How did you end up getting to see Deep Purple when you were only nine years old?
Lars: There was a tennis tournament at KB Halle that started on a Monday morning and Deep Purple played there the night before and for some reason they invited all the tennis players to come down to the concert. My dad (Torben Ulrich, former professional tennis player) invited me along. It was the spring ’73 and Purple were promoting Who Do We Think We Are and I believe Gillan had handed in his letter of resignation. But what the fuck do I know? I was nine years old. I remember Ritchie Blackmore throwing up his guitar in the lighting rig, rubbing it against the speaker cabinets and playing it with his ass, Jon Lord was waving the beast around, Ian Gillan was hidden behind a curtain of hair, playing the bongos, Roger Glover was holding the beat down while ‘little’ Ian Paice was sitting back there with his specs on doing his thing. I had never seen anything like it and was completely blown away. It was the biggest, loudest, coolest thing I’d ever seen.
Why do you think Purple were so popular in Europe?
Lars: Zeppelin never registered on the same level when I was growing up, they were more of an American thing. There was also a perceived image of them. Blackmore was very visual but he wasn’t posing in a way like Plant with his open shirt, sweaty chest and ‘I’m a God come back to the hotel room and blow me’ attitude. I think the working class fans had a tighter connection to Purple. I don’t mean to be disrespectful I’m just trying to analyze it. I have the deepest admiration for Led Zeppelin Official but it was a different thing. When I was growing up in Copenhagen, it didn’t sound as hard and I didn’t connect to it like I did with Purple and Black Sabbath.
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