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Deep Purple in Moscow, 2008. Photo © Vladimir Astapkovich, cc-by-sa.

[Confirmed] As soon as the band got off the stage at Budokan in Tokyo on April 12, rumours started circulating that the gig was professionally filmed. As said rumours are coming from all the sides now, we feel we should report it.

If any of our readers can confirm this first hand (as in “I was there and I saw the cameras”), please leave a comment.

This seems to be confirmed.

Setlist for the night was:

  1. Apres Vous
  2. Into the Fire
  3. Hard Lovin’ Man
  4. Strange Kind of Woman
  5. Vincent Price
  6. Contact Lost
  7. Uncommon Man
  8. The Well-Dressed Guitar
  9. The Mule
  10. Above and Beyond
  11. Lazy
  12. Hell to Pay
  13. Don Airey keyboard solo (including album from Keyed Up)
  14. Perfect Strangers
  15. Space Truckin’
  16. Smoke on the Water
  17. Hush
  18. Black Night

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov and BraveWords for the info, and to Joel Peterson and others for supporting evidence.

34 Comments to “Budokan filmed”:

  1. 1
    Gerald Coley says:


  2. 2
    Clif Cooky Crawford says:

    It’s easy to tell.. Were there cameras set up?

  3. 3
    Wolfgang Pointner says:

    I can’t get enough must have-please come soon to Austria!

  4. 4
    Larry Toering says:

    Many, as well as the mounted gear.

  5. 5
    Juan Carlos Magnanimi says:

    son unos verdaderos maestros del hard rock, espero verlos pronto en Buenos Aires!!.

  6. 6
    Martin says:

    I found this on youtube. . . . It is clear that the camera in the scene looks pretty profesional.
    I know, the sound it’s horrible, but the camera is the star for now

  7. 7
    Ziedonis Vasarins says:

    …yeah, my favorites! l

  8. 8
    Boswell's Johnson says:

    A guy (who was there) on the tweeter posted a pic of what looks like a camera crane…


  9. 9
    Deeperpurps says:

    Yes, I was there! And yes there were cameras filming at stage level.

  10. 10
    Nick Kyrgios says:


  11. 11
    Victor says:

    Glad to see five songs from Now What?! in there. Wish they brought something from Purpendicular back though.

  12. 12
    Victor says:

    In this video of the concert (with dreadful sound, mind you), at 18 seconds and onwards you can see a camera that’s way too fancy for a regular concert. Guess that’s a clue we’re getting a new live dvd soon:


  13. 13
    mike whiteley says:

    Hope that setlist survives thru the North American summer tour.

  14. 14
    Roger D. Smith says:

    I’d like to see Uli do a tour with the band. This is a band of challenges and when you can recover from the loss of the Lord into a great machine. Part of the greatness of the formation of Whitesnake was to replace a guitar player with 2 was brilliant, even for the singer.

  15. 15
    metaljim says:

    Replacing songs 2, 3, and 4 with anything from the Morse era would have made this an essential purchase. I can’t watch the most recent DVD with the orchestra without skipping the In Rock songs at the beginning. Yikes, it’s painful watching Gillan try to hit those notes.

  16. 16
    Jeff Summers says:

    Damn!! For one moment there I thought this was something important and historic like some good news on the illusive MIJ footage 🙁

  17. 17
    Charles says:

    @15: That’s exactly what I feel everytime I’m watching recent lives… Gillan suffering and not succeeding on high notes is painful! As he becomes older they should lower more songs like PS.

    It would be quite a nice thing to have a 2014 version of MIJ! Of course, not with the same songs! =)

  18. 18
    Eise Silvennoinen says:

    I hope to see a concert where they have dropped Black Night, Space Truckin, Hard Lovin’ Man
    Strange Kind of Woman and Hush. There are a bunch of great songs on Purpendicular and Now What?! to be added to the set list.

  19. 19
    Drdp says:


  20. 20
    Dave says:

    Do we really need another MkMorse DVD? And what about Wacken? It was also filmed as announced for a DVD release. The only reason for me to buy another DP DVD would be if they were performing entire Now What album.

  21. 21
    David Hall says:

    To many (myself included) the Mark II Purple were the ultimate line up, however all marks have their credibility and I for one am glad all were, and this line up still is, delivering hard rock at its very best, long may it continue.

  22. 22
    Peter Stokes says:

    Totally agree with some of the comments on here. Mkii was the best line up but times change. Mkii will never be able to perform again so instead of constant criticism get out and actually listen to some of the other stuff. Now What! is the best Purple album for many years and ranks alongside all the other classic albums. Also remember that Steve Morse has been a member of the band for longer than Mr Blackmore ever was.

  23. 23
    Joel Peterson says:

    I was at the concert at Tokyo Budokan and the concert was filmed. At least 3 cameras maybe more was working during the concert. One camera on a “long moving arm”. Before the concert we saw a video bus parked outside the venue with a lot of cables from the bus into the arena.

  24. 24
    josh says:

    @ #22 : you are absolutely right !

  25. 25
    Roberto says:

    I’m still waiting the Verona 2011 dvd

  26. 26
    al says:

    The title of the last album “Now What?! is the epitome of this conversation,fans and people would never agree and have the same taste.5-6 years ago when Purple were playing a lot of The Rapture of The deep songs,people were screaming for more In rock and Fireball and now they want other stuff!That shows the body of work and the diverse music and albums that this band has put out throughout their history.The band is going to play what they feel in the end,with classic stuff along from MK2 period,so get used people and stop complaining.


  27. 27
    Rob Audino says:

    I respect this lineup of dp as well as the musical abilities of airey and morse, but regardless of how long they’ve been in the band, blackmore and lord will always be better musicians and the heart of deep purple in my opinion.

  28. 28
    Deep Diography says:

    I wish they would include “A Simple Song” in their setlist. It’s one of my favorites from their latest album.

  29. 29
    Jack says:

    Yeah!! I expect a great live cd/dvd of this legendary show!! Purple roxx!!

  30. 30
    Peter Chrisp says:

    Apparently the show was filmed professionally for a later in the year cd/dvd/bluay format. Saw them last year in
    Australia supporting Journey, as we were only 7 rows from the front, i guarantee you i have never heard anything so loud in a long long time, would not have it any other way.

  31. 31
    paul anderson says:

    i remember being at the Birmingham NEC show in 2002 where Gillan stopped the filming from camerman at the very front. I didnt see any other camera about, but then came out on Around The World dvd.

  32. 32
    George Martin says:

    Take out Into the fire and add Smooth dancer, take out Lazy and add Flight of the rat and take out Black night and add Highway star. That to me would make this a great set list. I’ve got nothing against Into, Lazy or Black but I’ve seen them quite a bit over the years.

  33. 33
    Mark Bryant says:

    I want this NOW! How and when can I order it. The Morse variant of Deep Purple has been together 20-years CONTINUOUS now — Longer even than TMIB’s tenure. This is a consistent and relevant variant of the the band. Don Airey is a GREAT replacement for the GREAT JON LORD.

  34. 34
    Thomas says:

    Wonderful setlist, crossing my fingers for a Blu ray release soon! 🙂

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