Deep Purple @ Liseberg, Gothenburg (SE)

DEEP PURPLE

Date: 01st July, 2016
Venue: Liseberg
Tickets: 95SEK (amusement park entrance fee) (€10/$11)
Promoter: Liseberg / Livenation
Photos: Erika Wallberg


As disappointed I got when DEEP PURPLE cancelled their gigs in Sweden as scared I got learning the reason why and then I got happy the moment the new dates were booked just two weeks after the original date.

I noticed nothing of Ian Paice’s mini-stroke; he sat as solid and cadenced as always and delivered just the same heavy rhythm he’s known for, even if it felt a little lazy to start with. I really love “Highway Star” and it is a fantastic opening song for a show but it felt as it was too slow, which made Ian Gillan work extremely hard with the high-pitched notes. He has been doing for some years but is nothing that disturbs too much though. What was clear from the start was that the band was having fun on stage. The traditional vocal to guitar duel in that first song was there and both Ian and guitarist extraordinaire Steve Morse laughed when Mr Gillan started his wailing. That is really fantastic to see.

Two from “Deep Purple In Rock” followed, both “Bloodsucker” and “Hard Lovin’ Man” are absolutely fantastic songs and I really enjoyed the time spent jammin’. Because I got more time inside the photo-pit and also because it’s absolutely fantastic to see and hear musicians like this break loose. With “Strange Kind Of Woman” the spirit was set really high at Liseberg; the area at the Stora Scenen was packed all the way to the back and people were really having fun. One thing that I really appreciate with Ian Gillan is his ability to improvise with the vocal lines, adlibbing and sing off-beat. The wait for the final note in “Strange Kind Of Woman” got hysteric as he never stopped. Steve was just looking at him working to keep his tone on the guitar alive. All I could think was, hey man, BREATHE, or you will pass out!!!

As much as I love these classics it was now the show started for real for me. To have all these numbers that were to come from the latest three releases was fantastic. “Vincent Price”, introduced as the scary song, as scary it couldn’t be presented, from “Now What?!” is absolutely fantastic and it features Ian Gillan at his best. There’re not many who can sing with the type of emotion as he does and this sent shivers down my spine. Also “Uncommon Man” and “The Well-Dressed Guitar” sounded absolutely amazing. Somehow, I had forgotten how damn good Steve Morse is and how much I like his playing. Ok, it was too long ago since I last saw DEEP PURPLE but still… Everything looked so effortless and the mix of delicate absolute clean notes to the more rough styled solos there’s few who can pull off.

“Lazy” was actually announced prior to “Vincent Price”, by mistake. The song brought on big cheers when it first was announced. All the good things are for those who wait and when DEEP PURPLE kicked it off it was with massive support from the crowd. Ian Gillan’s introduction of all songs was one of the things that really did the show. He was mumbling about all and nothing sharing more than normal even if it wasn’t direct, incorporating introduction of the coming songs in these wpm (word per minute) sessions.

Don Airey paid homage to Sweden with his solo playing some ABBA classics to the delight of the crowd. Extensive solos normally get boring but not this night. Prior to the solo “Demon's Eye” gave a taste on what’s to come and also another new one, fantastic “Hell To Pay” from “Now What?!”. I can’t say it came as a surprise when the keyboard solo turned into “Perfect Strangers”, regardless it worked perfect. “Space Truckin’” followed by “Smoke On The Water” didn’t slow the crowd down I tell you.

Even if the band said thanks and good-bye no one really believed it was done at this point. The crowd wanted more and did a good job working the band back on stage. Of course DEEP PURPLE came back, started out jamming for a while before “Hush” was kicked off. Roger Glover got his time in the spotlight with a few minutes’ worth of bass solo. It’s not that I didn’t like it but it felt like it was a bit too much solos in the encores. It became a little dragged out and lost its momentum. Final song out, “Black Night” was received very well of course but it could have been even better with the songs tighter together.

But absolutely, there was with a huge smile on my face when I left the place. Musically the performance was perfection, it was fun to watch and the band seemed to enjoy their time at the Liseberg stage very much. It was what I wanted and all I anticipated and I really hope and I sure hope this wasn’t the last chance to see DEEP PURPLE play.

DEEP PURPLE setlist:

01. “Highway Star”
02. “Bloodsucker”
03. “Hard Lovin' Man”
04. “Strange Kind Of Woman”
05. “Vincent Price”
06. “Contact Lost”
07. “Uncommon Man”
08. “The Well-Dressed Guitar”
09. “Lazy”
10. “Demon's Eye”
11. “Hell to Pay”
12. Keyboard Solo
13. “Perfect Strangers”
14. “Space Truckin'”
15. “Smoke On The Water”
16. “Hush” (Joe South cover)
17. Bass Solo
18. “Black Night”

DEEP PURPLE

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