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The age debate from a different angle

Front row fans; St.Petersburg Nov 8 2013; photo: Arthur Ram for sobaka.ru

St.Petersburg based Sobaka.ru took a slightly unorthodox approach to the photo report of a Deep Purple concert. In its dead tree incarnation Sobaka.ru is a glossy ‘lifestyle’ magazine, so they concentrated on people in the audience instead of exclusivity of what’s happening on stage.

And you know what — the result kinda sorta lends some credibility to Gillan’s claims of the “18 year old audiences” often repeated in interviews. At least in some places. Yes, there’s is probably quite a bit of a selection bias going on, but you gotta have young people in the audience to start with in order to make such selection bias possible. And yes, they all rush to the front row, and yes, the front row is all that the band can see from stage.

Check out the gallery at sobaka.ru.

On a more traditional note, there’s plenty of good pictures here, here and here.

Thanks to Kostya and Andrey Gusenkov for the info.



6 Comments to “The age debate from a different angle”:

  1. 1
    stoffer says:

    Nice, Nice very Nice…………..thanx for all the pics looks like everyone is having a great time and isn’t that what Rock N Roll is all about?!

  2. 2
    Micke says:

    That’s a great pic! Reminds me of Rainbow and Long Live Rock n’ Roll.

  3. 3
    EdwardsColetta says:

    “sorta lends some credibility to Gillan’s claims of the “18 year old audiences” often repeated in interviews. At least in some places. ”

    Yeah, in VERY some places. In Berlin, for one, most of the front rows audience were dangerously approaching 40-50 range, so the “legend” about average of 18 years is, I think, largely overblown.

  4. 4
    dave smith says:

    go to a lot of shows, EdwardsColetta? No, didnt think so :))

  5. 5
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I think this is the generation that was born near Tsjernobyl. 🙂

  6. 6
    MatsB says:

    purplepriest1965 says:
    “I think this is the generation that was born near Tsjernobyl.”

    I guess you mean because they’re shining and you’re just dark:-)

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