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All the Scandinavian dates that we had listed in our tour dates calendar for a while now are also confirmed. One more date was added: Meri Päivät (Sea Days) Festival in Kotka, Finland on July 17. (I know, technically Finland is not Scandinavia, but let’s not raise a fuss about it, shall we? 😉 )



35 Comments to “Scandinavian dates confirmed”:

  1. 1
    andre sihotang says:

    So guys, let’s hoping for a new album before this dates, and also some new and ‘new’ songs on the set lists.

    I hope Gillan’s voice will be in a great shape again this time after a recovery from the very incredible tour I’ve ever known and some much-needed rest. Pliz’ stop smoking, my hero!!

    Cheers

  2. 2
    R says:

    Yes Ian, stop smoking!
    It is stupit habit and killing you!
    And your great voice.

  3. 3
    Stefan says:

    Hmmm………So Finland´s not Scandinavia??? So what is it,a Russian provins or a part of Mongolia?? No, I´m not Finnish, but I have a strong feeling a lot of Fins will be very pissed off by that statement nsoveiko!!KIPPIS!

  4. 4
    Drdp says:

    Not for nuthin’ BUT the U.S. deserves a go round this year. They haven’t been here since Summer ’07. I know because my left ear tinnitis is now nearly 18 months old! Thanks to Steve Morse & his stage edge speaker for leaving a ”lasting memory” of that show. I need to get a matching pair now by focusing on the right ear @ the next show. IF IT’S TOO LOUD … YOU’RE TOO OLD!

  5. 5
    Roberto says:

    Deep purple don’t tour please !!!!
    recharge batteries more!!!Ian Voice is destroyed!!!
    and I hope more for a Gillan solo tour in the future than another deep purple tour…

  6. 6
    Bo says:

    Roberti, I agree 100%. These days it’s a normal thing that Purple are around at lest one or two times a year. I love to see them BUT at the same time I hate to see them destroying the special feeling of an event when they are around.
    Do a new album, recharge, do your special solo project and then in 2010 come back with a brand new show and be the special band you are (or was?). Rigth now someone (could it be Bruce?)are pushing it to far. DP should be special, right now they are not – i’m sad to say.

  7. 7
    Sami says:

    Hahaa, don’t get me started, my family’s roots are in Karelia which is sadly a part of Russia now, so……

    Anyways, got my ticket to next summer’s gig in Tampere, looking forward to it.

    Now back to the floor to play with my son, he’s just learned to walk so we’re quite busy at the moment.

    Kippis to ya all, SUOMI FINLAND PERKELE 😉

  8. 8
    George says:

    OOOOO MYYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOOODDD….

    Touring again? 🙁 🙁 🙁

    Deep Purple sells out less and less tickets from year to year, because people has already seen their concerts for 15-20-25 times… and people can see their 3-4 concerts per year… So, Deep Purple on Tour is not surprise anymore, that’s why ticket sales decreases and decreases…

    During their 2008 European Fall tour, the band didn’t manage to sell out Stuttgart show, it was a real shock in Stuttgart, because Deep Purple is (or was) the top band there.

    So, I think if they continue to tour so Anormalky frequently, in 1-2 years they will maybe manage to sell out 1500-2000 capacity theaters even in Europe… (As Deep Purple hardly manages to sell out 2000 capacity House Of Blues’ in the USA)…

    So, make people to miss you… Then you will sell out grand arenas again 😉 Othervise, Purple Business will die in 1-2 years…

    Mister Bruce Payne, think about it…

  9. 9
    George says:

    And please, take care of Mister Ian Gillan, he is the man himself…
    I listen to 2002 and 2006 shows where Gillan sounds incredible, outstanding…. But then I listen to some gigs from 2008 tour… he sounds like tired old and sick man….

    Take care of Gillan’s health and voice, he’s not 20-25 years anymore…

    People, we live in 2009 year, It’s not 70’s or 80’s or even 90’s…
    It’s 40 YEARS AFTER THE PERIOD WHEN GILLAN WAS IN HIS BEST…

    And now it’s 2009, the man is 64 years old….

    But who cares about Gillan, while Bruce Payne wants much more pounds… fuck the management. Lord WAS and IS a wise person… When he felt that the management was using him, and his health for making more money, he just left the band…

    TIME TO RECHARGE BATTERIES AND PREPARE FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL, OR OTHERVISE, TIME TO SPLIT, MY LOVELY BAND…

    … I’m almost in tears now, seeing how my fav band is getting older and boring, and I haven’t seen them live and wishing them to split…

    It’s like when mother has a child with cancer, the child is near to die, struggles the life, and mother prefers to kill the child herself, than to see how child dies… 🙁

  10. 10
    Piet says:

    Hey George,
    It´s time for some councelling. The mother and child comparison sounds a little pathetic, if not offending.

    A little rest for the guys is a good idea though

  11. 11
    Roberto says:

    I think it’s a big shame what Deep purple are doing to themselves these last years, but I think too that Gillan and the rest of the band have their minds to thnk and choose what they whant.They are free to do what they want, they choose: the suicide!

  12. 12
    George says:

    Piet,
    No, it’s not pathetic, It’s what I think (surely, everybody can say what they think ok? 🙂

    sadly, for me Deep Purple is going to die, so, notwithstanding the fact that i’ve not seen them live (and it’s my alltime dream to see them live), I’d prefer them to end great Deep Purple business, then to wait for another 3-4 years to see live of old sick musicians)

    Sorry, It’s a bad reality for me, and It’s my OWN opinion, maybe I’m wrong… but listen to DP tapes from 2008 tour and listen to Gillan, You’ll guess that I’m not wrong…

    Roberto,
    Absolutely right. Suicide is the best word to describe what the band is going to do.
    Or are they victims of Bruce Payne’s silly commersant brain? but no, Deep Purple with other vocalists always tried their best to be just commercial… but with Gillan, Deep Purple always did NOT what the management wanted, but what the band wanted theirselvs… so we have Gillan in the band now, and they do what they prefer…
    Sadly they don’t think that the band has not right direction…

    btw, Deep Purple WAS, IS and WILL BE my alltime favourite band, I’ll love them anyway.
    But I prefer to listen the records from 99, 2000, 2002, 2006… and not from 2008…

    Have you bought Gillan’s Live In Anaheim??? He sounds almost as incredible as he was in the 80’s (during GILLAN band era)

    But now, he’s wheezing so much, that I can’t beleive he’s gettin older and sicker…

    Deep Purple has it’s choice, and of course, I’ve my own choice…

  13. 13
    George says:

    Actually, because of their Anormal hardest-touring schedule, I’m sure Deep Purple is the only band in the world whose fans ask not to tour 😀

  14. 14
    Piet says:

    George,
    Of course you can say what you think, I just think that comparing the situation of 5 grownups, who like what they do and get a decent pay for it also, with a mother and child with cancer is pathetic and distasteful. Let’s react as adults to the situation. They really have a choice, believe me, they can always quit.

  15. 15
    George says:

    Piet,
    Sure, they always can do what they want…
    But I repeat: FOR ME they are like child who dies with cancer, and I (as a virtual parent) prefer to kill themsels, than to see how they die…
    I repeat again, MEYBE I’M WRONG, OR RIGHT, MAYBE I’M TOO MUCH WRONG, But this comparison if FOR ME. Maybe DP is not dieing objectively, but FOR ME the band is going to die…
    hmm… You’ve got the wrong man,
    You don’t understand 🙂

  16. 16
    stoffer says:

    George you are certainly entitled to your opinion (about DP dying), but your comparison #9 IS distasteful!

  17. 17
    Roberto says:

    FROM FANS THAT LOVE THEIR BAND SEEMS ABSURD WATCH THEM SAYING TO THEIR FAVOURITE BAND TO STOP PLAYING LIVE SHOWS…BUT ISN’T TIME FOR YOU, DEEP PUPLE, TO REFLECT TO WHAT WE ARE SAYING AND WHAT YOU ARE DOING NOW???…YOU WERE THE BEST BAND ON THE PLANET BUT NOW:
    1.GILLAN’S VOICE IS GONE
    2.LIVE SHOW ARE BORING
    3.PEOPLE HAVE WATCH THE SAME SHOW TOO MANY TIMES AND YOU ARE SELLING LESS TICKET

    PEOPLE WHO LOVES YOU IS SAYING THIS…PLEASE REFLECT…

  18. 18
    FRANK MILLER says:

    I AM WONDERING IF AND WHEN DEEP PURPLE WILL HAVE A U.S. TOUR AGAIN. THE LAST TIME I SAW PURPLE WAS JUNE 21, 2002 IN CHARRLOTTE,NC. DIO AND SCORPIONS WERE ALSO THERE. IT WAS A GREAT SHOW. I LIVE IN A RURAL AREA. THE NEAREST CITIES I LIVE NEAR ARE RICHMOND, VA. WASHINGTON DC. KNOXVILLE TN.PITTSBURGH PA. AND CHARLOTTE BEING THE NEAREST. I ALMOST FORGOT THE HOUSE OF BLUES AT MYRTLE BEACH SC. THE ONLY NATIONALLY KNOWN FACILLITY IN MY AREA IS BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY WHICH IS ABOUT 50 MILES FROM WHERE I LIVE IN VA. CHARLOTTE AND KNOXVILLE ARE ABOUT 3 HOURS AWAY. THE REST ARE ABOUT 5 TO 7 HOURS AWAY. I HAD SOMEONE TRY TO TELL ME PURPLE HAD NEVER PLAYED AT A HOUSE OF BLUES BUT THEY ARE WRONG. THERE ARE SEVERAL LOCATIONS CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE. FRANK MILLER FAN AND FRIEND OF DEEP PURPLE SINCE 1968.

  19. 19
    Crimson Ghost says:

    They toured the US twice in 2004 and the shows were great, then canceled the tour in 2006, and toured here again in 2007, by the time they were well over the awesome sets that were dominated by newer material and better classics, still playing fine… but they weren’t that impressed with the general lack of enthusiasm here for some reason, hhmm, I wonder why.

  20. 20
    George says:

    stoffer,

    I REPEAT FOR THE 10 TIMES:

    I don’t care who thinks that this coparison was good or bad… I said: MAYBE I’M WRONG, MAYBE I’M TOO MUCH SUBJECTIVE, BUT I dodn’t say that this comparison is common and objective. this comparison is ONLY FOR ME, it’s my feelings and please… I think I know my feeling better, than you, right?

  21. 21
    Roberto says:

    now where is Tracy?
    I am still waiting he write something against someone on the blog as He always does…

  22. 22
    stoffer says:

    Right George, apparently You understand Me about as much as I understand You!! You are entitled to your thoughts and I have mine. (End Of Conversation)

  23. 23
    purplepriest1965 says:

    CG

    Are you implying USA audiences are not positive enough towards DP?

  24. 24
    Crimson Ghost says:

    It has nothing to do with that, promoters simply aren’t interested enough to do what it is they do, which is “promote” therefor the public cannot become interested, and by the time the shows are played, they are interested and enthusiastic, but the point is all of the rest who weren’t reached about the show even happening, only to find out through word of mouth that they missed them because it wasn’t “promoted.”

    I tell you for a fact that their last tour of the US, to them may well have been their last… they said much to substantiate it at after shows.
    The audience needs to know they’re coming to town, not all rock fans follow tour schedules like we do, but that’s really not why they miss out, promoters here are slugs, period.(mostly everywhere else too, all they seem to want is what they know, which is obviously either classic hits, Britney Spears, American Idol, hip hop, country, or perhaps Slim Whitman, which all seems to need very little effort in promoting)

    Overall resulting situation: Lack_Of_Interest, due to Lack_Of_Promotion! Could be vice versa as well, but a promoter is not paid to be interested in anything but selling tickets, so that’s their criteria in getting them sold, “familiarity” has many guarantees, so an old band like Purple are better off touring the classics with nothing new to perform in this country, and if they gave in 100% to it, they’d crack the US tour market, I am completely confidant they would. So they don’t continue to just play old stuff because that’s all they want to play, they compromise with their demographics shown to them by promoters and management concerning it, and it’s done by the research department at their talent agency. But would they rather play newer material, even though they themselves also complain that when they play newer numbers, a large percentage of the crowds show no interest from what they see from the stage, and that’s heavily discouraging, or just an excuse, but it’s what Roger says on their behalf.

    I’ll quote him from something once found right here at THS, “we’d love to play mostly new numbers, but it doesn’t sell tickets, and we have to sell tickets…”
    You can blame them all you want and say they’re making unbelievable excuses, but it’s not a one way street industry, regardless of what level of risks bands like Iron Maiden take these days, they’re just lucky their promoters go along with it and it pays off, very lucky, and very willing to lose a lot of money in the process.(they may save on airline cost’ too, but the fuel is still expensive, lol!)
    But really, those type of shows can only happen with compromise too, and the compromise happens when they’re on tour with a fairly new album out that actually sold decently, but they’re not playing even one song from it. So are they really getting away with things Purple aren’t? The tours just might be more successful because they don’t play anything as old as 1977, and the promoter was probably born no earlier than 1977, lol!(ya think?)

  25. 25
    Roberto says:

    a tour ‘for fans only’ this is what we need…
    Hellowen (I don’t remember exactely which was the band) just did it in the past…

  26. 26
    Crimson Ghost says:

    That’s a better way of expressing the frustration, and like you, I hope they do such a thing before time no longer allows, and I hope they do read this, concerning that. But I’m more in favor of them doing more albums than anything because it showcases them better at their age imo, but I explained at least one reason why they don’t, other than the fact that nobody makes anymore than one a year, if that these days.

  27. 27
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Just to add, age makes such a difference in so many ways, not just Ian’s singing ability, but the whole bands speed of travel, which makes it harder as the years go by, to keep up and maintain the energy level that started it all. You walk slower, talk slower, and most importantly to your disadvantage, you play slower. So I’m actually surprised they do anything, it’s nearly an athletic gig from the start of the day till the show is over, when you break it all down by the hour.

  28. 28
    Roberto says:

    Yes the age is a nature problem
    they now do ‘space tracking’ and ‘highway star slower just to name a few…

  29. 29
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Maybe you better prefer those versions of those instead of the ones by the chipmunks?

  30. 30
    Kenneth says:

    Look forward to se you in Denmark – and we are so pleased that you are continuing to tour – Thanks….. keep rocking

  31. 31
    Eddie says:

    Sorry to disappoint you boys and girls but Finland IS a part of Scandinavia. It has been for at least as long as I have lived here (39 years)! The best thing is that I live in Kotka and Deep purple will be playing in my home town!! Stefan you were right, I was pissed off by that statement!

  32. 32
    George says:

    Actually, who the stupiod says that Finland is not part of Scandinavia???

    I’ve learned in school, in the course of world’s political geography, that Finland is Scandinavia…

  33. 33
    Seppo V. says:

    Ofcource Finland is NOT part of Scandinavia ….and England is NOT part of Europe….

    Errare humanum est

    But once more : warmly welcome to Asia/Finland/Kotka..i really hope that Your gig is confirmed…here we have little confusion going on…but we live in hope 🙂

  34. 34
    IKEN says:

    “No3,Finland is not Scandinavia,thats Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and those islands in the North sea.
    Finland is however a part of The Nordic area of Europe.

  35. 35
    MatsB says:

    IKEN, @34, correct, Finland was not part of Scandinavia back in 2009 and is not today either;-) I mean no harm by this, just using the opportunity to lighten things up a bit:-) (and yes, while we Swedes often have a less-than-perfect relationship to the neighbouring country, you are correct in thinking I have no intention whatsoever in removing said neighbours from belonging somewhere) For some of us, the “special” love/hate relationship between the two countries begin on or close by the hockey-rink:-)

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