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Roger missed Bonn

Updated with message from RG. Deep Purple were headlining the Classic Rocknacht in Bonn, Germany this Sunday, July 14, and found themselves without a bass player. Roger Glover had to sit this one out due to shoulder pain (express.de report in German). Nick Fyffe was hastily recruited to do the duties. Nick has already deputized on bass when Roger had to miss a few shows couple of years back for family reasons, so he already knew the classics. But Now what?! material was a new territory for him. According to the promoter, the band rehearsed with the new bass player tirelessly throughout Friday to nail down the set.

Gov’t Mule were also on the bill in Bonn and Warren Hayes came on stage to jam with the boys. Here’s a video (with piss poor sound, unfortunately):

As for Roger, don’t worry — we have reports that he was back on stage the next day in Zürich.

Update (Jul 17): from the horse’s mouth:


I have apologized to my band mates and I apologize to all that were at the Bonn concert, I am sorry I wasn’t there. I’m deeply indebted to Nick Fyffe for taking over at incredibly short notice.

I have a shoulder injury. Unfortunately, an attempt to relieve the discomfort unexpectedly had the opposite effect for a few days and I couldn’t use my arm. Fortunately, I eventually found relief and played the Zürich concert the following night – and I will finish the tour.

Great man, Nick Fyffe.


Thanks to Yvonne Osthausen for the info.

23 Comments to “Roger missed Bonn”:

  1. 1
    Mads Rud Larsen says:

    What was The setlist? 🙂

  2. 2
    Svante Axbacke says:


  3. 3
    HardRockPete says:

    No Roger? I would’ve felt cheated, but then again…. They got Warren 😀

  4. 4
    errol arias says:

    No “Weiderstan”,no “Uncommon Man”,no “Out of hand “,no “Hell to pay “…they keep missing the best songs of “Now What?! “..how can they call it the “Now What?!” Tour?

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

    Not too thrilled about the setlist… Was hoping for a more drastic change after all the ?NW! hoopla. I hope the ‘NW Tour’ doesn’t diminish into the ‘SOS Tour’. Surely they will re-adjust this as they progress along. They should do no less than half the album and throw in a couple from each of the other MK7-8 albums. That would leave 5 slots open for the ‘old standards’. ?URFECT!

    Glad Rog is back. Cool that Warren Hayes got up also. Hope there is some better quality vids to follow.


  6. 6
    T says:

    I am actually surprised this sort of thing does not happen more often. I am way younger than Roger Glover and I have a titanium hip! Glad to see Roger is back on the stage, and I hope Nick had a great time–I know I would…

  7. 7
    Scott says:

    Roger must have been in a lot of pain or discomfort to miss a show. Do we know how he is doing or If he’s back touring with the band????

  8. 8
    fritz says:

    @4 they dont call it the Now What tour dude. That starts in October!!!! This was a Festival with lots of other Bands. So they play a shorter set for starters and then use a setlist that is more for a wider audience. Because a lot of people will not have come specifically for Purple. I am impressed they did 3 Songs from the Album.
    Every Band plays different sets on Festivals in comparison to their own shows.

  9. 9
    Thunderhawk says:

    Such a great new album, without even the best of the record played live on the tour to promote it.
    No, Weirdistan, no Uncommon Man, no Out of Hand, No Apres Vous, not even Hell to Pay.
    Deep Purple bow your head in shame….

  10. 10
    Mikenite says:

    I think they should do one or two gigs where they play the entire album! That would be cool, and I would definitely go to concert like that!

  11. 11
    al says:

    Next time we will going to have a cover band,instead of Dee Purple!Time to tour less and record more guys!

  12. 12
    glubert says:

    I´ve missed the first band Triggerfinger. 2. band was Crppled Black Phoenix.They did a very good 1hour show. The highlight of the was Gov´t Mule.A fantastic 2hour show. As the headlining band DP should be able to as long as a supporting band, but they only played 1.38h.

  13. 13
    Kidd Purple says:

    Glad Rodger is OK but ,the set list needs to be Now What!? This record is too good not to play at least 5-6 songs!

  14. 14
    ao says:

    Gov’t Mule has been a favorite band of mine since they first started out in 1994. I believe that if Deep purple really want to get back to their glory in the USA market, they should to book some of the big festivals here like Bonnaroo, Gathering of the Vibes, Coachella, Austin City Limits, Summer fest in Milwaukee and any others jus to be in the circuit . There’s a whole generation of young concert goers who are starving for Deep Purple. There’s also Mountain Jam and Wanee. Pass the word on for 2014 Roger!

  15. 15
    Nick Soveiko says:

    ao @14:

    bands don’t book festivals. it works the other way around.

  16. 16
    jr miller says:

    As people get older they at some point slow down. With the passing of John Lord and Roger Glovers injury it might be a good thing to slow down. As much as I love Deep Purple the band members health is more important. The good thing is they have left the fans a lot fo music for everyone to listen to. Thank GOD for that. jr miller

    with the passing

  17. 17
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:


    Nick I’d have to disagree with that. Bands and acts have promoters that hustle their brand to all walks of exposure and festivals are one of the best adverts there is due to the widespread advertisement. There is heavy politicking, especially to be the “Headliner”…. Yes there are some sought after acts obviously due to draw stats, but there are many promoters knocking on the festival management door hoping to get their band in.


  18. 18
    James Gemmell says:

    Great man, Roger Glover.

  19. 19
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Scott @7….

    Look underneath the video for the sentence: “As for Roger, don’t worry — we have reports that he was back on stage the next day in Zürich.”


  20. 20
    T says:

    Re: #17

    You beat me to it, Tracy…

    You don’t sit and wait for things to happen–you *make* them happen. Opportunity doesn’t knock–you have to go door-to-door on your own.

    There should be a push for American TV coverage–Leno, SNL, “That Metal Show,” etc. The latter would be easiest and pay dividends.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Eddie Trunk & Company would fly out to Purple for a segment.

  21. 21
    Chip says:

    Whjat T said in #20. Trunk and company are huge fans, they’d love to have them on the show and Ian and Roger would thrive in their casual friendly environs.

    As for the festivals…..they would shock and surprise those festival crowds in a good way. They would do well to compromise on the band’s standard take for the shows to promote the band at some of these festivals. Might be well worth the trade-off.

  22. 22
    purplepriest1965 says:

    For those wanting to hear a good quality recording of Bonn :


    Also Roma :


  23. 23
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Yes, Trunk & Co would love to sit with Purple and chew the fat. Unfortunately, Purple and Co don’t quite get the point of it all. Living in the shadow of MTV days gone by that were avoided by the management seems to be ‘deja vue all over again’….. Dump Those Bumms!!!! HIRE ME!!!! Hell, I’d do it for friggin’ free.


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