[Updated #2: even more video] On August 1 Deep Purple headlined probably the largest heavy metal festival in the world — Wacken Open Air. Uli Jon Roth came on stage to join them for Smoke on the Water, and the whole performance was filmed in 3D for a future DVD/Blu-ray release.
BraveWords has a report:
Must admit that DEEP PURPLE seem to be a bizarre fit at Wacken, but when you step back and view the hard rock/heavy family tree there are numerous roots that need to be recognized and praised, no matter how ancient they may seen and the British icons took matters into their own hands with a wealthy catalog that’s second to none. And the not-so-recent addition of guitarist Steve Morse and keyboard maestro Don Airey, sees that classic Deep Purple sound elevated to a different groove, while longtime members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice just soak in all of the glory they deserve.
So the crowd of 80,000-plus – of all shapes and sizes – lapped it up in front of the Black Stage (the True Metal Stage was empty all day in preparation of RAMMSTEIN’s massive stage show). And whether you were a kid who is barely of age to remember this current line-up of the band, or an aging metalhead who was around when ‘Hush’ ruled the airwaves (which the played as an encore by the way), Purple is a band that satisfies generations…
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A big portion of Purple’s Wacken performance can be streamed courtesy of German TV network ZDF (forward to 91:25):
Thanks to Claus and Joerg for the ZDF link, and to Lutz, KAZZ and nupsi59 for the NDR one.