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Deep Purple: Oslo Spektrum, Norway

mark taylor
Words and Pictures: Mark Taylor
17th November 2017

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Only the Grim Reaper will decide when rock legends Deep Purple finally call it a day, but the band are mature and wise enough to know that the cloaked skeleton with the sharpened scythe will soon be knocking at their back door.

Deep Purple released their 20th studio album this year, 'InFinite', which hit the Top 10 album charts all across Europe including here in Norway.

But with that release came the announcement of 'The Long Goodbye Tour' hinting that retirement maybe around the corner, even though their music will be forever immortalised.

The tour kicked off in Bucharest, Romania last May for a selection of dates across Europe with an inspired setlist that included four new songs from the latest album.

That was shortened to just two new tracks for the trek across America however, for the double header arena tour with Alice Cooper, leaving some hardcore fans who wanted something more than just a trip down memory lane with a greatest hits set feeling a little disgruntled.

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Tongues were wagging on the forums about the anticipated setlist way in advance of the return trip across Europe which started with a handful of dates in Scandinavia.

While it has to be said that the majority of ticket holders just want to hear the golden greats, Purple have never been a band to rest on their laurels. If it's nostalgia you want, then you've come to the wrong gig.

Deep Purple still have plenty to prove and even though at 72 years of age, Ian Gillan can no longer roar like a young lion on long since discarded tracks like 'Speed King' and 'Child In Time', he can, as Ian Paice said in a recent interview, hit new notes on a different register that he couldn't back then.

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'Time For Bedlam' from 'InFinite' is an imposing way to start a set. Full of dynamics where each member heavily stamps their mark, with no pause for breath leading straight into the bruising 'Fireball' and 'Bloodsucker'. Newly introduced into the set was the recent single, 'All I Got Is You', a jazzy number where Purple can take their foot off the gas and have some swinging fun.

From the previous album 'NOW What?!' came the dedication to Jon Lord with 'The Uncommon Man' which now has an intricate intro and middle section from guitarist Steve Morse on this heavily keyboard dominated number. The mystical 'The Surprising' is a majestic journey that demands attention as does 'Birds Of Prey' featuring a sublime fluid solo from Morse.

Don Airey pleased the natives with his solo of 'Solveig's Song' from the 'Peer Gynt Suite' by Edvard Grieg, which separated a striking version of 'Knocking At Your Back Door' and the absorbing 'Perfect Strangers', where Ian Gillan in his Popeye t-shirt sang full of strength.

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A cosmic ride of 'Space Truckin'' complete with astral graphics on the screen featured powerhouse drumming from the ever-reliable Ian Paice, the driving beat of the band while 'Smoke On The Water' roared along with storytelling headlines and photos from that day in Montreaux.

A snatch of the blues with 'Goin' Down' signalled the encores before grooving into a bouncy 'Hush' followed by Roger Glover delivering a thumping solid bass solo that is led all out on a rousing 'Black Night'.

Old, new, live and rare is exactly what you get from a Purple gig. They may be driving at a different speed these days but it's still a magical mystery tour that just keeps on giving.


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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