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Old 06-17-2011, 10:58 AM
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Deep Purple -- Atlantic City, NJ -- June 11th, 2011

The concert was at the Showroom at the Tropicana casino. The opening act was a band I had not heard of before, called Ernie and the Automatics. Notably, their guitarist and drummer (Barry Goudreau and Sib Hashian) were members of Boston back in the 1970's. The band was pretty good, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing them live again. I don't have their setlist, but they played 3 original songs, and a 12-minute medley of Boston songs including More Than a Feeling, Rock and Roll Band, Foreplay, Smokin', and Long Time.

After a short set change it was time for Deep Purple. This was my first time seeing them. The setlist was almost perfect in my opinion. I would've liked to hear Child in Time, but I can live without it since they covered everything else.

Also, the band performed the whole show with a 38-piece orchestra, which was... interesting. The orchestra worked really well on some songs (e.g. The Well Dressed Guitar), but on other songs you could barely even hear the orchestra in the mix. So I wouldn't say the orchestra was bad by any means, but it was ultimately forgettable. However, Deep Purple themselves were awesome! If you're a fan of their music but haven't seen them live before, I would highly recommend it.

Highway Star
Hard Lovin' Man
Maybe I'm a Leo
Strange Kind of Woman
Rapture of the Deep
Woman From Tokyo
Contact Lost
Guitar Solo
When a Blind Man Cries
The Well Dressed Guitar
Knocking at Your Back Door
No One Came
Keyboard Solo
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin'
Smoke on the Water
- - - Encore - - -
Bass Solo
Black Night

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