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From Wacken to Tokyo

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Two live releases from the Now What! tour has been announced by earMUSIC.

In the press release, Roger Glover writes about the albums:

One band, two crowds, two countries – a tale of two cities indeed. From Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival, one of the biggest metal festivals in the world – and a city unto itself – to Japan and the stately Nippon Budokan, the most revered venue in Tokyo. Each with its own distinct personality.

Wacken is a success story beyond par, starting out humbly by two friends in a field in rural Germany and becoming one of the best organized and attended metal festivals ever. We were most impressed by the facilities, security, backstage, camping… in fact the whole production was superb.
As was the crowd, an awesome sight from the stage, generating a palpable sense of occasion. In the sunset, we were treated to a great welcome from the sea of tattoos and black leather facing us.

Festival crowds are unique because most people are there for the occasion itself rather than for any particular band. For us that is always a welcome challenge and a chance to connect with many who may never have seen us before. But the real stars are all in the audience. Thank you, Wacken.

By way of contrast, the Budokan is a temple of peace (except for the infamous occasion when all the seating was destroyed). “Made In Japan” was partially recorded there and we’ve played there many times since. For such a large space, the acoustics are excellent; this special building never ceases to impress.

On this particular evening, we came in at the back door, climbed the cool, marble staircase and entered the familiar dressing room. Feeling like we’re the only people in the building, it’s hard to believe there’s even an audience out there.

But there is, young and old, sitting patiently or chatting quietly – the embodiment of civility. It’s almost like the respectful hush one might find in a cathedral. But they’re here to rock. And rock they do. They may be quiet while they’re waiting but far from shy during the show. They gave us an unforgettable evening. Thank you, Tokyo.

“From The Setting Sun… (In Wacken)” was filmed by 9 HD cameras at Wacken Open Air Festival 2013. The show will be available in 3D on Blu-ray. Apart from the 3D Blu-ray, this show will be released as 2CD+DVD and 3LP gatefold.

“…To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)” has been filmed by 12 HD cameras at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo in April 2014. This show will be released on regular Blu-ray, 2CD+DVD and 3LP gatefold.

Both shows are released on August 28th, 2015.

The audio of both shows was mixed in Hamburg, Germany by Eike Freese and Alex Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn) with the supervision of Roger Glover.

Thanks to Lutz Reinert and earMUSIC for the info.

28 Comments to “From Wacken to Tokyo”:

  1. 1
    Andy Thompson says:

    How were the performances Gillan wise ,anyone know?!

  2. 2
    Deeperpurps says:

    Looking forward to this release. I was at the Nippon Budokan show last April and it was fantastic. Really eager now to see how it was captured live on DVD.

  3. 3
    Greg Furlong says:

    I hope from the Wacken show all songs are included. a version I have seen misses the opener “Highway Star” plus a couple of others from the “Now What” album!
    These concerts would want to contain the entire show. If so, they will be sensational!

  4. 4
    al says:

    This should be fun and cannot wait to get me those and crank it up.

  5. 5
    Jesse McDonald says:


  6. 6
    Hristo Yankov says:

    The best possible, brilliant I mean

  7. 7
    George Martin says:

    There is nothing better than Deep Purple live! I’ve got 2 shows coming up in July here in New Jersey and I can’t wait. With a new album do out next year, we the fans are truly very fortunate. I hope this continues for as long as possible. Keep recording those gigs!

  8. 8
    Scott says:

    Very Cool!! We’ll keep an eye out for this one. Glad to see this one is being supervised by Roger. Would be better If he was mixing it but at least he’s involved.

  9. 9
    AndreA says:


  10. 10
    Cameron says:

    Thanks as my previous entry to this article did not contain all of this information however here are the set lists for both concerts:

    Wacken 2013:

    Budokan 2014:

  11. 11
    Mark Bryant says:

    Yes!!!! Bi cannot wait!!!!!!

  12. 12
    gareth says:

    Will be getting these

  13. 13
    Ron Harper says:

    That is indeed excellent news. Already have both of them, but that has never been an issue when they are released officially. Still a great band after all these years.

  14. 14
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    George @7,

    Likewise on NJ. I’ll be in Englewood and Red Bank. Can’t get enough of the Purple Machine. :>


  15. 15
    David Sanderson says:

    Will be buying these as soon as they’re officially released. It’s also nice to hear from Roger too. This will keep me happy until the next studio release. I’m sure the guys have at least one more album in them.

  16. 16
    David Sanderson says:

    Will be buying these as soon as they’re officially released. It’s also nice to hear from Roger too. This will keep me happy until the next studio release. I’m sure the guys have at least one more album in them.

  17. 17
    Mike Whiteley says:

    Here’s hoping that these releases include all the Now What tunes performed on the nights.
    There are ample versions of Space Truckin’,Strange Kind Of Woman,Hush,etc already available.

  18. 18
    gustavo says:

    at least!!!!!!! Deep Purple live without the orchestra. Of course I´ll wait for them anxiously. Last shows in Argentina, in 2011 and 2014 were very good.

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

    Oh my!!!! First I get to attend Purple Live in Nashville at the Ryman on August 2nd. Then these 2 releases come out 2 days after my Birthday…. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! 😉

  20. 20
    LRT says:

    Andy, how’s your voice?! Tracy, enjoy the show. Been a while, they were fantastic last August I’m sure it won’t be a bust.

  21. 21
    LRT says:

    As people can see some of Wacken has yet to be seen, and also the Budokan show should very well please with all the cam coverage bringing out the light stick drum solo. That show is actually better than Wacken, as the audio boot easily proves.

  22. 22
    al says:


    what a year Tracy! Cannot wait for the new album next year! Meantime off to Paris in a few days and to catch for the first time in my life THE MAN IN BLACK! I don’t know whether I should be happy or angry that night,butI hope he picks up the electric and he plays some rock eventually! lol

  23. 23
    John says:

    Thanks Cameron for the setlist. Great nice pair, complementing each other, can’t wait to buy them both. Lately they come very seldom to Spain, a pity indeed. If they really release the 20th album I’m gonna see them wherever, as many times as posible.

    Thankyou so much boys!!!


  24. 24
    peter chrisp says:

    Thanks Cameron for the set list excellent, and happy birthday Tracey celebrate in style, looking forward to them

  25. 25
    Rock Voorne says:

    Have a good night out, Trace

  26. 26
    Jim says:

    Does anyone know yet what format the DVD’s (NTSC or PAL) for the two new live albums, Wacken and Tokyo? The both sound like they will be great.

  27. 27
    Mike Whiteley says:

    @ # 26 Jim – Not sure about DVD,but the pre-order listing for ….To the Rising Sun.. BluRay has this proviso:

    Playback Region B/2 :This will not play on most Blu-ray players sold in North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.

    No such warning for the Wacken show.

  28. 28
    Darryl says:

    Oh….another live album. No, make that 2. Milk more dollars out of the faithful.

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