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Rhapsody of angels alla Milanese

On October 17 Deep Purple played a gig in Milan, Italy. A fairly decent audience recording of the show has been posted for your viewing pleasure. Sure, Big Ian sounds quite rough for the first couple of tracks, but once you get past it… Enjoy!

Thanks to Max Zarucchi for the video and Mike Whiteley for bringing it to your attention.

28 Comments to “Rhapsody of angels alla Milanese”:

  1. 1
    Adel Faragalla says:

    The set list is looking a bit tired. They need a injection of new stuff. I think
    Peace ✌️

  2. 2
    mike whiteley says:

    Yeah,we can forgive a few bum notes from a guy in his 70s.There’s great,happy energy coming off the stage.

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Concerto bellissimo!

  4. 4
    Siman says:

    Tight instrumentals with vocal accompaniment. A new awesome guitarist and there’s nothing tired about it.

  5. 5
    Siman says:

    And injecting his Gary Moore influence in Uncommon Man. What could be better?

  6. 6
    mike whiteley says:

    @ 1- The setlist has been The Great Debate here for decades. Any inclusion of songs not from Machine Head is a welcomed change.In this concert,we had 3 Morse era songs and Anya.
    I don’t think we can expect more at this point.

  7. 7
    Bill says:

    Great show, well shot. Glad they were able to post. Good to see Simon, he does a great job, glad he’s there!

  8. 8
    janbl says:

    I saw a YouTube video from Glasgow the other night and it looked like the concert there was filmed professionally with manned cameras in front and a boom.

  9. 9
    Tony says:

    I saw them 2 weeks ago in Amsterdam, great sound , great concert. May be the 25 th time I saw
    Purple…..the setlist , yes I agree, but when you are standing there, an amazing feeling.
    Thanks guys for a great evening.

    A few days later….. corona…..that’s regrettably .

  10. 10
    eiricd says:

    an official concert film recorded in Italy would be great. Always a good crowd!

  11. 11
    Ivica says:

    The guys (in their best years) traditionally play well. Still, I’m always pleasantly surprised by Ian Gillan singing so well at his age, and he looks good. LL IG !
    The first hit block (3 hard heavy songs) is powerful, the new “No Need to Shout” is going well. Simon McBride in “Pictures Of Home” ( second solo I hear part of solo from” Child in Time” ?). Brutal solo in” Highway Star.” It feels like he grew up in the British school of hard rock.Progressive block Nothing at All” ,” Uncommon Man”,.. OK
    Flaws of concert, the predictability of the set list, 6 songs from MH (5 + When a Blind Crises) OK, it’s been 50 years since the release of the album MH MH is the best album of DP, but it’s been the same for the last 40 years… I personally use the predictability of the set list, at concerts (when the intro to Lazy or Don Airey’s solo starts before Perfect Stranger. it’s time for the toilet or the bar for a new fresh round of good beer)If the set list included at least two more recent songs” Throw My Bones” or “7 And 7 Is” instead of Lazy and Space Turckin it would be refreshing .DP has so many wonderful songs …always relies on old favorites Same with Whitesnake . .40% setlist of album Whitesnake 1987

  12. 12
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I fear that a proper Whoosh! tour with more than two songs of the album died with Steve’s departure. This tour should rather be called: “Introducing the new banjo player!” Which is ok, it seems kind of pointless for me to have Mk IX try to sound like Mk VIII, they just don’t. Simon has chops, but he’s not really a prog player and likes to keep his rhythm parts simple.

    Going forward I believe were going to hear Mk II material – and once a new studio album has been released – and Mk IX songs, yet very little (if at all) Mk VII – Mk VIII tracks. Maybe Simon is a closet fan of Steve, but I don’t really hear it (I hear the Gary Moore influence a plenty!). Funnily enough, some of his solos – when he teases your ears by playing one pattern over various chord changes over and over for dramatic effect (Tommy excelled at that) – have a Tommy Bolin vibe. But I’m not expecting Mk IX to do You Keep On Moving anytime soon! ; – )

  13. 13
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Mike @6
    No one can deny facts about the set lists but Anya is an example of a new injection that is overdue and more is needed.
    No need to shout is the weakest song on Whoosh but people loves it as they are crying out for new stuff.
    It’s doesn’t has to be Steve Morse era or Blackmore era but as long as it’s gives the fans something new.
    The majority of DP fans have seen them on multiple occasions so they need excitement.but maybe age has its limitations.
    Ivica @11
    I agree totally
    Peace ✌️

  14. 14
    eiricd says:


    watching a few clips from Glasgow now, and there does indeed seem to be more cameras than usual.
    Perhaps it varies from venue to venue, but I don’t think I’ve noticed two cameras right in front of the stage before, certainly on this tour. In addition, there’s one one stage right, and there’s a crane on Roger’s side.
    A crane is certainly not part of the standard set up.

    Fingers crossed for an official release!!!

  15. 15
    yance says:

    Have to say , Leeds gig on Sunday night was superb , a great sound, as for the set list , you really are only going to get mild tinkering at this stage of their careers , and thats fine by me, It was a real classy performance. Couldnt see any extra cameras , so perhaps Glasgow will be the basis of an official release.
    Looking forward to Birmingham tonight .

  16. 16
    Dr. Bob says:

    I am quite impressed with Simon. Anya was an unexpected delight.

  17. 17
    stoffer says:

    Really nice job of recording👍 band looks good and sounds great! Simon is doing a fantastic job seems to fit nicely…….ahh the setlist LOL time to retire Black Night, Lazy and Space Truckin”, doubtful especially if they tour US in ’23. We will go see them regardless it’s Deep Purple are you kidding 🙂

  18. 18
    Peter says:

    To add a comment on the setlist discussion 🙂 The first part of the setlist was really varying substantially through the last 25 years, so I´m absolutely fine with that in general – but the final part and the encore is identical since a quarter of a century! – Organ, Perfect Strangers, Space truckin, SOTW / Hush, Black night. Please, please, please, at least replace Space truckin by Speed king or W f Tokyo or something. And think about another concept for the encore. However, if not – it still remains Deep Purple, the greatest band of all times. 🙂

  19. 19
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Peter @18
    I love it when people know what they talking about and list facts rather than opinion and hence I agree with you 100 percent and who wouldn’t.
    As I mentioned the majority of fans paying to see DP are not watching them first time.
    I have tickets to watch them at the O2 arena in London later this year and I hope they surprise us with some new songs.
    Peace ✌️

  20. 20
    Andrew M says:

    Just for the record, in his intro to “Lazy” Don does play some of “Remission Possible” from Whoosh!. I would still have liked to hear more of Whoosh! live, of course.

    Which reminds me: I wonder how Steve’s wife is doing.

  21. 21
    mike whiteley says:

    The reviews I have seen for this UK tour have praised the 40-50 year old classics,so the Purps seem to have a winning setlist.
    No more Great Debate for me.
    Just my opinion,of course,but varied opinions are what keep The Highway Star alive and interesting.

  22. 22
    AnthonyC says:

    I like Simon on guitar. He sounds more like Blackmore than Steve sounded like Blackmore. Kind of that raw edge to it. For example, I never really liked how Steve played Perfect Strangers adding to it in places where nothing should be added. Simon seems to allow some space in the song which I like. Regarding the setlist, yeah, but the improvisation keeps the songs somewhat fresh. I totally agree on eliminating Space Truckin – Ian struggles singing it anyhow. Uncommon Man is not one of my favorites, although I appreciate the tribute to Jon. The guitar intro into that song in this show is really good – again a bit like Blackmore would might of played it.

  23. 23
    Paul Carr says:

    Great to see them back even sans Steve – my best wishes to Janine and Steve. Many comments on the set list but how do you pick from over 50 years worth of material, even with the epic MH album? We also need to remember many blokes their age are in nursing homes!
    How about this for a thought, have 2 concerts, one for ‘Classic’ DP and the other for ‘New’ DP. Use the final departure of Richie/arrival of Steve as the division. I guess ‘Classic’ would be the Ian albums plus Mark 1, pity because Burn is brilliant and Stormbringer not far behind (guess I need to listen to Rainbow for them).
    Can’t wait until they tour Oz again

  24. 24
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I wish that DP would have the guts for even a smaller venues tour where they would devote their set to, say, two albums and an encore block with a few hits. Countless bands have done that.

    The Brothers Mael/Sparks impressed me hugely when they performed 20-some gigs in a row in London, each one devoted to everyone of their albums from which they would play ALL songs. All the gigs were sold out, the fans loved it.

  25. 25
    Mar says:

    @19 “I have tickets to watch them at the O2 arena in London later this year and I hope they surprise us with some new songs.
    Peace ✌️
    October 25th, 2022 at 17:12”

    You might be missing date, the show gone. Or this is something new to me

  26. 26
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Sarcasm is a great weapon.
    I was referring to the DP tribute band as they are probably more adventurous with their songs set list after I was very disappointed with the real one.
    Peace ✌️

  27. 27
    Mar says:


    It sounds as huge nonsense to me… meant both posts.

    Er, I got a ticket to the Moon but missed flight.. which is next month… ah, wait, I referred to an ELO song, so simple

  28. 28
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Mar @27
    I agree it’s nonsense sarcasm.
    What doesn’t make sense is that the last 5 songs of DP shows are always
    Perfect strangers, space trucking, SOTW, Hush and Black night with the extended usual base and guitar jamming even after Steve Morse departure.
    Loyal DP fans deserve a bit of excitement because we pay a lot of money to see our favourite band and we just get the same.
    Maybe we just stay at home and watch you tube.
    Peace ✌️

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