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Purple to the rescue

Showbiz oriented website Pollstar tells the story behind Deep Purple saving the night at the Rock am See festival:

Waking to a 2 a.m. phone call telling him Oasis wouldn’t appear at that day’s Rock Am See, it took Dieter Boes only a couple of hours to bring in Deep Purple as a replacement headliner.

“There’s not much you can do in terms of getting hold of people at that time of day, but then it struck me that Deep Purple had just played across the border in Switzerland,” he explained. “I tracked down the band’s tour manager and after I’d convinced him it wasn’t a joke, he got in touch with the individual members and they said they’d do it.”

Although Deep Purple isn’t an ideal replacement for Oasis in terms of musical style, Boes said he wasn’t exactly spoilt for choice and the U.K. rockers set went down a storm with the 20,000-plus crowd.

See for yourselves:

Thanks to windi11 for the video.

17 Comments to “Purple to the rescue”:

  1. 1
    james jay says:

    call 9-1-1 and who shows up? DP to the rescue—pretty nice guys to fill the gap in a flash. my all time favorites.

  2. 2
    stoffer says:

    From the you tube videos its looks like the crowd was really into it and having a great time! Long Live DP

  3. 3
    Leonardo says:

    Hello , THis is in the NEws section
    sorry from my english

    on sale ( september 1 – 2009)

    track – Woman from Tokyo (99 remix)

    check the Ritchie Blackmore channel here http://www.blip.tv/file/2548218

    and the other channels in my blog

  4. 4
    Jeffs says:

    Ha ha!! Oasis fans must have got a hell of a shock to hear such great players:)

  5. 5
    Made in England says:

    Ideal replacement or not it appears they went down a storm as many of the videos show. Well done boys and congrats to all those Oasis fans who’ve had their eyes opened to DP for the first time.

  6. 6
    HZ says:

    I’m the Highway Staaaaaaar….!!!! Long live …… era 😛 🙂

  7. 7
    Roberto says:

    in Italy many people leaved the show before Deep purple…they where not interested…but the people who remained said they where great…

  8. 8
    Ove says:

    Hehehe can’t resist: Who’d you gonna call – DEEP PURPLE!!!! 😀

  9. 9
    Paul says:

    Would expect nothing less from this band, consummate professionals all, but hey a little respect for the Oasis fans, dropped in it by their heroes and still up for Deep Purple – one door closes, another may be opening?

  10. 10
    elprupdeep says:

    how about calling DP for the Rock&roll hall of fame ?
    not just to fill the gap of oasis (or whatever water in the desert).oh its a ‘MIRAGE’ isn’t it!!!!!
    anyway good on you (AGAIN) guys you (AGAIN) proved , but it was not necessary that you are the greatest r&roll band on earth.
    long live DEEP PURPLE.

  11. 11
    Henry cow says:

    DP is better than OASIS!

  12. 12
    George says:

    Shame for Oasis fans…. 😀
    I’m sure that they would be surprised by Deep Purple’s professionalism…
    but imagine, it’s 1985 Knebworth Festival, you go there to see Deep Purple and then announce is made, that DP disbanded and e.g Robbie Williams will replace them as a headliner – would ANYONE of you remain on the gig?
    This is whole rapture of Deep Purple – they have as natural and true fans as the band is itself…

    What about Oasis, they’re commersant rats, that’s why only 5 000 out of 20 000 left the show when Deep Purple came out.

  13. 13
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi Leonardo

    Are you the one who supplies the alternative takes of the HUSH and so on channels?
    What are you up to?

  14. 14
    Roberto says:

    …10.000 out of 20.000 left the show: this is too much…

  15. 15
    Svante Axbacke says:

    Roberto: Think of it the other way around? If you were at a festival waiting for DP and they announced Oasis would play instead. Would you stay?

  16. 16
    stoffer says:

    Svante: GOOD CALL, Roberto quit worring about what others think of DP, if your a FAN your a FAN simple as that!

  17. 17
    George says:

    Svante, that’s what I said to Roberto in another post 🙂 you’re right…

    I’m sure if there were 20 000 DP fans waitting for them and if they got Oasis instead of Purple, I don’t think anybody would stay, maybe some 1000-1500 fans out of 20 000.

    but 10 000 people out of 20 000 is quite a huge number, mostly if we count that there were 20 000 INDIE fans, which usually hate hard-rock music…

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