October 7, 2022

Deep Purple shows its special “sanctum sanctorum” of hard rock in Mérida

Alberto Santacruz

Mérida, Sept 24 (EFE) .- The British band Deep Purple, which this year celebrates its 55th anniversary, showed tonight in Mérida that its sound is history in the music world by showing with an energy that is difficult to understand specific “inner sanctum” of hard rock.

Those who thought – as some in attendance noted before entering the concert – that the broad age of the members, with the exception of newcomer guitarist Simon McBride (43 years old), suited the stage of the Roman theater in Mérida, are quite disappointed. , very nice.

In front of nearly 3,000 people and in a historic setting, Deep Purple gave a concert full of instrumental energy, in which left-handed Ian Paice (74 years old), who has led the drums since the band’s formation in 1968, is a master”.

It hasn’t been the only one, far from it. Singer Ian Gillan (77 years old) continues to raise his unmistakable and eternal voice to the heavens, albeit with scars; bassist Roger Glover outgrows his bass neck; Don Airey (74 years old) maintains the iconic romance with the keyboards and the recording of guitarist Simon McBride -Steve Morse left the group a few weeks ago for family reasons- is a success.

Ian Gillan had already claimed it this week in an interview with EFE. “Deep Purple is still Deep Purple” no matter how many years pass, 55 since its inception, and there are changes in the ranks, and this has been demonstrated in this concert.

With “Highway Star”, a song on their album “Machine Head” (1972) and one of the best known for recording guitar and keyboard solos, the group showed their most classic sound.

Without leaving this album, the band has interpreted “Pictures of Home”, a theme that the group has chosen very much to show off Paice and Glover. Without yelling, like the song “No Need to Shout” from her penultimate album “Whoosh!” picks up, Gillan performed this song with an innate sensitivity.

On this musical path, the band has stopped performing “Nothing at All” on this album (2020), traveled to 2017 with “Uncommon Man”, recorded in “Infinite”, and the audience has “Lazy”, a long keyboard and guitar conversation that originated in 1972 and one wishes it would never end.

“When a Blind Man Cries”, a delight; “Anya” and a keyboard solo with flamenco scents -bless the hands of Donald Airey- have given way to another song that marked the group’s middle years, “Perfect Strangers”.

With a devoted audience preferring fourth puberty to old age, it was the turn of “Smoke on the Water”, a song celebrating half a century of life and strangely on the brink of being cut off the album. “Machine Head”.

“I did not expect the success of the song. It wasn’t considered an addition to the album,” the singer confirmed a few days ago. Listening to it live, watching the audience nod as they hum the introduction in unison, is a unique experience, a journey through the history of music. through a sacred theme.

With “Hush”, a song from their first studio album, and “Black Night”, from the legendary work “Deep Purple in Rock”, two songs that are halfway between psychedelia and progressive rock, the group closed the concert.

“Where do these gentlemen get their energy from?” One of those present wondered as he stood in front of the exit door. The answer may lie in the stone itself.

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