On This Day (February 14)…Deep Purple and a Possible Meeting

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1970 at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.

From New Musical Express announcing the concert. Retrieved from here.

Deep Purple were at this time on their In Rock World Tour, undertaken to support the album of the same name. This was the Mark II Lineup’s second major concert, following

At the same time that the group came to Manchester, future group member Don Airey was studying music at the Royal Northern College of Music in the city. He has since stated that a Deep Purple concert he attended at the time was one of his major influencers behind his decision to eventually become a rock ‘n roll keyboardist. Based on timing, it was quite likely this particular concert which captured Airey’s imagination. At the time, he was twenty-one years old.

There is no known recording of this particular concert.

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