Deep Purple put on fine show to close 2015 Festival d’Été de Québec

Deep Purple put on fine show to close 2015 Festival d’Été de Québec

Main pic: Deep Purple – Festival d’été de Québec, 19 July 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.

Not even the threat of another thunderstorm could prevent people turning up in numbers to see Deep Purple close the Festival d’Été de Québec on the main stage on the Plains of Abraham.

Sunday 19 July, 2015 saw yet another large crowd out in force on Plains to witness one of the bastions of the British rock scene do their stuff.

Originally booked to appear before Nickelback, who pulled out a couple of weeks before the start of the festival due to Chad Kroeger’s damaged vocal chords, Deep Purple stepped up to the plate and delivered a fine show.

Formed in the late 1960’s, and having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, the group, once dubbed the ‘world’s loudest rock band’ were more than up to the task.

Lead singer Ian Gillan, guitarists Roger Glover and Steve Morse, drummer Ian Paice, and Don Airey on the keyboards were on form.

Steve Morse and Don Airey of Deep Purple – Festival d’été de Québec, 19 July 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

Steve Morse and Don Airey of Deep Purple – Festival d’été de Québec, 19 July 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

Highway Star got the evening going, and they played Apres Vous, Hard Lovin’ Man and Strange Kind of Woman before taking a moment to address the crowd.

‘Thanks for coming out on this wonderful summer’s evening’, Gillan joked as some of the speakers and set swayed in the wind.

We were treated to solo performances on the drums (Ian Paice), guitar (Steve Morse) and then Don Airey on the keyboards.

The crowd, already enjoying themselves, were completely won over as Airey broke into a rendition of Gilles Vigneault’s ‘Gens du pays’ otherwise knows as Québec’s unofficial national anthem.

During the drum solo the the stage lights were turned off and with lights sticks strapped to his drumsticks, Ian Paice showed us what he was made of on the drums. Impressive.

Ian Gillan came back and engaged with the audience some more ‘You’re amazing you lot, you have some great vibes, and it’s rubbing off on us up here. It means a lot to us.’

Space Truckin’ went down well, and to the delight of the band Smoke on the Water saw everyone join in with the chorus.

There was time for an encore with the excellent Hush followed by the unforgettable Black Night.

A fitting end as the Plains emptied into the dark night, festival-goers venturing back to homes and hotels prior to the commencement of the storm.

A great finale to a seriously good rock concert.

Ian Gillan of Deep Purple – Festival d’été de Québec, 19 July 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Philippe Ruel.

Ian Gillan of Deep Purple – FEQ, 19 July 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Philippe Ruel.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.
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