Alberto Santa Cruz

Mérida, Sep 24 (EFE).- The British group Deep Purple, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year, showed tonight in Mérida that its sound is historic in the world of music by displaying with an energy that is difficult to understand its characteristic “inner sanctuary” of hard rock.

Those who thought – as some participants pointed out before entering the concert – that the wide age of its members, with the exception of newcomer guitarist Simon McBride (43), corresponded to the stage of the Roman theater of Mérida were pleasantly disappointed, very beautiful.

In front of nearly 3,000 people and in a historic setting, Deep Purple offered a concert full of instrumental energy, in which left-handed Ian Paice (74), on drums since the group was formed in 1968, offered a master “.

He was not the only one, far from it. Singer Ian Gillan (77) continues to raise his unmistakable and eternal voice to the skies, albeit with scars; bassist Roger Glover outgrows his bass neck; Don Airey (74) maintains the iconic romance with keyboards and the incorporation of guitarist Simon McBride -Steve Morse left the band a few weeks ago for family reasons- has been a success.

Ian Gillan had already affirmed it this week in an interview with EFE. “Deep Purple is still Deep Purple” no matter how many years have passed, 55 since its inception, and there are changes in its ranks, and it was demonstrated in this concert.

With “Highway Star”, a song included on their album “Machine Head” (1972) and one of the best known for including guitar and keyboard solos, the band displayed their most classic sound.

Without leaving this album, the group interpreted “Pictures of Home”, a theme very chosen by the group to exhibit Paice and Glover. Without shouting, while the song “No Need to Shout” from his penultimate album “Whoosh!” covers, Gillan interpreted this song with an innate sensitivity.

On this musical path, the group stopped on this album (2020) during the interpretation of “Nothing at All”, traveled to 2017 with “Uncommon Man”, included in “Infinite”, and gave to the public “Lazy”, a long conversation between keyboard and guitar which originated in 1972 and which we hope will never end.

“When a blind man cries”, a delight; “Anya” and a flamenco-sounding keyboard solo -bless the hands of Donald Airey- gave way to another of the songs that marked the band’s middle years, “Perfect Strangers”.

With a devoted following, which prefers a fourth puberty to old age, it was the turn of “Smoke on the Water”, a song which celebrates half a century of life and which, curiously, was about to not appear in the album “Head of the machine”.

“The success of the song, I did not expect it. It was an addition – to the album – not envisaged”, affirmed its singer a few days ago. Listening to it live, seeing the audience nodding their heads humming its introduction in unison is a unique experience, a journey through the history of music through a sacred theme.

With “Hush”, a song from their first studio album, and “Black Night”, from the mythical work “Deep Purple in Rock”, two songs that walk between psychedelia and progressive rock, the group closed the concert.

“Where do these gentlemen get their energy from?” One of the attendees wondered as he faced the exit door. The answer may lie in the rock itself.

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