On This Day (January 2)…Deep Purple in Amsterdam

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1971 at the Rai in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Purple were at this time on their In Rock World Tour, supporting the album of the same name. It had been released the previous June while the group finished off their previous tour, the far more modestly-named European Tour.

1971 was the only time in their history when Deep Purple performed on the first or second days of the year. It prefigured one of the busiest years of the band’s life, during which they toured extensively despite illnesses in two band members, recorded not one but two consequential albums, and experienced the fire which inspired their most famous song.

There is no known recording of this particular concert.

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