to be so mismanaged. I guess they do well enough as is and they don’t look back. Same way they view the ‘Classic Rock Syndrome’. They know who they are and don’t give a Rat’s Ass about ‘Who We Think They Are’………and good for them. They deserve their success. It’s how They measure it that matters, Not us.


  24. 24
    El Puma says:

    Hi, guyss!
    I just wanted to invite you to read my blog, with both friday and sunday concerts reviews.

    Long Live PURPLE!

    El Puma

  25. 25
    Crimson Ghost says:

    No Tracy, I clearly MITIGATED that by saying that “I get your gist.”
    The rest of your post I agree with, but notice these things, please.

    Ian has a home in Florida as well.
    But I do think some of ‘us’ have a different opinion there, as you’ve been in the right place at the right time for many gigs in the area you reside or did reside in at the time. As where I have seen them visit my area twice in 25 years of ongoing touring. I have to travel to see them, which has taken me from here to Canada, Mexico and Australia, and four US states. So my position of disappointment concerning this is a very strong one.(last time I saw them though, lucky for me was that second gig played in this area in 25 years time, just had to trip up the freeway 10 minutes, but you can agree it doesn’t cut it, man) Not blaming them one bit, I’ve done my part to get out and support them 11 more than the two times they’ve been to my area since 85.

  26. 26
    Héctor de San Martín says:

    I was at Luna Park at the first concert in Buenos Aires and it was amazing. At 9 o´clock the show began. Gillan´s voice was in very good form. You can see it at the videos. Soulmover: Don Airey´s tango section (in this show) was different than Saturday and Sunday. He played “La Cumparsita”. Not “Adios Nonino”. I agree with you because I really missed Steve Morse classics. In the setlist they didn´t include Lazy but they played Mary Long and Wring that Neck. Both excellent versions.
    I think that Gillan maybe ill on Sat and Sun shows. I hope that you change about your thoughts.

  27. 27
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    My point again, is the US. Besides Florida and where you are from, there are 48 more states.

    I didn’t signify the Florida was the main location. I just pointed out that they have a Base in the US and even the though they may not even make it to Florida, they will make it a point to do a few gigs somewhere in the US. They then make accommodations for their close Ties and Friends to get to wherever they can, depending on where they play. They do this through Comp tickets and subsidizing Air Travel. It’s the least they can do for their close friends and relatives.

    Yes, while living in Florida, I got to see them quite few times. But, I also traveled to Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, off the top of my head, and guess what? I also went to Meet & Greets at all these venues and saw and spoke to some of the same faces at each. Some of their friends can’t make it to certain shows, so they help them make it to others. They do it because they don’t tour here extensively but they want to accommodate their tight nit crowd during the limited time they are here. Just as they never make it close to Your town, they also don’t always make it near their friends and relatives town. So they do the next best thing. Help them make it to where they are playing.


  28. 28
    Soulmover says:

    of course I can understan teh singer to have abad night.
    BUt I can`t stand listening for the 4th time in a row the same tango inprovisation. Or to shorten songs like sometimes i feel, which is from teh morse era, not like lazy or space trukin.
    The set list looks too similar than in 2005

    There are sooo many other sings, including the morse era that could be taken into the set list
    Purpendicular, Abandon BAnanas are almost unheard on the live set.

  29. 29
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Tracy, been there done that too… spent entire afternoons, partied on the bus, the lot. I’m a former meet and greet conductor myself, spent five years doing it, of course no need to mention they never did any in store promoting in this area. We all get around one way or another, or well a lot of us do anyway, it’s business as usual for some. I like to bring pictures from former meets and have them signed, a very cool treat. But we’re on a website run by guys that smoke us in that department, lol!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. 30
    Crimson Ghost says:


    About improvising, the fact is, when you do two shows back to back, and play the same set, yet one is 20 or 30 minutes longer, then I’d say a fair amount of improvisation is accounted for, so in that case there is no way those two shows featured the exact same inmprov.

    (I think it’s funny how people define improvisation as just extended jamming, it’s not necessarily always that, it’s just extended jamming, lol!)

    People also blame the band for set lists not containing songs from certain albums, but Roger says talk to the management concerning them… demographics anyone? He and Don I know for sure would love to play some HOBL numbers, but they’re not interested in allowing that.

  31. 31
    Ryan says:

    Guys, I’m really not trying to be stupid here, and yes i’ve been an irresponsible Gillan basher in the past. This is the second show of the tour, and Gillan’s voice cracked 5 seperate times(completely cracked) in Perfect Strangers. You can call me an idiot or whatever else, but I haven’t seen that before. It’s normally just “oh the tone sucked”, but it is now not just the tone, it’s a matter of hitting the notes too. We’ll have to see how this progresses, but after 4 months off I was really hoping for something better.

  32. 32
    Crimson Ghost says:

    …sometimes people just don’t care if these petty things are perfect, and there is no reason you should, for one, you haven’t been following Ian for anything but his latter days, and he wasn’t perfect before that, never was, although he was a lot better most of the time, he’s human, man. An artist to take or leave just like the rest. It would be a better case to make this sort of thing over Blackmore and his skill level these days because you don’t play guitar with your throat. But you leave him alone, although the reason is obvious.

    You aren’t an ‘idiot’ not at all, you’re just frstrated… so am I, but not about things I just can’t do anything about, it’s a take it or leave it, or shut up about it situation, either that or be told to shut up anyway, because complaining never did anything to change things, and never will, so it’s redundant bitching. Is he really being all that priased here? And if so, so what, it’s only other peoples opinion and should be respected. I think you’re just looking for the bad as usual. I remember stadning there at Reading in 83, ogre’s all around me crying because this screaming freak was murdering Sabbath’s songs, while I stood there in complete amazement, and to this day he has not topped that show once imo, and there is one hell of a lot of proof in all of the recordings. One mans meat is the other guy’s lousy luck, for sure.

    In 96 I thought some real better days lied ahead, now those days are gone and I found out I was expecting too much, deal with it or lose valuable health, it’s up to you, and you have your whole life ahead of you.

  33. 33
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Yes, I was like a kid in a candy shop for both Sabbath and Ten Years After at Reading, a kid a long way from home. Sorry about the luck kids have these days concerning music, but hey, you had Nirvana for a second!

  34. 34
    George says:

    I think that this “Classic Rock Band” complex is invented by Purple themselves…
    Aerosmith, AC/DC and tens of bands which started in the 70’s are EXTREMELY successful in the USA till now,
    even Rolling Stones, which started in the early 60’s are selling out 40-50-60-70 000 capacity stadiums for 3-4 nights in a row in the USA…
    So, if DP thinks they’re neglected in USA coz they’re Classic Rock Band, then what about Rolling Stones, which is far more older than Deep Purple???

    btw, what about Deep Purple sharing the bill with Aerosmith (for example) during their USA Tour???

    I’m sure Aerosmith won’t reject the idea and they’ll be happy by touring with such a great band as Deep Purple…

    d’you remember, in 1987, Deep Purple, Aerosmith and GunsN’roses made a one off show toghether in the Giants Stadium. Guns’s opened the show, then Deep Purple followed and show was closed by Aerosmith. attendance was overall 70 000 people. After the show, in the interviews TOO MUCH people said that they saw DP live for the first time and they would always attend DP shows after that…

    Touring with another giant will bring DP a lot of crowd and interest for DP…

  35. 35
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Well.. as a matter of fact they had a major US tour in the works with Aerosmith that was supposed to kick off in Jan-Feb of 2006, but as the plans progressed, Steven Tyler’s throat operation and recovery got in the way and it never happened. Cancelling that is how the north Amercian Gillan’s Inn tour was able to quickly get booked thanks to backing from the Immergent label.

    I know it would have been great, especially after their performances on the first leg in Europe, but I would have never been able to go north to Vancouver and film and hang out with the Gillan crew if it hadn’t turned out that way, and I’m glad for that much. Besides, once the ROTD bandwagon got back underway, by the time the got to OZ, their performances had lost a bunch of steam, as the recordings of those shows proved to be pretty bad compared to the stellar shows on that first leg, and by the time they got to Montreux I was done collecting the audio recordings, and now I only check out the odd one to see how they’re doing.

    It’s been worse for wear ever since then, and I blame too much bloody touring, it’s taken quite a toll.(what happened to proper tours directly on the back of albums?) Bananas faired way better imo, because they kicked ass and took names, then stopped it altogether after recording ROTD and going on this endless tour rampage. Not one song from Bananas remained in the set, sadly.

    Purpendicular – Bananas = excellent albums and proper touring

    Abandon – ROTD = inferior albums to the former two, and improper endless touring behind them.
    The latter two, just tour albums imo. Yawn!

    But those first leg of ROTD shows seem to have kept up the spirit if the live Purple fans reaction somehow and everyone is still feeling those awesome shows.

  36. 36
    George says:

    hmm… and as I know Aerosmith toured USA since 2006.
    So, arrange DP&Aero Tour once again, why not???

  37. 37
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Bad health still for Aerosmith right now, only one member of the band has not undergone some kind of health problems, touring can prove hazerdous.

  38. 38
    George says:

    Share bills with Metallica, then…
    all Metallica members are huge fans and I’m sure they’ll open the night for Deep Purple…

  39. 39
    Fernando says:

    DP is visiting Brazil and S.A. every year since 2006 (or so), always almost sold out venues. Almost same set list, same great performance, sometimes Gillan´s voice not on top form, sometimes tired-looking band, sometimes everything fine (2006, as you can hear in the “Rapture of the Wrecks” bootleg), but in the end of the day : full venue, 4 generation people (in 2009, should I manage to take my 8 old boy I would be so happy, as he loves their sound since he was 2 – ok, blame it on me!) enjoying it a lot, great concert guaranteed, Few bucks on production and promotion… I really will not complain!! Up to this date he have confirmed in 2009, in a row: Purple and Maiden in march, Motorhead in April, Black Sabb.. err.., Heaven and Hell in May, Kiss (for those who like it), around those days.. and high rumours of having Ac Dc in 2nd semester. Because of our “Hot and Shouting Public”? Would like to, but do not believe at all.. High Pay Back average! Business! Profit! Money Talks ! Love and Peace.

  40. 40
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Great Players, lousy promoters……It’s that simple.


  41. 41
    Mago says:

    ian of the problem is just a cold

  42. 42
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    Have Fun :
    “Too much fun.wmv” :
    Cheers 😉

  43. 43
    Peter Neumann says:

    Ian Get On Your Boots! And you will no longer have cold feet! This will be good for the voice!

  44. 44
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    I’ve seen a few clips from the Cosquin Rock Festival earlier this week on youtube and oh boy, Ian has serious voice-problems ! I pray and hope it’s NOT a permanent
    problem !
    Cheers to you all

  45. 45
    George says:

    Should we advice Gillan to stop doing what he can’t? anymore??
    I can’t believe it 🙁

  46. 46
    marcinn says:


    Why do you assume he cannot sing anymore? Do you base your opinion on the performances above? I think he does at least proper singing there. You cannot require from a 64-year-old man, who every night does this inhuman effort and entertains that many people, to shine constantly. It is simply impossible. He will have his better and worse nights, just get on with it and enjoy the man while you still can my friend.

    And also what should be taken into consideration while you judge an artist is his entire career and the whole artistic output. So answering your question, no we cannot advice Ian to quit simply beacuse most of us here lack musical skills, we do not see the business in full light and we do not fully comprehend it, we have not spend 45 years singing, we did not raise the standard of singing with the astonishing performance of CiT in the 1970’s, we simply did not exegi monumentum. I mean we have no right whatsoever to tell him what to do.

  47. 47
    marcinn says:

    Peter Neumann,

    Walking barefoot improves your blood circulation and is quite healthy for many different body organs. In Chinese medicine it is called acupressure. And when you walk barefoot in suitably high temperature you are not very likely to get a cold. And as far as I know they have quite a high temperature in South America now.


  48. 48
    Ryan says:

    Why do you people shoot down your expectations because of age? Stop the “oh well he’s 63, so even though he sucks, we’ll say he’s good because he’s 63”. That’s not how a band works, he’s got all the money he needs and doesn’t need to destroy the Purple name. He’s fading away instead of burning out. He’s had a cold for the last 2 years. And BTW, Larry, why does anyone talk on here if it doesn’t change anything? Nothing anyone says on here changes anything, I obviously don’t expect it to. It’s just an observation that “geez, of the hundred boots I’ve heard from the last ten years and countless more from before that, I’ve never heard his voice completely crack 5 times in Perfect Strangers”. When you say “follow him”, are you talking about the 3 gigs you saw him at, or the magazine articles? Good quality bootlegs feature at least once every two-three weeks from every tour since ’84, so I can listen to that and make a judgement.

  49. 49
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I’m talking about the amount of time you have invested from start until now, it’s mostly looking back, you’ve only been alive since what, around the time he re-entered the band in the 90’s, so you missed what it is you long for in the first place, so it’s all after the fact conjecture, at best. That’s all I’m saying, your perspective is massively limited to that, you did not witness his bar and further progress, only his decline. You’ll be in your decline as you get on the down side of 25 yourself, just as every man does. Regardless of what job it is you have.

    The Deep Purple name and how it’s used is not up to you, I, or anyone but them, you don’t have to like it, but it’s not your call either… it’s theirs, deal with it.

    Magazine articles? Jump ahead to the now, those old pencil necks with their cheesy agenda are burried now by real interest, instead of satire.(don’t polish their work, most of it is bunk because they all like Elvis Costello because they all look like Elvis Costello… although I like him, I just lifted that from DL Roth because it’s true, lol!)

    Your points are always valid though, just very overly scrutinizing for someone just catching up, and I know why you do it, and that’s reasonable, especially here where you can talk all the trash you want about Ian, or as you call him, the “Opportunist Fat Cat/trash talking…” why hold back now?
    Get on with your bad self… I must admit you’re being quite sublte here, lol! I call it an improvement, a mature step in the right direction for you when dealing with supportive fans… but then I’m a “have a nice day” kind of guy, so my opinion means nothing, I know, it’s idiotically enthusiastic.

  50. 50
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Sorry for the sarcasm Ryan, just trying to inject a shot of positivity into this exchange and hold my mud. To address the age factor, well… his name is Ian Gillan, not Benjimin Button.

  51. 51
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    #41 Mago : “ian of the problem is just a cold”
    I hope you’re right Mago
    #45 George : A real DP fan hopes the singer will recover
    from voice problems and doesn´t even think
    about ´the singer has to quit´ …….
    #46 Marcinn : fully agree with you. Ian gillan deserves all the respect for making almost inhuman efforts nowadays and before to reach our rocking soul and spirit by doing what he does every day : giving all he has got for at least 200 % !!!!!! And by the way, especially in moments of problems this special, gentle, great person needs and deserves the full support of all the real fans !!

    And Ian : believe in yourself, hang on, the real fans are very close to you ! I only have 2 sisters, no brothers. But standing in the front row in Kassel in Germany last november my overall feeling was that on stage there were my five brothers rocking the planet on it´s butt and you, ´big brother´ Ian, you gave all of us the energy and confidence to carry with us, again, like you do to me since 1970 !
    Great respect for you!
    Cheers and bottoms up to all, stay healthy in mind and body.

  52. 52
    George says:

    Heeeeeeeey people, It was just joke, really 😀
    I can’t ever imagine Deep Purple without Ian Gillan, no matter he has cold or voice problems, Deep Purple’s name is mostly associated with IAN GILLAN… It was Gillan who made DP what they are now…
    Ritchie??? ritchie was in the MkI too but they weren’t in the rock-elite in this period. then Gillan stepped into the band and everything changed…

    Deep Purple has been on stage and in studio for 40 years, with 8 line-up changes. The band survived without Ritchie Blackmore, withour Jon Lord and without ANY members… BUT Deep Purple NEVER survived without Ian Gillan.
    In 1974 they however managed to surivive with coverdale/hughes but it lasted only for 1 year, During the BURN tour. after Stormbringer things changed and bands popularity began decreasing too quickly and at least led to split.
    In 1988-1991 the band was in the same situation. Thanks to the management, record company and the band they quickly realased that DP without Gillan wasn’t acceptable for 90% of the fans. that’s why MkV did not major tours, they just toured some obscure countries they’ve not visited before: South America, Poland and Israel.
    Ian Gillan is not only the greatest vocalist I’ve ever heard, but one of the greatest leader and frontman in rock history. the man knows how to be a real leader and frontman for the band. the man knows how to rule 4 band members + 15-20-50-80 000 people during the live.
    Musically, it’ll be really better in Gillan was replaced by Jimmy Burnes. I listened to this vocalist at “Aroung the World Live” DVD. Jimmy sounds almost like Gillan sounded in the 70’s. I;m sure Jimmy can sing Highway Star just like Gillan did in Machine Head…
    But there will not be Deep Purple without Ian Gillan, even Gillan was replaced by better vocalist.
    what i mean in “better vocalist”? i mean that Jimmy has far more better voice than Gillan has NOW! I mean NOW!
    but if we take Gillan from his best 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, there’re NO vocalist in the universe who can do what Gillan has been doing in his best days…

    Btw, HS from liberec show was astonishing and Gillan was in a very good form…

    waitting for the Istanbul show ONLY with Ian Gillan!

  53. 53
    Roberto says:

    Jimmy Burnes vocals is very different from Gillan vocals (which are far better)…can’t believe you see a connection between them…

  54. 54
    marcinn says:

    Believe me George, I am a huge fan of Jimmy Barnes. I like his interpretation of WABMC, the one you can see on the DVD of Hoochie Coochie Men. But ‘what if’ speculation will get us nowhere. I could only say I would prefer Jimmy instead of Joe at that time, but this is just hypothetical statement. Who knows if it would work. I have all Jimmy’s studio albums and I think he wouldn’t fit for the dynamics of Deep Purple. His voice is far more better in the bluesy, souly, and funky surroundings. However, I adore his singing. I was really amazed with Living Loud, in fact I even think some of the Ozzy’s tunes sounded better with Jimmy than with Ozzy. ‘Tonight’ to name just one. Cold Chisel with Barnsey, anyone? 🙂

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    I like Jimmy, but I also like him when he goes by his two other names, Dan McCafferty and Brian Johnson! LOL, they’re three in the same.

  56. 56
    Roberto says:


  57. 57
    Rasmus Heide says:

    The Roger Glover clip (Rapture at the top) is impressive!

    It allows you to appreciate how hard Roger works and how he builds his bass lines to compliment the song rather than simply mirror one of the other instruments to add bottom. Rapture is probably also one of the better examples for this.

    Thanks for filming, whoever did this. 🙂

  58. 58
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Yeah, it does give the viewer/listener a great example of Roger’s every note, right to our ears. I was impressed with that too…

    There is also always a hook applied after a break that keeps us interested, those who follow closely enough that is.
    I keep saying, whats going to be so special about the same thing… and they seem to always pull off a good reason to keep following them. A good magician always has to have a new trick after doing the same thing for a while, or they get surpassed and forgotten. It’s called an “edge” I guess.

  59. 59
    Jeffs says:

    Purple don’t play the states anymore because they can’t make money doing it. Because to the mileages involved, the time it takes to travel, the amount of time on the road and lack of radio/media support, Salaries for crew/general overheads…they would be crazy at this stage of there careers to chance that monetary loss.

    Gillans voice sounds good here…It was a lot worse at times during the MkII reunion. You must remember that unlike Hughes, Turner, Bonnet etc. his voice does not naturally fall in the Tenor range. He sings very much at the top of his natural (non falsetto) range for most of the shows and that is taxing even for a young man.

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    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    #52 George :
    Ok George, thanks for the correction, that it was only a joke. And thanks for the PRO-Gillan comment.

  61. 61
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    A nice video from Deep Purple at the opening of the 2009 Nordic Ski World Championships at Tipsport Arena, Libe-rec, Czech Republic, February 18th 2009.
    “Highway Star” > Enjoy it :

  62. 62
    marcinn says:

    Ger, we already have the both versions of this video in the thread ‘2009 Tour has started…’. But thanks anyway.

  63. 63
    Crimson Ghost says:

    As pointed out in yet another thread… he must have missed it.


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    Fernando says:

    #52 George…

    Though I like to believe it was not your intention to be depreciative, what does it mean “obscure” about South America, Poland and Israel ?
    Since the first Rock in Rio, 6 years before that MkV tour, other bands come to our Obscure country at the peak of their careers, and with their classics Line ups – Queen, Maiden, Ozzy, Judas, Metallica, and if we look out of Heavy/Hard world, Nirvana, Red Hot C.P., Live, Bon jovi, Oasis… ok, don´t want to raise a NGO-style conflict, we have a lot of points to improve – as well as all other countries, IMHO – but, I can´t see why is “obscure” to be out of Western Europe, USA and Japan … “Don´t we bleed when hurt?” Forgive me being boring , but being “obscure” annoyed me a little. Love And Peace.

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    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    #62/63 Ok, guys/girls, sorry I missed/forgot (don’t know which of the two, hahaha) the thread with the clip. I’ll
    try to pay more attention hahahaha

    Have a nice, rocking day 😉

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    George says:

    Fernando #64,
    Hi, maybe “obscure” wasn’t the right word, but I meant that west-Europe & North America are the MAJOR places where world’s major bands play (adding japan & Australia to the list). while South America, east-Europe, Middle East and rest of the Asia are minor places for bands to play… Actually, in this list of minor tour-places South America is the most-visited place by the mega-bands.
    Sorry if I was annoying, But I think it was the word “obscure” which annoyed you, not the fact of South America being kind of minor-place for world bands…
    Ok, you got Rock In Rio, one of the greatest rock festival in the world, maybe… but look at the major artists’ tour dates, they USUALLY visit Europe & USA, and then they MAY add South America, Japan, Australia or Eastern-Europe… so this is what I mean in “obscure” 😉

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    Fernando says:


    You got the point, I know South American Tours usually have maximum 15 concerts (Brazil usually attending for most followed by Argentina and Chile) – less than USA-Pacific Coast or Germany Tours. And about the bands priorizing USA- Europe tours: If I was a band manager, so would I do, much more concerts in major cities, and much lower logistic costs, etc… But being called “obscure” annoyed me a little, once all major bands has made it feasible to come here play their music, despite logistic and all other costs and trouble… and this is not a 2000-onwards effect, it started much earlier – and, in the end, that is the purpose of this post by Nsoveiko. But, it is clear that your intention was not to be depreciative. Thank you for kind replying, and again, sorry to be boring. And, wherever this little world you are from, keep on rockin’ ! Peace and Love.

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