Deep Purple is showing its special hard rock sanctum in Mérida

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Alberto Santacruz

Mérida (Spain), 24.9. British band Deep Purple, who celebrate their 55th anniversary this year, proved tonight in Mérida (East) that their sound is history in the music world by showing their particular ‘holy of holies’ of hard rock with an energy that is difficult to grasp understand.

Anyone who thought – as some of those present emphasized before entering the concert – that the wide age of its members, with the exception of newcomer guitarist Simon McBride (43 years old), corresponded to the stage of the Roman theater in Mérida, was nicely disappointed. Very nice.

In front of almost 3,000 people and in a historic setting, Deep Purple presented a concert full of instrumental energy, in which the left-hander Ian Paice (74 years old), who has led the drums since the band was founded in 1968, presented a master”.

It wasn’t the only one, far from it. Singer Ian Gillan (77) continues to raise his unmistakable and enduring voice to the heavens, albeit with scars; bassist Roger Glover grows out of his bass neck; Don Airey (74) maintains the iconic romance with the keyboards and the incorporation of guitarist Simon McBride – Steve Morse left the group a few weeks ago for family reasons – has been a success.

Ian Gillan had already said so in an interview with EFE this week. “Deep Purple is still Deep Purple” no matter how many years pass, 55 since its inception and there are changes in its ranks and they showed that in this concert.

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

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

Along that musical path, the band has stopped performing Nothing at All on this album (2020), has traveled to 2017 with Uncommon Man, included in Infinite, and has given audiences Lazy a long time brings keyboard and guitar talk that originated in 1972 and you wish would never end.

“When a Blind Man Cries,” all a treat; “Anya” and a keyboard solo with flamenco interludes – bless the hands of Donald Airey – have given way to another of the songs that defined the group’s middle years, “Perfect Strangers.”

With an engaged audience that prefers a fourth puberty to old age, it was the turn of “Smoke on the Water,” a song celebrating half a century of life that oddly came close to not being included on the album. machine head”.

“I didn’t expect the song to be a success. It was an unconsidered addition to the CD,” affirmed its singer a few days ago. Hearing it live, seeing the audience nod as they hum its introduction in unison, is a unique experience, a journey through music history through a sacred theme.

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

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

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