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Pictures of bogus

Remember the “Bogus Deep Purple” tour that Rod Evans tried to undertake in 1980? We did a special on it a while back, with eyewitness accounts and contemporary press clippings. A set of photographs taken at the Quebec City show has surfaced recently. You can view the photo gallery together with translation of an article from Pop Rock magazine here.

Thanks to Larry Toering for the info.

27 Comments to “Pictures of bogus”:

  1. 1
    Joey says:

    I bought 6 tickets for a scheduled show at the Soap Factoryin Staten Island. I phoned the place when I got news that Deep Purple were playing. The guy who answered the phone assured me that Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord and Paice were going to be there. When I arrived there , is when I found out that I was taken. I was going to stay for the show, as I was still a fan of Rod Evans, but it was cancelled. Apparently, the show the night before had an abrupt end due to bottles being thrown on stage. Idiots!!!! Anyhow, I actually kept the tickets all these yearsand they are somewhere in a box in storage

  2. 2
    Karl-Heinz says:

    Thanks a lot. I think it is a very interesting part in Purple history.
    I’m sad, that because of this Rod Evans vanished from the public. I always hoped that he will do some little concerts like Nick Simper is doing. I’m still a huge Mark I fan and would like to hear his pint of view about what happens 1968/69.

    Maybe some times more footage of the “1980-DP-incarnation” concert will appear.

    Great fotos and an intersting article.


  3. 3
    deepest70 says:

    @ Joey:

    I run the bogus DP 1980 website, and I would like to ask you, is there a possibility that you could send me a scan of a ticket you’ve kept from the Soap Factory show? It would be a great addition for the website, as it is very rare to find some memorabilities of the group. If you like to get in touch, please send me an email, my address is:


    Thank you very much in advance, would be a great help to complete the story.

  4. 4
    Fernando says:

    Interesting that we lived enough to see these shammy events on the band history becoming sort of “classic stuff” in any way. I must be among the few that consider those facts as completely crap, something that should never be considered as part of Deep Purple history, no matter the use of the name and the presence of Evans. His taking part on the 1980 swindle was totally unacceptable, and I don´t buy the “poor Evans, he was misled by the managers” explanation, he was no unexperienced young when that took place. Anyway, I would also like to have Evans showing up again and doing some of Mk I stuff, unquestionably an important part of the band history and his true legacy to the band´s history. He could join Simper and make some amazing concerts together.

  5. 5
    byron says:

    Rod Evans was great,he’s got a wonderful ,melodic voice.Captain beyond was a great band (RIP Rhino and lee Dorman who died some days ago)
    I’d like to hear from Rod-but ..

  6. 6
    Kasper/Denmark says:

    Hmm, i’ve heard it better!


  7. 7
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 6

    Are you serious?
    Your idea of Evans is based on this?

    Have you ever heard the first 3 albums?

  8. 8
    DRUMGUY1988 says:

    I’m sorry but Rod Evans is the biggest DUMBASS on the planet. Seriously how could he have possibly thought this was a good idea. He got what he deserved.

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    We all have bad ideas in our life.

    Probably one of them is : keep following the Purple tales untill the day you die.

    There’s so much more !!!!

  10. 10
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    The whole Rod Evens issue is so sad. Captain Beyond was an incredible effort that he walked away from. Their debut album is by far my favorite ‘Purple Spin Off’ record. Why he bailed out on that is beyond comprehension. Brings the Bogus Purple fiasco to an understanding though. He apparently wasn’t the brightest bulb in the patch regarding decision making.


  11. 11
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    @1 Joey,

    I too, drove out to Staten Island to see that gig with no idea if Blacker and the boys were in fact going to be there. Lo and behold, and if you recall, there were pictures of “the band” in the lobby. I demanded, and was granted, a refund and left in disgust. I do not recall much, if any, radio commentary on the likes of WNEW or WPLJ as to the bogus band. Needless to say, all came together when those Perfect Strangers got back together a few four short years later….


  12. 12
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    One thing that I find truly bizarre about this is that there isn’t anymore footage of any of the shows. The fact that Deep Purple was reportedly back together 4 years after calling it quits in 1976 should have been a huge attraction for all media to pursue and fans to want to record. Hard to fathom that it went that far under the radar that there was no interest in covering it, except for the same old story that Purple escaped the overall ‘Big Time’ by snubbing the masses on the promotion end back then. When the truly reformed in 1984, they did a fantastic job promoting the reunion and for a short period of time received the benefit of such promotion. Soon thereafter it was business as usual and they again fell out of the spotlight, into the abyss of obscurity whereby nobody knows they exist and the rest is ongoing history….


  13. 13
    Sami says:

    Good point Trace, the bogus outfit surely was underpromoted/neglected by the press, but understandably so given the circumstances. In Sufficiently Breathless Rod was easily as good as in the first CB album, I play it regularly, if the family lets me 🙂

  14. 14
    JOEY says:

    @Ted the Mechanic. Yes I do remember a poster or press photo of the band in the lobby. Thats when I found out that only Rod Evans would be appearing under the Deep Purple name. Do you remember if there was a second show scheduled at the Soap Factory? I seem to recall somebody there telling me that the show was cancelled because the night before bottles were being hurled on stage from angry people in the crowd, who were expecting the Mark II Lineup to be performing. I also do not recall much, if any press coverage of the event took place. I am pretty sure I heard about the gig on the radio, and thats when I sought after getting tix. Cant recall what station though !!!!! It was a longtime ago. Cheers!!! Happy New Year to all!!!!

  15. 15
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I never would have walked out Ted.

    I really would have wanted to witness this bizarre twist in the history of DP.

    Indeed, where’s all the footage?
    Did they not play more than 1 show with this, ahem, line up?

    Technically they were MK 5. Espescially when people like to drag Satriani + Purple in as a ” line up” : )

    Maybe someone fresh up my mind about this :

    As far as I can remember he, unlike Simper, chose wisely to accept royalties instead of a moderate amount of money.

    I recall Evans had to give those up after the ” organisation” of DP(edwards/Coletta/ MK 2)sued him bigtime.

    At the time, talking about ” Zeitgeist” : ) , I thought that was reasonable.
    Looking back I often wondered if such a penalty is not wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy over the top?

    I mean, I understand that he lost, but losing his royalties forever?

  16. 16
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Mats and Stoffer(Amongst others who do have an issue appearantly) :

    Above one of my many , many posts.
    I dont see myself bashing someone again.

    Frustrated minds(I usually do have a point) do have a selective eye for reality sometimes, I think.

  17. 17
    LRT says:

    Thanks for the credit, I did run this at another location, but it was thanks to our friend and resident Captain Beyond fan Hartmut. I scanned a ticket of the Portland show as well. I suspect many saved tickets rather than getting refunds, but I have yet to see anyone share them, or any pop up on eBay.

  18. 18
    stoffer says:

    priest, I think you posted under the wrong “headline”…. but I totally agree with you, you might just be Frustrated and you are entitled…but in ‘reality’ being negative or frustrated about the current status of DP, BCC or American guitarists isn’t going to bring MKII, III or any of ‘your’ favorite 70’s sound back no matter badly you want it, but you can keep tryin’

  19. 19
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    @14 Joey,

    I do not recall a second show. Only press coverage I remember was in The Aquarian weekly. I may have a copy buried somewhere and have to do some digging. It had a few brief comments including no knowledge who would be in the band. The ticket was white with purple lettering….


  20. 20
    LRT says:

    In case anyone can still open it, here’s an article in another language sent to me as well, concerning Tony Flynn, a seriously misguided individual, as well as Steppenwolf keyboard player Goldy, as I call him. Thanks again to Hartmut for this. http://www.lajornadaguerrero.com.mx/2011/02/09/fotos/contra.pdf

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 20

    I can still open but was abit lazy.
    Have not translated and read it.

    I try to recognise him. He is probably the blondhaired guy of the promotionpicture of way back, I think.

    What hair can do!

  22. 22
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hey Tracy

    What do you think of this effort to honour Capatrin Beyond?


  23. 23
    Bolinrocks says:

    I have a ticket from the Phoenix show”in the round” if you would like me to scan it for you I could. Let me know. Ticket shows a local band headlining (Lorie Mcdonanld” with DP in small print.

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

    Hey PP,

    Doesn’t seem to be connected to Captain Beyond. No reference to them as to their influence either. ‘Madly Dancing Backwards’ is a totally different tune. They do have a good sound though and I will be listening further…

    Even though a couple of the key musicians have passed on, Rod would do well to reform Captain Beyond, do a new album and tour.


  25. 25
    deepest70 says:

    @ 23 Bolinrocks

    Hello Bolinrocks,
    yes, that would be a great addition for the site! If it is possible, please send me a scan from the ticket. I wrote to Lorie some years ago, she didn´t remember much of the show, but said that it was fun with Rod and the guys.

    My email address is deepest70@hotmail.com

    Thanks a lot for help,

  26. 26
    Dean purple says:

    I remember clearly that day,I just turned fifteen in that day ;The concert was on June 25,1980 At the I.N.D.E. stadium in Mexico city.It was the big deal back in Mexico in those years,because there were not many concerts ,Thanks to the Mexican Woodstock (Avandaro) They did not expected so many people 300,000 so the festival ended the first day. For this reason rock concerts in Mexico were banned specially if thy were big names. So in that time was again the big chance to open the doors to mass concerts in Mexico. But great dissapointment and frustation when we realized tha was a fake Deep Purple,well at least Rod Evans was the original singer.The group that stole the show was Black oak Arkansas which in those days joined a sixteen year old kid on lead guitar a real virtuoso(I can’t remerber his name) After the concert people were furious and riots and vandalism occurred;After this 10 more years without concerts in Mexico City,You can find on you tube some footage of this event.

  27. 27
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Hey PP again….

    On an unrelated note, check out this band whom is honoring the band whereby they are obviously influenced.



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