This is a story that finally has a happy ending.
When HUSH was released in '68 I became a fan instantly. I could never
catch the named of the band who performed the song, and was at a loss
for a few years.
Early '71 a friend came over from my first band playing me an 8 track of
"In Rock" saying, "you gotta listen to this drummer". I was mind blown
at Ian's drumming. Being a young drummer at the time, I knew I had
found my mentor. I asked my friend if that was Deep Purple's first
album, replying no.....he took me over to his home and pulled out the
album which had HUSH on it. Well, needless to say I was overwhelmed, it
was the same band I liked for several years not knowing who they were.
I had my first opportunity to see Deep Purple in '72 when they were
playing in Vancouver with Fleetwood Mac and Roary Ghalliger, that became
a nightmare for me. The fellow in front of me got the last ticket,
there wasn't a scalper to be found, and unfortunately I never did get to
see my musical heros.
During the StormBringer tour, I had tickets purchased with a friend in
Vancouver, and the day of the concert, the city I lived in got hit with
a blizzard, the airport was closed, also all highways, once again, I
never got to see the band that was my biggest influence.
Over the years I have purchased all albums, and now replacing them all
with CD's, hoping that someday, somewhere I could be blessed by the
musical experience of Deep Purple.
Two months ago, a friend said he had heard Deep Purple was going to be
playing at the Classic Rock Weekend near Calgary on Aug. 03/97. I
thought for sure my friend was stringing me a line, and when I heard the
ad on the radio myself.....I was blown away that after all these years,
I once more have an opportunity to see the band.
I immediately called my 15 yr. old son and asked if he wanted to go and
see Mr. Ian Paice play the drums, he was shocked, I turned him onto Deep
Purple a few years ago saying how much Mr. Paice's drumming has inspired
my drumming. My son replied "Of course Dad", I said good, 'cause Deep
Purple will be playing at the Classic Rock Weekend and then I went and
bought tickets right away.
For myself, 25 years have passed, slowly, waiting for this golden
opportunity, and it is only 3 1/2 weeks away!!! My son & I are looking
forward to this like you wouldn't believe. I am hoping that somehow,
with all the people that will be at the site, estimates of 20,000, that
my son & I could get up close to get a few pictures of the band, and
possibly, even shake hands with both of our drumming mentor, Mr. Ian
Thanks for your time in reading this story, it is true, and once the
show has taken place, I will try to send another experience, hopefully
with some pictures.
A devoted fan.
(Calgary, Alberta - Canada)
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