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Gross

June 16, 2017

Deep Purple 1985 US tour gross

This great advert turned up recently, from one of the American music trade papers, bragging about the earnings of Deep Purple’s Perfect Strangers American tour back in 1985.  The tour run from January through to May (with breaks) and generated nearly $7 million in ticket sales, over half a million sold. It was later was recognised as the second biggest grossing tour by anyone in America that year.  And the UK got one show, which happens to be 32 years ago this week!

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1984 and all that

July 26, 2013

sept84aThe news that a DVD release of one of the Australian shows from the early days of the reunion is being worked on has got people chatting. It all seems a very long time ago now, but DTB readers may recall the excitement of those first reports (written on paper and posted airmail!) from the very start of the Perfect Strangers World Tour in late 1984.  The feeling remains that the band decided to kick off down-under so if it all went horribly wrong, they would have plenty of opportunity to sort things out before moving over to the critical North American markets.  Despite a few mis-cues and the like (plus Ian Gillan losing his clothes and some riots outside a show – the two events not connected!) it all panned out pretty well. The shows began there in late November, moved across to New Zealand in December, and then back to Australia. It was all fairly quickly arranged, and (amazing in this day and age) tickets only went on sale about a month before the shows.  The biggest deal were probably the three nights back to back at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre from the 12-14th.  It was one of these which was filmed, and footage later popped up on some promo videos. Two of the shows did appear on audio on deluxe vinyl bootlegs not long after (one of which even went with the title Warm Up In Australia!). Video exists from all three shows, at least two of which look official, and may have been part of the MTV plan to document the reunion, which we assume provides the raw material for this upcoming DVD. UPDATE : The DVD is actually from a show at Melbourne according to the label. The band did three shows there as well (16, 17 and 18th Dec) but we don’t yet know which this is. Full details and track list on the site now at Perfect Strangers Live.
Contemporary reviews suggest that the first night was the best, with Lord on fine form and Gillan getting into his stride after a few teething troubles. What can you expect set wise? Well the show majored on Machine Head (with a couple of oldies) and over half the new album and went something like Highway Star / Nobody’s Home / Strange Kind Of Woman / Gypsy’s Kiss / Perfect Strangers / Under The Gun / Lazy / Child In Time / Knocking At Your Back Door / Difficult To Cure / Space Truckin’  / encores Black Night / Smoke On The Water.
Obviously in the intervening thirty years there has been a lot of water under the bridge and the reunion did sort of stutter once the initial album and world tour had happened but hopefully this release will remind us all of just what an exciting time 1984/5 was to be a Deep Purple fan. Images from deep-purple.net

Deep Purple Warm Up In Australia