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What was everyone else up to in 1980?

While Rod Evans tried to create a Deep Purple of his own the other ex-members of Deep Purple were keeping themselves busy in the summer of 1980.

Ritchie Blackmore
Ritchie had recruited Graham Bonnett to replace Ronnie James Dio in his band Rainbow. Rainbow headlined the first "Monsters Of Rock" concert at Castle Donington, England in August 1980.

David Coverdale
David was fronting his own band Whitesnake, a band that was very successful in Europe at this time.

Ian Gillan
Ian fronted his band "Gillan" and had just released an album called "Glory Road". A limited edition of the album featured the bonus LP "For Gillan fans only".

Roger Glover
Roger was playing bass in Ritchie Blackmore's band Rainbow.

Glenn Hughes
Glenn had been very quiet since Deep Purple broke up in 1976. He was battling drug abuse, and had released a solo album Play Me Out in 1977 and appeared on a couple of sessions.

Jon Lord
Jon played in Whitesnake with David Coverdale and Ian Paice.

Ian Paice
Paice was the drummer in David Coverdale's band Whitesnake.

Nick Simper
Nick had declined Evans' offer to join the bogus Purple.

In the news

What else happened in the summer of 1980?

June 1 Start of Musicians' Union strike in protest against BBC cuts
June 8 US computer sent out second false war alert in a week
June 22 Liberals won Japanese general election
June 23 Sanjay Gandhi, son of Indian PM, died in plane crash
June 30 Ms. Vigdis Finnbogadottir elected head of state in Iceland
July 3 Mr. George Howard appointed chairman of BBC
July 17 Military coup in Bolivia
July 19 Opening of 22nd Olympic Games in Moscow
July 22 Lifting of arms embargo on Chile
July 23 Dispute between Musicians' Union and BBC settled
July 30 New Hebrides became independent nation of Vanuatu
August 4 UK Queen Mother's 80th birthday
August 31 Polish government agreed to establish independent trade unions and recognise right to strike

Thanks to Rasmus Heide and Jouni Filip Maho


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