Widget ImageA Deep Purple Shade of Hard Rock

August 10, 2007

By Gary R. Blockus
The Morning Call

Forget that their most memorable music was created in the 1970s.

Deep Purple rocked a crowd of 4,800 at RiverPlace during Musikfest on Thursday night, jamming to motor heads, metal heads, grandparents and children despite the facility being just over two-thirds full.

From an eerie keyboard-driven overture that segued perfectly into “Pictures of Home” to the eight-minute version of “Hush” that served as the encore, lead singerIan Gillan and friends proved they are still relevant today with a high-energy, musically solid performance.

Gillan’s trademark screeches sounded out loud and clear.

He showed his range and emotion on “Things I Never Said” and stretched it even more on “Strange Kind of Woman.”

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