Deep Purple

 
 

Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Edgar Winter: Key Bank Pavilion

 

Photos: Steve Kalinsky             Review: Frank Harrington Jr.

 

“Where’s Gunner?” Grandpa Harrington yelled in my ear. “This isn’t Nelson, this is baloney!”   When Edgar Winter hit the stage Grandpa thought Edgar was one of the Nelson’s. Yes the pop power duo from the late 80’s that featured the late Ricky Nelson’s twin children, Gunner and Matthew. It was going to be a long night at the Key Bank Pavilion and with a crowd resembling an Erin Brockovich town hall, there was no time for small talk.

 

Edgar Winter’s opening number “Free Ride” should have set the tone for what could have been a memorable set. “Free Ride” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” had a fist pumping, bootie shaking swagger. All was well, until Edgar introduced “Tobacco Road” and for the next 15 minutes took us to a place that well frankly, I’d rather be sitting in tunnel traffic behind a school bus filled with children laughing at me. Winter’s performance continued with “Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo.” No Edgar Winter performance is complete without his signature hit “Frankenstein.” Normally a beautiful composition, but stretching it to roughly 15 minutes brought me back to my thoughts of being mocked by tomorrow’s future.

 

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After a liquid dinner and some chicken fingers, the stage was set for Alice Cooper’s yearly visit. Ever since I took my grandfather to see Alice last summer, he’s been yanking my coat tails to get him out of the house more often.  Alice never disappoints but somehow confused grandpa. After his closing number “Schools Out” grandpa raised his fist and yelled “Schools Out already? The lil’ bastards just started back last week. That’s the problem with your generation, everybody wants a” and then fell down in his chair and went to sleep. I put my sunglasses on him and let him sleep it off.

 

Alice Cooper

 

I was finally relieved of watching over grandpa and prepared for Deep Purple. Deep Purple’s last visit was here was in 2004 playing the Rib Fest at Station Square.  So, what is left of the fan base came out to pay their last respects to Deep Purple who are on an open-ended final tour. Replacing the late keyboard master Jon Lord was Don Airey, and Steve Morse filled Ritchie Blackmore’s boots just fine. Bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice showed once again that they are the tightest rhythm section still working today. Ian Gillan wrapped up the package with his signature vocals.

 

Deep Purple

 

“Highway Star” opened the show, but skipped over the keyboard solo and went right for the jugular with Morse playing Blackmore’s trademark solo faithfully.  “Strange Kind of Woman” was performed with not the same mojo as 1985, but Gillan and Morse had a colorful scat exchange that brought me to a simpler time.  Around the stroke of 11pm, the most famous three guitar chords in history woke up grandpa who yelled, “Where’s the remote?” and with that “Smoke on the Water” ended what quite possibly may have been Deep Purple’s final trip to our area.

 

The problem with placing three acts on one bill that could have headlined a stadium in 1975 is time restraints. All three acts featured solos of all sorts, which unfortunately took away quality time from other quality songs that were not performed.  If I’m wrong, then where was my “Woman From Toyko”?

 

 

DEEP PURPLE

 
 

ALICE COOPER

 

 

Set Lists:

 

Edgar Winter:
Free Ride
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Tobacco Road
Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo
Frankenstein

 

Alice Cooper:
Brutal Planet
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
Billion Dollar Babies
Paranoiac Personality
Woman of Mass Distraction
Poison
Halo of Flies
Feed My Frankenstein
Cold Ethyl
Only Woman Bleed
Killer
I Love the Dead (Reprise)
I’m Eighteen
Schools Out

 

Deep Purple:
Highway Star
Fireball
Strange Kind of Woman
Uncommon Man
Lazy
Knocking at Your Backdoor
Pictures of Home
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin’
Time for Bedlam
Hush
Smoke on the Water
 
 
 

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