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 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 was fronting his own band Whitesnake, a band that was very successful in Europe at this time.
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 was playing bass in Ritchie Blackmore's band Rainbow.
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 played in Whitesnake with David Coverdale and Ian Paice.
Paice was the drummer in David Coverdale's band Whitesnake.
Nick had declined Evans' offer to join the bogus Purple.
In the news
What else happened in the summer of 1980?
||Start of Musicians' Union strike in protest against BBC cuts
||US computer sent out second false war alert in a week
||Liberals won Japanese general election
||Sanjay Gandhi, son of Indian PM, died in plane crash
||Ms. Vigdis Finnbogadottir elected head of state in Iceland
|| Mr. George Howard appointed chairman of BBC
||Military coup in Bolivia
||Opening of 22nd Olympic Games in Moscow
||Lifting of arms embargo on Chile
||Dispute between Musicians' Union and BBC settled
||New Hebrides became independent nation of Vanuatu
||UK Queen Mother's 80th birthday
||Polish government agreed to establish independent trade unions
and recognise right to strike
Thanks to Rasmus Heide
and Jouni Filip Maho