Alice Cooper & Deep Purple@The Budweiser Theatre-Sat.,Sept 2nd,2017
When Deep Purple played at the Budweiser Theatre, 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, The Who and Black Sabbath. Recognition was finally bestowed to band, as they were inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
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.
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),and ending the show, was the great classic “Smoke On The Water.”
The band who has been around since the sixties could not do justice to their prestigious career with a 1.5 hour set; highlighting songs including Burn, Knocking At Your Back Door,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.
Alice Cooper co-headlined an end of summer rock concert last night, the show was rolling with a roster of hits including; Hello Hooray,Million Dollar Babies, Welcome to My Nightmare and Eighteen. With his usual flair for theatrics, Cooper delivered with his signature python routine, the guillotine and transforming into Frankenstein! It was a stellar performance for Alice who even to this day knows how to shock, rock, and work the crowd, ending the performance with School’s Out. As co-headliner Alice Cooper could have easily done hours of their legendary theatrics and songs.