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Live – Deep Purple with Journey, Perth, 7 March 2013

| 18 March 2013 | Reply

Perth Arena, Western Australia
Review by Gazman Campbell
Photography by Mandy Av, Awakening Vixen Photography

Deep Purple Live in Perth, 7 March 2013 by Mandy AV (10)

My first encounter with the new Perth Arena & also AOR legends Journey. To be quite honest, I didn’t know much about this band from San Francisco formed by past members of Santana & some other long defunct groups. I had heard Don’t stop Believin’, much to my chagrin. What I & all others there got, was a polished performance by this band  with over 47 million album sales in the U.S. Alone.

What also surprised me, pleasantly, was how many of their songs I actually recognised including Dead Or Alive, Who’s Cryin’ Now & Any Way You Want It.

Current vocalist Arnel Pineda was recruited by guitarist Neil Schon, rated by Guitarist magazine as one of the all time greats, after seeing him sing Journey songs on YouTube. He has a voice that was respectful to some of the older songs (probably recorded before his birth) & full of feeling for what the band are doing now.

Current line-up, Arnel, Neil, Johnathon Cain – Keys/rhythm guitar, Ross Valory – Bass & Deen Castronovo – drums, dealt out a well received set of AOR in spite of a lack lustre mix, to a 2/3 full house at this new venue. It’s easy to see why Neil Schon & the guys are so well respected among their peers & fans. Great musicianship coupled with professionalism & respect for a past which stretches back to 1973.

Speaking of stretches, Deep Purple date back to the 60’s, & like Journey, have shuffled the line-up more than once. No middle of the road AOR stuff goin’ on here. The band that are credited with inventing heavy rock opened with all guns blazing on Fireball & kept the foot down for most of their close to 2 hour set.

Leading us through such rock standards as Maybe I’m A Leo & Strange Kind Of Woman, Ian Gillan showed he still has it vocally, even if they didn’t do Child In Time. Knockin’ At Your Back Door from the Mk2 comeback album Perfect Strangers, lead into a Steve Morse intro to Wasted Sunsets & showed why he has been voted “THE best guitarist on the planet”, by Guitar Player magazine, more than once.
The Mule, a showcase of the talent within the band, let Ian Paice (drums) loose. Lazy has been a long time live favourite of fans with it’s great bluesy feel & lyrics. Don Airey was left alone to show off what he’s got with a classical/Deep Purple stint of keyboard wizardry which led into Perfect Strangers. Finishing the set with the classic Space Truckin’, & the all time guitar favourite Smoke On The Water, bought the crowd to it’s appreciative feet.

Returning to encore with Hush Roger Glover took centre stage & let rip with his bass licks like a man half his age before the ultimate finale & another super classic Black Night brought the hard rock heavenly proceedings to a climax.

Deep Purple are Iconic in the world of rock music & it’s easy to see why !!!

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