Centre, Wellington, New Zealand Crusty
Bogans' Night Out
"The first night of the Pacific tour was a high energy
gig with a very boisterous crowd. The set list remained
very much the same as early 2006 gigs and the 4 week lay
off probably took more out of Ian Gillan than anyone else.
A missed cue from the rhythm section into the beginning
of Lazy and Ian Gillan arriving late at the beginning of
Highway Star was about all I noticed from the front row
and on the whole the band did the business.
tracks off the new album went down very well and great to
see so many young headbangers in amongst the crusty bogans.
The production was very streamlined with no pink lights
out the back or major light show and even Ian Paice is now
using a slightly smaller drum kit. All in all a superb gig
in keeping with the 2003 Bananas show I witnessed in the
UK and blows the 1984 and 1991 Deep Purple gigs I saw completely
out of the water. A week ago The Rolling Stones came through
town, played a big stadium show to 40,000 people and the
musicianship was at times appalling. Deep Purple roll into
Wellington play to a crowd of about 2-3,000 and put on a
truly class performance. Where's the justice in that?
These guys are the best in their field. There is no other
band that comes close in my opinion. The Steve Morse/ Don
Airey version of Deep Purple is positive chemistry all the
way! Make the most of it and go see Purple.They are the
greatest Rock Band in the World!
Set List: (from memory apologies the order may be wrong)
: Pictures Of Home / Things I Never Said / Wrong Man
/ Vavoom:Ted The Mechanic /Mary Long/ Rapture Of The Deep
/ Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye / Steve Morse Solo Contact Lost
/ Well Dressed Guitar / Lazy / Don Airey Solo / Perfect
Strangers / Space Truckin' / Highway Star / Smoke On The
Water / Hush / Black Night." review
kicked off the next leg of their World Tour in a small aircraft
hangar known as the Events Centre in Wellington. It was
a mixed bag. The sound at times was truly awful, a common
problem at this venue. We couldn’t hear Paicey’s intro to
Pictures and the keyboards were inaudible at times. Compared
to other set lists I’ve seen, this one was a bit short,
with only three songs from RoTD, which was a bit strange
given that they’re supposed to be promoting the new stuff.
You can’t count The Song We Don’t Know (aka Things I Never
Said). I was looking forward to hearing Before Time Began
but alas it was not to be.
the plus side, Steve was on fire and really carried the
show. His guitar tone seems to have got heavier and more
ferocious; absolutely awesome! Paicey and Roger – do they
ever have a bad night? When we could hear him Don was creative
and exciting. Big Ian was looking extremely slim and healthy!
There was plenty of tomfoolery (did somebody tamper with
Ian’s lyrics book to put him off?), mistakes (Ian was off
stage when he was supposed to start singing Highway Star!)
and disbelieving looks at Steve’s genius. An obliging fan
gave Big Ian an All Blacks shirt; the ultimate sign of acceptance!
Although there was far too much reliance on the old stuff
for my liking, the guys have breathed new life into these
songs with new arrangements. The new intro to Highway Star
being especially enjoyable. Crap venue and dodgy sound notwithstanding,
Purple are a class band and Steve Morse just gets better
and better." review: Simon Dickens
concert opened with a half hour set from hard rocking Auckland
act Raptus Jack. This was a very down to earth concert.
Set props consisted of the words “Deep Purple” on the back
drop and that was it. Songs were performed with gusto, talent
and relaxed confidence. Adequate acoustics (for a shed)
and a slightly lower volume than the last concert I saw
two years ago meant I could hear the individual instruments.
With musicians who can play this well that is a huge bonus.
" review: Richard Schofield
26th 2006. New
Zealand radio interview
is a 20 minute Roger Glover interview with Radio NZ available
is part of the Jim Mora afternoon show on "National Radio"
originally broadcast 26 Apr 2006, the day of the Wellington
NZ show. It will only be available until 4 May 2006 so be
quick. Cheers, Richard Schofield "
Theatre, Melbourne, Australia High
Energy, But Short
really high energy show which had the crowd on their feet
from the very beginning. But short compared to the European
tour - no 'Rapture of the Deep', 'Mary Long' or 'Kiss Tomorrow
Goodbye'. This tour is being 'co-headlined' with Status
Quo and when Quo played for 1hr 20mins I did wonder whether
Purple's set would be curtailed. Quo were great for 15mins
but after 45mins I was getting bored and had to retire to
the bar. There is only so much 12bar that I can take and
from a musicianship perspective they were quite poor. Their
Live Aid set was the perfect length!!
the main event..........Highspots for me were 'Perfect Strangers'
and 'Space Truckin'' (not normally one of my favourites
but the new, slower approach is really powerful). Steve
seemed a bit high in the mix and the sound at times got
a bit harsh. Maybe I am getting too old(!) but this seemed
to be a more guitar based sound than on the Bananas tour,
more consistent with the Rapture album sound perhaps but
less of the warm bass/keyboards sound of last time. Mind
you as a result' Things I Never Said' and 'Wrong Man' were
incredibly heavy! My only regret was the shortness of the
set. They hit 90 minutes but the loss of a couple of new
songs was disappointing and I was really looking forward
to 'Rapture of the Deep' and 'Mary Long'. Without them the
set was basically identical to the Bananas tour from 'Perfect
Strangers' to the end - even the encores were the same as
last time they were here!! I guess this was more disappointing
given that they were on such good form. How do they keep
List: Pictures of Home / Things I Never Said / Wrong
Man / Ted the Mechanic / Living Wreck / Before Time Began
/ Steve Solo - Contact Lost / Well Dressed Guitar / Lazy
/ Don Solo ~ Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin' / Highway
Star / Smoke on the Water. Encores - Hush (short drum solo)
/ Black Night.
& set list: Mark Tucker
Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
"I went to both of Melbourne concerts. Before Time
Began really sounded horrible on the first night, I could
tell the crowd around me didn't like this at all. It wasn't
played the second night, replacde by Rapture of The Deep
which sounded much better! This was the only change to the
set list from the night before. The
band were in great form, playing like a group half their
age, but I felt this was not the best concert I have seen
from them, that was when they played at Melbourne Park in
2001, a show where they played all the songs such as Bloodsucker,
Fireball, Speed King, and When a Blind Man Cries."
thought the mix was a little better than on April 29th.
Great to hear "Rapture of the Deep" played, and
disappointing not to hear it on the first night. It really
did come across very powerfully. I noticed on both nights
that big Ian kept referring to his lyrics book. He's never
been that great at remembering words, but he is great at
making them up as he goes!!! He got a couple of funny looks
from Roger Glover when he sang different lyrics. During
"Things I Never Said" he replaced one line of the song with
"Once I was a Prince, Now I am a Toad..." Ever the entertainer
our Mr. Gillan. Huge highlight for me was after the show
when the band were saying their thanks, I caught one of
Paicey's drum sticks!!! Sorry to the guy who I knocked back
his $100 offer for the stick. No way was I giving that up.
Sensational couple of nights." review:
Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
Status Quo or Deep Purple had been in town for a few years,
and the small theatre sold out in about 3 hours. Anticipation
ran high and both bands delivered. Status Quo gave us 75+mins
of their best which had the place jumping and singing. They
were going to be a hard act to follow.
9.45pm Deep Purple hit the floor, opening with "Picture
of Homes". A very straight version, which could have have
been right off "Machine Head". We got a good rendition of
"Rapture of the Deep", which had Don's keyboard overlay
with Steve of the signature riff so tight it was hard to
hear the difference. A great song live and could be extended
much more than time allowed. We had a short solo spot from
Steve, which got the audience going when he broke into AC/DC's
Back in Black, and then full blast into "Lazy". Don followed
up with his solo on the piano, keyboard and synth, with
a mix of classical and local Aussie music, finishing up
with the Star Wars theme. He then rolled into the opening
bars of "Perfect Strangers". He made full use of his keyboard
and seriously stretched the PA. The depth and power of the
opening bars were felt by everyone in the house. The floor
and walls shuddered to the rolling thunder. It was the turning
point in the show, the house erupted and the band seemed
to relax and pour forth all their talents in a coordinated
"Space Truckin" was quick, very powerful and unfortunately
too short. "Smoke on the Water" and "Highway Star" had us
all singing along, and with such a small venue Ian G. was
able to hear us all clearly. Steve made light work of the
"Highway Star" solo and the band slipped off for a few minutes
before returning for the encores of "Hush" and "Black Night".
Ian and Steve did quite a bit vocal/guitar jousting which
was often lost in the mix. But you knew it was there. Don
quietly went about his business, there so much talent that
we didn't hear from him. It would be great to see him really
stretch out. Roger got in a few solo parts too but surprising
no solo from Ian Paice. Both of these guys were still superb,
you heard every note from them. The mixing certainly was
spot on for the drums and bass. And it looked like the band
were enjoying themselves. Two days later I still haven't
listened to any music, I can still feel and hear the concert!!
It was that good".
List: Pictures of Home / Things I Never Said / Wrong Man
/ Ted the Mechanic / Mary Long / Rapture of the Deep / Steve
Solo - Contact Lost / Lazy / Don Solo ~ Perfect Strangers
/ Space Truckin' / Smoke on the Water / Highway Star. Encores
- Hush / Black Night review
& set list: Greg O'Neil
Hordern 'Pavlova' (!), Sydney, Australia
a great night at the Hordern “Pavlova” in Sydney. The 4,200
strong crowd got suitably warmed up with a knock out set
by local crew “Swanee” … Then a workmanlike performance
from Status Quo (probably three 12 bar songs too many) set
the scene to “Roll over and let Deep Purple in ! “ ( The
last time I saw Purple at this venue was in 1975 with the
Bolin/Coverdale/Hughes/Lord/Paice line-up ). The
Purps took it to another level indeed … the lads were certainly
on their game with Gillan in fine form, Paicey as solid
as ever and Don Airey taking over the Lord legacy with distinction.
Steve Morse always leaves you wanting more, in fact the
shortened set, whilst an interesting concept, would have
left any hardened Purple addict with a glass half empty
highlights for me were “Lazy”, “Strange Kind of Woman“,
a mesmerising “Perfect Strangers“ and a tight version of
“Hush“ . This was my 7th Purp gig and I walked away
in anticipation of a full dose of the band next time around,
I left yearning for much more from the fantastic catalogue.
retrospect I would rather hear Gillan belting out “When
a Blind Man Cries“ or the legendary Steve Morse “Riff Locomotiv
“ than a smaltzy version of “once a jolly swagman camped
by a billabong “ in a shortened set scenario. What captures
the essence of Deep Purple for me is the exceptionally high
quality musicianship across the board, (Roger you are a
rock – I didn’t forget you !) tonight was no exception."
review: Stephen Smith, photo: Graeme Milton (click the
pic to see a full gallery)
Centre, Wollongong, Australia
new May 23rd
to say that the vibes in the Oz Deep Purple Down Under guest
book about the tour aren’t too good. Was the tour as bad
as everyone was saying, and why – can we work it out????
Before that – how was Wollongong?
set list was Pictures Of Home, Things I Never Said, Wrong
Man, SKOW, Before Time Began, Fireball, Well Dressed Guitar,
Lazy, Don solo, Perfect Strangers, Space Trucking, Highway
Star, Smoke, Hush, Black Night – about 90 odd minute
in total. I have to say that although there are a few songs
I’d kill to hear (Flight Of The Rat, the Aviator, Living
Wreck, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye and Lucille to name a few –
and I’d love to see them do Crossroads) I will happily accept
anything the guys care to play because I know they will
do it well and I’ll enjoy it. Musically the show was as
good as any I’ve seen. Without exception each member of
the band was simply great. And Paicey bought his one handed
drum roll out again. I swear that if you aren’t watching
you can’t tell the difference. There really isn’t much more
to say – the guys just keep on giving their all. The sound
system was brilliant. Crisp and clear, you could hear every
note (Damn!! – as Roger said later, that makes it harder
to hide the stuff ups).
was different was the reaction of the crowd. Nearly all
(if not every) concert I’ve been to, going as far back as
Randwick 1971 the reaction has been fabulous. You know Deep
Purple has delivered and the crowd reacts accordingly. This
time they did deliver again but the reaction wasn’t as boisterous
or as general. And I think I know why (please tell me if
you think I’m wrong). Some of the crowd were there for both
bands. Some were for Purple and some were for Quo. And,
like many band fans, I reckon quite a few of the Quo fans
weren’t really into Purple and although they stayed, they
stayed to get their money’s worth. And that showed in their
reaction. And that dragged the general level down as well.
What was the reaction of the crowds like when DP toured
with other bands over the last few years? I suspect it may
also have been down a bit and if so I think my theory might
hold a bit of water.
other thing was crowd simply wasn’t used to the new songs
(unless they had the album and I wonder how many that was).
That would also have had an effect on the reaction. Anyway
– my view on the tour (based on one concert) - Deep Purple
are still alive and kicking and playing great music Their
standard is as high as ever The crowd reaction WAS down
but I don’t think it was because of Deep Purple. I think
they should stick to single tours where the audience can
and probably will react like they usually do, and should
do. They still deserve to have the crowds raise the roof
in appreciation. Cheers all and I hope you had a great tour."
review: Colin Hadden
Centre, Newcastle, Australia
what an amazing show! Having seen the Purps the last 3 times
they have visited our city this was by far the best. They
just seem to get better with age. Status Quo warmed the
crowd up nicely with a rocking set. With the Quo though
it is a bit hard to tell when one song finishes and another
starts. But enough of that.
I'm not sure whether they have a new sound engineer mixing
the sound or new equipment but bloody hell Deep Purple sounded
amazing. Especially the drums, you could hear everything
Ian Paice was playing. Like other shows on the Oz tour they
opened with "Pictures of Home". Then it was into "Things
I Never Said" which to me was a puzzling choice given the
fact that to my knowledge that track has never been released
in Australia. "Strange Kind of Woman" was a pleasant suprise
then they pumped out "Fireball". Paicey's double bass drumming
sounded amazing. The title track from the current album
was next then a short solo from Don segued into "Perfect
Strangers". Three classics from Machine Head; 'Space Truckin',
'Highway Star' and 'Smoke on the Water' closed the set.
After a few minutes rest the boys returned on stage for
'Hush' and 'Black Night', then they were gone.
in all a great performance. The crowd really enjoyed themselves.
After the show I was just left with one question: What happened
to the drum solo? The only answer I could come up with was
the fact that the show was a co-headlining one and time
was a factor. I hope that wasn't the last time they come
to Newcastle." review: Brendan Nielsen