Houston we have some pictures.

Deep Purple’s first American tour during July 1971 is not very well documented visually, the band being support to The Faces for most of the shows and yet to overcome their days as chart toppers with Hush. On the 28th they played the Sam Houston Coliseum and reportedly went down a storm according to local fans. For some time now a set of low res pictures has been doing the rounds from this show and the originals recently came up for sale in America at a specialist music memorabilia auction.  Because photographs from this first US tour are so rare, and these are very good (taken by a local enthusiast) we decided to try and secure them for the DPAS archives and happily have been able to do so.
You can see two individual shots on our concert date list.

Deep Purple Houston 1971


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5 Responses to “Houston we have some pictures.”

  1. Drdp Says:

    Actually saw Rainbow & Pat Travers at that same venue some 10-11 years later. As well as Ozzy with Randy there supported by Classic Motorhead line-up. Also, Iron Maiden with DiAnno on vocals open for Priest.
    It used to be the go to place for HM/HR in Houston.

  2. Bruce Metcalfe Says:

    The earliest date I can recall Paicey having his sparkle Ludwig kit. He must have ditched that less that desirable black safari kit for the new kit for the US tour. This evidence trumps The Beat Club ’71 footage for its first appearance.

    • simon robinson Says:

      That’s an interesting point Bruce; I’ll have a look when the negs arrive and see what we can see.

  3. Fabio Petracco Says:

    The best

  4. purpledaniel Says:

    Wow Simon, excellent material. Is it possible to post all of them as individual pictures? The Sam Houston Coliseum was famous for The Doors´ 68 concert which ended with a riot.

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