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Globetrotting in France

From Harlem in the Netherlands we flew to Rennes to see our great Deep Purple.

When we walked on Friday evening around the Rennes city we saw a bill bord on front off the Virgin Megastore. We were very very lucky when we read that on Saterday at 13.30 pm Deep Purple came in the shop to sign their new album, Rapture of the Deep.

So on Saturday we go the Virgin Megastore at 12.00 pm…..bought the Rapture of the Deep CD (we had also bought the CD in Holland) but this one was the special blue coloured CD.

When we arrived, there are about ten people waiting in the row. After one our waiting we count 150 people all waiting for the boys. Some with old records…. old cd’s…. the Rapture of the Deep CD…. a very big cactus with a big pot on it……. young boys with their father… They all had one wish: see and shake the hands of our Deep Purple boys. And so we did!

Ian, Steve, Don and Roger arrived at 13.30 pm, only Ian Paice didn’t come. It was so great to see them so close and shake their hands…… There were a few minutes to speak and we tell them that we game from Holland to see the concert that evening.
And of course we make great pictures…. We had a great time!

That evening we go with the bus to the EXPO HALL and we arrived there at 18.00pm. For us it was in the middle off nowhere but the hall inside was very nice. We bougt a bear and go to the front in the concert hall.

Many many French people young and old made the concert hall full… We think the concert was complete sold out!

Before Deep Purple came on stage we heard a rock band from France called Cafe Bertrand. And then at 20.30pm Deep Purple came on stage! The French people were from the beginning very enthusiastically….. they loudly singing, screaming, clapping and it was a very good atmosphere.

The concert was very very very good….. We had a great time with Deep Purple songs from the old and the new! For us it was a pleasant surprise that Ian Paice played himself in the picture with a very good drum solo.

After a two our show we did go with a good feeling back to Rennes city and we never will forget this Deep Purple evening.

Adrian Smits and Alie Akse
Harlem, Holland

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