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Saratoga


Fantastic amphitheater style venue , high on the western hills above San Jose , in a winery. Fantastic front of an old mission was the back drop to the stage. Blackmore's Knight would be perfect here. Davey Pattison band opened , always liked his voice with Gamma and Trower and the set had a mix of both bands' material. Great band , short set, only 35 mins. Purple weren't quite as on it as Costa Mesa. The reason is a massive screwup in the middle of Lazy where Steve, Don and Roger completely got lost as to where the main riff wss supposed to go and Roger was in a different key as they tried to get back to the end verse. Yikes. The middle part of Space Trucking had a similar screw up with Don getting very mad at Roger and yelling keys at him "E" . Have to play perfect in Los Angeles as all of us musicians are watching . Other than these two screw ups the show was as good as Costa Mesa . Also enjoyed the extended set and addition of the Mule with drum solo and Tokyo. Only the riff of Black Night was played, not the song . I had a fantastic seat, fifth row , which I jumped to the fourth row as there was an empty seat there.

HS into fire hard loving man 4. Strange KWomn. 5. Vincent Price. [sign in to see URL] lost solo. 7. Uncommon man wdguitar. Mule Keys solo lazy. Hell pay. 12 Don solo massive PS space trk Sotw hush extended soloing My woman from Tokyo - Steve riff age Bknight abbreviated out

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Thanks, John!
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wow!
Changes in the encores!
Woman from Tokyo

Those mess ups sounded bad. Ouch! Should not happen after 40 years. Completely lack of focus?

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As I think about it today it was stunning . Like a bad cover band. They nailed those songs last week. Come to think of it, I played a mountain top gig last month and the altitude change affected me a lot and I screwed up songs I've played every week for 9 years and every week this year since April. I felt very light headed too. A little bit less oxygen can change things.
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I didn't notice anything other than a great time .Thought the sound was nice and clean .Woman from Tokyo was a bonus .
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Most people would not notice- we musicians hear everything - believe me lazy- it was a massive screw up . Don yelling the chord E at Roger during Space Trucking , which also got messed up and giving Roger an angry look was also noticeable- really bothered me. Everything was perfect the week before . The guy sitting next to me also noticed the mistakes when I mentioned them. Gillan went and had a little laugh and head shake with Don after Lazy about it and the band were doing the whoops body language all musicians do after mistakes . Also it was fun when Gillan noticed my air keys playing during highway star , nodded at me and started doing it too - that was cool!

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Re: Saratoga SUNDAY AUGUST 16TH 2015 . is it on ?


There is an unconfirmed date for Saratoga again on August 16 , 2015 . A SUN. night . The mountain Winery shows another act booked .I'm sure there could be a way for them to bump the act .I hate like hell to go all the way down there .Pay about $200 for a couple tickets .A room , dinner , probably a shuttle up and down the mountain .But I'd hate to miss what could be the last hurrah in the [sign in to see URL]. for the band .I don't really expect any of you to know anything , but tell me what you think ....... I contacted a drummer who works with Gamma + , who opened the show last time .I wanted to let him know in case his band could snag the opening spot again. His booking agent made a call to DP management. He was told it was not on the schedule .In looking at the dates ,I see they are in Indio , (near Palm Springs ) on the previous SAT. [sign in to see URL] if they're on a tour bus , it would be a full overnight to get to Saratoga on SUN. Not likely they'd fly for the last show on the U.S. swing . So , not going to happen , too bad .Wish they would take the unconfirmed date off the HS site .

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