As promised Grace and Shirl, hereâ€™s the DP / LS review from Classic Rock:
Sometimes even a great band is entitled to an off night. But what a prestigious occasion to pick, and what a band to have waiting to undermine you if you do slip up.
Quite what DP were doing at Wembley tonight is uncertain. With â€œBananasâ€?, their first new studio album in five years, still eight weeks away, theyâ€™re on a London stage again nine months after a pair of less than sold out Hammersmith Apollo gigs. The group carp on about the lack of interest afforded to Steve Morse era albums P & A, but their live show has knotted the noose.
â€œHauntedâ€? and â€œIâ€™ve got your numberâ€?, two so-so newies, fall largely upon deaf ears. A smorgasbord of the tried and obscure begins with HStar and MLong, and itâ€™s obvious that IGâ€™s voice is not what it once was. â€œIâ€™m Aloneâ€? segues nicely into a sprightly POH, and new keyboardist DA fits like a glove, but despite the inclusion of SK, SMOTW, Hush and BN an air of anti climax pervades.
Earlier, LS wrecked the joint, stomping through WYN, IKAL, SM, TS, SHA, and the timeless FB. The difference between them and DP was that their own new songs â€“ â€œThatâ€™s how I like itâ€?, â€œpick em upâ€?, and â€œRed White and Blueâ€? â€“ displayed all the firm conviction that Purpleâ€™s seemed to lack.
Iâ€™m afraid I have to agree with Dave Lingâ€™s review. I was at the NEC and as Iâ€™ve already said on this site, I was disappointed too. The UK dates should have been the start of the Bananas tour with a new setlist to incorporate the new stuff. I canâ€™t believe Steve Morse can be happy just doing RB songs plus â€œThe Well Dressed Guitarâ€? â€“ though he is always smiling on stage. â€œThe Darknessâ€? who opened are now the â€œnext big thingâ€? it seems here. Getting exposure on TV, in the national press, their album reached number 2, and now theyâ€™re doing a full length UK tour as the headliners. Itâ€™s depressing to think about that and the fact that Bananas will get plenty of advertising in the music press. It already has a half page advert in CR by HMV- Quote â€œfeatures 12 monumental rock tracks packed with infectious melodies and masterful instrumentationâ€?. Whereas SIKTOR, a true classic album in every sense, and Glenn Hughes will be seen and heard by no-one apart from his die fans like us.
Thatâ€™s why I have decided when I win the rollover lottery this Saturday I will spend plenty of it promoting Glenn! Fingers crossed.
It's in my blood
Thanks for that, wolfysmith.
Put some of that lottery money to one side for Grace and myself to help on the GHCP Promotion Bus! A red one, of course!
If Glenn gets a RV (recreational vechicle)
((I think you call it a caravan)) and drives to
different locations, then we can "get on the bus"
and finally have "The Living Room Tour."
But the bus has to be "Hues of the Glen Green!"
The reason that recent concerts I've seen by Blackmore's Night and Boston have been so fulfilling, is that these are living breathing bands, doing their current and old material. And not just one token new song, but alot of them. Not only that, but the sets were well balanced with middle aged, newer, new and old material, so I didn't feel I was watching some haggard greatest hit set from 30 years ago. I also went to Whitesnake again last week, and they are much like Purple and Glenn are now with the greatest hit routine. It's so sad when great artists are still putting out awesome material 30 years later but they ignore all of it.
Hmmmmm not sure I agree - I went to Liverpool as well as Brum and that was a great performance. I guess the strategy was to promote Bananas next time. Ah well just to say I enjoyed both occasions but especially Liverpool which was electric.