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Second night at Hammersmith

Sao Paulo 2009 by Pedro Abib Cristales 1

It appears that Ticketmaster is selling tickets for the second night at Hammersmith on November 15. The tickets quietly went on sale on Wednesday and are all seated this time.

Thanks to Akiko Hada for the info.

26 Comments to “Second night at Hammersmith”:

  1. 1
    George says:

    Why don’t they play @ Wembley Arena? I think think Hammersmith is quite little venue for bands like Deep Purple…

    and yeah, the calmness of audience somehow offenses me. watching the NEC 2002 show again and again, I think: are they [audience] on Deep Purple’s concert or on DP’s refusal? the band is @ their top, full of energy and charisma, but audience is very calm.

    few weeks ago I watched Lazy from Milton Keynes Bowl, and 1 user posted “I was the only one, who was jumping and enjoying the show”… I know it’s not DP’s fault, coz they are extremely energetic on NEC 2002, but why people look like they’re sleeping?

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    Kentish Man says:

    Have to say I’m really pleased they are NOT playing Wembley Arena, or any other large venue for that matter. These places lack real atmosphere, whereas IMO the smaller theatres such as Hammersmith provide for a much more enjoyable experience, more intimate, closer and simply a better sound, and it’s a great idea to take the seats out downstairs at Hammersmith. In recent years have seen Purple and Uriah Heep at the Astoria, Pistols at Brixton and various others at Shepherds Bush Empire and they were all excellent. Theatres get my vote everytime.

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    saturn says:

    Quite agree Kentish Man. Arenas are horrible for watching concerts. It’s a much better atmosphere at theatres and there is more interaction between band and audience.

    Seems very strange to have standing downstairs on the Saturday and put in seats on the Sunday

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    big al says:

    yeah lets have some more gigs in smaller places! bristol, plymouth and cardiff please!

  5. 5
    Alex says:

    my flat is smaller than theatres? please come to me)))!

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 1

    I get comments like these over the years when I m standing in front of the stage

    I MAINLY listen and NOT jump around and or scream my lungs out.
    Occasionally I get there but ….hey I m there to LISTEN not to act like a fool.

    I really loath those who give the others around them a bad evening just because they cant control their ADHD tendencies.

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    Rascal says:

    With Gillans voice the way it is, maybe one night was more than enough

  8. 8
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Something wrong with his voice?
    A week or two has past and he is pretty much back to where he was before that. Now if that’s not to your liking then so be it, but it wasn’t a permanant illness.

  9. 9
    Rascal says:

    Then so be it

  10. 10
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Alright, anything left to talk about around here?
    That’s about the point I’d surely take this website out of my browser and bag things concerning them… why not?

  11. 11
    Rascal says:

    When you reach that point………..you do it!

    Decisions, decisions………….

  12. 12
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Make up your green mind! LOL!

  13. 13
    Rascal says:

    That would be Dinosaur Jr.

  14. 14
    George says:


    Please tell me, how old are you?
    I noticed one man in the NEC 2002 audience, with gray hairs and white beards, he maybe was over 60 years old, looking @ the band like he was at DP’s refusal. and then one young guy at the back of the old man. this young one was maybe the ONLY one who was really enjoying the show, full of energy, as one should eb at the rock concert.

    Still me favourite audience remains to be Vielles Chareux audience in 2005, 60 000 people attended DP’s concert there (almost the same number as for Knebworth 85 crowd) and all of them went crazy.

    Man, it is NOT Concerto For Group & Orchestra, it is DEEP PURPLE’S ROCK CONCERT. on Concerto you should be calm in order to pay attention to any notes… but on ROCK CONCERT, when you see Space Truckin’, Lazy, Highway star, Smoke and other songs being played by DEEP PURPLE, how can you sit down and listen calmly?
    Ok, maybe you are older… but as for me, I’d prefer to see 20-30-50-100 000 people attending Deep Purple’s concert and all of them anjoying the show, expressing emotions, just alike the HOT South American audience… it will be Deep Purple’s REAL rock concert.
    But DP’s show in the 2000 capacity small theaters, audience sitting calmly and only LISTENING to the band, doesn’t appeal to me…
    maybe it’s the matter of the age or whatever, I don’t know…

    In comparison, watch these 2 videos:

    1. Highway Star – NEC 2002 (calm audience)

    2. Well Dressed Guitar – Vielles Chareux 2005 (HOT audience)

    watch both videos and then you’ll see what excites the band more. after Vielles Chareux show Gillan said that it was the most impressive audience he has ever played to, and he would never forget it.

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    They are f’ing good!

  16. 16
    Rascal says:

    f’ing very good!

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    George says:

    damn…. USA dissapoints Ian Gillan once more, by sorting the facts mistakenly…. The last ridiculous one appeared on the RockLine radio website. They tell us Gillan’s short biography, and they [RockLine] say: “When Deep Purple reunited in 1985, it was NOT Ian Gillan, but it was Joe Lynn Turner who was the frontmen for the band, Gillan only reunited Deep Purple in 1992″



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    Stefan says:

    I know I take a smaller venue anyday, opposed to a big arena or even worse a stadium! Everything just click at a smaller venue: The visability,sound and intimacy are so much better!

    Here in Copenhagen we have a small arena called KB hallen with a capacity of 2-3000, and compared to most venues I´ve experienced, big and small all over europe through the years it´s one of the best not to mention legendary venues around!

    About conduct and behaviour at gigs……After nearly twenty years and numerous gigs in Denmark I have one complaint about Danish concert mentality: They´re useally too f**king drunk or stoned!!!!

    What´s the point of paying good money to see and hear a band if one can´t remember anything???? Even in those days when I were drinking I waited till after the gig to get wasted!! When I go to a gig the music always have top priority…..for many Danes it´s the condition called “hygge”!! In short it means: eat and drink like a pig till you fall flat on your face! Pathetic! In case any Danes out there gets offended: I apoligise if I hurt your feelings but….Truth hurts so get over it! ROCK ON!

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    Agreed, but only somewhat… four of the most memorable gigs I’ve been to were at HOB. Yet later that same year I also saw them play one of their best at a 3,000 seater.(can’t decide which was better, the set of four or that amazing one nighter, ir was that good of a show)

    So up till things got mushy these past two years, the gigs with the more crowd feedback in the bigger venues are what kept them playing with such energy and vitality, so I can see why they like the bigger crowds lately.(I’d rather not talk much about touring though, till there is something to tour in support of, as this is Abandon all over again, totally.)

  20. 20
    George says:

    Still I think that the reason DP drows extremely short crowd in USA, is that promoters do NOTHING to promote the show. there’s no Radio and Tv advertising during Purple’s USA shows. some users posted here that the only way they can find DP coming to USA is band’s website and the bill right at the venue’s wall. and some complained that there’re tooooo many fans who would like to go and see the band, but they simply don’t know DP is coming their town.

    You know, USA is the biggest music market in the world, so if you want to seel tickets and records, then promote it.
    in USA (and in the whole world I think) No Promotion = No sales.

    So, don’t blame USA for declining DP, very many bands from 60’s and 70’s still are being sold in USA extremely well.

  21. 21
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Uh, after that 98 show, which was @Universal Apmphitheater in L.A. Then I didn’t see them on the western seaboard till Vancouver B.C. 2004, a 2,000 seater. Then the last time I saw them since in the US was happily later that same year in Vancouver U.S.A. where I live, Clark County Apmhitheater, WA – 18,000 seater sell out, George.(hadn’t played the immediate area since 85, hence the big sell out and all of my previous travels) But it was what it was, a good sized sold out show.

  22. 22
    Sam says:

    I know the actual reason why DP are playing two nights at Hammersmith rather than a single night at Wembley Arena. A contributing factor is with this arrangement, audience sizes will be comparable but the main reason is Ian Gillan’s dissatisfaction with how venue security treated the audience.

    At DP’s last Wembley Arena appearance in April 2007, Gillan leapt off stage during ‘Things I Never Said’, berated a security guard (off mic) and told him to ‘F*** off!’ (on mic!). He then re-appeared on stage and announced at the end of the song, ‘We won’t be playing this shit hole again until the security learns to treat their customers with respect!’ (or words to that effect).

  23. 23
    sanfrancisco50 says:

    Whatsup with Ticket master …i am planning to fly out to London from San Francisco to see DP. On Ticketmaster website we can’t buy the ticket till June 2009…any tips so me and friends can for sure be able to see DP i person for the first time?

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    Kentish Man says:


    You are right about the last Wembley Arena show, security has always been up it’s own arse there, even though they are all contractors. Hardly surprising now that practically everyone plays at the O2, almost totally bypassing WA, incomparable venue (although some dodgy seats at the top level), but better sound, amenities etc etc, and much easier to get to (for me anyway!). However, still not as good an experience as a good ol’ in-yer-face theatre.

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    How nice, a blog left here that hasn’t been closed after allowing famous last words being thrown at me…. how professional, and how nice to see the editor take sides… wonderful self exposure if I’ve ever seen it.

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    This is getting very peculiar.

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