View Full Version : Deep purple pump it up in brisbane

Mick Pacholli
27th February 2013, 12:20 PM
Darren Cartwright, Yahoo7
Wednesday 27 February 2013 Deep Purple gave it to their fans loud and proud at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Tuesday night in a performance that was hard to fault. The show was much about the music that made the `70s British hard rock band one of the best of its era, as it was about the exquisite skills of the musicians. Lead singer Ian Gillan arrived on stage looking rather fresh for a 67-year-old, wearing a resplendent shiny purple vest over a white T-shirt, jeans and bright white runners. His attire was about the only component of his act that looks to have mellowed over the years as he proved to several thousand spectators that he hasn't lost his rock mojo. Gillan still hits his notes and even pushed his vocal range to the limit when he took on a "voice versus guitar" duel with Steve Morse. It was a draw. Morse's skill during the evening had the audience drooling and none more so than when he stood alone under a harsh spotlight, front of stage, to start the blokey guitar chords for Smoke On The Water. When Morse broke into a mid-concert solo, he had the black T-shirt brigade reaching for their air guitars and gyrating their hips. Morse loved it as much as the fans and kept pointing and encouraging one male, drunk on enthusiasm, who seemed to be looking for his first world air guitar title. Keyboardist Don Airey, who joined the band about a decade ago, captivated the audience with an instrumental interlude that included a fast-paced medley of songs from classical numbers to Waltzing Matilda. Deep Purple played most of their biggest hits during the almost two-hour long show, closing with Hush and Black Night. While the acoustics and audio were booming for Deep Purple, the same could not be said for their support act Journey. It was the US band's first tour Down Under and while they gave it their best on stage, sadly their efforts were not matched sound wise. The vocals of lead singer Arnel Pineda kept dropping out and lead guitarist Neal Schon, who is a delight to watch, spent too much time giving directions to the side-of-stage sound technician. Having seen Journey perform in Las Vegas in December, Tuesday night's show did not do their skills, sound or the vocals of Pineda justice. Let's hope they improve for the rest of the tour. As for Deep Purple, rest assured they can only play major venues. Even though they are dinosaurs of heavy rock, Deep Purple would never be allowed to perform at Jurassic RSL venues no matter how old they are. They crank up the sound way too loud and belie their ageing years - as do the audience. No Deep Purple fan could have left the Brisbane Entertainment Centre disappointed. One overly excited gent in his late 50s summed it up perfectly: "you can write they've still got it." And they have.

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