Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Deep Purple - LG Arena Birmingham

Full Set List
  • Highway Star
  • Hard Lovin Man
  • Maybe i'm a Leo
  • Strange kind of Woman
  • Rapture of the Deep
  • Woman from Tokyo
  • Contact Lost
  • Guitar Solo
  • When a Blind Man Cries
  • The well Dresed Guitar
  • Knocking at your Back Door
  • Lazy
  • No One came
  • Keyboard Solo
  • Perfect Starngers
  • Space Truckin'
  • Smoke on the Water
  • Hush
  • Bass Solo
  • Black Night

This has to go down as my favourite concert of the year... so far. It was just an exhibition of wonderful musicianship and wave after wave of fantastic songs. The crowd just couldn't get enough and left very happy indeed,

A conductor (who also plugged in an electric violin) travelled with the band on tour and regional musicians made up the orchestra. They really got into it and there was even some headbanging and waving of violin bows in the air.

Ian Paice is the only founding member of the band who never stopped performing with the group, and the only member to appear on every album the band has released. He is one of those rare left handed drummers. After Deep Purple split, Ian Paice went on to form a new supergroup, Paice, Ashton & Lord in 1976. The band, comprising also singer/pianist Tony Ashton, organist Jon Lord, guitarist/vocalist Bernie Marsden and bassist Paul Martinez.

Ian Pace

Don Airey joined Deep Purple in 2002 and has played with virtually all the big names in Rock. The massive list includes, Black Sabbath,Gary Moore,Rainbow,Michael Schenker Group,Jethro Tull,Whitesnake and Judas Priest. he joined Deep Purple in 2002 to fill in for an injured Jon Lord, who has since retired. We were treated to a couple of fantastic keyboard solos.

Don Airey

Roger Glover is the Bassist and lyricist and has produced countless albums and written lyrics for other bands including, Rainbow, Rory Gallagher,The Spencer Davis Group and Judas Priest.

Roger Glover

Steve Morse joined Deep Purple in 1994 with the unenviable task of taking over from the legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Ritchie created amazing guitar riffs that fused Rock,Blues and classical music. Steve has fitted in beautifully and appeared on the last four studio albums and is an amzing guitarist in his own right. He has used a signature model Music Man guitar made to his own specifications for more than 20 years (the guitar has been refretted eight times and is still the first original one).

Steve Morse

It's hard to believe that Ian Gillan is 66! He still has an amazing wide range of vocals and an energy that belies his age. He has literally been there and done it all in his career including the original Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webbers Jesus Christ Superstar.

Ian Gillan

Deep Purple .. Where do I start? Along with Led Zepellin they are true legends and pioneers in Heavy Metal music. But yet there is so much more to them than that. Formed in 1968 constantly touring and producing fantastic music that crosses several genres despite numerous line up changes. They are simply huge in all respects with a massive back catalogue of classic albums and instantly recognisable anthems.
This tour features the backing of a 38 piece symphony orchestra featuring clasic members Ian Gillan (Lead vocals), Roger Glover(Bass) and Ian Paice the only constant original member of the band (Drums). Gillan pointed out that this was more about the orchestra provided extra texture to the songs rather than totally orchestra based.
Steve Morse (Lead Guitar) added that he doesn't see a line between musical styles, Rock and classical styles blend very well.

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