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Deep Purple rock all ages

More than 40 years after Deep Purple first started touring and making records, their multifacetted musical heritage not only lives on, it is continually evolving through projects featuring other musicians, and some of them are very young.

In 2009 audiences across the world are still experiencing Deep Purple. New fans come to the flock all the time. Often they are offspring of more experienced Deep Purple fans, who have now grown old enough to understand and enjoy Deep Purple onstage.

Deep Purple fans - Copenhagen 2008

But 40 years in the business also means some of Deep Purple’s older fans have become ambitious musicians themselves wishing to keep the Purple flame alive. Throughout Europe, Deep Purple tribute bands are creating specially themed events where they are joined by one of the original Deep Purple members.

Ian Paice was one of the first to partake in these evenings of ‘something different’ from the Purple Family. He has appeared at numerous evenings of first a drum clinic, then a Deep Purple tribute show with local musicians. Nick Simper has been doing entire Mark 1 themed concerts in Austria, Glenn Hughes has done Mark 3&4 shows in Scandinavia, and Ian Gillan has taken up singing with orchestras.

Now appears another dimension. Playing the music of your childhood hero with your childhood hero is one thing. It’s another experience to be a very young musician, struggling to master your instrument and get to do it with the help and backing of someone of Deep Purple’s calibre. Nevertheless, this is what is going on in Scotland at the moment.

Jon Lord - poster for Edinburgh Concerto

Music students from music schools and colleges in Edinburgh are gathered together in a special project aiming to perform Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra with Jon Lord in their city on October 5. An entire philharmonic orchestra of 100 young people, these are not Deep Purple fans with massive record collections. Rather, they are keen and energetic kids revelling in the opportunity to learn from one of the masters.

– I couldn’t believe my eyes when Jon Lord walked into the college, says guitarist Grant Kilpatrick when Jon Lord first came to Edinburgh in February to rehearse the rock band.

– It is a great privilege to perform with him especially in this piece. We all know Smoke on The Water but this is something else!

So while the current formation of Deep Purple is preparing to sow more musicals seeds on a November-December trek across the UK and the European continent, Jon Lord is gearing up a gang of Scottish kids to do the Concerto on a very special evening in Edinburgh.

Thus, the music of the Deep Purple family lives on and continues to evolve through projects featuring other musicians. Give yourself a treat, go see a different kind of show.

Jon Lord with the Stevenson College Orchestra at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on October 5. Book your tickets.

Deep Purple on tourUK, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, France, Italy.

Read also: Scottish premier for the Concerto.

8 Comments to “Deep Purple rock all ages”:

  1. 1
    Roberto says:

    when jon lord will come to middle italy? I still hope for it…

  2. 2
    Finn says:

    And Denmark also – pleeeeeease

  3. 3
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Where was that pic above taken?

    I seem to remember to have seen it before here……

    And who s the woman?


  4. 4
    Rasmus Heide says:

    Daniele Purrone (Italy) and Live Iversen (Denmark) photographed in Copenhagen 2008.

  5. 5
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Hi Daniele!!!!!

    Cheers to you, Mark

  6. 6
    Moreblack says:

    Ciao Daniele!!!!

  7. 7
    thomas says:

    awaiting that purple family tree concert where is rod and nick

  8. 8
    Woodruff P. Hoppinstopp says:

    My Sweet Lord what a great peice of music

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