On This Day (June 10)…Deep Purple’s Split Existence

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1969 at Homerton College in Cambridge, England.

The first lineup of the group. Retrieved from here.

This concert ushered in a unique experience in the band’s history, during which two lineups existed at the same time. Officially, the first lineup of the band was still touring, and would continue to do so for eight more dates. Behind the scenes was another matter entirely, however. At this point, the band had scouted out Ian Gillan five days previous and had entered the studio with him and his bandmate Roger Glover two days after that. Glover had also apparently accepted a job offer with the band according to his diary, though some sources have him accepting the offer later.

Unfortunately, Rod Evans and Nick Simper had been kept in the dark about these developments, and were going onstage without knowing their careers with the band were coming close.

There is no known recording of this particular concert.

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