Lynyrd Skynyrd/Deep Purple: Wembley Arena – June 21st, 2003

Posted: January 13, 2012 in 2003, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wembley Arena
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Why: Let’s be clear from the start: I wasn’t there for Purple (though the friend I went with was), I was there for Skynyrd. And I literally wasn’t there for The Darkness opening up, because I was in the bar.

High: Really bad seats meant it wasn’t too difficult to sneak a couple of joints and just be told off for smoking – so by the time what passed for Skynyrd at the time (though still with the late great Billy Powell on piano) ended with a quite simply phenomenal Freebird I was in a properly appreciative state. When Purple then opened with Highway Star (my all time favourite) I completely forgot about the awful venue and dubious nature of this kind of tour.

Drinking: Shedloads of shed-venue lager.

Thinking: “Part of this is deeply tragic, but like it or not this is the closest to hearing these songs authentically that I can ever get.”

Gig on Songkick

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