5 Feet from Deep Purple…

Ok so here is the deal. I will tell you what exactly had happened and then what happened next and then you yourself decide how much of an impact the second thing had on me. So here is the first thing that happened:

My mom fell in the bathroom and had two of her bones at the ankle broken! Basically there was absolutely no connection between her leg and foot. Trust me it was that bad. Now to add to this let me tell you one more complication. The bathroom where she fell was in Kanyakumari and we stay at Bangalore! So all in all it was a really harrowing experience on those two days when she had to be taken home (read hospital) and then operated. And the day after her successful operation, was the second thing. DEEP PURPLE IN BANGALORE!!!

And I had already bought the tickets. But needless to say I was in really no mood to go there with my mom in the hospital. But I also knew that if I didn’t go, then my mom would feel very guilty about being the reason for my disappointment. So I went. The following is a detailed account of the concert that I will definitely rate as one of the best things to have happened to me.

I was going to the concert with my friend from Joseph’s who is by and large the walking encyclopedia regarding music and football. He never forgave me for missing out on the Dire Straits concert. Anyway his cousin was at the gate at 1:30 pm which was going to be opened only at 5:30 pm! I joined him at 3:30pm. My friend came along at 4:45 with a quarter of Vodka! We split it up. I guess I badly needed it. And then we were let into the ground. The stage was massive. I ran like my life depended on whether I get the front row or not. And I finally I was able to get hold of the barricade. Front row at Deep Purple concert! It was like a dream come true for me!

The wait was agonizing to say the least. What with all the sad radio playing some arbit radio station who were apparently sponsoring this event! Anyway at around 6:40, Galeej Gurus came on stage to open the act. Ok here is the thing. Nobody came there to see them. But to be frank,they played well. Their originals were good. And the crowd applauded them covering Black Dog. But like I said, nobody came there to see them perform.

And some more waiting. And then a little more. And there they were! All of them-Gillian, Morse, Glover, Pierce, all of them! And they started right away! The crowd was screaming! They started off with a track from Purpendicular. Went on to play a song from their new album and then they had the crowd on their feet singing to Strange Kinda Woman!

“ There once was a woman,

A strange kinda woman.

The kind that gets written down in history”

Thank god I knew the entire song by heart. But deep inside I knew what I was waiting for. Not for Smoke on the Water, not for Highway Star….. I was waiting for Perfect Strangers. Pierce started the keyboard and it sounded like Perfect Strangers. But it turned out to be Lazy! Nice one though… And then there was Morse on the lead….right there right in front of me! And boy did he play like theGod himself! He was on the lead…solo lead…..just him. And he went on to play Sweet Child o’ Mine, Back in Black and Heartbreaker! He also played Contact from Bananas.

And then there was Pierce on the key boards. Blasting away the crowd with all the low frequency sounds. And as he was finishing it, he started off with something else. Something that I was waiting like crazy. Perfect Strangers!

“Can you remember, remember my name?

As I flown through your life….”

Damn man! I went hysterical! I was all over myself. It was like some spirit had taken over me! And what a lead Morse was playing man! The way he held the notes at the end of every line made my life worth living! All songs had extended leads. Then came the hits, one after another.

When a blind man cries.

Fireball.

Space Truckin’.

Rupture of the Deep.

And then after much deliberation, they started with Highway Star! Damn man! Gillian’s voice was just phenomenal! But I was still waiting for the lead of Highway Star. And it eventually came. Steve Morse on the guitar for one of the best leads I have ever heard! And by god, he made it look so easy man! I have seen semi pro bands play the same lead with much effort and concentration. But this man was just playing it like he was swinging a cricket bat! It was child’s play for him! And it came out just scintillating!

And immediately followed Smoke on the Water! Wonder how many people on this planet have been blessed to have listened to the song and liked it! And wonder how many among them had the opportunity to see it being performed live! And wonder how many among them have been blessed to see it happen right up in the front row! Trust me when I say I am blessed!

SMOKE ON THE WATER….FIRE IN THE SKY!

And then they left..only to come back for oncore! HUSH! HUSH! Had them on the feet again! And they signed off with the song that had got me to listen to them in the first place. The first song I heard of Deep Purple! BLACK NIGHT!

Glover’s introductory solo bass performance lead him to play the bass for black night! The crowd started yelling to the tune of the bass. And then the drums came and there was no looking back! It was Black Night all the way!

“ Maybe I will find on the way down

The line that I am free…free to be me..

Black Night is a long way from home…..”

And they signed off with an extended lead- Morse playing the guitar….standing on the speakers!!! He stole the show that night! No doubt about that!

And I felt life worth living! It had been a long time since I felt so alive! And I don’t know when I will feel the same again! And like I said, the timing of the concert couldn’t have been more apt for me. After all the stress that I underwent, I guess I really deserved it!

DEC 17TH 2006 will remain in my memory as one of the best nights ever….

And for those of you who only wished you were there, I really pity all you guys. For those of you who were there, I guess you know what I mean….

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About Akshay N R

Civil Engineer by Profession; Dudeist by Religion. Also allergic to mediocrity.

Posted on January 12, 2007, in Bangalore Concerts, Deep Purple. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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