and another

November 13, 2019

A slot at a Greek festival on June 6th has been added, pushing the start of the summer trek back nearly two weeks. As there is break between this and the next confirmed date one suspects more shows will follow. Anyhow this one is 2020-06-06  –  Rockwave Festival 2020, TerraVibe Park, Malakasa, Greece.  Average temperature there at this time of year? 20C.  Take a hat.  And again they’re using the vintage 1968 band logo for the adverts for some reason, despite it not being the anniversary… Thanks as usual to Lutz Reinert.

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It’s another date

November 12, 2019

Deep Purple have added a festival show in Sion, Switzerland, to their European shows in July next year (on the 8th with Uriah Heep). We have updated our concert diary page with this (My thanks to Lutz Reinert who has done us a nice spreadsheet), added the Whitesnake tour dates we mentioned a few days ago, and also shows by Don Airey & Guests, who is doing half a dozen concerts in Britain in February with Brian Downey’s band co-headling.  Not to be left out Ian Paice is heading off with Purpendicular the same time, albeit it mostly over in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria etc. So there’s something there for just about all of us.

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Whitesnake’s big package (tour)

November 7, 2019


David Coverdale and whoever is in Whitesnake right now (I’m a bit out of touch) are coming over on a stadium visit to Britain May / June 2020.  They will be in the company of fellow rock and roll titans (© Manchester Evenings News!) Foreigner and (openers) Europe to form a triple bill likely to strike a spot with fans of 1980s hits and MTV.  There are six dates in all. They then fly over to Australia for a tour there with The Scorpions, including a show in New Zealand, then a date in Singapore on the way across to Japan for half a dozen headlining shows.

Tickets are fully on sale this Friday but there are pre-sale offers on meet and greet packages if you look online (they START at £129.00!). Details : London’s O2 Arena (May 31), Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena (June 1), Arena Birmingham (June 3), Glasgow SSE Hydro (June 4) and Newcastle Utilita Arena (June 6), Manchester Arena on June 8.

The question we ask ourselves (apart from where I would hide for the other two acts!) is will they be a patch on the shows in 1979 and 1980 and the answer sadly is not, so I’ll put the money towards a trip to London to see the Bridget Riley exhibition instead.

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It’s a date

October 31, 2019

UPDATE – A show in Italy has just been added, Bologna Park, on July 6th.

The first of Deep Purple‘s summer tour shows for 2020 have now been confirmed, with eight concerts in June / July across Austria and Germany (most of which are branded “Summer Nights 2020″). With one exception these all seem to be one day festivals, one of which includes Dweezil Zappa supporting Deep Purple and Uriah Heep. Thanks to Lutz Reinert for the full details (on our 2020 diary page) and sending some of the (sometimes garish!) adverts. Let us know if you spot any more to add to the list.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to look in all the ditches round about just in case there is a politician who can keep his word…

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Suitable for 3 to 7 year olds

October 25, 2019

We were chatting online about the curious collection of rock album art jigsaws which HMV loaded their shelves with in September 2019 in the hopes of getting pre-Christmas present buyers interested (I’d hold out for the post-Christmas sales if I were you!). Tim Summers then came back with this gem which he found on Leeds market some years ago. Exactly who was going to buy a 25 piece Ian Gillan jigsaw? Apart from Tim of course. The photo I think is lifted from a Kerrang article. As you can see Tim is a busy guy and hasn’t yet got around to finishing it…

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Of course you’re all now wondering if there were any Deep Purple jigsaws at HMV, well it seems not (Stephen Clare took the photo). Me, I’m holding out for one of The White Album, I like a challenge! (UPDATE – Chris Meloche in Canada says he HAS a White Album jigsaw puzzle, limited edition, and sent me a photo to prove it.)

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On display

October 22, 2019

John Spiers spotted Ian Gillan in the National Archives at Kew recently… not visiting, but on display!  They have an exhibition about the Cold War up at present, and devote a cabinet to the subject as reflected in books and music of the time. So “pop artist” Gillan’s 1981 Mutually Assured Destruction 7″ single is included. We know we’re getting on when stuff like this begins to turn up in public archives but it’s interesting to see curators paying attention to it.


In Town Tonight • Roundhouse

October 16, 2019


Another poster sent in by Gary Poronovich for us to check out, from Deep Purple’s two nights at The Roundhouse October 16th and 17th 2013. It’s a real shame they haven’t got a good logo as it kind of spoils what could have been a smart design.  The Roundhouse logo by comparison is excellent. I wonder if these will be as collectable in the future as 1970s posters are today? One things for sure I won’t be around to see!

In Town Tonight

October 13, 2019


Free US roll on deodorant for every ticket holder! More details on our diary page.

John won’t be there!

October 11, 2019

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But he says Diva Purple, the new (well to me anyway) all-female Deep Purple tribute outfit, are gigging in December including a show in London on December 10th.  I love the shot above which decorates their Facebook page (and deserves to decorate a compilation), though no idea where it’s from.  They have a sort of showreel medley on YouChoob which is a bit of brave move considering the sound of the rehearsal room.  More fun than Yngwie’s last cover anyway!  Thanks to John Tucker.

Purple stage

October 8, 2019

The ultimate fan souvenir?  Mark Maddock just sent me this photo of a ‘Deep Purple touring stage’ which someone has just put up for auction online in America. It seems to be the welded metal subframe, ply boarding and a bunch of old lights!  It also seems to be kept outdoors so better get some Hammerite ready if you do go for it!  I checked but the garage here is already full so we won’t be bidding…

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