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Rockin’ Istanbul

A few more clips of the ad-hoc Purple lineup performing, this time, in Istanbul on May 25, 2022.

Thanks to Pavel 9988 for the clips.



12 Comments to “Rockin’ Istanbul”:

  1. 1
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    “Nothing at All” is pretty melodic. I’ve been listening to “Now What?!” I like the way that album opens with a couple Hammond-heavy tunes, “A Simple Song” and “Weirdistan.” Bought Graham Bonnet’s new disc, “Day Out in Nowhere.” Some pretty good hard rock on there. I like it because it’s more classical hard rock than heavy metal. Don Airey plays on parts of it.

  2. 2
    Dr. Bob says:

    The new guy is good. Very good.

    They added shows on a Florida cruise in Feb 2023. That gets my hopes up for an American tour next year.

  3. 3
    Tony Cools says:

    What a group, glad to see they still swing like that. and Simon fit really well into the group.
    Can’t wait to see them. The only regrettable point is (for the real fans) the setlist…. pretty much the same for years……roadhouse blues, somebody stole my guitar, woman from Tokyo, hey cisco, bad attitube, the spanish archer, speed king …… I miss you !

  4. 4
    Peter J says:

    Great versions, the band on top form.

    About the setlist, well, 2 songs from Turning to crime, 2 from Whoosh!, 1 from Infinite and 1 from NW?! seems quite ok for me… Most of the other bands from the 70’s don’t play 6 songs of the last decade… Far from that !

    Of course I’d like obscure things too, or Woman from Tokyo back but peuple then will complain because it’s never the one we want 😉

  5. 5
    Rob says:

    Agreed Peter @4. Had mixed feelings seeing them without Morse but now looking forward to Leeds gig. Whatever set list they choose will be fine! And yes, doesn’t the recent stuff fit well.

  6. 6
    rudy says:

    I have seen the band in the last 40 years quite some times so I can compare the shows a little bit. Istanbul was an amazing show and I don’t know how manytimes I got goose bumps.
    Simon was playing and delivering a great performance. He is an amazing temporar replacement for Steve to whom and his wife Janine I wish all the best to handle this serious health problem. Touch wood the light at the end of the tunnel is soon reached.
    Wish I could go to Skopje or Sofia 🙂

  7. 7
    mike whiteley says:

    Well, the setlist is certainly more varied than any North American tour in the past dozen years.
    I never need to hear Black Night again ,but it has become the guitarist’s turn for audience participation.

  8. 8
    Dr. Bob says:

    I’ve seen DP 10 times since 1984 and but the only time that I’ve seen them do Black Night was this Feb in FL. The song from Whoosh that I want them to add is And The Address to bridge the Caught in the Act & Hush.

    #1 on my list of obscure songs that I’d like to see is Rat Bat Blue.

  9. 9
    John hogg says:

    Is it just me or does the new guitarist fit in/sound better than Mr Morse?

  10. 10
    Nino says:

    Yes, everything was perfect in Istanbul – the weather, the sound, and the performance. Simon was great, although sometimes Morse’s guitar playing played in my head. It’s a pity that Georgians have to travel so far to see our favorite band.

  11. 11
    Dan Russell says:

    Well done. As far as way-back tracks go, I’d like to hear that glacier-breaking scream again from Place in Line. That’d send a shiver.

  12. 12
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “Simon was great, although sometimes Morse’s guitar playing played in my head.”

    Mk VII’s and VIII’s overall sound has long been determined by Steve’s dexterous rhythm guitar and riff playing – in that department, he’s the most intricate player DP has ever had, his parts are complex and interweave with the music without ever getting in the way (though both Jon and Don have said that they had to adjust their keyboard playing to his busier rhythm guitar). Ritchie for all his strength as a soloist is a meat & potatoes rhythm player, less is more and “Hey, when is it time for my solo?”, Tommy Bolin was more playful in his rhythm playing, yet his parts were always more groove & feeling oriented rather than intricate. From what I’ve heard so far (I won’t be seeing the new line-up until the Bonn gig in early July), Simon’s rhythm guitar playing is a lot more choppy and sparse than the aural landscapes Steve would create.

    Once again very much the difference between an American and a Brit-Irish approach. I remember an interview with Phil Lynott where he said that Scott Gorham (a Californian) got the job with Thin Lizzy predominantly (alongside with his looks, ole Phil was after all image-conscious!) because of his rhythm playing which was totally unlike to what British guitarists at the time would play, Brian Robertson (a Scot) included. Lynott liked the mix of both.

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