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By steffilewis  
On my 18th birthday I went to Knebworth to watch Deep Purple. I remember being at the front of the dense crowd watching the photographers in the photopit, thinking, "wow, what a great job".

Now 21 years later I got the opportunity to photograph them myself and I do consider it a major milestone in my career.

This is Steve Morse. He didn't play at Knebworth, Richie Blackmore did, but he certainly is a good replacement for him, and boy oh boy, did he rock out!

Tags: Photo journalism Music Rock Deep purple Portraits and people

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DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
6 Jun 2006 10:59PM
Now you're talking.

Good colour and nice angle to this one.

Do we get Sir Cliff next ??

kaybee Plus
17 7.7k 26 Scotland
6 Jun 2006 11:08PM
BIG MISTAKE!...............a lady giving away her age (it will be your weight next).

I hate to say it....but it was a few years before your Knebworth date that I saw them playing. There were probably only 1000 people there (old cinema in Edinbrugh - now gone) and my ears were ringing for days.

blueorchid 15 27
6 Jun 2006 11:15PM
Fantastic shot. I'm sooo envious.
Geoffphoto 15 13.5k United Kingdom
6 Jun 2006 11:49PM
I first saw Deep Purple in 1972 at the ABC in Plymouth ( I was 17 ) on the Fireball tour and they were awesome, I was a huge Ritchie Blackmore fan ( I've got some old pics of him in Rainbow somewhere). I think that this is a great photo but Purple should have called it a day years ago!! I hope that they don't still play Smoke on the Water !!! All together now ( with air guitar of course and amps turned up to 11) -- DA DA DA, DA DA DA DA, DA DA DA , DA DA........Geoff
90125 15 3 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 12:05AM
You've probably earned it but lucky sod nevertheless-love rock music-great shot with concentration and passion captured.
steffilewis 16 179 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 12:07AM
They did play Smoke on the Water, and Space Trucking (my favourite).

After we were kicked out of the photopit (stupid damn health & safety rules) my writer and I went and sat on the hill at the back of the bowl and enjoyed the rest of the set. She kept laughing at me as I sang along, telling me I was showing my age.

I didn't care! I'd just waited 21 years to shoot that band ... I was in photographer heaven!

Great day Smile
Geoffphoto 15 13.5k United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 12:10AM
Hi Steffi - I prefer Highway Star - now that's Rock n Roll !!..........Geoff
conrad 16 10.9k 116
7 Jun 2006 1:54AM
I like the look of intense concentration on his face. Excellent capture!

covey 16 1.7k Ireland
7 Jun 2006 3:56AM
Excellent, love it.

lloydee 16 247
7 Jun 2006 5:02AM
DING DONG STEVE MORSE - what a talent. Seen deep purple 3 times now just because of this man. Excellent capture.

He played with a band "kansas" aswell as doing some awesome solo work.

"When a blind man cries" & "Fools" & "Perfect Strangers" & "Sometimes I feel like screaming (STEVE RULES ON THIS TRACK LIVE)" - They are best tracks they produced

Well done

Taya 15 19 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 8:42AM
The lighting looked challenging here because you seem to have bright white lighting on the left, but amazingly the expousre is perfect!

A dream come true, something you deserve Smile

I'm still dreaming lol!

Keep them coming!
BriM 15 3
7 Jun 2006 9:27AM
Cracking picture, cracking guitarist. Saw him on the Purpendicular tour where he stayed on the opposite side of the stage from Blackmore until "Highway Star" then crossed over and kicked ass on Rock's greatest guitar solo.
Sort of said "I'm not a Ritchie replacement, I'm my own man." Awesome banjo player!
shutter speed 16 369 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 12:13PM
I have never been a fan of Deep Purple, but as a music image I think this works really well.

theorderingone 17 2.4k
7 Jun 2006 1:22PM
Tis a gudden. I'll be saving my deep purple shots till last if I can help it.
kaybee Plus
17 7.7k 26 Scotland
7 Jun 2006 1:56PM
'Space Truckin'...........that that IS a classic - an entire side of an LP....something else

proberts 17 218 4 Wales
8 Jun 2006 3:56AM
Excellent shot,one he would be proud of.Congrats on the HC,well deserved.
steffilewis 16 179 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2006 4:24AM
oh ... my first ever HC ... cheers pete Smile
pgarwood 16 36 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2006 1:13PM
Wow, You have caught this guy in such an intense pose making the music!! I love it!!
pgarwood 16 36 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2006 1:13PM
Yes it is a superb shot!! Definitely!!
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
21 Jul 2006 5:00PM
Superb shot.I saw Deep Purple in 73 with the original line up.Fantastic.Really love what Blackmores doing now.(Blackmores Night).Different.Showing my age now.Anyway great shot.
colin 16 697 5 Scotland
30 Aug 2006 8:04PM
Perfect capture. Exposure spot on.
starliz 16 1.6k 3 England
30 Aug 2006 8:05PM
what a brilliant angle and and a great shot,well done on HC superb.
mathed 15 3 England
22 Jun 2008 7:20PM
Great shot of a brilliant guitarist,Purple still fantastic live and of course they still do smoke!
Take-a-View 17 293 5 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2009 9:23PM
WOW now that takes me back far too many years lol. First saw them in Bristol back in early seventies. Great shot and angle.

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