My wife and I just caught Deep Purple in Las Vegas, one of only a dozen or so US dates the band is doing on their current tour. It had been four or five years since I last saw them, so I was excited to see them again. They're one of those bands for whom, as the years go by, chances to see them are fewer and further between. There will come a day soon when Deep Purple will call it a day. The same can be said for Whitesnake, Priest, Scorpions, Blue Oyster Cult, Bruce Springsteen, Ozzy and countless other bands. Will Glenn still be recording and touring in ten years? It's not unheard of. Look at guys like Ian Hunter and John Mayall - 72 and 78 years old, respectively!
Anyway, back to Deep Purple. The band put on a great 1hr. 50 min. set, mostly a mix of classic material, along with nods to the current era with "The Well Dressed Guitar" and "Rapture of the Deep". I would like to have heard a few more current tunes, but this is the United States. Classic rock radio tends to announce that a band has a great new album out, then play something from the old catalog
And US audiences seem to forget that their favorite songs were once new, unfamiliar tunes as well
Purple looked great, sounded great and there was a nice turnout at the Pearl theater inside the Palms resort. Here's hoping they return to the studio soon to lay down a new collection of songs!