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Always sunny in Philadelphia

Deep Purple have resumed their merciless touring schedule in 2023 on February 10 with a gig in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here are a couple of clips from the show, to whet your appetite.

Thanks to Philly Upstart for the videos; to Mike Whiteley and Orhun Yakin for bringing them to your attention.

10 Comments to “Always sunny in Philadelphia”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Always a joy to hear Nothing At All live.

  2. 2
    Gregster says:

    Looking good & sounding great imo !

    Peace !

    NB. Can anyone tell me why the guitar & organ are now on the same side of the stage instead of far left & far right ? ( I know it’s been like that for ages, but I always forget to ask lol ) !

  3. 3
    Phil says:

    @ 2. Probably because there is much more interaction between Don and Steve / Simon now, especially with songs like Hush. Blackmore would have wanted that whole left side to himself & not share that area of the stage.

  4. 4
    Dr. Bob says:

    #2, guitar & keyboard were to the right and bass & drums to the left when I saw them play in 2014, 2017, 2018(twice), 2019, and 2022.

  5. 5
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Jon was a creature of habit and always wanted to be placed stage left (just as Ritchie was adamant to be stage right): Only during his later years with Mk VII did he (reluctantly?) move to the rightish middle, slightly elevated just like Paicey (leftish middle). At the time they said they wanted to try a new stage set-up and increase the visibility of Little Ian and Jon. I actually liked it that way, while the old set-up of Jon far-left and Ritchie far-right was of course iconic, it forced you live to decide whether you watched Jon or Ritchie. Now it’s all a bit more concentrated and you can see them all without too much head-turning. And they are all closer together which helps with live communication via hand signs etc.

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    @ 2 – It was Blackmore that enjoyed a side of the stage to himself. Although I have noticed a few other bands over the years have the keyboard & guitar on the opposite ends. No doubt a sonic reason perhaps especially back then with Purple as both Lord & Blackmore did enjoy cranking the Marshall amps. Although Yes had that setup also with Howe & Wakeman, probably a visual thing with little signals to each other regarding improvising etc. These days both instruments are probably not as loud or abrasive to each others ears & both players enjoy each others company. Unlike Blackmore & Gillan who had that special comradery with each other, one with enough room to wind the Stratocaster up if needed, the other the mike stand. Or maybe it is because of Roger Glover, sick & tired of being crammed into a corner. ‘Get off my lawn’, for want of a better saying. Those poor keyboard players getting shuffled around the stage, it almost makes you feel sorry for them, almost! Cheers.

  7. 7
    MacGregor says:

    It is a good song Nothing At All & has grown on me. Quite poignant lyrics or is that just me. Cheers.

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    stoffer says:

    Nothing At All sounds great!! Simon is looking/sounding like a very good choice indeedšŸ‘

  9. 9
    Gregster says:

    Yo, thanks for the feedback everyone, much appreciated ! I’m glad I’m not the one to mix the next live album lol ! *( Far left & far right does have its advantages for mixing solo instruments…Much less mike-bleed too I’d suggest ).

    Peace !

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    AnthonyC says:

    Good stuff! Thanks for sharing these. I really like the sound of Perfect Strangers with Simon playing. It has a little more of the raw edge to it that I think holds true to the original and early live versions. When I first heard Nothing at All from the studio recording, I had mixed 1feelings, but the song live sounds great – fantastic musicianship! I’m going to regret missing these USA shows.

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