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Jamming in Nashville

While being in Nashville working on the new album, Roger Glover, Ian Paice and Don Airey took part in the benefit show for Jamie Simmons, a local bass player who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. Here they are, with Mike Simmons on Guitar and Greg Mangus singing, at the Mercury Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee, on July 15:

Thanks to ustitsagaya for the video and to metropic1 and Andrey Gusenkov for bringing it to your attention.

22 Comments to “Jamming in Nashville”:

  1. 1
    Eirik Solum says:

    Sounded good! Bot singers did a great job.

  2. 2
    Pedro Nunes says:

    I’d like to be there. Great meeting.

  3. 3
    KIDD PURPLE says:


  4. 4
    Scoot says:

    what a great thing to take part in. Good for the guys.

  5. 5
    stoffer says:

    Tracy, had you known I’m sure you would have been there……………..or were you??

  6. 6
    Drdp says:

    Lucky sominabatches! But for a worthy cause.

  7. 7
    Brad DeMoranville says:

    International rock superstars taking time out to contribute to a benefit for a local guy. Very classy.

  8. 8
    Bo says:

    Great – and typical Roger, Paice and Don. They are always around to give people a good time. That is why Purple today is still so loved by all of us.

  9. 9
    Kevin says:

    Fantastic! Would love to have been there. Ian could play a box of matches!!

  10. 10
    mrPtheDPfan says:

    Cool to hear them just playing real loose . Jamming version . What the hell makes DP pick Nashville to record a new album ?

  11. 11
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    ‘stoffer’ @3

    Sorry to state, I wasn’t there. I knew they were in Nashville late June which is a little over an hour from where I reside, but of course had no clue as to where in Nashville. Been a little busy all summer doing some construction on my vacation home and slightly out of touch. I’ve been to the bar where this jam took place though. Saw Malmsteen there a few years back. Wish I knew how long they were staying and recording this record. I figured they were gone by now. Hopefully while they are here recording, they will scope the area for possible concert locations in the future. Some great venues here. They never have come to Nashville since I’ve lived here. Maybe now that they see what a great town it is, they will. Guess I should head there and start searching the local pubs in case they are still there….


  12. 12
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    mrPtheDPfan @10,

    Actually it’s long overdue. It’s “Music City” for GOD’s sake! Some the best music and musicians come from and gravitate there. The album should be a really good album just due to the vibe that exists there and will spill over into the studio I truly believe.


  13. 13
    Jack says:

    wow!!!! 2 of my favourite tracks jammed with purple guys…………………………………………………..oooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh to have been there…….well done to the other band members……this is what live music is all about!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ted The Mechanic says:

    This is a cool intimate room. My brother lives in Nashville and this is only one of many great spots to catch some great gigs. At one time it was all country and bluegrass. For some time now every genre has set up shop to record. Wasn’t too surprised when Purple announced they were to record there.

    Bring it on Purps!



  15. 15
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Is that Gillan with that cap on?

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    Jim Irons says:

    looked like a great night. Nice to see the guys giving everyone a real treat. Would have been great to part of it.

  17. 17
    stoffer says:

    I hope they stop in Nashville on a US tour…..close enough for me to drive and stay a day or 2

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    Dan Russell says:

    Interesting that this was the night before Jon passed. Great jam.

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    Mark Collota says:

    The singer is a local rock and soul singer named Greg Mangus, not in a band as far as I know, the guitar player is Mike Simmons from Simmonz, used to see his band play around Nashville alot, they did a KILLER version of a Rainbow tune just before this. Bob Ezrin lives here(Nashville) that’s why they were here…..wonderful guys, great night. MC

  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Maybe we have found DP’s next singer.

  21. 21
    Jayson says:

    That was a great clip and both singers really did do respectable jobs. I was on that same stage two days earlier, so that made it even more cool for me. I love, love, love Deep Purple.

    Malmsteen actually played downstairs in the same building at The Cannery Ballroom a few years back, Tracy. Mercy Lounge (which is what it’s actually called) only holds about 400.

    Anyway, one of the main reasons Purple picked Nashville is because we have some incredible studios here. The studio where they’re recording the new album is one of the finest in the nation and all types of artists come here to record at it. Also, and this is the top reason they’re recording here, is that Bob Ezrin, who’s producing the upcoming album, lives here. He and Alice Cooper own a production company here together. Bob recently mixed the new album by The Darkness here as well. Nashville’s definitely moving up in the rock world.

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    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Hey Jayson@21;

    Hopefully since Ezrin lives here and the band spent some time here, they did a good recon of the area and realized there are tons of fine venues to perform live. No reason for them to skip over Nashville anymore. ‘Wild Horse Saloon’ for one would be perfect. Saw UFO, Foreigner, Ted Nugent and JLT with Scrap Metal play there. Great venue, food and drink too. Floor seating and 2 balconies to see the band from front and above. Love the setting.


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