Dave Leeson, Friars fan:
gig at Friars was one of those surprise gigs which had low expectations
but proved to be a corking night out. Gillan's previous albums since
leaving Purple had been leaning on the jazzy side of rock so when he
kicked off the show with Secret of the Dance from the new album and
started shaking his mop of long hair around, i was in heavy rock
heaven. The gig continued at a relentless pace with the rest of the band
featuring gypsy guitar god Bernie Torme and the large menacing figure of
John McCoy on bass crashing out Gillan songs as well as Purple classics.
A footnote to
this gig was that on trying to impress a new girlfriend I managed to
get backstage and being in a somewhat drunk state managed to kick Gillan's beer over and in a rather loud voice proceeded
to enquire the whereabouts of Mr Gillan only to discover him standing
next to me with a towel over his head, he was not impressed, neither
was my soon to be ex-girlfriend.