There was no way Deep Purple could undertake their Long Goodbye Tour without coming through Montreux! These hard rock pioneers are keeping mum on the band’s future, but it is certain that if their 20th album, Infinite, turns out to be the last, they would be going out in style. Released in 2017, this opus teems with lyrical and inventive guitar-keys duets from Steve Morse and Don Airey, supported by the implacable rhythm of mainstays Ian Paice and Roger Glover. The band even covered the classic “Roadhouse Blues” by the Doors! On stage, Deep Purple has always been an incredible font of virtuosity and improvisation. Their current tour balances their new records with legendary hits such as “Black Night” and “Hush”. And of course, in Montreux, there is always a special emotional energy when Ian Gillan hits the chorus of “Smoke on the Water”. The last time we heard that in Montreux was during the Festival’s 50th anniversary, with the son of one Frank Zappa...We are still shivering.