British band Deep Purple will rock the city in February

Newsroom 06/09/2013 | 11:27

Legendary British rock band Deep Purple will come back to Romania next year, presenting their well-known songs on February 20, at Sala Polivalenta.

Deep Purple was formed 45 years ago, back in 1968, while Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are considered to be heavy metal pioneers. They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as “the globe’s loudest band” for a 1972 concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide, including 17.5 million certified units in the US.

The band has gone through many line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–1984). The 1968–1976 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV. Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured Ian Gillan (vocals), Jon Lord (organ), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums), and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973, and was revived from 1984 to 1989, and again from 1992 to 1993. The band achieved more modest success in the intervening periods between 1968 and 1969 with the line-up including Rod Evans (vocals) and Nick Simper (bass, backing vocals), between 1974 and 1976 (Tommy Bolin replacing Blackmore in 1975) with the line-up including David Coverdale (vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals), and between 1989 and 1992 with the line-up including Joe Lynn Turner (vocals). The band’s line-up (currently featuring Ian Gillan, and guitarist Steve Morse from 1994) has been much more stable in recent years, although organist Jon Lord’s retirement from the band in 2002 (being succeeded by Don Airey) left Ian Paice as the only original Deep Purple member still in the band.

Deep Purple were ranked number 22 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme and a British radio station Planet Rock poll ranked them 5th among the “most influential bands ever”. At the 2011 Classic Rock Awards in London, they received the Innovator Award. In October 2012, Deep Purple were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The current members of the band are Ian Gillian – vocals, harmonica, percussion, Steve Morse – guitar, Roger glover – bass, Ian Paice – drums, percussion, Don Airey – organ, keyboards.

Tickets cost between RON 95 and RON 265 and can be purchased online here or from Diverta and Muzica stores, Mihai Eminescu library and Sala Palatului.

Oana Vasiliu

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