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Monday, December 04, 2006

Dec 17, 2006, Sun: Deep Purple Live in Bangalore 
DEEP PURPLE, one of the world’s first bands to fuse classical and rock music, will be in Bangalore to enthrall audiences by bringing its unique genre of sophisticated Rock.  The band fresh from their tour of South America has chosen Bangalore as their only city in Asia to present a live performance on Sunday 17, December, 2006 at Cathedral School from 7.00 p.m. onwards. Royal Challenge presents this concert in association with Nokia, Kingfisher Airlines, Pepsi, Reliance, and VH1. Radio Partner- Radio Indigo & Hospitality Partner is Taj West End.  The concert is produced & promoted by: DNA Networks Pvt. Ltd. 

Deep Purple’s band consists of Ian Gillan the band’s vocalist. On the guitar, Steve Morse.  Roger Glover is the bassist and producer of the band. Don Airey’s on the keyboard. And last but not the least on the drums is Ian Paice, Purple’s signature sound and the bands founding member.  

The band was formed in 1968 but gained global prominence especially after the release of the 1970’s hit DEEP PURPLE IN ROCK.  This album still stands as a milestone in defining what would eventually be called “HARD ROCK”, and the resulting tours maintained the band’s reputation as one of the best live acts in music business, a saga that continues even today. 

Deep Purple, along with the well known, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Accept, Aerosmith, Alice In Chains, Beck, Boggart & Apice constituted the idea of Hard Rock. With hits like Black Night, Hush, Child in Time and Smoke on the Water and many more; Deep Purple has been a success worldwide and is still going strong. After playing to an audience of over 8 million in more than 50 countries, Deep Purple celebrated their 30th anniversary in with their largest world tour in 2001, and released their Album Abandon.  

DEEP PURPLE LIVE promises to be a world-class event with an amazing stage, and a high-powered spectacular sound with dazzling lights. Bangalore will witness one of the biggest live concerts ever to rock the city in recent times. Deep Purple will relive a classic performance of the best of Purple songs.  The tour will feature some of the bands’ most popular tracks including the classics Highway Star, Smoke on the Water, Fireball, Black Night, Woman from Tokyo, Hush, etc. 

"Both Royal Challenge and Deep Purple enjoy the unique appeal that transcends time and remain relevant over the decades. Their association is but natural and brings out this cherished aspect of two great brands."  - Mr. Alok Gupta, Executive Vice President – Marketing United Spirits Limited. 

“ For us at DNA Networks its always a privilege to work with classic bands and especially Deep Purple with who we have had a long association for India.” - Mr. T. Venkat Vardhan, Managing Director, DNA Networks.  
Tickets to the show are priced at Rs. 1200/- each and will be available at All PlanetM out lets In Bangalore, Mangalore, Cochin, Hyderabad & Chennai & Nokia Concept Store, Church Street (Bangalore). Tickets could also be purchased online and through the call center on 25705858.



I did not go to the Deep Purple. For me the weatherr was bad, tickets were over-priced, the venue was not right and Ritchie Blackmore was absent. But I did not really miss it. VH1 showed a young deep purple's live concert, with Blackmore playing his whacky eastern scales. It was a treat to watch.
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