Deep Purple

I have a surplus of options for p-o-t-d on Feb. 16, so I’m going to take this opportunity to preview the concert by classic British rockers Deep Purple (pictured) that goes Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Brandt Centre (7:30 p.m., tickets $77.95-$97.95).

Over the 40 plus years the band’s been together, there’s been a few personnel changes. But they still perform regularly and deliver a solid show. To give you a taste, here’s video from 2006 that shows the band performing “Smoke on the Water” at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Montreux was an appropriate place to record the performance, because the song describes an actual event that occurred in 1971 when the band was in Switzerland to record their breakout album Machine Head which was released in 1972. On the night prior to the session starting Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention played a show at the Montreux Casino. During the concert, someone shot off a flare gun, which caused a raging fire that destroyed the entire casino complex — including all of Zappa and his band’s equipment.

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6 thoughts on “Deep Purple”

  1. I love how these second tier classic rock bands always have some youngster in the line-up, to fill in for the dead guy. Anyway, have they ever been to Regina before? I always like to count how many after a band’s prime it takes for them to play the #YQR

  2. Second tier? Talbot, I enjoy your comments, but you whiffed on this one. Deep Purple have a pedigree that take them beyond just a Classic Rock act. They were true innovators and originators of an entire genre. If they are ‘second tier’ then who, pray tell, are first tier?

    They’ve never played Regina…if fact this is their first real Canadian tour, if you can believe it. I truly wish I could be there, but duty calls me out of province thie week. I envy those who get to see them.

  3. #2 1 of my fav KITH skits!

    Deep Purple’s Machine Head sorta defined what was to happen musically & with people’s attitudes, way back in the 1970’s.

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