Donington Monsters-Of-Rock-1981 programme coverThat audience shot we posted a few days back?  We wondered if anyone knew where it was from. Paul Orchard got the venue right, Donington, but it was taken in 1981, the year Whitesnake supported AC/DC.  Here’s how it looks as the frontispiece to Barry Plummer’s new book of Deep Purple photos (chosen as the publisher wanted a sweaty audience pic apparently!).  Here is the original posting.

More news and the first visuals from the book due any day, and very impressive they look too.



6 Responses to “Donington”

  1. blue ivy Says:

    Whats MOR of 81 got to do with Plummers pix of dp in the 70s? I thought the book is going to cover unseen pix of Mk 2, 3 etc, apparently it spans 80s too. Oh well never mind.

    • simon robinson Says:

      Barry is doing several books; the publisher wanted an image which could span the decades so to speak and appear in all the titles at the front. But the DP one is just 70s pics.

  2. Les Hedger Says:

    Whitesnake is a spin off from DP and are almost 40 years old. Where the heck did the time go? How old does that make DP? I don’t want to even think about it. I need a beer!!

    • simon robinson Says:

      Yes, getting quite worrying Les. Not sure beer actually slows down time, but you may need to carry out further experiments in case.

  3. Timothy Says:

    Aah, yes – my first Donington festival – it totally pi**ed it down – the funniest thing I remember is Noddy Holder saying ‘the bells gonna rust’ – pointing to the headliners main prop, up in the lighting rig!
    Now I think about it, that was the last time I stayed in a tent!

    • simon robinson Says:

      A tent? Luxury, we had to hide in a cardboard box… etc. We did enjoy seeing Ritchie play in wellington boots for Knebworth it was so wet.

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