I have archived this one under “Deep Purple” as it seems the better category considering Glover`s involvement along with other members of that band.
Concert Review from London
By Phil Sutcliffe
What a pleasantly different experience! After all the doubts and warnings of impending disaster `The Butterfly Ball` live was just about as good as it possibly could have been oratorio-style without the costumes and full trapplings of a dramatic production.
A full orchestra sounding in high spirits put a brassy weight behind most of the numbers. The rock band, including a gaggle of keyboard players and Eddie Jobson in joyful form on the electric violin, made it all a lot more raunchy than the rather precious imagery of the `Ball`s` sundry packaging would suggest. And the infinite queue of eager lead singers suggested an opulence of talent such as is too rarely gathered together on a British stage. The musical edifice sustaining all this, last year`s Mr R. Ex-Purple Glover`s album is nice rather than magnificent, but there were times when most of the Albert Hall and your reviewer got quite carried away.
Members of the Purple family like Coverdale, Hughes and Gillan did their bits in friendly, self-effacing fashion like Dylan at the Bangla-Desh, not wanting to steal anyone`s thunder, but the stars of the night came from the `I-know-the-face-but-who-the-hell-is-it?` set featured as the show came down the home straight.
Tony Ashton (A, Gardner and Dyke) swaggered on like Graham Bond reincarnated, greasy hair, shades and leather jacket, and proceeded to rip away the last vestiges of formality from the proceedings with some sleazy blues piano and matching bar-room vocals that took the musicians as well as audience by surprise. Then he yanked his jacket back off his shoulders for a break of Little Richard razzle-dazzle, cooled it again for his coda, burped loudly and departed to a mixture of applause and hilarity.
John Gustafson (Roxy`s current bass guest) had to follow that with `Watch Out For The Bat` and he met the challenge with revetting vocal energy, high, sinister and savage – why isn`t he a lead singer rather than a session bassist? Then John Lawton (who? A Les Humphrey Singer) set the seal on a jolly, almost flower-powerish, evening with two renditions of `Love Is All`, on the encore, his flat-out professional tenor hitting the high notes exultantly where some of his celebrity companions wavered.