Deep Purple Debut Tour

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Deep Purple Debut Tour
Tour by Deep Purple
Start date April 1968
End date May 1968
Legs 1
Shows 8
Deep Purple concert chronology
Deep Purple Debut Tour Shades of Deep Purple Tour

Deep Purple Debut Tour is the first tour by British hard rock band Deep Purple which took place in Europe, specifically in Scandinavian countries.[1] At that time, the band was not popular in Europe. They recorded a studio album in July, just after completion of this tour.[2]

Pre-History[edit]

Deep Purple had undergone several lineup changes before this tour. In 1967, former Searchers drummer Chris Curtis contacted London businessman Tony Edwards in the hope that he would manage a new group he was putting together, to be called Roundabout: so-called because the members would get on and off the band, like a musical roundabout. Impressed with the plan, Edwards agreed to finance the venture with two business partners: John Coletta and Ron Hire (Hire-Edwards-Coletta - HEC Enterprises).

The first recruit was the classically-trained Hammond organ player Jon Lord, who had most notably played with The Artwoods (led by Art Wood, brother of future Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, and featuring Keef Hartley). He was followed by session guitarist Ritchie Blackmore who was persuaded to return from Hamburg to audition for the new group. Curtis soon dropped out, but HEC Enterprises, as well as Lord and Blackmore, were keen to carry on.

For the bass guitar, Lord suggested his old friend Nick Simper, with whom he had played in a band called The Flower Pot Men and their Garden (formerly known as The Ivy League) back in 1967. Simper's claims to fame (apart from Purple) were that he had been in Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and had been in the car crash that killed Kidd. He was also in Screaming Lord Sutch's The Savages, where he played with Blackmore.

The line-up was completed by singer Rod Evans and drummer Ian Paice from The Maze. After a brief tour of Denmark in the spring of 1968, Blackmore suggested a new name: Deep Purple, which was his grandmother's favourite song.[2]

Tour set list[edit]

  1. "Hush"
  2. "And The Address"
  3. "Hey Joe"
  4. "Love Help Me"
  5. "Help"
  6. "Mandrake Root"
  7. "Prelude: Happiness/I'm So Glad"
  8. "One More Rainy Day"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
April 1968 Unknown locations
20 April 1968 Taastrup Denmark Vestpoppen
May 1968 Unknown locations

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