Gig Review

Deep Purple
Cheap Trick
Birmingham LG Arena
27th November 2011

Deep Purple 

Photo Of Deep Purple © Copyright Robert Lawrence
Due to a slight mishap with some tickets, I missed cheap tricks set, but they sounded pretty good, and I heard them play a cover of magical mystery tour which is a Beatles cover to the uneducated, as well as their classic surrender, Dream Police and gonna raise hell, from the 3 songs I saw, on top of the world California man and I want you with me, they were performing pretty tightly, they looked relaxed and having lots of fun with smiles for all the crowd.

Deep purple are a band that I'm still surprised are still going I last saw them in 2006 they were pretty decent then and seeing them this time with a 38 piece orchestra is a treat, they open with an instrumental version of highway star before the band join in and rock it out, the orchestra doesn't sound out of place at all, it works really well. The band have still got it all of the songs sound as they should but what's off is Ian Gillian's voice, it's not bad or out of tune, it's just lacking power can't quite hit the high notes as he once did, but I fully expected this.

Photo Of Deep Purple © Copyright Robert LawrenceAfter highway star they continue with hard loving man, maybe I'm a Leo, strange kind of woman, at this point it seems like the orchestra has always been there, just sounds so very natural, at times the orchestra stops and lets the band run away with the songs and extreme them out, at times there is a bit too much self indulgent instrument wanking from the band, a sure sign of a band from the 70s, some of the songs are then overly long and you really at times lose Interest, it would be so bad if some of the solos were really interesting. But on the most part no, but that's a minor grumble.

Photo Of Deep Purple © Copyright Robert LawrenceThey continue with their set with the likes of woman from Tokyo, contact lost, when a blind man cries, the well dressed guitar, lazy no one came, this really is a best of set list, so many good songs but they save the best for last, space trucking and smoke on the water close on the set, SOTW, gets the entire crowd on their feet, finally as they look like they were seated zombies with a few bobbing heads but this song gets them up and singing!

After the short break they continue on with Hush and close out the night with the superb black knight. This performance tonight was better than last time, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would very much like to see them again, maybe this time without the orchestra backing them up.


Review By Robert Lawrence

 Deep Purple

Ian Paice
Roger Glover
Ian Gillan
Steve Morse
Don Airey

 Band Related Links
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 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?