For Group With Orchestra

Deep Purple with Orchestra tourWith their usual lack of proper PR, the Deep Purple Orchestral Tour has sort of just emerged without any real attempt to big it up in the press at all, which seems a shame. It now looks as if most of the shows during 2011 will take this format, building on Ian Gillan’s occasional shows fronting an orchestra during 2009/10.
That there is confusion is clear from the enquiries we had from North America asking if the band were doing The Concerto.
We still don’t quite know how the shows will be structured, whether it will be a full orchestral performance or if there will be a part with just the band on their own, but it’s an interesting sideline and does at least afford some change of direction for the band after six years of touring following the Rapture album. Given how powerful the Deep Purple tracks sounded at The Royal Albert Hall when backed by the orchestra, this could be an enthralling show.
I was also surprised that the tour image of the band and orchestra in sillhouette is so tasteful, not something we normally associate with DP graphics these days – though they still cannot tear themselves away from the old Mk 3 logo it seems!

DTBOnline store still has the 1999 Albert Hall Concerto show in stock – on both DVD and 2CD versions.

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4 Responses to “For Group With Orchestra”

  1. For Group With Orchestra (via darker than blue) « Masters Of Rock Says:

    […] For Group With Orchestra (via darker than blue) With their usual lack of proper PR, the Deep Purple Orchestral Tour has sort of just emerged without any real attempt to big it up in the press at all, which seems a shame. It now looks as if most of the shows during 2011 will take this format, building on Ian Gillan's occasional shows fronting an orchestra during 2009/10. That there is confusion is clear from the enquiries we had from North America asking if the band were doing The Concerto. We … Read More […]

  2. Steve West Says:

    Although I am glad American fans will at long last get a chance to see the band live and hope they enjoy the shows I find it difficult to understand the legitimacy of the orchestra thing… Without Jon Lord it doesn’t make sense. Jon Lord is the one who pioneered orchestral fusion and had to almost drag the rest of the band onto stage. Fair enough they celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Concerto and toured it worldwide but they also had Jon with them at that time. For me personally it was still a close thing as Ritchie wasn’t with them. It wouldn’t bother me if I never heard the 1999 concerto recordings ever again but the 1969 original remains a firm favourite. So without either of them where is the legitimacy? I know the band has toured with a brass section on occasion and IG has sang with orchestras but this seems like just a gimmick to me.

    I suppose if it works, then fair enough. Perhaps the tired old set list will gain something from this.

  3. John Blackburn Says:

    From my own perspective this seems like a good idea. Seeing the band yet again in their current guise playing “SOTW” etc doesn’t thrill, but the idea of them playing different arrangements with an Orchestra is certainly interesting. Better still though would be the return of Ritchie playing ROCK in a MK3 reunion. Please. Pretty please?

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