APRIL 1984: The five members of Deep Purple Mk 2’s original line-up all met together in Kentucky for talks. Blackmore personally called Jon Lord in Scandinavia on April 13th (where he was on tour with Whitesnake) to ask him over. Although the various members had been in touch with one another over the years, this was the first time they’d all been together since June 1973 in Japan. The musicians then met up again the following week at the offices of manager Bruce Payne’s Thames Talent company in New York, where they agreed to reform Deep Purple to both record and tour.
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 1984: By October Deep Purple had begun rehearsals for the first tour. It might seem hard to believe now, but they chose to do this in an old community room at St. Peter’s Hall in Bedford! They were there for a fortnight, and re-learnt many of the old Mk 2 “Made In Japan” era classics as well as some of the new material.
DECEMBER 1984: The late November and December shows were so far away that it took a while for the first reports to filter back home to the UK (hard to imagine a world without the internet!). They kicked off in Australia, hit New Zealand on December 2nd, and then returned to Australia to play three more cities. The schedule was leisurely, allowing for extra shows to be dropped in where demand was high, and sunbathing when it wasn’t.
The set-list was a mix of old and new – Highway Star, Nobody’s Home, Strange Kind Of Woman, Gypsy’s Kiss, Perfect Strangers, Under The Gun, Knocking At Your Back Door, Lazy, Child In Time, Difficult To Cure, Space Truckin’ and encores, with Smoke On The Water saved for the end. Reviews were mixed, although the enthusiasm for having the band back was immense.
Gillan was struggling at times, and Blackmore often seemed happy to settle back and watch the others. It was obviously going to take the band a while to settle in to working with one another again but with half the set new they were at least determined not to rest too heavily on past glories.
The tour finished in Melbourne on the 18th, and barring a mini riot in Adelaide (where ticketless fans had tried to crash the stadium before the show) gone down well.
George Harrison turned up to guest at one gig (Sydney, December 13th), and football matches provided relaxation for members of the band and crew, as well as lucky fans. It was back home for a couple of weeks off before the start of the American tour after Christmas. (by deep-purple.net)
And here´s the full concert from their last gig in Australia in 1984.
But, to be honestly … this is the classic Deep Purple Mk. II line-up, but this is not their best live recording … much to much screaming by Ian Gillan … and much to much distracted solos by Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord … sorry Folks … but it´s yet a nice addiion to every Deep Purple record collectiion.
The sound quality is okay, but please don´t forget, that this a bootleg !
Recorded live at the Entertainment Centre, Melbourne, Australia, December 16, 1984.
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar)
Ian Gillan (vocals)
Roger Glover (bass)
Jon Lord (keyboards)
Ian Paice (drums)
01. Highway Star 5.15
02. Nobody’s Home 3.46
03. Strange Kind Of Woman 8.29
04. Ritchie’s Blues / A Gipsy’s Kiss 5.35
05, Perfect Stranger 5.56
06. Under The Gun 6.02
07. Knocking At Your Backdoor 9.39
08. Lazy 7.24
09. Child In Time 10.13
10. Difficult To Cure 9.05
11. Space Trucking 13.57
12. Speed King 6.15
13. Introduction to the band members 1.17
14. Black Night 4.11
15. Smoke On The Water 7.37
16. Warm Up In Australia (uncut version) 1.45.58
All songs written by Ritchie Blackmore – Ian Gillan – Roger Glover – Jon Lord – Ian Paice