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How old are we?

We have no means to test Gillan’s theory that there are a lot of 18-year old fans at the DP concerts, but let’s find out how old are The Highway Star readers.

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  • Poll closes on August 27, at 23:59 UTC.

How old are you?

  • 45-49 (26%, 468 Votes)
  • 40-44 (22%, 405 Votes)
  • 35-39 (15%, 271 Votes)
  • 50-54 (10%, 185 Votes)
  • 30-34 (9%, 158 Votes)
  • 25-29 (6%, 115 Votes)
  • 20-24 (6%, 111 Votes)
  • 15-19 (4%, 64 Votes)
  • 55-59 (1%, 16 Votes)
  • < 15 (1%, 15 Votes)
  • 60-64 (0%, 4 Votes)
  • 70+ (0%, 2 Votes)
  • 65-69 (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,814

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53 Comments to “How old are we?”:

  1. 1
    Bo says:

    Fun idea, but the result cant be a surprise. There are young kids around to a DP concert but I’m sure they are together with their parents. If I’m wrong I’m happy. DP a lightyears better than 99% of hard rock groups of today. If not 100%.

  2. 2
    panos says:

    deep purple for ever young..

  3. 3
    George says:

    mmm… I don’t know how old are DP fans in other countries, but in Georgia (Caucasus) their age begins from 13-14 to 50. As for me, I’m 19.

  4. 4
    Robert says:

    Deep purple sure is one of the best bands in the world, and playing for nearly 40!!! years now, they have collected a few fans of all ages…
    In Holland I see all kinds of people at the concerts of DP, Old people, for the memory, and young, because DP is cool!!!
    I’m 30 right now and I enjoy the music from the 70’s and the newer albums
    are just as good!!!
    And a funny thing to mention:
    I went to an open air festival a few years ago, DP as headliner,
    I went with my wife and son, he was 1 year old, and enjoyed it!!!!!

  5. 5
    Simon Wakely says:

    My boys are 11 and 14 … they’re great fans and seen DP twice!

  6. 6
    ed says:

    i see 18-20 year olds ( and younger) at alot of shows by bands like deep purple,yes,foghat,rare earth etc etc etc the problem this time around with purple is when they play venues like house of blues those places are 21 and over– i know a guy 17 that would of loved to go see dp but couldnt just for that reason

  7. 7
    Anthony Emery says:

    My 13yo neice came with a group of her friends to a DP concert in Melbourne!! AND enjoyed it!!!

  8. 8
    Kubens says:

    Hi i’m a big DP fun and i’m 19 :). And i’m the only DP fan in my family. And also i know a lot of people in ly age and younger who love DP in my country – Poland. So only thing i can say DP forever 🙂

  9. 9
    Gary Hurley says:

    Went to my First Deep Purple concert at the age of 15,
    The Fireball concert at the Royal Albert Hall London 1971.
    This year now aged 51 went along to Wembley Arena London 36 years after my first show to see my 63rd D.P. show!
    Gazza

  10. 10
    Monika Schwarz says:

    My calendar says I’m 41, but in my heart I feel no day older than 17! Especially when listening to my favourite rock-band…

  11. 11
    Zoli says:

    Hi…I’m Zoli,from Hungary…age:41…

  12. 12
    David K says:

    I was feeling quite young at the DP show in San Diego last week. However, I felt pretty darn old at the Iron Maiden show I went to last October. I’m 31. Both bands still great at any age.

  13. 13
    Theo says:

    My sons are now 21 and 16. The youngest saw his first show when he was 12. We were backstage and thanks to band, management and crew we had a wonderful time. During the last tour my son and three of his friends (all 16) went to see DP and loved it.

  14. 14
    ormandy says:

    Lots and lots of kids at the Warfield show.

    Thank you Deep Purple for playing more new songs than usual on the North American tour. What a great concert, but the opening act was bad.

  15. 15
    Rick says:

    Been a fan since the release of In Rock. I was 13 at the time. Am now 50. My 16 year old niece wants to go see Deep Purple live the next time they come close to here (Alberta,Canada). I have a good buddy who has 3 boys aged 8 and 10 who listen to Deep Purple because of a Dodge car commerical that featured parts of Smoke on the Water. He dug out a old LP and had them listen to the whole song. They like all the music. Goes to show that great music is timeless and ageless.

  16. 16
    jim krstulovich says:

    i am 54 yrs old, i have vinyl records of in rock, and up. now i owed cd’s of live recordings and their latest recordings. i plan to have highway star and smoke on the water to be playing during my memorial at my funeral.

  17. 17
    George says:

    Fantastic results:

    from 800 voters of the poll, over 200 are less than 25-30 and 80 voters are less than 24

  18. 18
    Tom says:

    Definately not the case, IG.

  19. 19
    f-owl says:

    I’m 15 and I love deep purple!!! 🙂

  20. 20
    Paul Kingham says:

    I have been a Purple Maniac since 1974 my 14 year old daughter has been to a DP concert anmd my 9 year old son wants to go next time aorund! DP are ageless as are their fans.

    At the 1999 Albert Hall In Concerto concert I sat next to a family with 3 generations of fans.

    Keep rock and rolling on!

  21. 21
    Ottar says:

    I brought my 4 year old son last year, and he loved it. I won`t consider him a fan though, but he is really into good rock `n`roll music. Tonight he borrowed Gillan`s Inn to play when he went to bed, He just loves “Roller”

  22. 22
    Jack83 says:

    My Sister turned me on to Machine Head in 72 and I have been a fan since.

  23. 23
    Carl says:

    A few are 70+, impressive!

  24. 24
    Charles says:

    At both of the DP shows I’ve been to (in 2002 and 2004), the crowds were dominated by a lot of chrome domes and gray beards. The band still rocked, though.

  25. 25
    Darrell Lane says:

    Loved Purple from ’68 Kentucky Woman on. Saw them live in May 1971 at Randwick Racecouse with Free and Manfred Man. Lost interest when Richie Left and now regret I didn’t see late nineties concerts with Steve Morse, who revitatised the band. I have since revisited all their music and have every studio album and a half a dozen live albums, sorry CD’s, I am getting old.
    Saw them in Brisbane last year. They were great.

  26. 26
    juraj says:

    Obviously Gillan was not wrong with his theory.As is he saying,”it is incredibile”,to see enjoing their music different generations together.At least in Central and Eastern Europe,I have not seen them anywhere else.
    By the way I have seen picture of publicum from the stage when Purple played at 07.10.06 in Kosice,Slovakia.Belive or not-they were all teenagers in front of crowd trying to get as close to Purple as possibile.

  27. 27
    Francico says:

    I´m 16 years old and i´m portuguese and Deep Purple is my favourite musical band. Unfortunately i never saw a live concert of DP in Portugal. They came last year in Portugal but it was in the south of the country, far to me and in the other 2 times that they came to Lisbon i was very young. I hope that they return to Portugal to a concert in the end of the year after of the concerts in France. It would be amazing!
    Deep Purple has fans of every ages around the world and this is awesome!

  28. 28
    Pedro Nunes says:

    I’ve been a fan since 16, now with 45. In december I went to a concert in Vitória, Brazil with my daughter. She was 17 and enjoyed the show. She loves all the guys in the band, specially Gillan and Blackmore (- What a pity he didn’t come, daddy!).

  29. 29
    AndreA says:

    To be a DP’s fan does not mean to be a PC player….At the all DP concerts I see many youngs,but I don’t know which of them read THS.com..

  30. 30
    Rodrigo Palominos says:

    Graet Idea!!!!….im fan since 1987 & now i have 34….

  31. 31
    Anya aka Emaretta says:

    Hahaha well I’m 18 still condisered one of the craziest purpleheads 🙂

  32. 32
    Stevoid says:

    I took my wife wnd the foetus to the last DP concert and the foetus was rocking to Space Truckin.
    Our next child who is yet to be conceived also loves The Purple!

  33. 33
    Reinhard says:

    hi, very good idea:-)

    my wife is 29, and a great fan, I am 56 and a fan since the beginning, yeaah, my son is 28 and we three have seen DP a lot of times in Austria.

    my grandson ( his name is Elias IAN , smile) is 6 and it will be one of my best day in life, when he is able to come to a concert with the best band in the world.

    so please, keep on rocking and lets have a european tour next year, we are praying to see and hear you, god bless you all:-)

  34. 34
    Mark says:

    Well, I’m 48, and as long as the boys in the band feel young enough to tour, I’m young enough to go to the shows. My 13 year old son went to the London, Ontario show with me this tour and just loved it. A new fan. No matter how old we are, the quality of the music and the playing will draw the people. The energy the band put out in the second half of the show, after initial sound problems, was just incredible. Deep Purple is still one of the best, if not the best, live band going. Keep on rockin’ .

  35. 35
    Philipp Schwab says:

    Now I’m 19 and I’m a fan since my 6th birthday(got my first dp cd made in japan). Since that day I play the drums. My first concert was in 1996 in Berlin and last year it was my 10th in Berlin, too! I have 10 DP-Fan-friends they are between 18 and 22 years old.

  36. 36
    Martin Salazar says:

    Well I’m turning 41 next month, and been DP fan since I was twelve when my brother brought to house When we rock, we rock, and when we roll, we roll, and loved the music. I still believe it’s true, because when they rock, They Rock!, and when they roll, They Roll! (Like Ian Paice with one hand).

    Young guys have to be taught about good music, because in this days marketing had become more important than music.

    I just went to see them in San Diego, and there was just few young guys around there.

  37. 37
    alf+ says:

    for the 60-64 and 65-69 have only 4 votes???? all members from DP markII have a 60 – 66 years, indeed this prove the olders dont see or don´t handle the internet, pc’s, polls etc… maybe this poll is uncertain

  38. 38
    Emily Bell says:

    It’s intriguing to think what drew people of each age. Given that DPs obvious rise to fame was, what say 1970 -71, that still makes today’s 40 year-old too young to have been much influenced, I’d have thought. Those who were 14-21 then would be – well I’m cr*p at maths, but you get my point: most of us date from after then.

    I know it’s good to have young fans, but also I think you have to keep in mind that it is possible to be over 60 and still vaguely cool. Not that I can think of anyone, but… 🙂

  39. 39
    Emily Bell says:

    But I’m forgetting – the coolest thing about DP is that they never attempted to be so.

  40. 40
    69 says:

    I think people rarly ever listen to music by people their age or younger. That´s why there is so few 65-69 votes.

  41. 41
    richard elprupdeep@wanadoo.fr says:

    well my bros older than me listened deep made in japan 1972 and i was a 10 years old boy so a lot of people will be between 40 and 50 years old of course because we are talking about one of the biggest and longest band we know in history probably the only one and if you look at their biggest lp ever which was made 35 years ago its easy to add 35 + 10 or 15 years and you will got the result but I TELL YOU ONE THING 35 YEARS OK BUT THEY ARE STILL THERE AND WILL BE AND THEIR BIGGEST LP IS NOT DONE YET IS COMING SOON> CHEERS GUYS enjoy the leg in america and see in france again soon. bye.

  42. 42
    purplepriest1965 says:

    In 1977 I was only 12 and never listened to music……….That all changed when i heard “Live in japan”!!!!

    In that time it was very unfashionable HERE to love bands like DP and I was ofcourse very young, while some friends of mine exopertienced the early 70’s.
    I got in that late that I never saw Rainbow with Dio or the very early Whitesnake and Gillan. !!!!!!! I still hate that. Although I have seen thousands of gigs since that is still ……..
    And now I’m 42, sort of boring old fart myself…………

  43. 43
    T says:

    Ian Gillan said that back when “The House of Blue Light” came out, MTV said they would no longer play any new Deep Purple because they were too old!!! What a bunch of sissies! DP is still touring and recording. MTV as we knew it no longer exists.

    Maybe they should have played that DP.

  44. 44
    Emily Bell says:

    Or perhaps MTV made the right decision for the wrong reason.

  45. 45
    Emily Bell says:

    Sorry – the smart alec factor got the better of me there. No doubt you’re right, T.

  46. 46
    Rascal says:

    And the point of this poll is what exactly?

  47. 47
    T says:

    That I be old…you be old…we’s all old. But we jam.

  48. 48
    christopher says:

    i am 36 years old (born in 1971).
    i am from HELLAS (Greece to the others), i have two sons and i’m a DEEP PURPLE fun since my 14, when i first heard smoke on the water. I hope my sons will continue my craziness about the music i love. I collect every pequliar DP (and family) staff i can find. My favourite the Black Sabbath bootleg “Ghicago 1983” where someone can hear Gillan performing the BS songs much better than Ozzy (Yes, Dio is better than Ozzy in BS, because he can sing). I have more, but work hard all and can’t enjoy them as i wish to do, together with my kids. Their mother doesn’t like hat kind of music, but she can’t do anything. HE!HE!

  49. 49
    Claire Muncaster says:

    I’m 24 y.o.

    I know nobody my age who likes DP. I’ve been called “unusual” a lot due to my musical taste but I’ve given up caring what others think [about that anyway]
    I like songs that make me think, cheer me up & give me a shiver down my spine which DP, Sabbath, Maiden, etc. do.
    I hope I’ll get to see them live before I’m too infirm to, & perhaps meet them.

  50. 50
    Scott B. says:

    Was nine years old when my sister gave me the Fireball LP and became an instant fan. Forty-nine now and going to the Feb tour here in Canada. During the last tour through I wandered the crowd asking people why they came to see an older band like DP, and the vast majority of comments I got were because DP were still far more talented than most bands you see today.

  51. 51
    Roberto says:

    I’m 33 and I follow them each day of my life from early 1996…but I liked them even when I was 12…Love at first sight…

  52. 52
    glubert says:

    Two weeks after my 13th birthday DP played in my hometown Duisburg,Germany, Nov. 30.1970, supported by Ashton, Gardener, Dyke. just 2 kilometers from my home. But I wasn´t allowed to see them!
    Jan. 24.1973 they played in Essen,Germany. That day was my mother´s
    birthday. And I wasn´t allowed to go! But I did! They played the MIJ stuff
    plus Mary Long, the black god smashed 3 guitars.
    Later that night my father awaited me…. What a day!

  53. 53
    Deep ?urp!e Fan says:

    I’m 58 and has been a part of my life since 1969. Fireball was my first album, was their latest at the time. I have bought every album new since then. Machine Head when I was a senior in high school, and saw them live for the first time in May 1973 (was the Made In Japan set list with Lucile as an encore). They keep me young. Their entire catalog, I can listen to any release, and it takes me back in time where I was and what I was doing in that time of my life. I can still listen to Hush and takes me back as a 9th grader, Burn to my marriage to my wife, and so on. My wife and I have seen them live from Mark III to the latest show last year in Canada on the Smoke Tour. Can’t wait for the US Tour, as we plan to follow them for many shows. The last US Tour 2011, saw their last 3 shows.(Submitted a detailed review here on the Highway Star from Las Vegas to L.A. to Concord, California.) I would recommend that anyone who has the chance to get VIP tickets to meet and greet the band, do it! It is a lifetime experience. We’ve done it two times and hope the offer them again. Love those guys.

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