Shades of Deep Purple Tour

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Shades of Deep Purple Tour
Tour by Deep Purple
Associated album Shades of Deep Purple
Start date August 1968
End date September 1968
Legs 1
Shows 2
Deep Purple concert chronology
Deep Purple Debut Tour Shades of Deep Purple Tour The Book of Taliesyn Tour

The Shades of Deep Purple Tour was a short tour by British hard rock band Deep Purple to support their debut album Shades of Deep Purple. The tour lasted over one month and included only eight dates (7 in the United Kingdom and 1 in Switzerland). It was the band's first United Kingdom tour.[1]

Pre-history[edit]

After a short debut tour the band recorded their first album in just one weekend and then confirmed their first United Kingdom dates.[1] The album was released in the United States only, reaching #24 on the charts. It included the hit single Hush (written by Joe South and previously performed by Billy Joe Royal) which peaked at #4 and threw Deep Purple into the USA mainstream, although the Shades of Deep Purple Tour included mostly UK dates. No official live recordings from this tour have been released yet.

Tour set list[edit]

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

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
6 July 1968 London England The Roundhouse Theatre
 ?? July 1968 Ramsgate
 ?? July 1968 London ILEA College
3 August 1968 Warrington The Red Lion
10 August 1968 Sunbury-on-Thames National Jazz and Blues Festival
22 September 1968 Berne Switzerland Pop Festival
27 September 1968 Birmingham England Mothers
28 September 1968 Plymouth Van Dyke Club

Notable live dates[edit]

Summer 1968 saw Deep Purple's first shows in United Kingdom. The band's first high profile United Kingdom performance was at the 8th National Jazz & Blues Festival in Sunbury. In previous years this festival was held in Richmond, and it would later be moved to Plumpton for several years before transforming into the famous Reading Festival. Deep Purple played twice; they opened the main stage at 7 PM and played another set later that evening in the Marquee. Many people had high expectations but the general consensus was 'pretentious' and 'too American'. The line-up for the festival was Deep Purple, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher (with 'Taste'), Peter Frampton (with 'the Herd'), Marc Bolan and John Mayall and others. Photos from these shows prove that in the early days Jon Lord would sit behind the keyboard and sing backing vocals.[2]

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