April 19. 1969 (Saturday) – Tavistock Town Hall – EPISODE SIX
Posters for Episode Six are not common; this one was unique – hand painted by a signwriter for a Saturday rave up show in Tavistock, promoted by the local football club, and making much if the fact that the group were ‘back by popular demand’ due to their ‘sensational stage act’ (even so the ticket price seems quite high for a non-chart act at the time). The large poster was pasted outside on the venue noticeboard where this snap was taken. Although nobody knew it, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover were just weeks away from joining Deep Purple (on the final Mk 1 tour of America at the time). It was when the US tour finished that they began their search for a new singer. Support group here were Pepperkorn (formerly Blitz).
September 20. 1969 – Malvern Winter Gardens, Great Malvern, Worcestershire.
In the run up to The Concerto, Deep Purple played a handful of shows during September in Scandinavia and England, including this interesting show supporting Rory Gallagher’s Taste (although the small newspaper advert below tends to suggest it was the other way around!). The venue, which began hosting pop groups in the 1960s, used the same style of screen-printed poster design for many of their concerts at the time (that month alone they hosted Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Taste, Deep Purple, Yes and Caravan. Promoter Freddie Bannister booked many of them, he later founded the Knebworth Festival). The venue was built in 1884/5 as Malvern Assembly Rooms but as much of the building was like a green house it got the name of Winter Gardens. It is still in use today.