One of the founding members of the hard rock movement, Deep Purple rose to worldwide fame with monster hits like "Hush" and "Smoke on the Water." The group's legions of fans travel far and wide to attend their live events that feature screaming guitar riffs, screeching vocals, brilliant keyboards, dynamic drumming, and amusing stage antics, all translating into a signature Purple show and a remarkable concert experience. Songs: Woman from Tokyo, Ted the Mechanic, Mary Long, Lazy, No One Came, Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming, Fools, Perfect Strangers, Hey Cisco, When a Blind Man Cries, Smoke on the Water, Speed King, Hush.
The Purple's reign continues with this 14-song, 102-minute concert performance (the DVD includes an additional 30 minutes of interviews), recorded in '01. This band has been at it since the '60s, and the four original members still on hand (hotshot guitarist Steve Morse replaced Ritchie Blackmore in the mid-'90s) bring admirable energy and surprisingly sharp chops to the stage. There's something slightly discomfiting about watching singer Ian Gillan try to shriek his way through riff-heavy standards like "Woman from Tokyo," "Hush," "Highway Star," and the inevitable "Smoke on the Water" as if he were still just a lad, but for the most part he pulls it off; meanwhile, Jon Lord's keyboards and Gillan's efforts to write lyrics about something other than sex and partying help separate Deep Purple's sound from the rest of the metal throng. So you can't go home again. But Deep Purple show that you can at least book a ticket. --Sam Graham