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Concert at the Arena di Verona, a roman amphitheater originally built in 30 A.D, "Live in Verona"

After a brief orchestral intro, things kick in with a rousing ‘Highway Star.’ All these years on, and singer Ian Gillan is still able to deliver. Though not the full-on force of nature he was 40 years ago, he is powerful throughout the entire performance. Highlights are plenty: ‘Hard Lovin’ Man,’ ‘Maybe I’m a Leo’ and ‘Strange Kind of Woman’ are all done justice here.

Though the presence of keyboard legend Jon Lord is missed, replacement Don Airey holds down the fort with respect. Meanwhile, this performance shines a bright light on the attributes of Steve Morse on guitar. He has certainly settled into his role in the band since joining in 1994.

The orchestral backing here is never a distraction, and on certain songs (‘Rapture of the Deep’ and, surprisingly, ‘Woman from Tokyo’) it adds an unexpected dimension. That being said, and to be perfectly honest, they don’t need any added power, especially with the main man, Ian Paice behind the drum kit. He and bassist Roger Glover still combine to make one of the finest rhythm sections ever to wander onto a rock stage.


We all came out to Montreux

On the Lake Geneva shoreline

To make records with a mobile

We didn't have much time

Frank Zappa and the Mothers

Were at the best place around

But some stupid with a flare gun

Burned the place to the ground

Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

Smoke on the water

They burned down the gambling house

It died with an awful sound

Funky Claude was running in and out

Pulling kids out the ground

When it all was over

We had to find another place

But Swiss time was running out

It seemed that we would lose the race

Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

Smoke on the water

We ended up at the Grand hotel

It was empty cold and bare

But with the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside

Making our music there

With a few red lights and a few old beds

We make a place to sweat

No matter what we get out of this

I know we'll never forget

Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

Smoke on the water

Songwriters: Ritchie Blackmore / Ian Gillan / Roger D Glover / Jon Lord / Ian Paice

Smoke on the Water lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


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