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Video: Purple + Lord + Malmsteen in Tokyo

The first video clip of Smoke On The Water from Tokyo on April 15 2009 has surfaced on YouTube. As we previously reported, it features Deep Purple with special guests Jon Lord and Yngwie Malmsteen.


The camera work is rather poor (unless you prefer to watch the ceiling and the lighting rig!), but the audio is decent and Jon Lord is clearly audible taking a couple of solos – not in the least a fiery one towards the end of the song.

The clips opens with Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Morse trading guitar licks for a couple of minutes before the band kicks into the song. Malmsteen seems to attempt a Blackmore style solo at first before lapsing into something more his usual style.

19 Comments to “Video: Purple + Lord + Malmsteen in Tokyo”:

  1. 1
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Sounds like fun, nothing much to look at though.
    Always nice to have a glimpse.

    Thanks to chillipepper2005!

  2. 2
    Nick says:

    Nice work Mr. Morse, not even close to giving up. Malmsteen tryied to trip him up , but Steve gave him a run for his money. Poor attempt at the Blackmore solo, Mr. Malsteen, but still fantastic to listen to. Jon, superb as always. Greeting from Moscow 😀

  3. 3
    rik sandford says:

    Most excellent dude!

  4. 4
    Al Cornish says:

    At a moment like this, with a video camera in your hands, rush the stage!

  5. 5
    marcinn says:

    Good performance from the band, Jon, and Yngwie. The jam could be a little bit longer though. And nice to hear Ian on top form, no sign of a cold whatsoever.

  6. 6
    Inna says:

    Thanks a lot! Despite it’s hard to understand who of the two guitarists is Steve and who is Yngwie 🙂 But the sound is pretty good.

    Any idea if Lord came with them to Moscow? 🙂

  7. 7
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 6

    You re so spot on!

    There can be only one!

  8. 8
    Kimmen says:

    Great to hear Steve giving Yngwie such a match! (And vice versa, of course.) Would it be inappropriate to ask the latter one to join for Perfect Strangers and The Well-Dressed Guitar as well?

  9. 9
    Ed says:

    Thank God they didn’t chose Yngwie to replace Ritchie !! Steve Morse plays with much more taste and is a far better song writer ……

  10. 10
    Bo says:

    I wish I was there. First of all to see Jon Lord with the band where he always should be, BUT also it was great to se a guitar plyer in black moving on the stage. The golden years of Mrk II are still THE years for me.

  11. 11
    T says:

    I also noted the similarity in playing. The two guitarists do have similar styles at times–such as the fast, sweeping runs–but I think on Steve’s part, it was on purpose here, given who the guest was.

    Morse has a warmer tone and is more fluid and demonstrates a lot more feeling in his playing. What keeps Yngwie from being one of the all-time greatest is an inability to slow down, hold a note and wiggle the whammy bar for a while from time to time. But he is who he is and does what he does–and he does what he does very, very well. Malmsteen makes it look so easy and effortless.

    Jon Lord understands the power of fingering the keys, holding them down and spooling up the Leslie. His long notes and chords are punctuated with runs on either hand, and he also has a fondness for dissonant intervals. It’s all about variety and contrast–or it gets old fast.

    Having said all that, this song has not sounded right since 1973.

  12. 12
    clay says:

    Nice to hear a stratocaster again playing SOTW, the only guitar that should play DP’s music (my opinion).
    Say what you will ’bout YJM, he is an unabashed DP fan.

  13. 13
    DW says:

    Did anyone who attended the show(s) notice any professional cameras shooting?

  14. 14
    Jeffs says:

    Either way the guitar exchange between these 2 extraordunary musicians is stunning, even if it is a little self flagulating;-)It’s interesting and clear to hear the fundamental differences between their styles when compared this way, even when they are playing at such velocity … this is down to their diverse musical backgrounds/influences.

  15. 15
    Lajos says:

    May I start saying,what was said many times before:
    “Ritchie took the GUITAR when he left” (still missed by many – myself included).
    What about the “Jam” itself? 10:0 to Morse.Yngwie is only showing us how good he is copying Blackmore and are doing his (Blackmore´s)stuffs 150 miles/hour,and ruins the song totaly.It´s always nicer to masturbate with the slowhand(no connection to Clapton).I mean do not play so fast “play some notes” instead 🙂
    It should be interessting to hear Morse with Stratocaster.Steve if you read this,then tray it out on the rehearsal at least.
    Cheers to all DP maniacs

  16. 16
    Big Dave says:

    If you watch and listen closely you can match the sound to the soloist at beginning. Pretty good shout-out with Morse more than holding his own against the great Malmsteen. I would think most guitar players would be intimidated by such a face off. But this is what makes rock and Deep Purple great. Great job by all. Throughly enjoyed it. This was a real treat for a guitar junkie like myself. Two of the all time greats playing homage to one of the greatest r & r songs of all times. CARAMBA!!!!

  17. 17
    Mr H says:

    There is nothing wrong with Yngwie’s contribution and I’m sure if any of us had been there we would have drooled over the whole show with Mr Lord there.

    I agree on Morse trying a Strat or two, he may be one of the finest exponents of guitar that has ever lived but his tone is a little too clinical and lacks the warmth of old classic Fenders.

  18. 18
    Dreg says:

    Morse gave Yngwie a run for his money? Yngwie does a lot of fast, planned out, feeling free scales. Morse matches and throws in feel with more melodic lines. Malmsteen = one trick pony. Morse is the greatest overall guitarist on the earth. Too bad Steve didn’t go bluegrass – at which point Yngwie would have had to take his guitar off and leave the stage….

  19. 19
    Adam says:

    I’m with Dreg. Morse keeping up with Yngwie? How about Morse doing every lick Yngwie comes up with on the spot, by ear no less. How about Yngwie trying to show Morse out and getting his ass handed to him.

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