Deep Purple @ Casino Rama, Fri Aug 22 2014

by Bill Kwan

When Deep Purple played at the Casino Rama Entertainment Centre, it was a testament to greatness. The English rock band was founded in 1968 and are spoken in the same breath of Rock Royalty in the company of other venerable bands such as Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath. It’s inconceivable that this iconic band is still not inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame yet.

Each band member had their solo and their key moments. Vocalist Ian Gillian, a little older and looking more corporate than rock star, belted out the starting tune Highway Star, setting the fans into a frenzy. Roger Glover, the only original founding member going back to 1968, showcased his skill as an accomplished bass player. Lead guitarist Steve Morse, formerly of Dixie Dregs/Kansas proved why he is an invaluable replacement for the A-lister Ricthie Blackmore. Keyboardist Don Airey who replaced the late great Jon Lord had the fans screaming with his rendition of the Canadian National Anthem, which was a pleasant surprise to the fans, cheering their thunderous approval to the solo keyboardist rendition.

The show was lightened with some humorous moments as well. Vocalist Ian Gillian brought out a tiny gong & stick being struck in timing to the end of a song, which resulted in a percussion sound disproportionately louder to the actual size of the gong. While obviously prerecorded, made even funnier by the diminutive size of the gong.

All the popular hits were covered; Lazy, Space Trucking and of course Smoke on the Water. A great long encore had them starting it off with the keyboard tune Green Onion (Booker T & MG’s cover), along with a pleasant surprise performance of the classic song Hush (Billy Joel Royal).

The band who has been around since the sixties could not do justice to their prestigious career with anything less than a 3 hour set; highlighting songs including Women From Tokyo, Burn, Knocking At Your Back Door, Kentucky Woman, and Child in Time.

And there’s plenty more of them to see around our area as Deep Purple is one of the hardest touring Rock bands from the past and today.


Deep Purple  English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years.[4] Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band’s sound shifted to hard rock in 1970. Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the

Current members

Set List:


Highway Star
Into the Fire
Hard Lovin’ Man
Strange Kind of Woman
Vincent Price
Contact Lost
Uncommon Man
The Well-Dressed Guitar
The Mule
Hell to Pay
Keyboard Solo
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin’
Smoke on the Water