Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers

Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers


At a time when hair was big, moustaches unironic and subtlety sneered at (ie 1984), Deep Purple reunited for a tour and a new LP.

Despite the tour’s success, the band’s songwriting was past its prime, and much of the new material smacked of an attempt to cash in on the void left by Led Zeppelin’s demise. Their thunderous swagger had evaporated, replaced with a style more akin to the posturing poodle-rock du jour: “Sweet Nancy was so fancy, to get into her pantry, had to be the aristocracy,” squawked Ian Gillan on the opening track of Perfect Strangers.

This concert, filmed in Melbourne, should please fans of the genre; the fact that it’s from the same year as Spinal Tap is purely coincidental.


In 1984, the classic Deep Purple line-up of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice reunited for the album Perfect Strangers and went on tour. This is the film of their concert in Melbourne, featuring performances of Highway Star, Strange Kind of Woman, Child in Time, Black Night, Speed King and Smoke on the Water.

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