Bogus Deep Purple
Bogus Deep Purple
In 1980, ex-Deep Purple vocalist Rod Evans was contacted by a management team who offered him a chance to play under the Deep Purple name again, which he took. He fronted this band of unknown session musicians, which became known to Deep Purple fans as the Bogus Deep Purple. The band played across the US, Canada and Mexico, with many shows ending in riots.
The management company behind the Bogus Deep Purple registered "Deep Purple" as an LLC in February 1980 and mentioned that an album was to be recorded.
On 18 August 1980, the real Deep Purple put an ad in a newspaper underneath an ad for a Bogus Deep Purple concert that was to take place at Long Beach Arena in California, stating:
The real Deep Purple were contacted about the bogus Deep Purple, and their management sued Evans, given that he was the only member of the band who received booking royalties and who had any rights to the name "Deep Purple". Evans was sued for damages of $672,000 (USD) (US$2,085,208 in 2019 dollars) for using the band name without permission, which included $168,000 in actual damages (US$521,302 in 2019 dollars) and $504,000 (US$1,563,906 in 2019 dollars) in punitive damages. Being unable to pay this amount, Evans was required to forfeit all future royalties from the albums and singles recorded by the Mark I lineup of Deep Purple. This effectively ended Evans' career as a performing musician, as any future earnings he made from performing would have to be paid toward the lawsuit and since then, he no longer receives royalties for his work with Deep Purple.
Both Ian Paice and Jon Lord remarked it was not about money, but about saving the good name of Deep Purple. Paice stated, "We didn't make that money, it all went to the lawyers involved. [But] the only chance to stop that band was to sue Rod." Lord acknowledged that he did not enjoy having to testify in court against Evans and blamed him for "being silly".
- Rod Evans - vocals
- Tony Flynn - guitar
- Tom de Rivera - bass
- Dick Jurgens III - drums
- Geoff Emery - keyboards
The instrumentalists had previously played in a fake Steppenwolf band organised by the same management company a few years before - in fact, there is one gig report stating that the Bogus Steppenwolf opened for the Bogus Deep Purple, using exactly the same backing band.
- Excerpt from a Mexican TV show on the Bogus Deep Purple incident, featuring footage of them playing "Smoke on the Water"
- The Deep Purple Podcast - Episode #37 - The "New" Deep Purple
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