October fest

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After all the teasers for Deep Purple shows around and in Europe we’ve posted here (see below, more to come) recently, fans in the UK get  their chance with the announcement this week of a five date arena tour in October 2020. Support band is Blue Oyster Cult and tickets go on sale – er – today at 10.00am. For people like us who don’t like these sheds, the word from fans locally (hello Mike and Tim) is that the new Leeds Arena (which we’ve not had a chance to go to yet) is better than most as it was built specifically as a concert venue, not a multi purpose sport arena, so better viewing all round (though Simon moans about First Direct sponsoring it, as they were the gits who took his account overdraft off him … because he didn’t use it enough!!!). So maybe see you in the Tudor Rooms fish and chip restaurant beforehand.  The band’s new album will be out ahead of these concerts, and Ian Gillan, apart from being busy overusing the blur function in Photoshop, is promising “a couple or three new songs”.

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5 Responses to “October fest”

  1. John M. Says:

    What happened to the old idea mentioned by Ian Gillan of alternating between DP ‘going to see the fans’ and the next time around, ‘the fans going to see the group?’ That means one larger tour using theatres like the Apollo’s etc. and the next tour is fewer dates using 10,000 seaters. The atmosphere is far better in 3 to 4000 seaters.

    • simon robinson Says:

      Yeah, it was a nice idea but seems to have fallen by the wayside. If they were playing our city hall next tour I’d have been there like a shot, but an arena just doesn’t excite. They’ll not miss my money!

  2. dobsonscricket Says:

    I really didn’t really expect this. Thought 2017 would be the last. Great that new songs are in the offing too, not just a best of package so hopefully a nicely balanced set. The band still sound good after watching some snippets online. Tickets for Leeds acquired.

  3. John Says:

    Don’t want to be pessimistic, but can they still fill these huge places?

    • simon robinson Says:

      I think they’d like to, but suspect it’s more to make touring easier. Some bands do elect to play smaller venues and charge more to keep the income stream up. Manchester Arena last tour was far from sold out, but all the best seats were taken.

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