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Nick Simper onstage in Vienna

Needless to say, Nick Simper and The Nasty Habits playd an unforgettable show – powerful, rousing, I wish they do it one more time.

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On March 14th 2009 Mr. Simper played his third concert here and the Nasty Habits were once again much more than faithful accompanists. Together they celebrated the beloved, but seldom heard Deep Purple hits from the early years.

The Reigen Club in Vienna is a well known location for people who haves an interest in highbrow music.
It is permanent venue of the Blues Spring and the Jazz Festival Vienna and a lot of famous musicians
like Al Di Meola or Brian Auger for example performed there.

The Nasty Habits are a powerful Viennese rock band, specialized to support rock stars in Austria.
The first part of the show contained a couple of usual Nasty Habits songs to warm up. For the second part, Nick Simper came on stage to came true a dream.

I met fans from all over Europe – Poland, Croatia, UK, Germany, Switzerland and of course, from the high moutains of Austria.

And The Address
The Painter
Mandrake Root
Chasing Shadows
Wring That Neck
Why Didn’t Rosemary
Roadhouse Blues
Kentucky Woman
Gimme Some Lovin`

Text and photos by Ralph Grille

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17 Comments to “Nick Simper onstage in Vienna”:

  1. 1
    Karl-Heinz says:

    I wish I could have been there!

    I love Mark I.

  2. 2
    stoffer says:

    What a great setlist!!

  3. 3
    Crimson Ghost says:

    “Roadhouse Blues” and “Gimme Some Lovin” two of my favorite mkI tracks. lol!

  4. 4
    More Black says:

    Yeah Crimson,indeed,they are my mk 1 faves too.The rest of the set list the songs my The Doors,Traffic,Stones,Derek and dominoes(the great and the address)Hush by Grand Funk were great too.
    Nick Simper is a real nice guy.

  5. 5
    More Black says:

    Back to Earth,err i mean Down to Earth (remember?)The set list is amazing.I miss a lot Nick.I think he deserved a big spot and a project of the size of his talent and good taste.
    The Nasty Habits have a real good taste too.

  6. 6
    kraatzy says:

    … hope that they will visit us in the north of germany … A very interesting list of old purple songs, taht I want to hear LLLLLLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    🙂 🙂

  7. 7
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Wish they would come around over here too Kraatzy.
    I LOVE MK 1
    Cant Rod join and……?

    @ 4 and 5

    HUSH by Grand Funk?

    Down To Earth?
    I do remember that album almost everyday, still love to hear it and lots of Bonnet after that as well.
    But what has DTE to do with……this thread?
    Ah, I get it, you felt in heaven because of READING about it alone?

  8. 8
    Rascal says:

    Roadhouse Blues & Hush………….

    Those were the days………..

  9. 9
    Martin Cook says:

    Roadhouse, G.S.L, that’s what the Good old Boys are all about, music of that era. Catch them if you can. Great night of music and great guys to speak to.

  10. 10
    George says:

    Truly one of the best DP lineup.
    Well… maybe they didn’t create modern music (and that became the reason why Nick&Rod left the band), but MKI has an fabulous songs, and not only songs but PIECE OF MUSIC, Lord’s aoutstanding organ soloes and his influence, Ritchie’s compositions and Rod Evans’ deep sweet voice still amazes me.
    And yeah, April is probably one of the most psychodelic and depressing composition I’ve ever listened to.
    Love them

    and for me, they come 3rd in my list of favourite DP lineups:

    1. MkVIII and MkVII (Morse era)
    2. MkII (classic era)
    3. MkI
    4. MkIII (coverdale/hughes)
    5. MKVI (Satriani era)
    6. MKIV (Bolin era)
    7. MkV (JLT era)

  11. 11
    More Black says:

    To purplepriest 1965
    Take a look in the previous post(Crimson Ghost)and you’ll get the spirit of the joke.

  12. 12
    Rascal says:

    And some fell on stoney ground…………

  13. 13
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I m awake now…..

    Took me about a day…..

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:


    I know a lot about depressions myself but I dont think APRIL does do that to me.
    Maybe you meant uplifting or giving you solace?

    Returning to my pasta with a bit too much garlic

  15. 15
    Al Cornish says:

    I’d like to hear a lot more about Nick Simper. Hope he plays America someday.

  16. 16
    Sami says:

    Hope that someone recorded one of the shows, would love to hear ’em…hopefully they do some shows in Scandinavia as well.
    In the meantime blast out some Warhorse, brilliant!

  17. 17
    Scruntlehawk says:

    Many thanks to all the Deep Purple fans who attended my recent gigs with the Nasty Habits in Austria. It was tremendous fun to revive the Mark I act, and the enthusiasm of the audience proved that the original Purple songs still sound good, even after 40 years! The Nasty Habits were excellent, as usual. They really deserve to be recognized as one of Austria’s most original bands, writing and performing great songs. Thanks to them, I was able to play the old numbers once more, in front of some lovely people. I hope that we can do it again in the near future and I will look forward to meeting you all once more. Thanks again, and all good wishes.

    Nick Simper April 2009

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