On This Day (April 25)…Roundabout at an Amusement Park

The band Roundabout, which would soon become known as Deep Purple, performed on this day in 1968 at the Nimb Hotel in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark. Poster for the show. Retrieved from here. This was one of the first concerts undertaken by the first lineup of the band, during their short debut tour. They had … Continue reading On This Day (April 25)…Roundabout at an Amusement Park

On This Day (May 5)…Roundabout Comes to Ringsted

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1968 at the Beat House in Ringsted, Denmark. Ad for the show. Note both the use of the band's original name and the misspelling of said name. Retrieved from here. This was one of Purple's first-ever shows, from their very short Debut Tour. This debut tour took place … Continue reading On This Day (May 5)…Roundabout Comes to Ringsted

On This Day (December 1)…A Beautiful Purple Day

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1968 at Fillmore West in San Francisco, California. Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here. The band were at this time on their very first visit to North America on an early leg of the Book of Taliesyn Tour. The group had first arrived in mid-October, and would … Continue reading On This Day (December 1)…A Beautiful Purple Day

On This Day (July 4)…Mark I Comes to an End

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1969 at the Top Rank Club in Cardiff, Wales. The first lineup of Deep Purple. Clockwise from top left: Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Nicky Simper, Rod Evans and Ian Paice. Retrieved from here. The Concert This concert was the final gasp of the Mark I lineup before singer … Continue reading On This Day (July 4)…Mark I Comes to an End

On This Day (June 21)…Deep Purple Releases, Err, Deep Purple

Deep Purple released their self-titled album Deep Purple in the United States on this day in 1969. Album cover. Retrieved from here. Despite the fact that this a self-titled album, something usually done for debuts, it was the third album the group had released. It had been recorded throughout the winter and spring of 1969 … Continue reading On This Day (June 21)…Deep Purple Releases, Err, Deep Purple

Shades of Classical Quotes: Classical Music on Deep Purple’s Early Albums

When one thinks of Deep Purple, classical music probably isn’t the first genre which comes to mind. On its surface, failing to connect the world's loudest band, known for smashing guitars and "Smoke on the Water", with classical music is hardly a failing. That being said, the band has always enjoyed a strong connection to … Continue reading Shades of Classical Quotes: Classical Music on Deep Purple’s Early Albums

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

On This Day (April 20)…Say Hello to Deep Purple—Err, Roundabout

The band Roundabout played their first live gig on this day in 1968 at Vestpoppen Parkskolen Club in Taastrup, Denmark. The group is better known today by the name they would adopt during this debut tour, Deep Purple. Photo of the group accompanying an announcement in the paper. From left to right: Ritchie Blackmore, Rod … Continue reading On This Day (April 20)…Say Hello to Deep Purple—Err, Roundabout