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Deep Purple - Perihelion
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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
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What more can you say about the incredible John Lord, he is the king of the keyboards and his performance on "Perihelion" is fantastic to say the least. Roger Glover doesn't really stand out in this performance, but he does his job very well. Now on to the amazing Ian Paice, he really is the glue that holds the band together. Ian Paice is a great drummer and his solo is but a small taste of what he can really do. Overall Deep Purple "Perihelion" is an enjoyable concert DVD with a nice clear picture and great concert sound. I rocked to it in 5.1 DTS and played air guitar when I wasn't dizzy from all the jumping around. Great Band! Great Performance!
DVD features and Songs Include:
Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews
1. Woman From Tokyo
2. Ted the Mechanic
3. Mary Long
5. No One Came
6. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
8. Perfect Strangers
9. Hey Cisco
10. When a Blind Man Cries
11. Smoke on the Water
12. Speed King
14. Highway Star
My ears were buzzing and deaf after listening to, at that time,
the loudest rock band in the world. Richie Blackmore's guitar was deafening. Ian Gillian was difficult to hear......
Anyway, back to this DVD.
Have to agree with another reviewer.....Steve Morse is the saviour of this band. His energy and musicianship help along the older guys to get their maximum efforts out. And lets be clear, Purple band members are in their 50's (John Lord, now departed and "retired" is 60 something). Steve's guitar craft is excellent and makes me not even pine for Richie Blackmore (who is, BTW, a lost cause).
Gillian still has the voice, however he can't get the high notes that made him famous. Glover and Paice are satisfactory but certainly don't shine. The elder statesman, John Lord, was bang on with his keyboard playing. Where do you see and hear a Hammond organ with a rotating Leslie these days?
Lord, in the extras interviews, summed up the demise of classic rock by saying that they (Purple) were part of a time in history that young people today will never experience. This saddened him greatly. I agree.
To sum up, this is a good DVD, worth it to the Purple fan.
Overall, highly recommended and a must have for any true rock fan.
Most recent customer reviews
I listened to this band when I was in high school 30 years ago. Amazing they are still around. The good songs back then are still played well. This one is a keeper. Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by K. Ellis
This dvd is not what any Deep Purple fan should call great. The band plays fairly well but Ian Gillan needs to contemplate retirement. Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by John
I never really much cared for Deep Purple, but I bought this disc purely because Steve Morse is in the band (hey, there's not much Morse available on vid, so whadda ya gonna do?). Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2003
It is great too see this band puting on a great show like this DP is a band I had been hopeing to see for a long time and never got to this is very close to like being there ,and... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2003 by Ricky L. Miller
HAVING BEEN A DEEP PURPLE FAN IN THE SEVENTIES,AND A STEVE MORSE FAN TODAY, I BOUGHT THIS DVD CONCERT. THE RECORDING IS VERY GOOD. Read morePublished on June 29 2003
watching this dvd shows that even that the band has changed over the years it still rocks. it's not only the sound that makes you so happy and glad - it's allso the songs and the... Read morePublished on June 26 2003 by Ortal Eyal
Bought new live and rare and this DVD. As a longstanding purple freak I was keen to see how Morse fitted in. Read morePublished on April 18 2003 by free-your-heel
I bought Deep Purple's Perihelion only because I'm a casual Deep Purple fan who wanted live DVD versions of classics like "Hush" and "My Woman From Tokyo"...... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2003
THis was not the power I knew of DP, Not abad set but Lacking something,Published on Jan. 16 2003 by Amazon Customer