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Twinkle, twinkle little Space Truckin’

A year ago, on March 14, 2020, Deep Purple played in Mexico City what turned out to be their last concert before the world has shut down. Jordan Rudess stood in for Don Airey at that gig, and here he reminisces about it (he puts the date on March 13, but our records show otherwise), among many other things, not the least of them was how his first exposure to Jon Lord playing that Hammond changed his life.

Happy COVID anniversary everyone! 😉

Thanks to Loudwire for the heads up.

7 Comments to “Twinkle, twinkle little Space Truckin’”:

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    Adel Faragalla says:

    Hi Guys, Does anyone know why Don Airey didn’t make it to Mexico for the 13th of March 2020 gig. He has never missed a single gig since he took over the helm from our beloved Jon Lord. I hope it wasn’t another famous Bruce Payne moment where he told the other band member that Don is planning to slow down and do less gigs so they took a chance on Mr Rudess!!!
    BTW I listed to the whole show on you tube and as much as he is very talented I think the chemistry was wrong but that’s not a criticism at all.

  2. 2
    Dirk Kahler says:

    Info from Mike Airey on Instagram


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    andrea says:

    Adel, Don had a surgery at the time. That’s why he didnt’ show up at the gig. The band decided to present at the festival with Mr. Rudess to not cancel it. Anyway Bruce Payne is no longer Deep Purple’s manager

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    Marcus says:

    As I recall Don was in hospital.
    The Colosseum II tour was also cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances before it would have been cancelled due to covid.

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    John M. says:

    I really hope that the Mexico show was not the last ever. With various concerts in some parts of the UK being cancelled up to June so far, the October UK tour is looking doubtful. Other countries are not allowing large indoor shows and capping outdoor audience numbers, meaning big tours may not be viable financially. Factor in the age of the guys in DP and tour insurance costs in a changed world and you have a potentially challenging outlook. I’ve still got my UK tickets, so hope I’m wrong on this one.

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    Adel Faragalla says:

    Andrea @3 thanks for the clarification. I wish Bruce a very happy next venture.

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    Maybe I’m a Leo says:

    I have a bootleg copy of the show!

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