On This Day (March 28)…Kharkiv, Meet Mark VIII!

...Memorable for Ian Gillan donning a tutu he found in a dressing room cupboard and proclaiming himself “Deep Purple in Frock”, for the gear arriving at 7pm and somehow the show starting at 8pm, for an old apparatchik single-handedly trying to make the young audience sit back down during the set with such zeal that … Continue reading On This Day (March 28)…Kharkiv, Meet Mark VIII!

Tour Guide: Deep Purple’s 2002 Eastern Europe Tour

Jon Lord left the band after the UK tour, but in his place is the very excellent Don Airey, who also helped out last year. Please give him a nice welcome...The Highway Star about the recent lineup change Deep Purple's 2002 tour season saw many short tour legs throughout the world. After beginning the year … Continue reading Tour Guide: Deep Purple’s 2002 Eastern Europe Tour

On This Day (September 11)…Deep Purple Deluxe in Newcastle

Deep Purple performed on this day in 2002 at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle, England. Roger Glover and Ian Paice onstage at this concert. Photo by Nick Naylor. Retrieved from here. Deep Purple were at this time giving recently-retired Jon Lord a proper sendoff. While he had formally left the band in February, many of … Continue reading On This Day (September 11)…Deep Purple Deluxe in Newcastle

On This Day (March 19)…Moscow, Meet Mark VIII!

Deep Purple performed on this day in 2002 at the Olimpijski Sports Complex in Moscow, Russia. Promotional banner with inaccurate information as detailed below. Retrieved from here. Deep Purple performed this concert in a period of transition. The previous month had seen the final dates with longtime Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who retired from … Continue reading On This Day (March 19)…Moscow, Meet Mark VIII!

Song Thoughts: Fools Through the Years

Deep Purple has had fifty years and eight lineups, with a total of four singers, four guitarists, three bassists, two keyboardists, and one drummer. This has given the band as a whole a chance to explore a wide range of music. Better yet, they've been able to revisit old songs with greater musical experience and … Continue reading Song Thoughts: Fools Through the Years