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First date for 2017

The first date of the 2017 Deep Purple tour — following release of the new album — has surfaced. Organizers of the Hellfest festival in France have posted next year artist lineup and Deep Purple is listed as one of the three headliners alongside with Aerosmith and Linkin Park. The festival runs June 16-18 in […]

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Special jam at Guitare en Scene

On July 20, after Deep Purple finish their set at the Guitare en Scene festival in France, Steve Morse will take part in a special all-star jam to pay tribute to the legendary Jimi Hendrix. The jam will start at 22:15 at the Chapiteau stage (the same stage where Purple are scheduled to start at […]

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Now what?! charts summary

This list is being continuously updated. Progress of the album in charts around the world is neatly summarized here. The first week of Now what?! out in the wild is over and the first official chart positions accounting for both online and offline sales are in. Germany: #1 first week, #5 second, #12 third, #22 […]

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Paicey on French TV

Ian Paice will be inteviewed on French Metal XS show on May 2 during a Deep Purple special (presumably timed to promote Now what!?). Metal XS is part of L’Enorme TV network. If you know the details, e.g. what time it’s on the air, please leave a comment below. The show should be available for […]

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All that jazz

Deep Purple have appeared on November 14 on French TV show Culturebox. Ian Gillan was interviewed and they did a wonderfully light, airy (pun intended) jazz rendition of Smoke on the Water live. (watch inside)

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Deep Purple in concert – Grenoble – France

Deep Purple – Palais de sports, Grenoble (France – November 9th 2012) Set list : Fireball – Into the Fire – Hard Lovin’ Man – Maybe I’m a Leo – Strange Kind of Woman – The Battle Rages On – Contact Lost – Steve Morse solo – Sometimes I feel like screaming – The Well-Dressed […]

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Gillan in Rock Meets Classic Tour 2012

Ian Gillan will take part in the Rock Meets Classic Tour 2012. The tour will also feature Steve Lukather (Toto), Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), Robin Beck, The Mat Sinner Band & The Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague. The line-up also includes Jimmy Kresic (keyboards), Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle / […]

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France: Tour(s) de force

After a glorious Pau show (see review), I decided to take a last-minute trip to Tours, for the next-to-last show of this fall tour. The Bordeaux and Pau experiences had been too overwhelming, just incredible, and so I decided to do a third gig. The setlist didn’t contain any surprises; by the way – for […]

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“Ian, your music is really … funky!”

For my second Deep Purple gig of this fall tour after Bordeaux (see review), I travelled to the rather medium city of Pau. Deep Purple’s touring policy in France is quite amazing: Pau, Limoges, Lorient are minor cities where international rock artists rarely (not to say never) show up (although someone reminded me Robert Plant […]

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Smiling faces everywhere in Rouen

Show started at 6pm with Philip Sayce’s brilliant power blues-rock trio. With a set essentially based on the Peace Machine LP, Sayce took the audience by surprise using his talent to set the field for Purple. The oriental intro served by the new lightshow surprised the audience a few seconds just the time to hear […]

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