I will agree that they are still a very good band, as whenever they come around I always go and see them. They were here in Ontario Canada back in April, and it was a very good show. Having said that you simply cannot argue with the strength of the band in the seventies during their heyday. Two things come to mind, one is the obvious, and that is the fact that Gillan cannot sing as he did then (pretty easy to understand that) and for me, the softer sound of the keyboards and the much different style of Steve Morse’s playing. Even during the reunion shows, there was not that “grinding” raw sound that is well documented in live recordings of the 68-76 era. Blackmore’s sound had a very distinctive minor sound that meshed perfectly with Jon’s beast. That was the Purple sound that I fell in love with. To me, those were the best days.
You betcha. The band ROCKED back in the day. Sadly Ritchie is no longer interested, Jon is gone, and Ian’s voice has changed so dramatically it’s tough to get interested enough to go out and see ’em when they come around. Saw them in Maple leaf Gardens for the Perfect Strangers tour in the early eighties and then in Boston after moving to the States, but never without Ritchie. Steve Morse is a great player and as good as you can expect for a replacement but you’re right Dave it’s just not the same. If they could get a big re-union with Blackmore and maybe even Coverdale and Hughes all together with Gillan, Glover and Paice I’d be there though. Just wouldn’t be able to stay away from that much of my best Rock memories. A tribute to Jon Lord show?
They wouldn’t even have to come close by… I’d travel for that one!
Sorry, but as a young fan (23), I’m fed up with all those nostalgic comments about the ‘good old times’. If you think, that ‘old time’ was better, it happens not because that the time is ‘bad’ now, but because you were younger then. You’re missing not the ‘old time’, but your own young mind and body.
So, please, the older fans, if you don’t like it, just give up the band and let Deep Purple be ours – young fans’ band.
I’ve seen them live in 2009, 2010, 2011 (going to the 2012 show again) and I think they ARE fabulous and fantastic live.
I adore the ’72 DVD, the band plays like furious dinosaurs on full fire, volcano! But personally for me nothing can be compared to the LIVE experience that I witnessed in the last three years.
OK, I’m not saying that DP is either better or worse now than it was in ’72. I’m not even comparing those shows, because notwithstanding the so called ‘time’ and ‘age’, they do always have their IDENTITY as an astonishing and volcanic LIVE band. I love them simply because of this identity that they never loose.
So, the word ‘was’ is not compatible speaking of this amazing band. Deep Purple ‘was’ Deep Purple? No way! Come on! Deep Purple IS Deep Purple!
Those where the days when Deep Purple WAS Deep Purple.
I wish I could go back in time. At that time they where superior to all the rest. Forget Sabbath and Zeppelin.
I hope that also YOU were around at that time. For us, it will never be the same. They are still good, but this was on an other planet.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then look for the KB-Hallen live-DVD. Black and white it is, but so much power and energy compared to the newer DVDs.
Ok, I might be an old fool. But I like it.
Well yes I was around at the time, and they must have done something exceptional to keep me interested all these years. And I know exactly what you mean about the 1972 video (or DVD). I remember leaving the viewing room shaking after seeing that when we first found the tapes back in the 80s. And I’m not even a Deep Purple fan, as Ritchie will happily tell you!
This is going to be a long one! I promised a review for last Monday but it’s been a mad week work wise so my thoughts and those of another fan lucky enough to have been allowed a listen (please do not pester either, reviews are mostly done via a secure streaming server these days) […]
“The fashion these days is to drop dead…”! Classic Rock magazine have managed to outdo themselves with another Deep Purple cover for their April 2017 edition. It also features a cover mounted CD which includes the two singles, rare and (one) exclusive live tracks and some deleted b-sides, all from the current and recent albums. […]
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I know it’s Monday morning, but can we try and solve a conundrum? Put simply, has anyone out there got a genuine U.S. Warner Brothers white label promotional copy of Machine Head? Working on the discography for the upcoming book on the album and talking to collectors like Pericle in Italy, nobody seems to have […]
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