|Roger Glover, left, with Steve Morse during the early part of Deep Purple's|
set at the Greek Theatre on Aug. 13, 2017. Photo: Kelly A. Swift
Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Edgar Winter Group
Where: The Greek Theatre
When: Sunday, Aug. 13
|Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, left, with |
guitarist Steve Morse. Photo: Kelly A. Swift
As part of its so-called "Long Goodbye Tour," Deep Purple headlined the long night of music making, displaying the virtuoso musicianship and an infectious stew of heavy metal, hard rock and progressive rock that has been winning over audiences since the late 1960s and earned the troupe a well-deserved spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. With long-time singer Ian Gillan and founding member/drummer Ian Paice leading the way, the long-time lineup that also features lead guitarist Steve Morse, keyboardist Don Airey and bassist Roger Glover opened with a propulsive "Highway Star" and proceeded to thrill over the course of 70 minutes.
|Drummer Ian Paice in action. Photo: Kelly A. Swift|
Deep Purple pleased nostalgia lovers with its best known hits (notably "Space Truckin'," "Strange Kind of Woman," "Perfect Strangers," "Smoke On The Water" and night-ending "Hush").
|Guitarist Nita Strauss, left, with Alice Cooper.|
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
|"Feed My Frankenstein" performance at the Greek|
Theatre on Aug. 13, 2017. Photo: Robert Kinsler
The Edgar Winter Group's set was a solid mix of hits and several heartfelt tributes to Winter's older brother (Johnny Winter died in July 2014 at the age of 70).
|Edgar Winter at the Greek Theatre.|
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
Opening with his own 1973 hit "Free Ride," the impressive set included the boogie rocker "Keep Playin' That Rock N' Roll," an extended and jam-heavy "Tobacco Road," a rollicking cover of the Johnny Winter hit "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" and set-ending instrumental "Frankenstein" where Edgar Winter showcased his skills on not only keyboards, but playing saxophone and a percussion kit next to his drummer.
Review by Robert Kinsler
A shorter of this review was originally published on The Orange County Register website on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. You can view that and many more of Kelly A. Swift's fantastic images here.