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“We are a live band”

Indian newspaper The Economic Times has a rather interesting (for a mainstream publication) article about pitfalls of Deep Purple being labelled as a “classic rock” band:

And yet, the classic tag is not something Ian Gillan, the band’s frontman for the largest part of its existence, is comfortable with. “We’ve been an underground band since we started and just coincided every now and again with a major label. We don’t think of ourselves as a classic rock band though we’ve had albums that are considered ‘classic’. We’ve been called hard rock, underground rock and lots worse! We are what we are — basically a live band. We make music and put out records to rejuvenate ourselves.”

Read the full article.

Thanks to Mike Garrett for the info.

2 Comments to ““We are a live band””:

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    Rasmus Heide says:

    Underground band = greatest hits package?

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    Eric Nicholson says:

    Greatest hits package = profitering label. I suspect that the band has little input into greatest hits packages.

    Obviously the band sees themselves one way and the industry along with a certain percentage of the fan base sees them in a very different, narrowminded (i.e. “classic”) way.

    Gotta get the industry to see things differently (don’t hold your breath).

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