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Moscow girls sing and shout

Deep Purple in Moscow, 2008. Photo © Vladimir Astapkovich, cc-by-sa.

This April Deep Purple are going to make a stop in Moscow on the way from Japan to Poland. Today Russian promoters SAV Entertainment have confirmed that the band will play two gigs at the Club B1 Maximum on April 18th and 19th. Tickets are on sale. Please note, however, that both these dates are not yet confirmed by Thames Talent.

Thanks to deep-purple.ru for the info.

33 Comments to “Moscow girls sing and shout”:

  1. 1
    Alex says:

    It is strange. Every year they play at the Olimp.stadion in Moscow. B1 Maximum is too small for DP.

  2. 2
    George says:

    B1 holds 4 000 people, they’re going to do 2 shows there, so overall 8 000 people will attend.
    Olimpisky Arena holds over 15 000 people and DP sells out every show at Olimpissky…

    actually it’s really strange…

  3. 3
    George says:

    Deep Purple is being highly and cinically criticized for playing in Russia and Medvedev.
    Here’s the article: http://readrussia.com/blog/music/00110/

  4. 4
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I think the whole subject is ignorant and that of the uneducated concerning the music industry and how travel and political factors apply to it.

    Who gives a toss?
    These people have a messed up agenda!

  5. 5
    andre sihotang says:

    Dear George#3

    As I do not have an idea much about Russia and around, could you explain further how people there loves Deep Purple?

    I read that the first act played in your country was Ian GIllan (You are Georgian, don’t you?), just having fired from Deep Purple Mark2b, started to build a new solo career. Then Scorpions and Billy Joel were rockin’ Russia in the time when cold war still colouring the days back at the end of 80’s. Then I read many times Deep Purple played Russia continent, always thousands people came to bring the concert up. Was I wrong or need some additional info??

    I conclude that Russia continent and Eastern Europe (plus South America) are the home of Deep Purple. I can only say that.


    Long live Deep Purple!

  6. 6
    Igor says:

    The first hard rock act in USSR was Uriah Heep. They did several shows in moscow in 1987. Then Scorpions, Europe and others were performing.

  7. 7
    Igor says:

    Touring again… It seems Gillan wants to loose his voice absolutely. I guess they’d better rehearse, jam and create some new stuff.

  8. 8
    George says:

    Andre Sihotang,

    Deep Purple is The best loved and most popular band in the post-Soviet Union countries. (far more popular than LZ or BS), the real reason is unknown sure, but here’re several facts that makes the point:
    1. DP are kind of toooo much free and natural band musically, RG was right, their music-writting system is somehow naive, they created fresh, full of blood and energy, natural music. Freedom, naturaleness and energy was the right thing people were in need of, beyond the iron courtain. In comparison with LZ, DP aren’t for snobbier society. LZ was and still is mostly for musical-snobs, most people adore LZ coz they’ve sold 250 million albums…
    But DP was always what they were. So, people under the iron country wanted more natural, more fresh, more simple&energetic music. and it was Deep Purple at that time, who were creating such music.

    2. I still hear from the older fans, they say: “Deep Purple’s music is very jigar”…. Ok, jigar is Georgian word concerning to any person/fact which is absolutely natural, fresh and WHIC IS NOT LYING YOU! WHICH IS TRUE AND SINCERE TOWARDS YOU!

    3. Yes, Ian Gillan was the first western-artist who played in the USSR, in 1990, he really took a great part in destroying iron courtain (and USSR itself, I’m not joking), So Gillan brought tons of people in love of DP music, coz Gillan was mostly associated with DP.
    btw, here’re the tour dates of Gillan’s USSR Tour 1990

    11.05.90 Moscow Olympiisky, Russia (capacity: 15 000)
    12.05.90 Moscow Olympiisky, Russia
    13.05.90 Moscow Olympiisky, Russia
    17.05.90 Yerevan Sports Complex, Armenia (capacity: 9 000)
    18.05.90 Yerevan Sports Complex, Armenia
    19.05.90 Yerevan Sports Complex, Armenia
    20.05.90 Yerevan Sports Complex, Armenia
    23.05.90 Tbilisi Palace of Sports, Georgia (capacity: 18 000)
    24.05.90 Tbilisi Palace of Sports, Georgia
    25.05.90 Tbilisi Palace of Sports, Georgia
    26.05.90 Tbilisi Palace of Sports, Georgia
    27.05.90 Tbilisi Palace of Sports, Georgia
    30.05.90 Ordzhonikidze Open Air Stadium, Ukraine (capacity: 20 000)
    31.05.90 Ordzhonikidze Open Air Stadium, Ukraine
    03.06.90 Groznyy Stadium, Russia (capacity: 11 000)
    04.06.90 Groznyy Stadium, Russia
    05.06.90 Groznyy Stadium, Russia
    08.06.90 Nalczyk Stadium, Russia (capacity: 9 000)
    09.06.90 Nalczyk Stadium, Russia
    13.06.90 Volgograd Republican Stadium, Russia (capacity: 14 000)
    14.06.90 Volgograd Republican Stadium, Russia
    15.06.90 Volgograd Republican Stadium, Russia
    16.06.90 Volgograd Republican Stadium, Russia

    THE WHOLE TOUR WAS SOLD OUT, and overall more than 300 000 people attended the tour…

    Another reason, why DP is so popular in the post-USSR (and maybe in the South America), is that people here have the complex of NOT being a proper part of the great western (USA & Europe) civilization, so, people took DP more closely coz the band toured here extensively (as they toured in the west)…

    All in all – I’m quite sure that DP can sell out 70 000 capacity Tbilisi National Stadium…
    Or, Dear Deep Purple, give a free concert here, in Tbilisi and you’ll see the greatest crowd you’ve ever played to, I’m absolutely sure that 200 000, or maybe 300 000+ people will attend the show…

    And personally for me, It was Deep Purple, who made me not to think about WAR and darkness when I was 7 years old… It was DP who made me think of that something tooo much good was happening outside the courtain, I felt as if they were playing music for me, in order to feel happy and free… and it was DP who made me NOT to think about blood, war and all the crimes that was happening just in front of my eyes.
    I saw the real “bullets flying” right in my house, having heard Child In Time 5 minutes before the bullets, hehe, isn’t it kinda ironical?

    And just to repeat, band’s freshness, naturality, energy, feel of happyness and joy and their absolute sincerity made them the biggest name in the former USSR…
    But they’re not such big names in USA and rest of the Europe, sadly…. maybe due to more snobiier society which doesn’t need just crew of great musicians who just play music? maybe they need greater stage-sets? greater light effects? Gillan wearing better clothes and looking sexy with the bulge between his legs, just like Mick jagger’s bulge??? i don’t know what they need… actually, who needs good show, gets Rolling Stones or Madonna’s tickets… and who needs music in the first place, gets DP tickets…
    btw, it’s quite an interesting topic, why is DP so iconic in post-soviet, South America, eastern europe, Middle-east… I don’t know, I just did my best to arrange facts and my thoughts about that…

  9. 9
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I think Bon Jovi were there along with the others, to name one.

    I wonder what happened to the “Red Square” gig Ian Gillan talked about being booked in 2007, having mentioned it in late 2005 as being the furthest out scheduled gig they had coming up?

  10. 10
    Alex says:

    Maybe I’m not right but as I remember BS {with Martin) were in Moscow in the Soviet period before DP. And Ozzy was here in 1989 also.

  11. 11
    Rascal says:

    Maybe the post-soviet countries are still catching up musically.

    Couple more years and they might be in the throws of punk rock………In time for the 35th anniversary of the Pistols ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’…….

    Its sing along with Johnny time……

  12. 12
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    A nice video from Deep Purple at the opening of the 2009 Nordic Ski World Championships at Tipsport Arena, Liberec, Czech Republic, February 18th 2009.
    “Highway Star” > Enjoy it :

  13. 13
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Is there something the matter?
    That was covered hugely here already, should be talked about there.

  14. 14
    andre sihotang says:


    Dear Ger Assen
    Thanks for the info, but what a pity you were a little bit late I thought. There’s topic posted here that include you tube player screen of Highway Star at Liberec, Czech. And many of us here has watched it. Of course, with comments as the additional foods. Go, check the post, it’s about one week ago.


    It’s a very long story. Thank you very much, friend.

    In my country, basically the same coould be said about Deep Purple, than Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. Deep Purple fan base might not as big as your continent, but the music really popular that some people could sing or ever hear Deep Purple music while not even realized who is Deep Purple. Some of my friends could play Smoke riff with acoustic guitar. I think Deep Purple tribute band here are much more than Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Queen, or Pearl Jam tribute band. I never heard Led Zep tribute band, maybe just played some of their songs, and Black Sabbath name even scared people here in the first place without a chance to realize there’s music behind it.

    I do believe the idea of making a big free concert will start something up to the sky in Deep Purple career as with their eternal music legacy. That’s gonna be one big deal. 200.000 audience? Can’t wait for it happen! Gonna go half the world away to reach for it. Even better than Rock’n Roll Hall Of Fame induction.


  15. 15
    Alex says:

    # 11
    you are absolutely wrong!

  16. 16
    Rascal says:

    @15…..you mean punk rock wont get there until ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ 40th anniversary???

    Sad day

  17. 17
    stefan says:

    No need to celebrate crap music,is there? Punk,along with grunge and rap have very little to do with music in my humble opinion!ROCK ON!

  18. 18
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Right, but some people think otherwise.

    Myself although I like some of it, lived through most of it, etc… I think it raped the music industry by using the art of music for their platform of inferiority against the system, in a way that before it wasn’t being done… anti estabslishment blabbering in disguise of legitimate art. It is what it is, street level at best, and acts like Duran Duran that followed in the 80’s, also approached things before they even had the ability to play their instruments, in fact their first album wan’t even recorded by the line up.

  19. 19
    Alex says:

    I mean that there is no difference between people in the post-soviet countries and in the west concerning music knowledge. maybe even people in the post-soviet countries like hard rock more because of the many years living in the closed society. Hard rock was something more than only music for them. Another thing (reason)that people in PSC had no chance to see rock bands live. So, in that case they are maybe really “catching up musically”.

  20. 20
    Rascal says:

    @17 As long as its ‘your’ humble opinion….

    ‘Variety is the soul of pleasure’

  21. 21
    Roberto says:

    Yes I am ripetitive:
    I want big free concert!!!
    each year in june there is a big free concert at the Colosseum:last year Genesis in front of 600.000….not 60.000 but 600.000!!!!!!!!!

  22. 22
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge51Male says:

    #13 and 14 :

    Copy of my post in the thread
    “Río de la Purpuro” @65 :

    #62/63 Ok, guys/girls, sorry I missed/forgot (don’t know which of the two, hahaha) the thread with the clip. I’ll
    try to pay more attention hahahaha
    Have a nice, rocking day 😉
    February 26th, 2009 at 18:54

    sorry, sorry, sorry, hahaha

  23. 23
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Did you attend that ‘Genesis’ concert?
    Just curious, because if you did, then I’m sure you feel the exact same way about Phil Collins as you do Gillan, but don’t bother mentioning that!
    Phil sounds like he is taking the crap, completely shot, no going back…. horrible indeed, he should not have toured, he has no voice to speak of, and he was once a decent singer.

  24. 24
    Roberto says:

    I never liked Genesis but I like a lot progressive rock…
    I mentioned that concert just for others reasons…
    you have a ‘bad attitude’…

  25. 25
    Al Cornish says:

    I asked when Purple will play America and their manaement replies in perfect Russian; “Toughski Shitski.”

  26. 26
    HZ says:

    Regarding reason of DP’s popularity in whole central, east and south-east Europe, and let’s say Germany, Skandinavia, Italy and Japan buy far more than LZ or BS, lays in fact that musically DP concept is very direct, inovative and bit unusual in term of early Blackmore’s and Lord’s work (I think that RB has defined solo playing and virtuosity as we know it today – fast playing, classical influences…), not to mention unbelivable Gillan in those days, and devastating Paice on drums. People in these countries just love progressive more than “popular” in term of paying respect. Also regarding trends in East Europe, eastern countries and so on, I can tell you that all kind of influences use to come to them (look at DPAS magazine covers from Yugoslavia 74 – Mark III playing overthere, but also did Rolling Stones and everyone else, nowadays Snoop, 50 cents etc., and I can tell you, DP is still in front). It’s the concept and sensibility that makes difference, I don’t think that trends have anything with that.

  27. 27
    Rascal says:


    The music industry at that time need ‘assaulting’…….

    Years of painfull ‘Prog Rock’ bands producing album after album of layered musical crap….

    And thankfully camp ‘Glam Rock’ had come to it boring ‘theatrical’ end….

    Punk gave a much needed kick in the ‘ass’, and while many bands just jumped on the ‘destruction’ bandwagon, the pioneers produced many successful musicians, and ‘off-shoot’ bands that still ‘kick ass’…..today.

  28. 28
    Roberto says:

    Punk rock :shit
    Glam rock: good for two songs if you don’t want to think
    Prog rock: woderful music

  29. 29
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Me? Hardly, that was just mirroring your ‘terrible attitude’ toward the very artist you’re calling your ‘hero’ here.
    Do you know a mirror when you see one?
    I only enforce against bad attitudes, one way or another.(you’re confused)

    But, if you can muster any of the words I used to define a
    ‘bad attitude’ then so be it… your English needs work then, for sure.

    Have a nice day, like billions do.

  30. 30
    Rascal says:


    And so says the musical gospel according to Roberto!

    Roberto: Ass

  31. 31
    Roberto says:

    That’s the time the moderator should do something…

  32. 32
    Rascal says:

    Why worry, when ‘Big Brother’ finds out I will lose all my future employment prospects, friends and family. I will be abducted, experimented on and probably incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay……….

    I will become just a investigative number in some X-File department………

  33. 33
    Aleks says:

    Club B1 Maximum is too small for D.P. They need more people.

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