14th, 2002. Ardwick Apollo, Manchester. 'Remember
Hail Deep Purple, or The Steve Morse band, as they appear
to be these days. Good gig, enjoyed it. Certainly nice
not to have grumpy Ritchie there, but God I still miss
Ian Paice did his best solo in years, with a "Buddy Rich"
one hand drum roll to boot, bloody marvellous. Morse was
superb during "Blind Man", electric. Oh and The Planets,
it was 3-1 to the Flautist with the Bass player coming
in 2nd overall.
bad news is that Martin Ashberry's drumstick magnet is
broken...... happily, his plectrum magnet is working better
than ever. Hurrah!
TV's 'South Today' had a short feature on the tour, advertising
the shows in Bournemouth and Brighton next week. There
was a very recent clip of Gillan singing 'Fools' live
(accompanied by a 'Remember these guys..?' from the reporter),
and then footage of The Planets! DB
Giants still perform. If this is John Lord's last tour with
Deep Purple, then the world will be a sadder place for it! I
was in the front row and the vocals were inaudiable, Ian is
really struggling with a cold, but Steve Morse showed how comfortable
he is and how well he fits in with the band. Ted was great !
CIT simply awesome and the Stairway to Heaven riff was excellent.
Paice was the engine room, great solo and kept everything going,
Roger again was a rock, but I have to say the main attraction
for me is always Mr Lord. His skills have never been surpassed.