Mon, Oct 20, 08

Guitarist Steve Morse of legendary rock band Deep Purple has posted the following tour update:
“Here’s one that I meant to send on the last long trip, but it got overlooked until now! This was written during the amazing tour leg where we had the fantastic luxury of the charter plane.

“We’re doing a night flight after the show, on our way to Finland. The airline quality service is incredible. Who am I kidding, it’s way better than the airline service we normally get. Here in Scandinavia they’ve not put us through the futile exercise of going all the way through the terminal, printing boarding passes, passport control, x raying everything, taking away all our bottles of water, and waiting for a bus to get out to the plane. No, it’s just like the USA, where we drive up to the plane and walk on. This is the reason business aircraft are selling better than ever in a down economy. Businesses would rather make a little less money than to stand in line for an hour barefoot waiting to get on a plane.

“Great shows this trip. A couple of nights ago the band called EUROPE opened for us. They sounded very good and the guitar player, John (Norum), sat in with us on ‘Smoke’. He’s got a very polished rock and roll feel with the guitar. I recently got my signature ENGL amps in absolute stock, production form, delivered from the factory. Now I can truly say that I love the amps, since they are straight off the factory assembly line and really sound fantastic. Looks like we are doing lots of jumping around from here on out, so I’m glad we’re flying charter as much as we are.

“Tonight Ian Gillan finally told me about this one note in a song that he wished I would play differently. Since I was totally unaware of this, it was the easiest thing in the world to change. So, when I played the note straight instead of bending it, he fell on his knees in a mock bowing position, as if to thank me. I was laughing out loud, and could only wonder why it took so long to remember to bring this up. I think I was doing it the previous way for over a decade! There’s always something to change and improve, and here’s a toast to letting the people you work with know what you think might need looking at.

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