Friday, June 10, 2011
OK, if you were here yesterday, you saw THIS and you know that today's title doesn't really refer to a discolored penis. If you weren't here yesterday, you should read what I wrote then before you look at what's here today. It's only fair that you pay your dues, you know?
My thanks to good buddy and Deep Purple fanatic, Mark Alimo, who took all of these shots. There were some hundred or so in the pile he sent to me. Next time I run out of things to say, which is likely to be sometime soon, I'll probably go through the remainder and post some more.
The marquee in front of The Wang (which name can be verified by looking down and to the left, for you folk who don't automatically believe every word I write.)
L to R - Fast Freddie Goodman, Slow Suldog Sullivan, Mark "Normal Speed" Alimo. The blurriness should rightly only be affecting me, since I was the one loaded at this point, but maybe there was an earthquake just as the kind stranger who took this shot clicked the button.)
Openers Ernie & The Automatics. Yes, the majority of audience members are either bald, gray, or both (like me), but if you look closely you'll see a fair smattering of actual young folk in the crowd.
Fast Freddie looking particularly gruesome as he enjoys a water during intermission.
FFG and Mark being happy. I did not take this shot. They must have corralled some other audience member to shoot it. At this point, I was out in the lobby sucking down a ginormous can of Heineken in preparation for Deep Purple's appearance on the stage.
The Orchestra takes their seats prior to the lights going down and...
... Hmmmmmm. Look at that color! I wonder who's going to be playing? Green Day? The Moody Blues? Pink?
Well, DUH! It's Deep Purple! Ian Gillan (in black) singing (and mostly hiding drummer Ian Paice), with Roger Glover and Steve Morse on bass and guitar, while Don Airey holds down the keyboard position.
A better shot of Paicey behind the drum kit, along with Glover, Airey, Morse. Since Gillan appears to have left the stage, I'm guessing this is the instrumental portion of Lazy.
Nice shot of Glover, Gillan, and Paice, the three remaining members of the Mach II (1969 - 1973, as well as 1984 - 1992) version of the group.
Another shot of Roger. Seeing the Rickenbacker bass in this shot, I expect this may have been taken during either Smoke On The Water or Space Truckin'.
If you'll look at the background center of this photo, you'll notice the orchestra conductor leading the crowd in singing. This was during Smoke On The Water.
End of the show. Notice Roger Glover, ever the gentleman bass player, applauding the orchestra.
Roger Glover, during his bass solo prior to the entire band returning to the stage for the first encore, accompanied by the incomparable Ian Paice on drums. I delight in seeing Glover on stage playing. He's 65, an old warrior, still very much at the top of his game.
Probably during the first encore, Hush.
Just a nice shot, what with the purple shaft of light.
Paicey takes a short solo. Have I mentioned that I think Ian Paice is the best drummer in rock? I'm sure I have, but I felt like saying it again. That's because he is. His fills are marvels of syncopation, and his work on the hi-hat is spectacular.
General shot that nicely captures the buzz of a good concert.
Second encore - Black Night.
True end of the concert, following the encores. Notice both Glover and Paice applauding the orchestra this time.
Softball stuff on Monday, probably.
Soon, with... oh, I already told you what it would be.