Sunday, 24 March 2013

Smoke on the Water

I was watching Deep Purple on Vintage TV doing a relatively recent concert. The number was the iconic Smoke on the Water.

It was sad to see men, fast approaching their 70s, dressing up as if they were still in their 20s and sporting batwings - armless black T shirts, bandanas and waistcoats over bare torsos. Had they been in possession of rippling abs it may not have been so sad.

Led Zep (the ultimate Rock Gods) and Pink Floyd know how to do it - they dress their age (with a slight rock edge, if absolutely necessary), but displaying flabby arms on stage is the ultimate in sad, fading rock star. The music speaks for itself. 

Unfortunately Ian Gillan's voice is simply no longer up to the job.

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