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Dubai, here we come

Deep Purple at the Great Wide Open festival, Muhldorf, Germany, June 13, 2009. Photo: Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA.

Looks like Deep Purple are due to headline yet another jazz festival — organizers of the Dubai Jazz Festival have announced that the band will headline the 2013 event. As their appearance is scheduled for February 21, this will predate the down under tour and moves forward the tentative date for the tentative live premiere of the new material. The festival will run from February 14th to the 22nd at the Festival Park, Dubai Festival City.

To promote the band’s appearance in the region, Al Bawaba has a rather interesting interview with Ian Gillan:

How do you keep up the enthusiasm and energy over the tours and the years? What’s the secret?

Well, I don’t really know. We never planned this far ahead. Possibly it’s the way we set ourselves up in the beginning. We had no ambition, except to make the band as good as possible. Every street where I lived in the south of England had a band, so you try and steal the guitar player or the drummer from the band in the next street, just to improve your own band and all we cared about was just playing music that we loved. We didn’t give much thought to image, in fact we don’t have a publicist — never had one — and we never [gave] thought to the normal business things. So there’s a basic simplicity to the ethos of the band which has survived and I don’t think it’s changed in any way. The music’s kinda matured with us — it’s grown up a little bit I suppose — but it’s still got all the energy and enthusiasm that we had as kids. Apart from that, I couldn’t answer your question because I’m too close to it. All I know is that it’s full of energy and we still love it.

And on the much debated topic of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame nomination:

Befitting the success Deep Purple has achieved, the band has been nominated for the Rock’n’roll Hall of Fame. How much of an honour is this, or is it?

(Laughs.) Without being asked I was nominated for an MBE a little while ago and I was a bit fed up with these sorts of things and then I rationalised the situation. When I was a kid, the last thing that I wanted was to be institutionalised and sort of fought against the establishment all my life. However, when I had a chance to think about the nomination I realised I saw people getting excited about it around me and I realised it’s for family and friends and it’s not for me alone, it’s for the people who have supported us all through these years particularly through the bad times. So I look at it in a different way now,with a certain amount of humility.

Read more in Al Bawaba.

Caveat: at the time of this writing (November 22), this appearance has not been confirmed by the band’s management.

22 Comments to “Dubai, here we come”:

  1. 1
    Mads Rud Larsen says:

    It’s ok for you to come to Denmark too, you know 😉

  2. 2
    hans says:

    nice picture on that site of a totally different DP (a.o. David Coverdale) … 🙂

  3. 3
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Another heap of baloney from you know who.

    And that picture!!!!! OMG!!!!

    Was the editor of this article absent or drugged?
    A child can look up a more recent one.

  4. 4
    tony lind says:

    nej, nej, nej, Don’t listen to Mads, Australia first (først) !

  5. 5
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Yup, just as I stated elsewhere. They are succumbing to the common sense factor and accepting the fact that it’s time to grow up and go with the RRHOF induction. THANKFULLY! Good interview. Really looking forward to the tour and the album and their acceptance speech and performance at the RRHOF. YEEEEOOOOOWWWWW!!!!!


  6. 6
    buttockss says:

    Yes another farewell tour anounced, possible maybe a jazz tour and album?

  7. 7
    RB says:

    Quite interesting that Ian’s perspective is different to other members. I guess that will mean this line up will probably turn up to the event. I say this because big Ian does appear to carry the mantle of leader within the band (although he may see it differently) and (as Steve Morse once said) along with the manager has the biggest say concerning many decisions. I’m sure that they’d perform if they get in to the ‘R ‘n’ R Hall of Fame, with Glenn no doubt eager to show he can sing higher and louder than Ian (and David or God forbid JLT) – if given the nod he’ll probably be up on that stage faster than a whippet! Just hope it doesn’t turn in to a damn farce.

    Makes me chuckle that Ian seems ok with the idea that Purple have never had a publicist. If they did then perhaps they’d be a bigger name than they are. Seems like madness not to employ one and resolve things like the apathy within the USA towards the band.

  8. 8
    Purple fan says:

    Deep Purple, Coverdale and Hughes would be awesome at the induction ceremony. I’m still holding out…one in a million….of getting the best suprise ever……Deep Purple doing Highway Star an Space Trucking Medley and Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lars Uhlrich and maybe Wakeman doing a burn, soldier of fortune, mistreated medely. Blackmore then joins purple with Morse and does smoke. I’m dreaming but would that be one for the history books.

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Remember the issues they have with youtube and so on?

    Robert Plant does seem to have found a nice and relaxed way to release stuff for fans :


  10. 10
    Roberto says:

    Despite the fact the R ‘n’ R Hall of Shame is clearly not truthful, I will be more proud of them if they will refuse it…coherence with what they pubicly said before and the right decision for an ‘undergound band’…

  11. 11
    Bo says:

    If the next tour and album dont give Purple and us a HUGE boost and new life, it’s over. Then we only have the memories left and some DVDs etc. I’m sorry for you who did not see them live 40 years ago. They where bigger than life.

  12. 12
    AndreA says:

    Sorry,I know to be out from this “discussion” but I wish to sohow to you all this video with HIGHWAY STAR performe d by an italian band..I hoper you enjoy it. wishing well


  13. 13
    Carlos says:

    US Legends????? WTF!

  14. 14
    al says:

    @7 2 different singers but no one can even get closer to Ian,it is not about screaming and yes Glenn might be louder but Ian still is the best singer !

  15. 15
    john says:

    I am a 2nd of 4 genarations of Deep Purple family and friends over the last 15 years Ian has the most kind,warm,and the best host,and I cant to mentiom rog.!!!!!!! thanks for the becks!!!!

  16. 16
    Ivano Bosello says:

    There is a pic with Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Blackmore, Paice…
    And tehy write: US legends

  17. 17
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Do you think the best option is just invite only the last MK on stage there?

    Best would be that all members would be there, including Evans and Simper.

    Personally I still think it is a farce , espescially considering Lordy’s absence.
    They had all those years to beat the death of members.

    Maybe they woke up when he died?
    Or has there been a strong lobby after Jon died ?

  18. 18
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    @17 PP:

    Regarding RRHOF waking up….Over the last year or so, there have been many public complaints regarding Purple being ignored for the induction. One of which that come to mind was Alice Cooper taking a stab at the RRHOF on ‘That Metal Show’. He ranted about it and host ‘Eddie Trunk’ whom has become quite respected in the industry elaborated with disgust, basically ridiculing the organization for being totally irresponsible and out of touch. Soon thereafter it was announced that Purple were being considered…..

    Purple should make an appearance on that show. Coverdale and Hughes have done so.


  19. 19
    LRT says:

    While I agree it is a “farce” and they are “not truthful,” and likely woke up somehow looking like Lord might have alerted them. I also agree that it is a bootleg culture undersight to insist that Plant charging for such recording’s with no actual “proper” deal for is anything remotely “relaxed.” This is not for bootleg consumers, so it should be dismissed by any self respecting collectors of them as a buck raker worth not supporting. The day you find Purple shooting their own foot over this, is the day I will fly to Rotterdam and personally eat my hat in front of you, rip off artist! 🙂

  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:



    Have a nice weekend.

  21. 21
    MrPtheDPfan says:

    Mark my words ,Blackmore will pass . I hope not ,but I just don’t see him bothering to rehearse with the band .Could he just get on stage cold turkey ? Has he even ever met Steve Morse ?

  22. 22
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 21

    They should make an episode with Deep Purple and Blackmore on Southpark.

    That would fucking rock!!!

    The idea is them going to it after all but ending in a big fight screened for all viewers on earth.

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