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July 23 show in Chicago is cancelled

The second show at the Chicago House of Blues that was scheduled on Monday July 23, is now cancelled, apparently due to low ticket sales. This being an all standing venue with general admission only, tickets will be honoured for the Sunday July 22 performance (or refund issued at the point of purchase). As a side effect of this, the Sunday show is now poised to sell out quickly. So grab them while they last.

Thanks to BONZO49875 for the info.

26 Comments to “July 23 show in Chicago is cancelled”:

  1. 1
    George says:

    what’s capacity of THE HOUSE OF BLUES?

  2. 2
    Matt says:

    Google says 1300 person capacity. Is this the size of crowds turning out for Purple these days?

  3. 3
    Mark Bee says:

    The show has been rescheduled to my backyard.

  4. 4
    ed aka bonzo49875 says:

    i asked hob what the cap was at one time and i was told they could do 5000 people but realistically id say more like 3500 but anyway it appears that the sunday show is sold out so good luck if you are looking for tickets

  5. 5
    Joe Skinnell says:

    The fact that it’s a 21 and over establishment keeps the younger fans from attending too. My daughter’s 16th birthday is the 22nd and she is devestated that she can’t go. Pity as it would have been her 4th Purple concert. Add in the fact that local Chicago radio refuses to play anything but six classic songs and you can see the lack of interest. As an American, I’m appalled at the poor advertisemnt and radio play they get here.

  6. 6
    Dave says:

    I hope they finally decide to have a Toronto show where they wouldn’t have a problem selling out that many tickets.

  7. 7
    voneetoe says:


  8. 8
    Jim Stoff says:

    I am worried about the show in St. Louis, when I went to purchase 5 tickets they said the show was not exactly selling briskly. I too am embarrassed by the local radio stations, no hype, no DP songs, not that they ever did play much anyway. I just hope that it doesn’t get cancelled it might be their last go around in the states. Thanks a lot CLASSIC ROCK RADIO, just listen to the lyrics on MTV they are right on!!!

  9. 9
    James Gemmell says:

    To Joe Skinnell:

    If it’s logistically possible, perhaps your daughter ought to check out Purple at the Mountain Rock Festival in Farwell, Michigan, this Saturday (July 21). You can Google-research it, but there are several bands on the bill that day, including what’s left of Grand Funk Railroad, Third Eye Blind, etc. Purple’s not on until 11pm. Also, Purple will be at the DTE Energy Center (big outdoor amphitheatre) in Clarkston, Michigan (between Flint & Detroit) on Friday, July 27.

  10. 10
    Simon says:

    chicago radios only play Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC and ted Nugent… What can you say… midwest rednecks will always stay the same. The legendary band that is always sold out in the world means nothing in the States.. oh yeah, I forgot.. it’s their song Smoke on the water, right? What a f… shame!

  11. 11
    Fred says:

    I think they also overexposed them in the area a little. I live in NW Indiana and would of went to Chicago to see them but they just played an awesome show at The Morris in South Bend on July 18th. They are great and still ROCK!!!

  12. 12
    Patric Burkhardt says:

    reading this comments is quiet sad as Purple only plays more or less clubs in the US.

    The US has forgotten to rock or what?

  13. 13
    Emily says:

    A few comments in some reviews for the US shows have made me count my blessings for seeing Purple in Europe. It seems utterly weird that a country with America’s history of rock should be like this, and I really sympathise with DP fans over there. Here, the fans really do get younger (you know what I mean!), and the energy at shows is great – almost overwhelming at times. Probably more girls at shows too, out of interest, which makes me feel less of an oddity than a few years back and can’t be a bad thing for the band.

  14. 14
    steve stewart says:


  15. 15
    Martin Salazar says:

    Has anybody heard any radio spot announcing the rapture of the deep tour?

    How can you expect a sold out show without a media campaign?

    I’m expecting to be with them, and in my town I went to a radio station and made a program announcing the tour, but DP management doesn’t look like putting enough effort on advertising the tour, I’m not dissapointed with the band, but with the management!

    remember Dr. Lecter: You desire what you see, Clarise!

  16. 16
    Adel Faragalla says:

    I totally agree with you guys, Music in America is totally driven by media coverage thats why groups like The Beatles and Led Zeppline were huge in the sixties and seventies. I bet you the Spice Girls will sell millions of tickets in America when they go on tour thanks to the Beckams. How sad you pay 100 dollors a ticket to see a band that can not sing or write their own music thats what i call a total brain wash by the big guns who control the media.

    As for people saying bring back Richie, I would say Yes you will sell more ticket because it will be the over sixty light weight boxing match between Ian and Richie That will be the best media coverage.

  17. 17
    Jim says:

    I say NO to bringing back Ritchie, it is the American radio stations that refuse to play or simply do not know that there is new DP music out there. Rapture music is simply awesome no matter what country you are from, just listen to They All Came Down To Montreux, there is no need for Ritchie. There is a need however, for a change of attitude about ROCK MUSIC IN AMERICA. See you in St. Louis DP can’t wait.

  18. 18
    Svilen Trifonov says:

    People stopped attending DP shows because they know what songs will be played. The setlist has had minor changes in the last couple of years. The new material is mediocre – nothing special at all.
    What kept DP alive for so many years was the different line-ups. Every 3-4 years Ritchie fired someone and the new material sounded fresh for its time. The 1972 tour was awesome, 1973 wasn’t that good but then came 1974 with Hughes and Coverdale and made the band very good again. My point is – Deep Purple played entirely different songs with different line ups and left a few classics. Now I feel they only play the classics.
    Oh, and bringing back Ritchie WILL HELP! But he wouldn’t do it. The chances of him forming another rock band(possibly Rainbow again) are very slim, but joining Deep Purple again – impossible.

  19. 19
    Mike says:

    I had tickets for Monday’s show at the House of Blues in Chicago … what a disappointment!! Regarding the venue’s capacity, it is definitiely 1,300. I have been there many times and there is NO WAY you can fit in more people than that (let alone 3,500!!). I am trying to rearrange my schedule to attend the Sunday show. Does anyone know if the band does any type of a “meet and greet” after the show, or would you need a special pass or ticket to meet the band? Thanks.

  20. 20
    Richard says:

    This is just another sign of how bad the musical tastes of Americans has become. Not to appear racist or politically incorrect, but how can white people listen to Rap music for example? I still stand in disbelief when I see a young white guy go by with that crap pounding and assualting my ear drums. Anyways, the don’t advertise the us tours all that much, radio stations don’t play the new music, which is just as good as the old. So when all these factors are considered its not surprising that the us tours is not a huge sell out. Its sad for us fans here, in that they may decide never to return. They are still a big act in the rest of the world. I wanted to catch them this time but just can’t afford to take time off from work. I have the new live DVD coming in the mail so I will just have to settle for that I guess.

  21. 21
    jim says:

    Richard your comment is interesting to say the least, and I will not and can not disagree. American musical taste is awful but it is forced upon most of the public by Classic Rock Radio and MTV music (is there such a thing?). When people stop buying and listening to this junk, radio will have to change, but I’m afraid our guys in DP will be long retired. Can you “not” afford to take time to catch a DP show? It might be our last chance, you sound like a real fan, you owe it to yourself to go. Good Luck

  22. 22
    Anthony says:

    Who wants to go to a concert on Monday night anyhow? I hope sells are brisk for the San Diego show, which is a Thursday night, by the way. I already have my tickets. Speaking of different songs, I really like the way their playing Highway Star these days such as on Monteux with the cool instrumental build-up. Maybe Steve needs to bash his guitar into the speakers. That’s what will appeals to American rock fans – anger. Good music is not enough.

  23. 23
    Dave says:

    The HOB in Chicago is not the best venue for anyone, particularly DP. The standing only set up is good for revenue, but not the fans. Last time DP came thru Chicago they played at the Chicago Theatre, which has seats and was much better suited to DP’s large sound. When I went to the Chicago Theater show, I went with a group of 6 people, last nite at the HOB, I went with one friend. This is a factor in the lack of interest, but I don’t mean to discount the valid points made about radio airtime.

  24. 24
    Jim says:

    Finally, some airplay in St. Louis. Sunday night there was an album played in its entirety (When We Rock We Rock When We Roll We Roll) oh well, and also some very good concert ads have also been heard. The radio DJ, who is well respected in classic rock circles, said there was a lot of excitement for the show and had good things to say about Steve Morse on guitar. I hope for a good crowd in St. Louis on the 24th, we shall see…..

  25. 25
    Alex says:

    In Moscow we are waiting guys every year!

  26. 26
    Jim says:

    St. Louis apparently likes to shoiw up fashionbly late, the place was packed and the show was awesome. The local classic rock station got with it and played DP for an hour at lunchtime the day of the show (no new material).
    If you are unsure if you should go or not, you have got to go you will not be disappointed.

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