"Set-List – Muscle and Blood – Touch My Life – Orion - Sail Away – First Step of Love– Medusa – You Got Soul – Keepin’ Time - Can’t Stop The Flood – You Keep On Moving – Stormbringer – Soul Mover – (encores) – Addiction – Burn.
There are some ‘different’ venues being utilised as part of Glenn’s 2011 dates, the Opera House in Buxton being one such – with its velvet theatre seats and very ornate ceiling, it all seemed quite un-rock ‘n’ roll compared to the more conventional sticky-floored jostle-fests of Glenn’s usual tour circuit. It seemed a bit weird at first that none of the audience were standing - however, I’m sure I wasn’t the only gentleman-of-a-certain-age who appreciated being able to have a sit down whilst enjoying the show (having stood for 3 hours at Rush a couple of days before – my legs aren’t what they used to be…they used to be my arms! ).
Glenn and the band didn’t seem fazed by the setting, playing-up a storm with a rocky set-list that trimmed back some of the vocal excesses of previous tours. There were a few tweaks to the song choices compared to the UK shows at the end of last year, and there seem to be noticeable changes to the sound these days as well. In the past Glenn’s bass has been turned up high, often at the expense of the guitar and keyboards : this time out, the guitar and keyboards are loud and clear, as of course are the vocals, with the bass very much present, without dominating.
The set-list seemed to keep the crowd happy, with ‘First Step of Love’, ‘Orion’, ‘Flood’ and ‘Medusa’ in particular getting rousing receptions, and ‘Stormbringer’ causing a flurry of bobbing, balding heads throughout the theatre.
Glenn’s exuberance and lust for life has taken on almost evangelical proportions, and it’s difficult not to get caught up in it. He revealed at one point that he only has one good ear now as “Jon Lord blew the other one up years ago”, and that his chocolate addiction was never Mars Bars (as Gary Moore was famously reported as saying Kerrang! magazine back in the 80’s) but that his choc of choice was in fact...Flakes. So now you know.
Great gig (as usual) with Glenn seemingly effortlessly nailing all the impossible notes with an ease that defies the aging process. Do yourself a favour, and catch a show if you can.
p.s. – We did stand up for the encores!
review: Tim Summers