Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Alberto Santacruz

Mérida, September 24 (EFE) .- The British band Deep Purple, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year, showed tonight in Mérida that its sound displays with a power that is history in the world of music. “Inner Sanctum” of solid rock.

Those who thought – as some attendees noted before entering the concert – that the wide range of ages of its members, with the exception of newcomer guitarist Simon McBride (aged 43), matched the stage of the Roman Theater in Merida, were disappointed. , very beautiful.

In front of around 3,000 people and in a historic setting, Deep Purple offered a concert full of instrumental energy, where left-hander Ian Pace (age 74), leading the drums since the band’s formation in 1968, offered a masterful “

Not just one, far from it. Singer Ian Gillan (aged 77) continues to raise his unbroken and eternal voice to heaven, albeit with scars; Bassist Roger Glover extended his bass neck; Don Airy (aged 74) maintains the iconic romance with keyboards and the inclusion of guitarist Simon McBride – Steve Morse having left the group for family reasons a few weeks ago – has been a success.

Ian Gillan already claimed this in an interview with EFE this week. 55 years have passed since the inception of “Deep Purple Is Still Deep Purple Is Deep Purple,” and there have been changes in its ranks, and this concert showed that.

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

Not giving up on this album, the band interpreted “Pictures of Home”, a theme chosen by the group to feature Pace and Glover. Without shouting, his last album “Hush!” As the song “No Need to Shoot” rises from, Gillan performs the song with an instinctive sensitivity.

On this musical path, the band stopped on this album (2020) when explaining “Nothing at All”, toured in 2017 with “Uncommon Man”, included “Infinite” and gave the public “Lazy”, a long keyboard and guitar dialogue. Which originated in 1972 and is a wish that will never end.

“When a Blind Man Weeps”, a delight; “Anya” and a keyboard solo with flamenco airs – courtesy of Donald Eyre – gave way to another song that marked the group’s middle years, “Perfect Strangers”.

With a devoted public, who preferred the fourth birthday to old age, it was the turn of “Smoke on the Water”, a song that celebrates half a century of life and which, curiously, was not included on the album. mechanical head”.

“I did not expect the success of the song. It was an addition -on the album- not thought of”, confirmed its singer a few days ago. Hearing it live, watching the audience nod and hum its intro in unison is a unique experience, a journey through musical 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 composition “Deep Purple in Rock”, two songs that veer between psychedelia and progressive rock.

“Where do these gentlemen get their strength from?” One of the attendees was surprised when he faced the exit door. The answer, perhaps, lies in the stone itself.

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