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Caesarea Amphitheatre

We have received an unconfirmed report that both Israeli gigs on September 7th and 8th at the Hangar 11 in Tel Aviv have been cancelled. Instead, Deep Purple will play a gig on September 7th at a rather unusual venue — Caesarea Amphitheatre. This venue is located on the ruins on an ancient Roman amphitheatre that apparently still serves it’s original purpose. Israeli media also reports that the show will be recorded for a new live DVD and CD.

Did anybody else besides me thought of Live in Pompeii ?

Update (Jul 14): A second gig at the Caesarea Amphitheater has been announced, to take place on September 8.

Thanks to Adar Avisar and Ilya Ferber for the info. Photo: Michael C. Berch, Wikimedia.

52 Comments to “Live in Caesarea”:

  1. 1
    stefan says:

    This can be very interesting…..”Live in Pompeii”….my thoughts exactly!!Great news!!

  2. 2
    cpt. hook says:


    o.k., chosing this venue forces this comparison upon me.
    but PINK FLOYD performed without audience!
    how about DP playing “April”, “Shield”, “Anthem”,… without audience, but recorded???


  3. 3
    Ryan says:

    “Pompeii Calling”. :P:P

  4. 4
    Mike says:

    Live albums by many of Israel’s biggest rock and pop musicians have been recorded at the “amphi” in Caesarea. I’ve never been there for a concert but I have to been the theater as a tourist. I truly envy those who will be there.

  5. 5
    R says:

    Very good.

  6. 6
    George Martin says:

    Since this is a unique setting, how about a unique set list for a change. I relize certain songs must be played but if you are recording this to be released, give the fans something out of the ordinary. I won’t even bother to make suggestions I’ll leave it up to the band. Besides, there going to play what they want anyway so there’s no point in asking. Just 3 or 4 songs that have never been played before would be awesome. This would make every Purple fan want to buy it!

  7. 7
    adar avisar says:

    the Venue is on of the nicest in the in the world ! yhose ancient Romans knew how to build theaters and could teach us something about acoustics !
    the theater is placed on the sea it self and the crowds are facing the sea so that the evening breeze brings the sound with no ampliphication.
    as a journalist I joind purple on therr disaster tour in the 90’s in Israel. Blackmore was just about to leave the band and on the sea of Galily concert he refuzed to go on stage ! I know that this concert will be great !!! yet most of the tickets are sold out !
    I m happy they canceled Hangar 11 its a very bad place to see a concert in – I recently saw Joe Jackson there and the soud reminded me the sound of an old Tranisistor radio.
    anyway – as some wrote here – many of the leading Isareli rock stars recorded live DVDs in the amphi” in Caesarea and most of the came out great.
    the funny thing that in the Israeli press there was only one add on friday for the show and most ofthe tickets have been sold.

  8. 8
    R says:

    The song Strange Ways from The House of Blue Light album
    or the single I’m Alone with long guitar organ duel.

  9. 9
    adar avisar says:

    here is a picture of a concert in the theatre http://mad.walla.co.il/archive/168262-5.jpg

  10. 10
    Cleveland says:

    Or better yet–how about recording a CD of new material live!

  11. 11
    Rascal says:

    Up Pompeii ????

    Titter ye not!

  12. 12
    Tracy Heyder says:

    The setting is very reminiscent of the venue I saw Deep Purple play last year just outside Atlanta, Georgia….”The Chastain Amphitheatre”. Beautiful!!!! (Check out my Review, along with pics). Gillan make the remark about playing at a “Tea Party” due to the fact that people are allowd to bring in small tables, ice boxes and their own beverages and food while enjoying the atmostphere and music. Most had bottles of wine and blocks of their favorite cheese and sat back and thoroughly enjoyed the show.

    Sure looking forward to their return to the States…..


  13. 13
    drew w says:

    Please make a few setlist changes for the recording of this show please!!
    “Clearly Quite Absurd” would be nice

  14. 14
    Jim Murphy says:

    I believe this truely will be ‘Deep purple in Rock’

  15. 15
    Roberto says:

    Another live album?
    How many live album Deep purple have done in their life?
    too many….
    I hope this will be only for the Israeli market…
    and I hope too Gillan will reach high notes that night.
    If Deep Purple wants to record another live dvd I hope they will organize a free concert in the Moscow spaure or at the Colosseum.I would like to se hundreds of thousands people at their show

  16. 16
    Kraatzy says:

    Deep Purple Live at the Caesarea Amphitheatre.

    A historical place need a historical song:

    Mr. Gillan, you have to sing: Jesus Christ Superstar ( full titel )… as THE last encore.

    … and this on DVD and CD … wonderful …

  17. 17
    eiricd says:

    great news!!! I wish purple released a new live dvd every week 🙂 hopefeully it will be shot in hd and released on blue ray as well!!!!!!!!!

    hopefully the “floor” will be standing as opposed to seated as shown in the picture from the link above

  18. 18
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Looks a lot like an amphitheater in Greece they played a show at in 2004. New set list please.

  19. 19
    Rafi says:

    It’s a shame that they will play only one night, ticket prices are extreemly high yet the concert is Sold Out. I know many people including myself that have been left out without tickets & are extreemly disapointed that we are going to miss this gig, Gillan first time in the Holy Land & I will not get to see him :((

  20. 20
    Sami From Israel says:

    I spoke yesterday with Eyal – One of the band’s friends he told me that the band didn’t talk about changing the set list but if the show will be recorded it is very probable that the set list will be much longer and special. the Caesarea is a fantastic place for a simbolic D.V.D -and it’s about time purple will do something simbolic. Israel takes Gillan as THE VOICE OF ROCK – and he will be very wellcome here – DEEP PURPLE ROCKS !!!

  21. 21
    ormandy says:

    Forget about the concert, how about recording a new album there instead. LOL

  22. 22
    Rafi says:

    Just been informed, DP have added a second gig at Caesarea Sep-8. Yes Yes Yes……………

  23. 23
    George says:


    Woooooooowwww, notwithstanding the fact that ticket price was extremely high (about $ 250) the concert sold out 2 month before the show :))


  24. 24
    eiricd says:

    what’s the capacity?

  25. 25
    PurpleElefant says:

    How is Sold Out??? There is no sales yet… Tickets have not started to sell yet. Where they were on sale?

  26. 26
    George says:

    The capacity of Caesaria Amphiteatre was 20 000 in antique era, I don’t know how many people it holds now, but as I know, less then 20 000…

  27. 27
    Eyal says:

    All sold out !!

    look at the http://www.deeppurple.co.il

    no tickets to sail !!!

  28. 28
    PurpleElefant says:

    Thank you very much for the link!!!

  29. 29
    adar avisar says:

    a new date was officialy added for the Live in Caesarea
    though prices are hidious – 720 ns (divide into 3/5 dollars)

  30. 30
    PurpleElefant says:

    The prices are even higher than it was for Roger Waters, although this was only a single show!

  31. 31
    George says:


    as I remember Waters’ concert was half-full, and DP sold out it 2 month before the show, with higher price. great 🙂

  32. 32
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I still prefer to live on the dark side of the mooooooooon………….

    Fool on the grass

  33. 33
    George says:

    NEW setlist for Milan 15 july

    Into the fire
    Strange kind of woman
    Rapture of the Deep
    Kiss tomorrow goodbye
    The battle rages on
    Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
    Contact lost
    The well dressed guitar
    Maybe I’m Leo
    Don solo
    Perfect strangers
    Space truckin
    Highway star
    Smoke on the water

    Black Night

  34. 34
    stefan says:

    What about a gig in Gaza City or Beirut…just for good measure!A perfect opportunity to throw M.A.D. in the set list and rattle the cage a lil´ bit!It could be DP´s contribution to the peace process(wich most likely is a dead duck),and a attempt to make the rabid fundamentalists on both sides to take their heads out of their asses and actually do something sensible!!!

  35. 35
    Rascal says:

    How about an open air JLT gig in Baghdad??

  36. 36
    PurpleElefant says:


    Also take in account, that there was a huge advertising for Waters show. And to Purple happened something mysterious – it sold before a promotion even started! I think there still a lot of people who would like to get on these shows, but just not aware at all that Purple arrives.

  37. 37
    stefan says:


    Ha,ha,ha…Not a bad idea! With a little luck he could get the pyroworks for free!!

  38. 38
    Deep Purple Georgia says:


    haha, great… Ian Gillan in Jesus Christ Superstar – This is reason why DP is adored so much in Israel and why Ian Gillan is considered to be the voice of Rock music. Israel, this is the holy land, the land of Jesus (and so the land of Ian Gillan (Jesus musically) 🙂

    I read somewhere that the band will play song from “Jesus Christ Superstar” musical 🙂

  39. 39
    Tracy Heyder says:

    Ouch…..I get that one. He could then join “Great White’s” old guitarist. I know…..that is over the line and insensitive. So “hang me, out to dry”….


  40. 40
    Rascal says:

    My remark about JLT and Baghad was insensitive, and out of order. I apologise unreseveredly.

    The people of Baghdad deserve hope and peace.

    What are the gig facilities at Guantanamo Bay like? Good enough for the ‘Spot Light Kid’?

  41. 41
    Rascal says:

    Burn the heretic!!!

  42. 42
    Roberto says:

    I hope Gillan will do wonderful high screams that night.
    Now Hope for a Jesus Christ superstar performance!

  43. 43
    Sami From Israel says:

    i send you a link to Deep Purple at channel 10 Isreali news :

    wonderful represention :


    enjoy !!

  44. 44
    DeepPurpleGeorgia says:

    Sami From Israel

    Exciting video, great. though i don’t know hebrew language, I watched the full news. just great 🙂
    I wish DP to play song from Jesus Christ in Caesarea

  45. 45
    stefan says:

    Instead of an opening act they could view “Life of Brian”, just to set a positive,warm and delightful mood!!You know….”Jehova,jehova,Jehova”…..!!!!!

  46. 46
    Rascal says:

    He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy

  47. 47
    EYAL says:

    third concert to DEEP PURPLE in Israel !!! because of the huge demand DP will have the third concert in Israel at the 9 of september in the Hanger 11 at Tel Aviv.

    because of that show the DEEP’s will chance their tour and their visist in Spain !!


  48. 48
    Roberto says:

    to me is better to do an open gig show so we will see thousands and thousands of people together as for knebworth ’85.

  49. 49
    Roberto says:

    that show is from Turin

  50. 50
    Arik says:

    thank god for Deep Purple !

  51. 51
    Rost says:

    Hi everybody.
    For those who still unaware.
    After 2 sold out shows in Ceasaria (7/09 and 8/09) they added 3rd show in Tel-Aviv and now the 4th in Ceasaria again at 18/09/2008.

  52. 52
    Arik says:

    the first gig in israel (07-09) moved to 17-09

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