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Deep Purple at the Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland, April 18, 1974; photo: © Graham Kennedy

Scottish newspaper The Courier has a historic account of a Deep Purple concert at the Caird Hall in Dundee on April 18, 1974. It is accompanied by some never before published pictures from the gig.

These rare colour photographs document the night Deep Purple kicked off their UK tour in Dundee 50 years ago.

They give us a front-row seat to what it was like to be there.

The band performed at the Caird Hall in 1970, 1971 and 1972 where chunks of the ceiling fell down because of the face-melting volume.

Deep Purple was a much different proposition on returning to Dundee in 1974.

The band had cracked America with two new members in the ranks.

Lead singer Ian Gillan and bass player Roger Glover had left the band in 1973.

They were replaced by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes who would make their British live debut at the Caird Hall.

See more in The Courier.

Image credit: Graham Kennedy

5 Comments to “Tickets from 75p to £2”:

  1. 1
    MacGregor says:

    The ticket prices back then were from another world entirely. What has gone wrong folks. Well we know what & it’s pointless going on about. Looking at the band & how Gillan previously had said they (management etc) told him they couldn’t buy him a pair of shoes or jeans or whatever it was, no wonder. Someone was making a little money somewhere. Most likely not bucket loads though compared to later on. That is a good image of a young Coverdale & Blackmore. Cheers.

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Blast from the past! 2.500 people in the audience? They were filling larger halls in Germany at the time.

  3. 3
    stoffer says:

    Nice!! this review brings back great memories of the ’74 Burn tour in the US. It was so loud when you stood up it felt like you were being pushed backwards. Blackmore dominated that particular show (which was the norm) it was my first time seeing DP and I was hooked. Elf and ELO were in support, thanks for the pictures and reviving memories, we have tickets to see them in Chicago in August….. 50 years and counting!!

  4. 4
    Allen says:

    Oh wow! I can’t even begin to imagine what these shows were like in reality.

    No annoying mobile phones blocking your view at least for a start🤣🤣!

    These pics are brilliant, aren’t they?

    Any readers here who saw this tour, I’d take great interest in your stories.

    Back in 1995, I remember my maths and music teacher, telling me in detail about the Manchester Belle Vue on the Burn tour that he went to The next week, he called me over during break time after maths.

    He’d only dug them out, and brought me in his ticket stub and Burn tour programme to show me! Also got me onto Glenn’s from now on album, and Hughes and Thrall.

    As an impressionable 15 year old, to see these artefacts just blew me away! To think he saw the MK3 line up in person boggled my mind.

    However, my musical taste with others in my year went down like a led balloon. I got skitted, but couldn’t give a Castlemaine four X. They were really the losers! To this day, I still don’t care.

    As Lemmy once said “the greatest music is the music that you hear first- that’s the music that stays with you”…and then some!

    Later on, I got the boot of the Manchester show (I still have it). I love Deep Purple and Rainbow, and don’t care who knows it! Even my Daughter loves them!

    Talking of recordings, wouldn’t it be amazing for the actual recording of this particular gig to finally surface from the archives?

    Maybe we could all club together on here to fund a time machine and go to specific gigs? Who’s in?

  5. 5
    John Schuch says:

    These are some great pics. As someone who saw them in concert around that time I can corroborate what the author said about how painfully loud it was.

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