Those nice people at http://www.thehighwaystar.com have waited for a while, but here it is again. Another transcription from the 70s featuring Purple. This time from the very end of the first leg of their career.
Purple people eaters
Concert review by Peter Creascenti
DEEP PURPLE is a band beset by severe internal problems, problems that are now affecting their live performances and may ultimately destroy the group forever. When Purple’s five musicians should be thoroughly obsessed with convincing their audience that the band’s experimentation with the Deep Purple formula, sparked by the addition of Tommy Bolin, is both vital and valid, they’re instead allowing themselves to be consumed by frustration and divided by personal ambitions.
You’ll detect no bitterness among them when you come taste the band, but there just isn’t enough room in the champagne glass for these five fish to swim around anymore. Maybe there never really was.
At Radio City Music Hall in New York recently, Purple’s hassles translated into two erratic and disappointing sets that probably confirm in a lot of their fans minds that, yes indeed, Deep Purple always was Ritchie Blackmore’s band.
An early indication with audience indifference towards the band was their apathetic attitude towards the ‘Come Taste The Band’ album, ironically one of Purple’s best but which is now skidding down the charts as quickly as the band seem to be stumbling towards oblivion.
Purple’s energy it seems is being devoured by the compromises and concessions that have to be made by their two singers David Coverdale and bassist Glenn Hughes. In accommodating Hughes’ desire to sing more (which still isn’t enough to satisfy him anyways) lead singer Coverdale has to leave the stage three or four times a set, for a total of about 30 minutes, a disaster for a performer like Coverdale whose most immediate concern is establishing a rapport.
It is also rumoured that some members of the band have become disillusioned with Tommy Bolin’s solo ambitions as his ‘Teasers’ album shoots up the charts while Purple’s drops. Bolin seems to sense that the end of the band may be near and his playing onstage reflects that attitude much of the time. The audience at Radio City seemed to sense this too and reacted with the frenzy typical of Purple fans only when old favourites like ‘Smoke On The Water’ were offered.
It would be unfortunate if the band were to fall apart especially after the promise of their last album. Purple occassionally flashed the brilliance that they were more than capable of but considering the divided loyalties that have splattered within the band, they just might be better off packing it in.
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