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23rd February 2011.   National Auditorium,  Mexico City, Mexico

Deep Purple crowd, Mexico City 2011"Deep Purple played back to back nights at Mexico City's National Auditorium, a 10,000 seater that has great acoustics that was specially designed for live music events. The first night wasn't sold out, as tickets started selling later than the second show.

I brought my three daughters (12, 9 and 8 years old to the concert), they were very excited about their second experience with the Purps (I took them to th ePlaza de Toros, Mexico back in 2008). The crowd was in great mood when Deep Purpleurple hit the stage. The band played with great energy and the concert was as good as always. However, Ian was having trouble with his voice, every time he had the opportunity he went backstage to rest and there was almost no banter and Gillanisms between songs.

TicketAll in all, a great show. The highlights of the night were Rapture of the Deep, The Well Dressed Guitar, Perfect Strangers and Black Night

Here's the complete setlist: Highway star / Hard lovin' man / Maybe I'm a leo / Strange kind of woman / Rapture of the deep / Silver tongue / Contact lost (introduced by Ian as: the incredible Steve Morse...) / When a blind man cries / Well dressed guitar / Almost human (introduced eith a funky-country rhythm played by Steve) / Don Airey solo (he included bits of Mandrake root, etc) ~ Lazy / No one came / Perfect strangers / Space truckin / Smoke on the water. Encores: La Bamba / Hush - Paicey solo - tequila - Roger solo / Black night.

review , scan and photo: Jorge Lopez de Cardenas

27th March 2011.    Palace of Sports, Minsk, Belarus

"Although Deep Purple have become regulars on the Russia tour circuit, it was only their second time in Minsk, Belarus (the first one was way back in 2000). So the place was packed and the show was eagerly anticpated.

They kicked off with ‘Highway Star’ which included guitar licks closer to the original studio version than I’ve ever heard live not only from Morse, but maybe even from Blackmore! ‘Hard Lovin’ Man’ followed, a real monster on the loose, which has been waiting to be dusted down for decades – it got a great reaction from the crowd. Other highlights included ‘Strange Kind Of Woman’, an almighty performance of ‘Space Truckin’ with thunderous drum work from Paicey, and ‘Hush’. It was nice to see how the Mk track fitted in. The biggest surprise (besides the absence of a drum solo!) was an instrumental version of ‘Goin’ Down’ (!) which stunned everyone who realised its significance.

Two more recent songs – ‘Rapture Of The Deep’ and ‘Silver Tongue’ were met with a predictably colder reaction, although both deserved a bigger cheer. ‘Almost Human’ was possibly the low point of the show. The best track from the ‘Abandon’ album (if we agree that ‘best’ means ‘as close to the classic sound as possible’), it turned out rather pale and lightweight.

Gillan (what a relief!) was OK. His voice was good, although he struggled at times. He was just amazing on harmonica during ‘Lazy’!

Five out of seven songs from ‘Made In Japan’ plus lots of other fine stuff, performed in a non-stop two-hour show. What more could one dare to ask for?

Set list: Highway Star / Hard Lovin’ Man / Maybe I’m A Leo / Strange Kind Of Woman / Rapture Of The Deep / Silver Tongue / Contact Lost / When A Blind Man Cries / Well Dressed Guitar / Almost Human / Lazy (keyboard intro – Don Airey) / No One Came / Keyboard Solo / Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin’ / Smoke On The Water (guitar intro – Steve Morse) / Goin’ Down / Hush / Bass Solo / Black Night

P.S.: I think we all local fans must give our deepest heartfelt thanks to Roger Glover. It was cold outside, but he devoted a significant part of his free pre-gig time signing items and having his picture taken with fans.

review : Dmitri Shulga

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