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Deep Purple: Live in SoCal


Live Performance Review by Steve Amaon: Contributing Journalist and Entertainment Photographer

Deep Purple made a return trip to southern California this year; I made it out to both shows. The Pacific Amphitheater hosted on August 12 and Fantasy Springs Casino hosted on August 15. Deep Purple have been on a world tour for almost two years in support of their newest CD, Now What?!.

20044986614_49ffd0d08e_bIan Paice, Roger Glover, Don Airey and Steve Morse were all at the top of their game at both shows. Ian Gillan was in good voice, his silver throated screaming days far behind him, he stilled pulled off excellent versions of classics…old and new. They opened with Highway Star (surprise…NOT!) and got things cooking right off the bat. Excellent sound at both venues and the lighting was top notch as well!

Classic tracks from In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head as well as Perfect Strangers were offered as were tracks from Rapture of the Deep and Now What?! The two standouts from the new cd that I thought really worked were Uncommon Man and Hell To Pay. Steve Morse brought the house down with his stunning instrumental, “Well Dressed Guitar”. Perfect Strangers and Smoke had everyone on their feet….phones in hand…..Hush with some interesting tidbits thrown in and Black Night, were the encore. Excellent musicians performing excellent songs equals a good time!


Full Setlist:

  • 20044963704_b208c21c50_b· Highway Star
  • · Apres Vous
  • · Hard Lovin’ Man
  • · Strange Kind Of Woman
  • · Vincent Price
  • · Contact Lost
  • · Uncommon Man
  • · Well Dressed Guitar
  • · The Mule
  • · Lazy
  • · Hell To Pay
  • · Perfect Strangers
  • · Space Truckin’
  • · Smoke On The Water




  • · Hush
  • · Black Night


Photo Credits : Steve Amaon


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