'Deep Purple - Live in Verona' [Blu-ray]
(Deep Purple / DVD / NR / 2014 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: Filmed in the spectacular surroundings of the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre originally built in 30 AD, this concert from the summer of 2011 sees Deep Purple joined on stage by a full symphony orchestra for performances of all their classic tracks.
DVD Verdict: Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertfor, England in 1968 and are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band's sound shifted to hard rock in 1970, and in 2013 the band began exploring progressive metal.
Indeed, Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-Seventies".
Here on 'Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live in Verona,' an incredible line-up of Ian Gillan (vocals), Ian Paice (drums), Roger Glover (bass), Steve Morse (guitar), and Don Airey (keyboards) bring everything that they are known to have to the stage; delighting the packed Italian crowd to no end.
Filmed in the spectacular surroundings of the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre originally built in 30 AD, this concert from the summer of 2011 captures Deep Purple joined on stage by the Neue Philharmonic Frankfurt for performances of all their classic songs.
I have always been a HUGE fan of the voice of Ian Gillan and as much as he isn’t renowned for being an “original” member of the band, his taking over of the vocals from David Coverdale has always been welcomed by the fans, and media, in general. Still today known as one of the hardest rocking “metal” bands in the business, Deep Purple took the chance to put this wonderful concert together to highlight their songs under a completely different underscore. And it works incredibly well and enables each song to now sound so fresh, so clean.
Purple play all their classic hits here together with the orchestral arrangements of the Neue Philharmonic Frankfurt, meaning fans and lovers of all this band have ever recorded will now hear their songs delivered with an added depth, a beauty operatic range.
The night begins with the now-infamous ‘Deep Purple Overture,’ and then blasts into ’Highway Star,’ before giving us songs such as ’Strange Kind Of Woman,’ ’Woman From Tokyo,’ ’When A Blind Man Cries,’ ’Knocking At Your Door,’ and, of course, coming towards the end, ‘Perfect Strangers,’ ‘Space Truckin’ and then for the encore, ‘Smoke On The Water,’ 'Hush and even 'Black Night.' This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.