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Best British Band and Album

Deep Purple have picked up a couple of Planet Rock The Rocks awards on the strength of their 2017 performance — Best British Band and Best British Album for the inFinite. Unlike some other industry awards that we know, these are decided by the fan vote “as a welcome antidote to the pop music back-slapping”.

Other winners include:

BEST INTERNATIONAL ALBUM – Foo Fighters Concrete & Gold
BEST BRITISH SINGLE – Inglorious I Don’t Need Your Loving
BEST LIVE BAND – Metallica
BEST NEW BAND – Wayward Sons

27 Comments to “Best British Band and Album”:

  1. 1
    DeeperPurps says:

    Well earned, well deserved! It seems there are plenty of Purple People out there who know their rock music and who have spoken with their votes. It is very refreshing to witness such awards being given out based on merit, (ie): fan vote, rather than on the hype of industry insiders (rock journalists and other corporate hangers on). If Rock n Roll Hall of Fame had operated based on fan vote, Purple probably would have been inducted decades ago. Good on Planet Rock for a reversal of that trend.

  2. 2
    Philippe Pomiès says:

    Ils sont les meilleurs depuis longtemps… enfin la reconnaissance.

  3. 3
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    I say, well done old chaps!. Congratulations are definitely in order… this certainly is a most splendid result for you all, indeed. Now, anyone for a really nice hot strong cup of tea & a watercress sandwich?!.

  4. 4
    Adel says:

    How about Glenn Hughes? Did he even come second or. Third in any of the categories!!

  5. 5
    Moreno Cassina says:

    Dopo 50 anni ancora i migliori la classe non è acqua 👍👍

  6. 6
    Αρτέμης Βατικιώτης says:


  7. 7
    tony the paicey fan says:

    Are you kidding ?

    Deep Purple isn’t the best British band, it’s the best band in the world !

    For decades I’ve been following them, and again and again and again they are always great!

    Well I came for miles around, and I’ve said, man your music is really hot !

    Cheers, Tony

  8. 8
    Kevin Kober says:

    Well deserved, and it’s great to hear from Paicey, too!

  9. 9
    George G Martin says:

    Yes Ian I agree ” You are a dam good band”!

  10. 10
    errol arias says:

    Alright … yes : Best British Band. And like #7 said : “The best band in the world”.I agree with that. But, c’mon .. .Best British album ? Infinite? That is an album that lacks the variety, virtuosity and brilliance of “Now What” (to name the most recent album of the band) .. If it were not for the three pieces that they usually choose to play live (“Time for Bedlam”,”The Surprising” and “Bird of Prey” ) ,that album would be easily forgotten. What were the other participants in the categories of the best British album of 2017? I have listened to albums of British bands released in 2017 that are much better than “Infinite” ….

  11. 11
    GARETH says:

    Infinite is one of Purples greatest albums.Hopefully there will be one more before they retire.

  12. 12
    Rob says:

    Dash it Blackers #3 but I bally well agree. A tickety-rickety-boo result and mine’s on brown bread, no crust, if you please.

  13. 13
    Dive says:

    Purple is a musician band. Many of the other bands that are winners here and are members of the hof would not even exist without Deep Purple. Deep Purple shows are always great, but every once in while they do one that is that great that it will blow you away. Watching them playing highly complex tunes with an ease that reminds one of making a cup of tea is an incredible experience. A lot of people don’t realise how slick these old dudes are. Man I wish I will be like them when I am that old.

  14. 14
    Les Hedger says:

    They’ve been my favorite band since 1973. To me, they are the best rock band of all time!! Sorry Beatles, Zep and Stones fans.

  15. 15
    yance says:

    Not really sure why I am surprised. It makes perfect sense.

  16. 16
    Ivica says:

    Boys have done a good job, an “Infinite” very good album, four new classics: “Time for Bedlam”, “All I Got Is You”, “The Surprising” and “Birds of Prey.” “Infinite” among between ten best albums of DP all times / my ranking between 6 and 8 places /
    Thanks to UK … for Football and Deep Purple! 🙂

  17. 17
    mike whiteley says:

    Almost a year after its release,I don’t listen to inFinite very often. It didn’t grow on me.One third of it is great-Bedlam,The Surprising,Birds Of Prey.A slightly bigger chunk of it is OK-Hip Boots/Vegas/Get Me Outta Here/Johnny’s Band..(Putting Paradise Bar on the album would’ve made 5 OK songs) The remainder-On Top Of The World/Roadhouse Blues-is a double shot of terrible.
    While I am glad for any praise Deep Purple gets as it moves ever closer to Goodbye, inFinite is not the album I’ll play to remember the last line-up.

  18. 18
    Tommy H. says:

    We have to enjoy these last days when you have our beloved Purple as best British band, but I’m also far from sad to see bands like Foo Fighters, Metallica or Alice Cooper here. They’ve also been in the business for a long time. Purple was founded in April 1968 – next month we can say that this was 50 years ago. Next year it’ll be 25 years since Steve had joined the band and it’ll be 50 years ago that Ian and Roger joined for the first time.

  19. 19
    mike whiteley says:

    Wow,I completely forgot All I Got Is You. ( I said I don’t listen to inFinite very often.) That song is solidly in the top four.

  20. 20
    rob says:

    Best British band ! Best British album! Cool ! The foo Fighters got best international band. Best International Album too

  21. 21
    James Gemmell says:

    I saw where a young musician was saying most of today’s groups “have one foot stuck in the 1970s, and he proceeded to say guitars are old hat. It makes me appreciative that I’m old enough to have grown up in an era when rock and pop music were part of the fabric of life. That fabric was long ago ripped to shreds in the United States. Yes, there are still some fine bands, but mostly it’s garbage music over here. The music “industry” and the corporate beancounters killed it for good.

  22. 22
    stoffer says:

    Very well deserved award!! Congrats to the band as well as Bob Ezrin and also to the fans, US if you will, for still following!! Infinite is in my opinion the best LP of the Morse era right up there with Perpendicular. I DO NOT want to start a Blackmore vs. Morse debate, we’ve been there and done that (pointless)!! Congratulations again to Deep Purple, the best band in the world, saw them in the US in 2017, hope to see them 1 more time.

  23. 23
    Buttockss says:

    Happy ever after.

  24. 24
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    mike Whiteley @ 17, I still listen to infinite every day, I love it. It’s a magnificent album. I adore ‘All I got is you’.

  25. 25
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Fantastic!!!! Great to see the PURPS get their due. I sorta agree with ‘stoffer’ here regarding INFINITE. I do teeter back and forth between it and ‘Now What’. I have both CDs in my home player and set it on ‘Random Play’. Both albums go so well together and compliment each other yet are way different. As with ‘Stoffer’ we too saw Purple in 2017, at the same venue and got to hang out for a spell. Next we are going to hook up in St. Louis on May 7th to see the Purple Tribute band “Perfect Strangers”…. lookin’ forward to it Stoffer. And again…. CONGRATS TO DEEP FRIGGIN’ PURPLE!!!!!! CheerZ

  26. 26
    mike whiteley says:

    @ 25- GREAT to see you back here,Tracy !!
    Hope all is well with you.

  27. 27
    Tony Rockall says:

    Richly deserved, I must say. INFINITE is a brilliant album, although I’m not overly keen on the cover of Roadhouse Blues.
    The other nine tracks are amazing, though.

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