50 years young, Deep Purple still rocking

On this day in rock in 1968 Deep Purple played their first ever gig together as Deep Purple.

The band had played a few shows under their former name “Roundabout” but Ritchie Blackmore suggested changing the bands name to ‘Deep Purple’ which was the title of his grandmothers favourite song, a hit single by ‘Nino Tempo and April Stevens’ in 1963.

Although there have been various changes to the line-up of the band they are still going strong, 50 years after their first official gig.

From 1968 to 2018 and still going strong is some record.


One of their more interesting tours was in 2011 when they took a 48 piece orchestra on the road with them.


I’ve been lucky enough to see Purple a few times, including at the rain drenched field in Knebworth and was delighted to see them only last November at the Hydro in Glasgow where they gave one of their best performances in years.  There is a great review of the gig on the Get Ready to Rock website (http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2017/11/gig-review-deep-purple-hydro-glasgow-22nd-november-2017/).


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