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Planet Rock will be running a contest between October 12th and 26th:

How do you fancy seeing Deep Purple live? OK, how do you fancy watching the gig from the stage? Now, how do you fancy sitting next to Ian Paice’s drumkit for the duration of the show? We thought so.

From Monday 12 October we will be offering you the chance to win a place onstage with Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice for an entire show on the band’s forthcoming UK tour.

So head back here on Monday to find out exactly how you can win your once in a lifetime opportunity (CLUE – you might want to dig out your Deep Purple records this weekend and listen closely to the drumming)

Ian Paice. Photo © 2007 Nick Soveiko, released under cc-by-sa-3.0.I would like to add that I was lucky enough to be on the side of the stage on a couple of occasions and it was one of the most exhilarating experiences in my life. You get a whole new level of appreciation for the talent that is on the stage. I can’t recommend any stronger to try your chances. Good luck.



29 Comments to “Win your chance to be on stage”:

  1. 1
    Lajos Kemenj says:

    How about sitting in a bassdrum?
    Silly competition 🙂

    Change the setlist instead 😉

  2. 2
    kraatzy says:

    Very nice idea, but why only in the UK ???

    I live in Germany … and of course:
    I want to be with the Purple guys live on stage closer than any other …

    LLRnR

    -kraatzy-

  3. 3
    Dave Hodgkinson says:

    I need to dig out a picture of what sitting next to Paicey looks like.

    Also, bring earplugs, the monitors can be LOUD 🙂

  4. 4
    David McCrory says:

    That would be my dream come true, after almost forty years a fan what an experience.

  5. 5
    Richard Young says:

    I was inspired to play the drums by the master Ian Paice
    and Purple shaped my love of music. This competition has the best prize EVER!

  6. 6
    George says:

    As far as I know, Purples UK tour ticket sales are quite bad… They have Birmingham show in 1 month and 50% of tickets are still available…. that’s very bad… Deep Purple lost 2 main markets in music industry: USA and UK…

  7. 7
    Roberto says:

    IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE THIS TOO…ALWAYS LOVED HIS CLOTHES…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXXH9fzOWS0

    NOW THE QUESTION IS: WHY???

  8. 8
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Been there and done this myself, more than once… the last time was at UA in LA 1998. I agree it’s an otherworldly way to experience them.

  9. 9
    Roberto says:

    @5
    exactely the same for me…I decided to play drums after watching Paice playing at the “california jam”…that wild man rapt me forever…

  10. 10
    james jay says:

    @7 what the heck was IG wearing doing that gig? i am 150lbs of chest and a$$ and even i would not wear that get up. was i missing a message? thanks.

  11. 11
    marcinn says:

    @10 You might treat the peculiar outfit of his during that night as a rock’n’roll joke. I was there and the joke worked wonders! It was pouring with rain, and the air was very chilly so after getting soaking wet during the first half of the show Ian decided to wear the poncho thing. He just wanted to look the same as the people from the audience, who were wearing ponchos. Btw, it was a nice mixture of colours. Red, pink, yellow, green… But there’s more to it. People were really nagging at this constant downpour so Ian must have noticed that and his new outfit took away people’s grumble and let them enjoy the show in good moods.

    So if you ask me Ian saved the show, and it was a masterful move of his. And the women loved it 😉

  12. 12
    Roberto says:

    Gillan is a strange person…a little bit mad I would say…or drunken too…watching that video I don’t know if laugh or be embarr-ass…but people reaction at that gig seems was not good…(I think Blackmore hated this kind of unprofessional attitude Gillan sometimes have…). Plus I would add that Gillan once said in an interview (during Deep Purple 2000 tour with Orchestra) that He prefered to play with his band without orchestra because with Orchestra you can’t improvise…now when he got the time, he often play that kind of gig…this is a contradiction…

  13. 13
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Marcinn

    You said that he might wanted to conform socially and outwards to the audience?

    If it was chilly I dont think the audience were almost without clothes before the rain started…..

    When a blind man cries is one my alltime favourites and I do love the melancholy in it.

    This clip is a terrible sight to behold.
    I dont think this is funny at all.
    We have had all kinds of dubious clothing moments before but this strikes everything.

    Emberassing and saddening sight.

    He looks like a escaped mental patient in the rain.

  14. 14
    Roberto says:

    “He looks like a escaped mental patient in the rain”
    This is exactely the thing that makes me laugh…artists are often strange and egocentric people…don’t take it too seriously…
    The only serious thing nowdays is that Gillan totally lost is voice in the high notes and this is the reason why he should quit deep purple and do solo albums…be old and with a wasted voice is not surely a blame, it’s normal…but to keep on singing, destroying his personal reputation and deep purple reputation, being a pale shade of himself, to me, this is a blame and is really sad to watch and hear…

  15. 15
    marcinn says:

    Priest,

    I didn’t say he wanted to conform to the audience. He just wore that poncho to look colurful like many people did in the audience. I don’t remeber saying we were without clothes underneath our ponchos. And as far as I’m concerned he really saved that show. One may say he is the rainmaker beacuse a short time after he walked on stage it stopped raining. 😉 Form the point he walked on stage, the real fun started. I was there, and I know. Just don’t take it too seriously, it was just rock’n’roll. Treat it as a joke. But this joke didn’t take away anything from his performance. Blind Man was well sung, believe me.

    I’m a person who doesn’t give a crap what Ian is wearing on stage. He gives everything he is capable at the moment. This guy sings his heart out (as it was in Ferropolis for instance), and paying attention to clothes not to his singing just blurs the most interesting part – the performance. It’s not heavy metal which requires a certain dress code. Ian’s outfit is his voice, and that suits him best.

    Roberto,

    Another attempt to bash Gillan? A certain amount of craziness is needed in the rock’n’roll world, not that I know much about it. But without going bananas from time to time you wouldn’t survive I think. And if you think Gillan is mad, let me just ask you one thing. Would you listen to a mad person for 40 years? Would a mad person put out such an intimate album as OETM?

    Why do you call his attitude ‘unprofessional’? Don’t you think you pay more attention to what he is wearing not how he is singing? And for crying out loud, arguments that Gillan lost his voice and can’t reach the highest notes again becomes dull. I’ll just say two things. Age. Rock’n’roll. Speak volumes, don’t they? What’s more, he just sings with a different approach. And it’s great he knows his limitations and within them he tries to give his best. Personal reputation? Don’t you think that being on the road for so many years now just heightens his reputation and makes one feel full of respect for him? He could take much more easy way.

    How can you tell people’s reaction if you didn’t take part in that show. Judging from the youtube videos won’t give you a broad picture. I may assure you the gig was great. Just search some sites for a DVD and see for yourself. And who are you to tell him what he should do? He knows what’s best for him, and he has a huge fan base, and what he does still moves people all around the world.

    The orchestral projects. I, for one, am very grateful to him that he is still on stage and does not only his day job with Purple but is able to go beyond that and do something different.

    2000 was not 2007 or 2009. Alright, you can’t improvise. As a musician playing an instrument. With a voice you have a plenty of space to do something else, as he sung ‘Highway Star’ in Magdeburg, without the screams in ‘I love it, I need it, I bleed it’ part. Different, but good.

  16. 16
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Well, I hope for you the price of the admission ticket was not a joke as well.
    Or maybe it should have been?

    One can say lots of bad things about Ritchie but he at least tries to dress up before he gets on stage.

    Good performance?
    I cannot listen to Ian a lot anymore.
    I like his voice of way back , since 1984 it constantly had bad times and bad excuses.

    I m not anti Gillan

    He was my hero who sold his integrity for his pension and just did not have the selfcontrol to stop smoking and drinking.

    My granddad could not stop unhealthy behaviour as well.
    But he was never my hero.

    How low one can go?

  17. 17
    Roberto says:

    -I said Gillan is “a little bit” mad (which to me means “extravaganza” and not to be a mental patient) and I think that’s true and it’s a funny thing…
    -I say he should do solo albums and leave deep purple because in that band high notes are required…
    -I tell to Gillan what to do? never…I just give my opinions…
    -“Don’t you think you pay more attention to what he is wearing not how he is singing”…NO, just the opposite…read what I wrote…I questioned “Why” but that’s not the problem for me as I said in the other post…
    -I like this project with Orchestra? I found it unnecessary (He did these things with deep purple before) and contradictory from what Gillan himself once said…
    -Purple sometimes didn’t like Gillan clothes, I just read it in some interview…
    -It’s sad to see my idol being (exclusively in deep purple area) be a pale shade of himself…
    -these are just my opinions…

  18. 18
    Roberto says:

    -I said Gillan is “a little bit” mad (which to me means “extravaganza” and not to be a mental patient) and I think that’s true and it’s a funny thing…
    -I say he should do solo albums and leave deep purple because in that band high notes are required…
    -I tell to Gillan what to do? never…I just give my opinions…
    -”Don’t you think you pay more attention to what he is wearing not how he is singing”…NO, just the opposite…read what I wrote…I questioned “Why” but that’s not the problem for me as I said in the other post…
    -I like this project with Orchestra? I found it unnecessary (He did these things with deep purple before) and contradictory from what Gillan himself once said…
    -Purple sometimes didn’t like Gillan clothes, I just read it in some interview…
    -It’s sad to see my idol being (exclusively in deep purple area) be a pale shade of himself…
    -these are just my opinions…

  19. 19
    marcinn says:

    Okay guys. These are your opinions, not facts. I’m also sharing my opinions here. Neither of them is good or bad. It’s pretty obvious though you don’t like Ian as a person and as a musician. This thread is about being ON STAGE with Deep Purple. May I ask you why you transform alomst every thread into an attempt to say bad things about the musicians who currently play under Deep Purple banner?

    Roberto,

    How old are you? I assume you’re quite young, probably my age (I’m 24) or a little bit older. Project yourself in 40 years time. And reason out if you will be able to do as many push-ups as you can do today.

    Who said that ‘high notes’ are required in Deep Purple? If you simply cannot accept the fact that passing years, rock’n’roll lifestyle, singing ‘Child in Time’, ‘Strange Kind of Woman’ like he used to in 1970s; then Gillan band, the tour and album with Sabbath, Purple again, Toolbox (album and tour) and then Purple changed his voice, just don’t listen to him, don’t go to the shows, don’t even bother to buy albums. You have a choice. Use it wisely. Apart from that, I’ll tell you that every single high note he has hit affected his voice and with the aging process the it has changed.

    But please don’t badmouth him just because you don’t like his present voice status. I like it, and I’m trying to contradict your opinion with mine. I think his voice suits Purple very much, some songs sound even better than the originals. I love his present performances of Blind Man, Pictures of Home and Perfect Strangers. And if he misses a note from ‘Highway Star’ or ‘Space Truckin’ so what? The world won’t collapse after that for sure. If you say he is your idol, so you must have an ideal image of him in your mind. But he’s a human being like we all are, he’s not a superhuman and psychologically speaking you love your idealistic image of Gillan. Try to think it over that way.

    Another thing is that you seem not to be respecful to him. Tell me how many times have you felt happiness that was brought to you by his music, performances. Count. I’m sure it must be around million. Don’t you think that with a view to this fact alone, he doesn’t deserve the ‘support’ he gets from you here?

    Mark,

    See my thoughts about his present voice status and a good advice in what I’ve just written to Roberto.

    Smoking thing. I’m also a smoker and I’m trying to quit at the moment but it’s very hard to me. I’m afraid I have a very weak strong will. I’m a weak man, and that I admit. Humans are prone to various addictions that destroy health, some are very easy to quit and some are not. I really envy those people who are able to cope with that.

    Drinking thing. For some people, me included, a certain amount of alcohol is needed to have fun. All in the topic.

    I don’t know how long one can go. Probably as long as one is destined. I truly want Ian to sing as long as he wants to.

    Finally, I just want to say I’m not attacking you both. I’m trying challenge your opinions and as my dear friend says: ‘Challenge is always good’.

    Back to the topic of this thread. I was on stage while Purple were playing and it was the most uplifting experience I have ever chersihed. To see Paicey’s drumming, Don’s playing, or simply Ian standing in awe when Steve plays his solo spot, and see the audience’s hands up in the air while Perfect Strangers for instance allows you to embrace the overall euphoria. You might be worn out before going on stage, but when you’re off you feel the energy has been regained. I think it’s one of the main reasons why Purple have been touring and anyone who wins the competition will have the time of his/her life.

  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I certainly not focus only on IG s appearance……

    As a matter of fact, if he would be able to sing without the UNNECESSARY damages caused to his vocalchords due to his erratic unhealthy behaviour I would still worship him as my God of Rock Vocals.

    But I must admit, not being gay or something…..
    I prefer to see my idols look like they do and take care of themselves.

    Its a fact that DP and their attraction not only came from the music but also a certain attitude and appearance which was loved by lots of fans.

    I know they cant help getting old, we all do.
    But sometimes I think…..
    Why dont you lose a bit of weight?
    Why is your hair so short that it does not become you?
    What the fuck are you wearing now?
    For me a t shirt and jeans is ok but pyamas and joggingoutfits? Nope.

  21. 21
    Roberto says:

    marcinn:

    I just wrote before:”be old and with a wasted voice is not surely a blame, it’s normal…”
    so I know prefectly what you said about his “changing voice”…I have listened Gillan’s 80-90-00 versions more than his 70 version bacause I love his “adult” voice…but I just think Gillan has been able to sing deep purple songs correctly until 2007…not now…and I have to say that I love his last solo album too…and I keep on thinkung that a certain amount of high notes are required for deep purple songs…

  22. 22
    Gary says:

    Very well said, Marcin 🙂

  23. 23
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I said LOW, not LONG…….

  24. 24
    andre says:

    I just can say after following this thread that some posts here has ruined the flow and technical meaning of the main topic above. It’s just become the same old song and dance again about something that in my opinion are unworthy, boring, and priceless. Again, they are all back to our view as a fan and human being of course, no need to argue for all night long.

    Refer to the main topic, I believe ones who will get chance sitting next to the drum raiser will be one of the luckiest people in this world. I can only dreaming to be in a point where I could watch my heroes from a rarely but amazing viewpoint, that would give me a new awesome excitement as well as different kind of appreciating their music.

    Why don’t lucky people will write and share here about their experiences watching and following Deep Purple concert on stage? So we could discuss deeply about those raptures until a million words…Gonna be a nice thread !!

    Cheers ^_^

  25. 25
    Darryl Butt says:

    I’m flying over from South Africa to see the 2 Hammersmith shows, this would be beyond my wildest dream.

  26. 26
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Marcinn #11,

    As you can see, the bashers don’t give a toss about you explanation of Mr. Gillan’s obscure moment, which I find to be wonderful and quite brave, while being a little flauntish. I’d say he is totally naked under the poncho. It doesn’t get anymore ‘Rock and Roll’ than that. Gillan obviously felt the desire to have a little fun and as you say probably was observant of the discomfort the soggy audience was experiencing. He did SOMETHING that was probably mush appreciated and is at least a ‘One Shot’ event which was obviously off the cuff.

    Welcome to the land of Gillan and Morse bashers Marcinn, and thanks for clarifying the incident….too bad it won’t matter to the haters…

    Cheers

  27. 27
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I m NOT a Gillan basher.
    I m just a critical fan who thinks he made the wrong choice teaming up with the wrong man , Mister Plain Man.

  28. 28
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    ‘Mr. Plain Man’….talk about flip flop….somewhere else you describe him as ‘Too Over the Top’…..

  29. 29
    Gladencia says:

    I dream to be on stage, singing, people cheering, every where I go, they know my name, Everyone wants my b autograph, and that i wont seam as usless as feel

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