Deep Purple rocks Arena with 'Machine Head' 1973 #tbt

Written by Scott Mervis on .

DeePurpleIn the interview with Eddie Trunk (of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show"), I ask him what band should go right into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I like any good old-school metalhead, he has the right answer: Deep Purple.

Deep Purple should be in for the "Smoke on the Water" riff alone, so for this week's Throwback Thursday classic newspaper clip, we have a review from May 31, 1973 show at the Civic Arena, which would have been about the fourth time Deep Purple played here. The first was at CMU in 1969.

In '73, newspapers in Pittsburgh were still warming up to the idea of rock 'n' roll and just starting to get with the program of reviewing concerts on a regular basis.

This was a strange Deep Purple bill, pairing the British hard rock band with Greenwich Village folkie David Blue and a surprise appearance by Billy Preston. It's amazing that they set up Preston and his band to play just two songs, but things were weird back then.

deeppurple 2Pittsburgh Press critic Pete Bishop does not seem to be sold on the virtues of Deep Purple, even though the band's classic "Machine Head" album ruled the charts (for two years!) after being released in March 1972. The Pittsburgh show followed a quick turnaround, as the band released "Who Do We Think We Are" in January 1973, leading with the hit "Woman From Tokyo."

Bishop finds DP to be predictable and formulaic (odd given their range and musicality and the novel way they used Jon Lord's keyboards to drive the rhythm). He scolds the fans who filled the aisles for being "brats" and refers to the classic "Smoke OF Water." It also comes with a lede that I just don't understand, but I'm guessing it has to do with a plant?

The full headline, by the way, was ...




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