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Secret Zürich gig on DVD

DVD cover art, image courtesy of www.deeppurple.chSwiss banker Stefan Jemetta’s “private” Deep Purple gig on December 18, 2007 at Zürich Kongresshaus is due to be released on DVD, “with the approval of Thames Records, Bruce Payne.” A basic website to promote the release has been set up at www.deeppurple.ch and a promo clip was posted to Youtube:

Thanks to Nigel Young for the info.

45 Comments to “Secret Zürich gig on DVD”:

  1. 1
    Daniel Todorov says:

    “Thank you, you had a great night. We’ve been wonderful”

    Ian cracks me up 😀

  2. 2
    George says:

    mmm… this maybe will be sold in Switzerland, but DO NOT distribute it worldvide, plz…

    this is NOT a DVD for fans…
    on this “secret gig for bankers” DP has the WORST audience they have probably had ever.

  3. 3
    Stefan, THE Banker says:

    Dear George
    Being a banker is not as bad as it seems. But you are wrong a bit: The DVD (audience does not really matter in view of the performance of the five Bandmembers) is supposed to be distributed worldwide by spring 2010 (before 2012 🙂

  4. 4
    fra says:

    you’re forgetting the kremlin show 😀

  5. 5
    Roberto says:

    can’t understand…they palyed awesome concerts with huge crowd in france 2005 and michigan 2005 with the band and gillan on fire and they publish dvd like this…sad

  6. 6
    HardRockPete says:

    I see nothing wrong with performing for bankers!??! Maybe it was a great show too? I’ll try to grab this one. I’m not going to let envy ’cause I wasn’t invited get in the way!

  7. 7
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Not sure I understand, although I detest bankers and do find them among the worst group of corrupted individuals on the planet, I don’t see what that or even the audience has to do with ww distribution of this item. I must’ve missed something.

    As far as this product is concerned, the price is mighty high for a 60 minute show, most 2 DVD sets sell for cheaper. But the greed must be contagious or something. Oh yeah, it was for a banker, I almost forgot.

    The set-list factor is pathetic in this and any case where they have done so. It really does tend to bother for obvious reasons.

    Again, what does the crowd have to do with distributing it world-wide, and for chrissakes what does the Kremlin gig have to do with it, other than the fact that both were private gigs? What is the big deal?

    Thanks Nigel for the info

  8. 8
    Roberto says:

    I would dan mccafferty with them on stage…

  9. 9
    purpletemple says:


  10. 10
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    I look forward to ALL well recorded concerts from the Purps. I don’t care if there was one gimp and a one armed man as the audience. I can’t recall basing any enjoyable performance on how large or small the crowd was. As a matter of fact, the smaller the better. Less BS around me and more focus on the band. Now as far as the price for the DVD, that’s a whole different story. I hate to be gowged and hope it’s final production makes the price right….


  11. 11
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Oh and I left out…..”What a Great Picture for the Cover”.


  12. 12
    George says:

    DP always complain of not having a good album sales.
    They will ALWAYS have bad sales untill they learn what to release and what NOT.
    They had some outstanding shows in the past 5 years, instead management decided to release some “greatest hits package” show for bankirs, who even don’t care about the band.Look at this sleepy audience, this is NOT a real Deep Purple Live… this is “do anything for anybody for bucks”

  13. 13
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I have to admit that a Swiss banker doesn’t deserve what I said, being American I know where I’d rather have my cheese. But this is obviously possible because he may as well be the executive producer, but I can’t say I blame him. I’d do the same thing if I were him.

  14. 14
    Drumguy1988 says:

    How is Gillan Performance On This DVD.

  15. 15
    Stefan, THE Banker says:

    hm, bankers are wankers – I can live with that since most of us are members of that club anyway. However 20 Euros for a DVD like this is inexpensive if you consider the cost of production. Remember, the gig was for free, no entrance fee was asked for, not one sponsor gave a little help. Why there are DVD’s from France and Michigan? Nobody took the risk for a production? Give this DVD a chance-you will not regret.

  16. 16
    Roberto says:

    @12 I TOTALLY AGREE!!!

  17. 17
    Stefan, THE Banker says:

    Dear Gorge
    Selling over 100 mio albums is not really something you can complain about. What do you know about this show? The bankers weren’t in the audience and in that trailer you can not judge about them either. This DVD demonstrates an excellence performance of five top musicians and it shows the willingness of their management to create new opportunities in order come up with a win win situation for all parties involved. This includes the fans, the band members, their management and all buyers of any Deep Purple product. I wish there was such a spirit for a DVD production when Made in Japan was recorded 🙂

  18. 18
    Lukas says:

    Hi Stefan, THE Banker!
    Great news what you are publishing here.
    The concert was perfectly wonderful.
    We are awaiting the DVD impatiently.
    See you soon!

  19. 19
    james jay says:

    hope they got banker CEO pay too!

  20. 20
    Roberto says:

    I really can’t understand you….

  21. 21
    Purpendicular says:

    “Look at this sleepy audience, this is NOT a real Deep Purple Live… this is “do anything for anybody for bucks”
    Thanks for calling me “sleepy”. You have obviously not been there…I’ve seen Purple for many times but this
    one-our-show was wonderful. Great Idea to have it recorded. It’s worth every penny. At least for the people who
    where there and could enjoy the concert 🙂

    p.s. I’m a banker too

  22. 22
    George says:

    DP was best-selling act in 1973 (after Made In Japan & Machine Head) and in 1984 (after Perfect Strangers)

    now they are one of the worst-selling act (according album and ticket sales) among the bands who have the “Legendary” status…
    Bananas sold 500 000 copies worldwide, Rapture – 1.000.000, while AC/DC’s last album sold 5 million copies in it’s first week of release, while whitesnake’s last album charted #4 in UK (Rapture charted #88)

    DP sold out 2 shows at Wembley in the past, now they hardly sold-out Apollo.
    They sold out Birmingham NEC for 2 nights in the past days, while on the last UK tour only 3000 tickets were sold for NEC show.

    So they really have to complain about album & ticket sales… That’s very sad, but that’s reality

  23. 23
    Henrik says:

    – they sound like a schoolband. No enthusiasm.

  24. 24
    mike whiteley says:

    ANOTHER Mk8 DVD ??
    10 songs that we’ve heard/seen time and time again ??
    Yawn !!!!

  25. 25
    marcinn says:

    @ Is it all about being world’s best selling act?

  26. 26
    marcinn says:

    Should be @22

  27. 27
    james jay says:

    ref #19–some so called super groups get millions and have not done anything in years–DP deserves those millions for driving on. i am sure they are not one check away from homelessness–but i think they deserve the status and funds of a led zep–stones–areosmith–etc…DP plays circles are those dudes.

  28. 28
    supa says:

    Steve’s guitar sounds terrible, like a cheap amp-sim. Makes me wonder if they recorded direct.

  29. 29
    Made in England says:

    Some of the comments posted here are beyond belief. What’s the problem? If you don’t want it or don’t think it’s worth having – then don’t buy it. I won’t be buying it for reasons I’ll keep to myself but I don’t see the need to piss on other people’s enthusiasm for the band.

  30. 30
    B&O says:

    Hi Supa. Steve’s guitar will sound much better on a B&O 5.1 device. Maybe the banker will give you a loan 😉 ? BTW: I fully agree with Made in England.

  31. 31
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Stefan, #17- Right on!!!

    Lukas, #18- Right on!!!

    George, #22- It’s all about ignorance. With a slight bit of respect for AC/DC et. al., the Purpetrators should be all over the ignorant radio stations in place of what is mostly garbage/rubbish that continues to be formatted, at least here in The States. “Oh yes I love you really, Classic Rock Radio, Oh my dear it’s time for bed, Time for you to go, Everyone is asleep….”

    Henrik, #23- Wake up and go back to sleep. Who is typing for you whilst in a straight jacket, pray tell?

    james jay #27- I make my bucks working my corporate career. Musicians’s make their bucks with their careers. The beautiful thing in which to appreciate, is that they do not mail anything in. Henrik states “no enthusiasm”. But with all respect for he and his straight jacket, I have never seen this much enthusiasm in this DP lineup, ever. One would have to be blind beyond belief to no see the OBVIOUS.

    Supa #28- You’re hearing this over the freaking internet… ‘Nuff said….

    Made in England #29- Amen, brother or sister not knowing your gender… :>

    Va Voom!



  32. 32
    Jeffs says:

    This release looks like a valid one and as many have said – Nobody is forcing you to buy if you don’t want to! I won’t be buying this, I WILL probably buy the new studio album (should it happen) Just on a hope and a prayer that it might be a good one:) Purple’s recent dissapointing sales are IMHO due to 2 predominant things: The material (songs) are mediocre in the extreme (I know some will argue against this but lack of sales compared to their contemporary’s will prove my point) And secondly, Ian’s voice is not even a 10th of what it was…Now I know that some will argue that Plants isn’t either, Roberts range is diminished of course, but his tone and timbre remain relatively in tact. Sadly Ian’s has not, not for many years…Vocalist who smoke to the level that he has will eventually destroy their god given gift. I have enthusiastically played new Purple albums to friends who are into Classic rock/blues/Heavy Metal and all have said that they feel the material is not strong enough and that the vocals sound strained:( I don’t believe the new stuff is more “progressive” than the old stuff, just very, very inferior:(

    Oh well…here’s dreaming:)

  33. 33
    Purple Tickler says:

    Well, I cant wait to pick up a copy of the Zurich DVD. Having just seen Purple in Both Copenhagen and Aarhus this year, we could not have asked for more.

    Indeed local media awarded 5 stars to their performance.

    Agree with #29 – those who dont want the DVD – dont buy it, for me it sounds like a good collectors item.

    Cheers everyone

  34. 34
    eiricd says:

    two words…

    BLU-RAY ???????????

  35. 35
    Ken Sease says:

    It’s Deep Purple and they have kept it going for years and still have what it takes to draw an audience of all ages. Plus there is never a gimmick, just pure raw classic rock!!! Like they said “Were taking the scenic route” ahmen to DP.

    Ken Sease
    Anchorage Alaska


  36. 36
    Scott F. says:

    The video looks good. Nice production values apparent on the preview. I am curious as to what Ians voice sounds like. Aside from the closing thank you, there is no Ian in the preview. I’m buying it anyway.

  37. 37
    W Anchor says:

    What next? A private gig for MP’s at a castle full of rascals only available if claimed on expenses and undisclosed to the great unwashed public! After the Kremlin fiasco and flogging a few dodgy motors at the ‘Car show’ this is true to form, It wouldn’t surprise me if they turned up on ‘The one show’ after a hard day on ‘Loose women’ and doing a medley of their greatest amusing anectdotes on Richard and Judy’s couch, coming up ‘Deep Purple the X factor’ a shelf stacker from Wrexham puts on a black wig and gives us a stunning rendition of ‘Money talks’!

  38. 38
    Crimson Ghost says:

    They don’t care, and neither do the fans, obviously.
    Or perhaps we’ll be seeing them at county fairs from now on…?

    I don’t see any filth in this at least not on their part… as I said, its obvious this is endorsed by DP, but not released or even produced by them. Correct if if I am wrong, but isn’t this item put together by the banker and his people?

  39. 39
    Joanna says:

    “The worst audience? I don’t think so, they simply might be softened by the clip producer, so you can’t hear their singing. A strange clip by the way. Some fragments of solo only, without a singer. No worth watching.

  40. 40
    Purplefan says:


    Reading these comments makes me sad. I read so many complaints. If I was the banker I wouldn’t even continue. I thought that we were DP fans? Are DP fans not suppost to be enthousiastic of ANY new release? Who cares if it’s made by Wanker the Banker, Small Willy, Big Dipper or whoever. I for one am greatfull that the bankers made this possible and that they take the effort in letting us enjoy this show.
    Keep your envy in your pants and behave like a human being. (Hmm, probably I ask to much for the majority)

    I for one will certainly enjoy this dvd when it’s out.

    So, many thanks to the bankers that made this possible and please please please listen to the possitive comments.



  41. 41
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Cant they add Live In Basel, the Bananas promo gig?

    Nice package…..

    Call it Live In Switserland, having some more cheese fondue….

  42. 42
    AAPP says:

    any hammond distorsion, only 2 leslie… this was not the real Deep Purple sound… and also the atmosphere…

  43. 43
    GUILLERMO says:

    Thank you for this one-off show, Stefan.
    I wish every banker in the world were like you. Good taste and good ear for music. The best investment of your life! Thank you from Argentina.

  44. 44
    Thommy says:

    I was one of the lucky people who went at the Kongresshaus in December 18th 2007. If the show was organised and payed by bankers or not is not important. Because the show was simply perfect and i’m shure that most of the people in the audience did’nt work at the financal district of Zurich. there were friends an fans ! Enyoy the DVD and you will see – Deep Purple at his best ! I’m shure – Stefan is Rock n’Roller deep in his heart ! D Men who organiesed Deep Purple for friends for free in Zurich must bee rock n’roller at Heart !

  45. 45
    Harry Palmer says:

    Hello from the future!

    I’m watching this on YouTube right now and it’s a great show. Very tight yet relaxed like a glorified club gig before a tour and none the worse for it.

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