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Surprise in Pratteln

Ian Paice and Roger Glover with members of Purpendicular; photo courtesy of Seher Cosgun

On March 21 Ian Paice was playing a gig with the tribute band Purpendicular in Pratteln, Switzerland. The band received a surprise reinforcement as Roger Glover “happened to be in the neighbourhood” and joined them on stage.

Roger Glover and Robby Thomas Walsh, Pratteln, March 21 2012; photo courtesy of Seher CosgunUpdate (Mar 27): Apparently, Roger dropped by unannounced before the gig to say hello and was talked into joining them on stage for a few songs at the beginning of the show. It was only when the lights came on the audience realized who is playing the bass. He stayed to watch the rest of the show from the soundboard area.

Thanks to Purpendicular.eu and Seher Cosgun for the info.

34 Comments to “Surprise in Pratteln”:

  1. 1
    Marcelo Soares says:

    Two videos (with Paice only) are online.



  2. 2
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I dont understand why this band is rated so high by some.

    The singer looks cool though , DC around CTTB I d say.

  3. 3
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Great to see these guys just having fun doing what they do best and obviously enjoy….playing music, and making some folks truly happy along the way. Cudos boys….


  4. 4
    Deep Purple Tour Page says:

    On Youtube … Purpendicular (Deep Purple Tribute) with Ian Paice. Drum Jam & Hush from Aschaffenburg – 23. March 2012


  5. 5
    werner says:

    purplepriest1965, watch them, then you know, my friend.
    all of them worked with ian paice, roger, joe lynn turner, the keyboarder with deep purple themself, gotthard, eros ramazotti, zucchero, the guitarplayer was votet for nr 1 guitar player in italy, and the drummer worked with ian, don airey, jon lord, roger, steve lukather, guy pratt od pink floyd, mark king of level 42, neil murray, and maaaaany more, the singer with jlt, rog, ian, and bass player with ip and jlt…so says everything about musical knowledge, when they get booked by this acts.
    check them out, before you say negative words or coming with doubts and envying!
    always these people only complaining:
    why are they so high rated, why dont DP not doing a studio album, why ritchi left the band, why do they side projects, why this, why that, IG cant sing, why dont you play child in time, blablabla.

    fed up of this rapcrap.

    its the most international tribute act, who is even in montreux this year, celebrating 40 years of machine head, and has DP support.

  6. 6
    Jordan says:

    Yes, the singer looks like DC around CTTB. Unfortunately he can’t sing like DC. His vocal range seems to be very limited. Sadly not enough for the Purple stuff. But Paice seems to enjoy himself.

  7. 7
    LRT says:

    Uh oh, singers being counter-rated for their looks, now we’re back to brass! Sheesh! Just some friends to play with, anyone should be so lucky.

    Thanks for the clips, Marcelo and DPT, nice to see some folks being productive and constuctive on here, among us whiners and counter-whiners. 🙂 Mucj appreciated, people hardly tend to glance around on their own anymore, so cheers for sharing!

  8. 8
    olaf says:

    i seen them twice, and to be honest the singer struggles with child in time 3rd octave, but what he does, he does very well. in pratteln they performed Bloodsucker and it was no problem, great range there also lazy and space truckin. the band themselves were very tight and i can agree that they are by far the best tribute around. maybe the best option for all of us when the ‘real Purple’ are not around!
    I also tried to get autographs from Roger but sadly missed him. it was hard with the security to get anywhere near them. Ian was really on top form apart from mistakes in some endings. the security were not very friendly in this club.

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I did not say it is an unenjoyable bunch, I just still have ears on my head and hear the limitations.
    Dont generalise with all that blabla about negative people.

    I for one will NEVER ask for CIT again.

    That was already in 1984 a no go area.

    All the famous names surrounding this outfit and even a compliment by The Maestro himself.
    If I should embrace everything a famous person would produce I would really be walking through turds.

    Bah, Blackmore had something positive top say about Kurt Cobain as well, talking about shit.

    Blackmore is like Schenker, a strange man with strange decisions.

    I think MS belongs in UFO and that UFO sounds a bit too “empty”without him but hey…….
    THEY are the musicians, so what do I know?! : )

    I might enjoy them more if seen live, who knows.
    Right now, based on what I see on the Net, they are average, I m sorry.

  10. 10
    Mr Leslie says:

    I was looking very forward to this gig and – was very disappointed!!! First of all – Paicey was very, very good, sympathic, great. But the rest of the band…. I’m a hammond player by myself. We also play some DP and Whitesnake songs. For me – playing music is my hobby – it’s an absolut no go to play some DP songs without at least a hammond clone and of course a leslie-speaker. The keyboarder may be a good musician but the sound of his keys was terrible!!! A midi keyboard and an apple computer can never ever substitute a hammond and a leslie-speaker! Next time, when they are in Switzerland, he can use my equipment…. The guitar-player is of course also a fine musician. BUT – as the rest of the band – there’s no deep purple feeling!! they play DP, but they don’t celebrate DP. there’s no DP spirit. For example WABMC and Hush were terrible… the bass-player has definitely the wrong technique to play DP. Roger alwas play with plectrum… and the singer: he looks like a rock-singer, he behaves like a rock-star but he doesn’t sing like one….

    so, these are hard words, I know. but for me, it’s the truth. there areeven some DP-tribute-bands in Switzerland, which are much better, not better musiscians at all, but with the real DP-celebrating spirit. I would like to see Purpendicular again, with Paicey (and Roger of course), but with real DP instruments like hammond, leslie, stratocatser….


    pat from Switzerland

  11. 11
    max says:

    I can’t wait to see Purplendicular Live in Italy…I hope…
    I know the band through new Italian guitarist Michele Cusato, who is one of the best new players in our country. I saw the big surprise by Ian and Roger on the stage in the pics of their last gig and it really entertained me. I wish the band and Michele Cusato the best for their rock future.

  12. 12
    MrIbanez1972 says:

    Hi folks,

    To purplepriest1965 and Mr Leslie: In 1994 i saw Deep Purple playing with Joe Satriani live in Germany, and believe me, at that time i was there just couse I am a fan of Joe, but I must say, that Gig with that lineup was much more Deep Purple than with Blackmore, who I also respect as a great Guitar Player and of course innovator in Rock music. But i saw the rest of DP having really fun playing their songs with Joe, because he didn’t try to copy Ritchie, jut tried to play the songs, how the fans knowed them.
    Now I was in the audience in Pratteln Z7, and I wanna tell you, that I don’t understand your opinion.
    If I’m thinking back to 1994 I have to say, that Purpendicular with Ian Pace on Drums transmitted the feeling and spirit of Deep Purple with all that love and expression, Deep Purple woud do…and please, they don’ t have to do a lookalike contest, only play great stuff….

    To Mr Leslie, I know the sort of musicians like you, who wants to be as purist as possible, but I heared the Keybordsound in Pratteln, too, and I think, you listen with youre eyes….even Ray Manzarek of the Doors plays stil live with one Masterkeyboard, because he have realized, that the audience want to hear the Doors sound, and not to see wich Farfisa or Hammond organ he plays….IT’S THE SOUND THAT COUNTS…

    One more thing to Mr Leslie: I am Guitar player since 1987 and get my money with the music I make, and no one cares about, why I play that Ibanez JS-1 through a Boss Gt-3 directly to a PA!
    The only guitarplayer who played strat with DP was Blackmore, so what about Steve Morse, Tommy Bolin..???? No strats….Musicman………Gibson…….and even Blackmore played on the earliest albums a Gibson E335………I Think You don’t know that……So the Guitar player of Purpendicular ,MICHELE CUSATO, had to do all that styles of guitar players that had DP in the last 40 years, and you know what? He did it not only technical phantastical, but also with a lot of Passion ,Love , Expression and Heart Blood (how we say in Germany) so that I think ,he can Play along with DP without a fear…..really.

    To all that negatives out there, next time you are visiting a PURPENDICULAR concert, close your eyes and listen…listen….listen………I think also, that Purpendiculars singer have the voice to do all that DP staff without the limitations someone here ears…….


  13. 13
    Mr Leslie says:

    To MrIbanez

    “….IT’S THE SOUND THAT COUNTS…” Absolutely right. But the sound of the Keyboard was terrible! I was there with my band colleagues, and they have the same opinion. Of course I know, what Richie played. I’m also a big fan of Steve. But the Hammond is the instrument you can hear on EVERY ALBUM of DP. Why does Don play with Jon’s Hammond? His Leslie-Speakers? Because he isn’t able to buy a Midi-Keyboard himself? The people want to hear a real Hammond, believe me. Michele Cusato is a good guitar player, of course, but I didn’t hear all styles of guitar players from the last 40 years of DP, I’m sorry. I don’t want to hear all the styles. Does Steve try to copy Richie?? But I want to hear and feel the Purple SOUND an SPIRIT. I missed it. I’m sorry….

  14. 14
    Andres Nieto says:

    Hi there! Hope to see the guys of Purpendicular someday. I’ve seen Michele Cusato’s videos and I can say that he’s truly a master of the guitar. The recent videos I saw from them (the band) are really great and they catch the essence of what is Deep Purple, and there is so many good news from them in their page!

    But the really thing is that no matter how many videos I can see, nothing would compares to see them LIVE. Hope to see you guys on the road and please, please, PLEASE come to Venezuela!!

    P.D. You are BIG Mike! haha 🙂

  15. 15
    Matt says:

    Hi everyone!

    I just wanted to say thanks to Purpendicular for the great show they put on in Switzerland!
    A great performance! That night was amazing, and it defenetly was worth the travel to get there!
    I saw technique, passion, expression and an outstanding work on the “shades” that only a band made by professional musicians can do. In my honest opinion they were great, all of them, expecially Robby Thomas Walsh, who defenetly knows how to “abduct” the crowd, and Ernesto Ghezzi and Michele Cusato for their extraordinary performance!
    And I just want to quote every line of MrIbanez for what he wrote down to Purplepriest and Leslie…
    Are you two even musicians? Or you’re just haters? Because I play music as a hobby, and I just know that, if I were in one of those guys, I couldn’t keep a show of this magnitude, I’m don’t even near to have such skill to do that… so I was wondering… IF! you two are Professional Musicians, why you weren’t on that stage playing with Ian Paice and Roger Glover, instead of being here, telling us how much the band sucked from your point of view?
    Sorry for the tones of the discussion, but I hate when a lot of hard WORK is criticized in this way…

    Just my 2 cents…

    Greetings from Italy!

  16. 16
    Mr Leslie says:

    Hey Matt

    Slow down!! First of all, I didn’t say at all, that the band sucks. The sound of the keys sucked in my opinion!! I’m also playing music as a hobby. But I – as a non professional musician – try to get an authentic sound! That’s for me a question of respect! If I go to a concert of the worlds best DP tribute band, pay quite a lot money for a ticket and there’s no hammond, not even a leslie-speaker on stage but an apple Computer and a midi keyboard, I’m very, very disappointed! And the organ-sound of this equipment was – in my ears – terrible! Ernsteo Ghezzi may be a great keyboardplayer, a great musician, but that’s a shame. When they come to Switzerland next time, he can use my equipment!! Really! I have a real hammond, 2 clones an 4 leslie-speakers.
    By the way: I have nothing at all against Italian musicians: Our guitar player is also Italian: A fine player and very good friend of mine.



  17. 17
    olaf says:

    the problem i see here is a typical musician who is very self concious and in order to defend himself in front of his own colleagues and band members he needs to tell them that he knows everything and waits for every little fault of actual band playing, and when there is no fault, he will find one.
    But Mr Leslie also had some good points!!! the midi keyboard does look awful on stage and of course to obtain the sound from an original hammond from something like that is hard.
    but i do know when i seen them in austria they did have a hammond.
    ernesto ghezzi played one show with the real deep purple in Germany for don airey a few years back when he was keyboard player in Gotthard. so he is an accomplished musician.
    i dont think the band copy the 70s line up to be honest. they just play it in their own way, thats why is a disgrace to say the singer cant sing! it might not be to your liking, but thats different.
    the guitarist doesnt have to play a strat. and from what i know, most DP tributes can only play a limited amount of songs as i have seen. bands such as demons eye, shades of deep purple, lies, black purple are all very limited and can only play the blackmore stuff. Purpendicular can play anything from the first line up of DP to the present, which means there is always surprises. but all opinions are welcome on this board naturally if you dont like the band then dont come. i already have my ticket for France Ensisheim this weekend. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  18. 18
    Mr Leslie says:

    Sorry, Olaf, you’re wrong. I’m neither very self concious nor have I to defend myself or wait for faults of the band. My colleagues noticed as fast as I, what was missing most in the Z7. I just want to enjoy the beautiful music AND sound of DP. The (by the way always a little bit different) sound of Jon’s hammond was very, very important for DP over the years, that’s a fact. As I wrote before: Don Airey even buyed Jon’s equipment and plays it. And exactly this DP organ sound was missing in Pratteln. Before I decided to go to the concert, I watched some videos of Purpendicular. There was another keyboardplayer with a real hammond / leslie, which sounds good. So I was (and still am) very disappointed, that there was this silly keyboard on stage. I’m not the kind of DP-fan who only likes the old stuff with RB. I like the Steves guitar playing very, very much (by the way: listen to “Flyfing Colors”, the new album with SM). Michele Cusatos guitar playing remebered me on SM. No problems with that.


  19. 19
    purplepriest1965 says:

    “bands such as demons eye, shades of deep purple, lies, black purple are all very limited and can only play the blackmore stuff. ”


    You are suggesting Morse clones can play everything plus Blackmore?!

    Deduction : Morse’s playing is more evolved than Blackmore’s?!

    Btw, I think playing a Gibson or Strat does not necessarily mean the musician is able to sound exactly like the original.

  20. 20
    Pete says:

    All of them are good players, without any doubt, but the big problem is the singer. Just listen to http://www.myspace.com/purpendiculardp and you know what I am talking about. Sorry boys, but that’s not enough.
    The European No 1 tribute show to Deep Purple? It would be better to be more modest. Self-praising is a sign of arrogance.

  21. 21
    Mr Leslie says:

    Thanks Pete and Purplepriest. You are absolutely right.

  22. 22
    purplepriest1965 says:

    “Self-praising is a sign of arrogance.”

    Thats generalising.\\

  23. 23
    MacGregor says:

    Yes I agree with 19 @ purplepriest1965, A guitarist trying to emulate an original guitarist will always be identified as a cover guitarist. Look at Roger Waters cover band playing The Wall. Dave Kilminster is a fine guitarist & he does the job of emulating Gilmour better than anyone I have heard, but it still is just that! You can tell it isn’t Gilmour & whilst Kilminster adds his own style & flavour etc, he will never sound like the original guitarist & that is how is should be. Same with trying to copy Blackmore or anyone else, & that isn’t taking into account the guitar itself & the complete setup as well!

  24. 24
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Hmmmm….isn’t that then the same for OTR, Priest and MacGregor? That’s just a Tribute Band with a good guitarist that ‘wasn’t the original’. ‘JR’ sounded similar, but it wasn’t HIM. I don’t recall any criticism about that…..


  25. 25
    Sami says:

    @ 3 I do recall you bashing tribute bands in the past, Tracy, so how this differs from ie. OTR etc.(apart from Paice & Glover making an appearance vs your obvious dislike of JLT)?? Having played coversongs for a living a thousand times in the past I do appreciate these guys’ performance/effort…having fun & spreading it, just the way it should be!

  26. 26
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 24

    Well, Tracy.

    JLT can sing!!!
    Rondinelli plus the rest are not exactly playing like b people.

    Jurgen is defintely not his father but he did he fine job.

    If it not had been so, I d said as well.

  27. 27
    MacGregor says:

    Who’s OTR???????????? Not even worth mentioning……………….in this day & age it seems certain music fans are prepared to accept the music they like, dished up in many a form! Each to their own, but really I cannot see how fans who follow the class act, meaning the real deal, can then go & watch or support bands/artists pretending to be the real deal???? Play your own music, don’t cash in on other peoples talent! I mean, with an artist as in a painter, surely we are not going to have to put up with other so called artists painting Picasso, van Gogh, Rembrandt & others being copied? Well no doubt it has happened & jokers will continue to copy to try & cash in, because they cannot paint their own masterpiece! Isn’t it fraud???????????? I appreciate originality that’s all, not 2nd or 5th rate drivel! Or even worse!!!!

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

    Sami @25….

    Number one, I have never bashed tribute bands…Period. On the contrary. You must be eluding to the fact that considered OTR as being a Rainbow Tribute band while they were denying it and having much back and forth banter with purplepriest regarding such, but I have never bashed tribute bands per say. I respect what they do and also understand where they are coming from. I too spent years in a Covers Band and appreciate All musicians whom are out playing. I just call a spade a spade and OTR was just a Tribute band. So, back to my statements at #3, I stand by them.


  29. 29
    Sami says:

    Don’t know what eluding means but it could have been ‘the OTR-banter’
    your referring to, Tracy…anyway, thanks for being honest. Hell, got a gig on saturday backing up a rock & roll-singer(quite a character, Screaming Lord Sutch leanings or so)at my local which is about 400 metres from my place…how convenient is that: cozy place, great people, don’t have to drive, a few beers, crawling back home slightly drunk and pick up my drums on sunday.


    Take care

  30. 30
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:


    Sounds like a winner deal regarding your gig location. I was never that lucky. Always had to travel at least 45 minutes to the joints we played. I also never had the luxury of throwing down a few beers during. I couldn’t handle drumming and singing while drinking. Hard on the voice and timing. Plus half the time I had to be at the Fire Station the next morning, just a couple of hours after the gig. Sure was fun though. Looking into starting up again. Retired now and don’t have to worry about getting up in the mornings for work anymore, though I still am an early riser during hunting season and for fishing…..


  31. 31
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:


    See there? Right back where we started. “Here I Go Againnnnn…..”. Look, ‘Purpendicular’ are a “Deep Purple Tribute Band”. And from what I have seen on YouTube and read from those who have seen them ‘Live’, a damn good band. ‘OTR’ is a “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Tribute Band”. And from what I have seen on YouTube and read from those who have seen them ‘Live’, a damn good band.

    Nothing wrong with Tribute Bands. There is something wrong with Tribute Bands that claim to be something they are not. ‘Demon’s Eye’ used to be a Tribute Band. Now they are a legitimate Original Band due to releasing an album (damn good I must say) with Original material. If ‘Purpendicular’ or ‘OTR’ ever release an album with Original Material, they too can join ‘Demon’s Eye’, ‘Deep Purple’ and ‘Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow’ in the category of a ‘Professional Original Band’.

    Done and Cheers

  32. 32
    Sami says:

    Trace: enjoy the retirement & glad you’re picking up the sticks again in a possible band situation. Yeah, I know exactly what you mean, used to be a mess after a three-four gig week(drinking didn’t help, ha), until I got to it full time for a few years, and having to go to work in the mornings at six, huh, happy days 🙂 Now it’s only a few times per month, but last winter we did a five gig-‘tour’ in Lapland(in ski-resorts)with old mates on our winter-holidays playing mostly classic rock-covers…had a blast, got the families with us & enjoyed it thoroughly. (Thank you moderators for allowing this off-topic ‘rant’)

    Purpendicular does an admirable job, and so did OTR(saw them live & enjoyed it for what it was: A Very Good Rainbow cover band/side project or whatever with some wonderful musicians doing great renditions of songs close to my heart!)

    Long Live live music, support it people whenever you can.

    Cheers & be well everyone

  33. 33
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Lord Sutch?
    Sounds great, Sami.
    Wish I could have been there.

  34. 34
    olaf says:

    Highway Star Germany

    Lazy & IAN PAICE interview Germany

    Michele Cusatos Solo Austria

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