Rapture of the Deep tour

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Rapture of the Deep World Tour
Concert by Deep Purple
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Location Europe, South America, Oceania, Asia, North America, Middle East
Associated album Rapture of the Deep (2005)
Start date 17 January 2006
End date 25 May 2011
Legs 26
No. of shows 385
Deep Purple concert chronology

The Rapture of the Deep tour was a worldwide concert tour by British hard rock band Deep Purple.

It took place in support of their 2005 studio album Rapture of the Deep. It is supposed[by whom?] to be one of the most successful and long-lasting tours the band has ever done. In 2007, it was voted #6 tour of the year by listeners of the Planet Rock radio station.[1]


In 2005, Deep Purple released the Rapture of the Deep studio album which enjoyed a modest success, especially in Europe where it charted Top 20 in several countries.

In support of their new studio album, Deep Purple embarked in a world tour during which they covered five continents and played in more than 50 countries.[2] They did over 28 legs in Europe, UK, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia, playing almost 500 shows in six years.[3] Venue sizes varied from big concert halls to the world's largest arenas and stadiums.

During the tour, Deep Purple headlined several of the world's biggest festivals, including:

Although some fans[who?] called the 2010 leg simply "World Tour" (since at that time only one song from Rapture of the Deep – the title track – remained in the set list), Don Airey, the band's keyboardist, said it's still the Rapture of the Deep tour.[needs update]

Tour history[edit]


The Rapture of the Deep tour kicked off with an intimate sold-out show at London's Astoria hall, and quickly moved on to a sold-out European tour, booked in the continent's biggest arenas.

After two sold out shows at Argentina's Luna Park Stadium, the band played one festival date in Chile and after a one-month break they moved straight to Australia. The 10 dates on the Australian leg proved to be extremely successful; tickets sold out very quickly and promoters had to add more dates. The band sold over 50,000 tickets for the Australian leg and moved to Japan with 5 concerts.

A second huge European leg followed in summer. Deep Purple kicked it off with the extremely successful gig at Milton Keynes Bowl, in front of over 50,000 people. Besides the single shows, they played many festival dates as headliners, such as Sweden Rock Festival (attendance: 50,000) and Montreux Jazz Festival. The Montreux show was recorded professionally and later released on CD/DVD called They All Came Down to Montreux. The European leg lasted over 6 months and they played Europe's biggest arenas, all sold-out.

On 17 December 2006, Deep Purple played a gig at Cathedral School Grounds, Bangalore, India.[4]

Deep Purple ended the 2006 tour with a successful South American leg, 11 arena + stadium dates.


2007 began with a huge European tour again. After visiting Italy and France, they moved to the full UK arena tour, playing at sold-out Wembley Arena, LG Arena and Windsor Hall, overall 10 dates in the UK. However, singer Ian Gillan announced at a Wembley show that it was the last time they would play at the arena, because of the rudeness of security guards, who beat several fans during the show.[5]

Summer 2007 saw Deep Purple overseas, on a full North American tour. 27 dates in USA and 3 in Canada. In the USA they mostly played at a big arenas and amphitheaters, plus several theaters and two sold out dates at the House of Blues of Chicago. After playing at Montreal's Bell Centre in front of 10,000 people, they moved to New York to play in the Radio City Music Hall. The North American leg ended with a sold-out intimate show at Dallas's House of Blues

2007's last leg was Europe again. Deep Purple kicked it off at Bucharest's National Stadium and the tour lasted over one month.

At the end of year Deep Purple received a special award in France, for selling 150,000 concert tickets in the country in one year. Officials said Deep Purple sold more tickets than any music artist has ever done in one year in France.[6]


2008 began with a second full South American leg, with 13 dates in 6 countries. Tickets for the show at Buenos Aires's Luna Park Stadium sold out quickly, prompting promoters to announce a second date at the same stadium.

A European festival tour followed in the summer. The first gig was Monsters of Rock in Spain. Deep Purple was due to headline the festival's first day (the second day to be headlined by Iron Maiden). Unfortunately, a severe rainstorm washed out tens of thousands people and damaged the stage. So, promoters had to cancel the whole festival.[7] After two sold-out shows at Teatro Smeraldo in Milan, Deep Purple headlined Montreux Jazz Festival for the second time on the Rapture Tour. Festival dates also included Deep Purple as a headliner at: "British Motorshow & Music Festival", UK, "Festival de la cite de Carcassonne", "Les Nuits de la Guitare", France "Zweite Classic rocknacht", "Magic Night of Rock" Germany and "Steinkjer Rock" Norway.

The Israel fall tour proved to be phenomenally successful for the band. Deep Purple's last gig in the country was in 1991, when the band was led by Joe Lynn Turner. This time, led by Ian Gillan promoters announced one show at Caesarea Amphiteatre. The first gig was sold out in three days, so promoters added a second one, which sold-out in one week. That prompted promoters to add a third gig at the same arena, and one at Tel Aviv. Israeli press called Deep Purple's tour a "phenomenal success", and the band sold the most tickets in the country that have ever sold in the same year. After the 4 sold-out shows, the press called it the "event of the year" [8]

The 2008 tour ended with a Russia/Ukraine/Germany Arena tour, in 10,000-15,000 capacity arenas, all sold-out.


2009's first gig saw Deep Purple as a headliner band on the World Ski Championship. After this one-off show they quickly moved to South America. Although Ian Gillan caught a flu and was extremely ill, with the 11 dates in South America Deep Purple sold over 250,000 tickets (including 150 000 tickets at Cosquin Rock festival, 50,000 at Antofagasta's velodrome, 20,000 tickets at two sold-out shows at Luna Park Stadium and 15,000 tickets at two sold-out shows at São Paulo's Via Funchall hall). Ian Gillan released a special video message about his illness, as fans were worried by his vocal conditions caused by the flu.[9]

After headlining the "Dubai Bike Week 2009" in front of some 30,000 people, Deep Purple moved to their second Japanese tour during the Rapture Tour with guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen as a support act.

Spring/summer saw the band at a huge European arena tour again. Deep Purple made a one show at Istanbul's Kurucesme Arena. This was particular show, as 500 fans (out of the 20,000) had travelled from Georgia, Tbilisi and Ian Gillan made a very special meet&greet with Georgian fans. Later in an interview Gillan called it one of the most wonderful day on the tour, as he has a very special memories from Georgia, where he married with his wife Bron Gillan, in 1990.[10]

After playing their own festival dates, suddenly Deep Purple were called by the promoter of Rock am See and 1-Day Milano Urban Festival. The festival was supposed to be headlined by Oasis, but they split. So, the promoters had to replace them with another headliner. They Choose Deep Purple. According to the bassist Roger Glover, they were not sure what was going to happen, as Oasis plays different kind of music and most of the ticket holders were fans of different music than Deep Purple plays.[11] Fortunatelly, everything went fantastic. The promoter later announced that The band saved a festival. 90% of Oasis' fans watched Deep Purple's concert and after the show, they were posting on the forum that they were overwhelmed by the gig. Kasabian's leader was watching the show from backstage and later said that it was the greatest concert he has ever seen.[12]

At the end of the leg Deep Purple played at a notorious French political gig Fête de l'Humanité in Paris, France. The concert was attended by 110,000 people.

For the fall 2009 the band went on a small UK Tour, visiting several theaters (including two sold out gigs at the Hammersmith Apollo, + one big show at LG Arena.

20 dates European leg followed and the 2009 tour ended at Bologna. The show was broadcast live on Italian RAI radio1 and was quickly heavily bootlegged.


Deep Purple played 79 dates: Mexico, South East Asia, Australia, South Africa & Europe.


Deep Purple fan, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosted the band in the Moscow Kremlin on 23 March 2011.

After a 4-date tour in Mexico in February, Deep Purple has planned to play the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eastern Europe & Israel in spring (14 dates).

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
17 January 2006 London England London Astoria
19 January 2006 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
21 January 2006 Madrid Spain Plaza de Toros, La Cubierta, Leganes
22 January 2006 Barcelona Vall dHebron
24 January 2006 Paris France Le Zénith
25 January 2006 Brussels Belgium Forest National
26 January 2006 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
28 January 2006 Copenhagen Denmark K.B. Hallen
29 January 2006 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
31 January 2006 Jyväskylä Finland Icehall with Crazy World
1 February 2006 Helsinki Helsinki Ice Hall with Crazy World
2 February 2006 Tallinn Estonia Saku Arena with Nazareth
3 February 2006 Vilnius Lithuania Siemens Arena with Nazareth
6 February 2006 Berlin Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle with Alice Cooper
7 February 2006 Kiel Ostseehalle with Alice Cooper
9 February 2006 Nuremberg Nuremberg Arena with Alice Cooper
10 February 2006 Dortmund Westfalenhallen with Alice Cooper
11 February 2006 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle with Alice Cooper
12 February 2006 Erfurt Messehalle with Alice Cooper
14 February 2006 Trier Trier Arena with Alice Cooper
15 February 2006 Wetzlar Mittelhessen Arena with Alice Cooper
17 February 2006 Mannheim SAP Arena with Alice Cooper
18 February 2006 Munich Olympiahalle with Alice Cooper
19 February 2006 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
21 February 2006 Linz Austria Intersportarena
22 February 2006 Brno Czech Republic Hala Rondo
23 February 2006 Liberec Tipsport Arena
24 February 2006 Katowice Poland Spodek with SBB
26 February 2006 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sports Arena
27 February 2006 Belgrade Serbia and Montenegro Belgrade Fair – Hall 1
1 March 2006 Rome Italy Tendastriscie
2 March 2006 Milan Palalido
South America
24 March 2006 Buenos Aires Argentina Luna Park
25 March 2006 Santiago Chile Cristal en Vivo Festival
26 April 2006 Wellington New Zealand Wellington Convention Centre
27 April 2006 Auckland Logan Campbell Centre
29 April 2006 St Kilda Australia Palais Theatre
30 April 2006
1 May 2006 Torrensville Thebarton Theatre
3 May 2006 Mount Claremont Challenge Stadium
7 May 2006 South Brisbane Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
9 May 2006 Sydney Hordern Pavilion
10 May 2006
12 May 2006 Wollongong Wollongong Entertainment Centre
13 May 2006 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre
14 May 2006 Canberra Royal Theatre
17 May 2006 Fukuoka Japan Mielparque Hall
18 May 2006 Osaka Koseinenkin Kaikan
19 May 2006 Nagoya Shi Kokaido
21 May 2006 Tokyo Shibuya-AX
22 May 2006 Tokyo International Forum
3 June 2006 Milton Keynes England Milton Keynes Bowl with Alice Cooper and others
Monsters of Rock Tour
5 June 2006 Rostock Germany Parkbühne IGA with Uriah Heep
6 June 2006 Emden Nordseehalle
8 June 2006 Sölvesborg Sweden Sweden Rock Festival with Journey and others
9 June 2006 Lichtenvoorde Netherlands Arrow Rock Festival with Status Quo and others
10 June 2006 Middlefart Denmark Rock Under Broen with Status Quo and others
12 June 2006 Grefrath Germany Eissporthalle
13 June 2006 Osnabrück Stadthalle with Krypteria
15 June 2006 Bonn Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle
16 June 2006 Bad Brückenau Staatsbad, Kurpark with Uriah Heep and Krypteria
17 June 2006 Gräfenhainichen Ferropolis with Alice Cooper and Krypteria
Stadt aus Eisen
21 June 2006 Tromsø Norway Polarhallen
22 June 2006 Bodø Bodø Kulturhus
23 June 2006 Hell Hell Music Festival
24 June 2006 Bergen Koengen
6 July 2006 Innsbruck Austria Hafen
7 July 2006 Trento Italy Stadio Briamasco with Uriah Heep
Summer Music Festival
8 July 2006 Wiesen Austria Festivalgelände
10 July 2006 Cattolica Italy Arena della Regina
11 July 2006 Latina Francioni Stadium
12 July 2006 Brescia Piazza del Duomo
14 July 2006 Zottegem Belgium Rock Zottegem
15 July 2006 Montreux Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival
17 July 2006 Monte Carlo Monaco Sporting Club
18 July 2006
20 July 2006 Zaragoza Spain Pabellón Príncipe Felipe
– Cancelled due to rain
22 July 2006 Faro Portugal Concentração Motard de Faro
Alan Parsons Project
24 July 2006 Athens Greece Melina Merkouri Theatre
3 October 2006 Salzburg Austria Arena
4 October 2006 Bratislava Slovakia Incheba Hall
5 October 2006 Ljubljana Slovenia Tivoli Hall
7 October 2006 Košice Slovakia Stell Arena
8 October 2006 Ostrava Czech Republic ČEZ Aréna
9 October 2006 Warsaw Poland Torwar Hall with SBB
11 October 2006 Kiev Ukraine Palace of Sports
13 October 2006 Almaty Kazakhstan Palace of the Republic
14 October 2006
16 October 2006 Yekaterinburg Russia Kosmos Concert Hall
18 October 2006 Kazan Palace of Sports
19 October 2006 Moscow Olympic Stadium
20 October 2006 Saint Petersburg Ice Arena
4 November 2006 Lille France Zenith de Lille
5 November 2006 Caen Zenith de Caen
7 November 2006 Amnéville Le Galaxie
8 November 2006 Dijon Zenith de Dijon
9 November 2006 Toulouse Zenith de Toulouse
11 November 2006 Bruz Musikhall
12 November 2006 Clermont-Ferrand Zenith D'Auvergne
13 November 2006 Nice Palais Nikaia
14 November 2006 Marseille Le Dome
South America
23 November 2006 Montevideo Uruguay Velodromo
25 November 2006 Porto Alegre Brazil Gigantinho
26 November 2006 Curitiba Master Hall
28 November 2006 São Paulo Tom Brasil
29 November 2006
1 December 2006 Rio de Janeiro Rio Centro
2 December 2006 Vitória Praza Do Papa
3 December 2006 Belo Horizonte Chevrolet Hall
5 December 2006 Rosario Argentina Estadio Cubierto Newell's Old Boys
6 December 2006 Córdoba Estadio General Paz Juniors
7 December 2006 Buenos Aires Arena Obras Sanitarias
9 December 2006 Viña del Mar Chile Quinta Vergara
17 December 2006 Bangalore India Cathedral Grounds
4 March 2007 Tirana Albania Congress Palace
7 March 2007 Parma Italy PalaRaschi
9 March 2007 Palermo Palasport
10 March 2007 Acireale PalaTupparello
12 March 2007 Reggio Calabria PalaCalafiore
13 March 2007 Andria Palasport
16 March 2007 Reims France Parc Expo
17 March 2007 Tours Grand Hall De Tours
19 March 2007 Nantes Zenith
20 March 2007 Rouen Zenith
22 March 2007 La Rochelle Parc Expo
23 March 2007 Pau Zenith
25 March 2007 Strasbourg Hall Rhenus
26 March 2007 Beauvais Festival Debout Sur Le Zinc, Elispace
28 March 2007 Bordeaux Patinoire
29 March 2007 Saint-Étienne Palais Des Spectacle
30 March 2007 Grenoble Palais Des Spectacle
31 March 2007 Limoges Zenith
21 April 2007 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena with Thin Lizzy and Styx
22 April 2007 Manchester MEN Arena with Thin Lizzy and Styx
24 April 2007 Nottingham Nottingham Arena with Thin Lizzy and Styx
25 April 2007 Cardiff Wales CIA Arena with Thin Lizzy and Styx
27 April 2007 Bournemouth England Windsor Hall with Thin Lizzy and Styx
28 April 2007 London Wembley Arena with Thin Lizzy and Styx
29 April 2007 Brighton Brighton Centre with Thin Lizzy and Styx
1 May 2007 Glasgow Scotland Clyde Auditorium with Thin Lizzy and Styx
2 May 2007 Sheffield England Hallam FM Arena with Thin Lizzy and Styx
3 May 2007 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre with Thin Lizzy Styx
5 May 2007 Genoa Italy Palasport
7 May 2007 Auxerre France Parc Expo
8 May 2007 Montpellier Zenith Sud
9 May 2007 Nancy Zenith
11 May 2007 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
12 May 2007 Geneva Arena
16 May 2007 Sandnes Norway Classic Rock Festival
18 May 2007 Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena
19 May 2007 Hellendoorn Netherlands Dauwpop
20 May 2007 Luxembourg Luxembourg The Rockhal
23 May 2007 Helsinki Finland Jäähalli
24 May 2007 Joensuu Areena
26 May 2007 Jelling Denmark Jelling Festival
27 May 2007 Reykjavík Iceland Laugardalshöll
North America
12 July 2007 Atlanta United States Chastain Park Amphitheatre
13 July 2007 Orlando House of Blues with Edgar Winter
14 July 2007 Boca Raton Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
15 July 2007 Clearwater Ruth Eckerd Hall
18 July 2007 South Bend Morris Civic Performing Arts Center
19 July 2007 Cadott Rock Fest
21 July 2007 Farwell Mountain Rock Music Festival
22 July 2007 Chicago House of Blues
23 July 2007
24 July 2007 St. Louis The Pageant
26 July 2007 London Canada Hawk Rocks the Park
27 July 2007 Clarkston United States DTE Energy Music Theatre
28 July 2007 Montreal Canada Bell Centre with Hamadryad
29 July 2007 Quebec City Pavilion de la Jeunesse
31 July 2007 Boston United States Bank of America Pavilion
2 August 2007 Wallingford Chevrolet Theatre
4 August 2007 Atlantic City House of Blues
7 August 2007 New York City Radio City Music Hall
8 August 2007 Hampton Beach Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
9 August 2007 Bethlehem Musikfest with John Kay & Steppenwolf
12 August 2007 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre
13 August 2007 Ventura Ventura Theater
15 August 2007 San Francisco The Warfield
16 August 2007 San Diego 4th & B Concert Theater
17 August 2007 Phoenix Maricopa Event Center
18 August 2007 Paradise The Joint / Hard Rock Hotel
21 August 2007 Denver Fillmore Auditorium
23 August 2007 San Antonio Majestic Theater
24 August 2007 Houston Verizon Wireless Theater
25 August 2007 Dallas House of Blues
31 October 2007 Bucharest Romania National Stadium
1 November 2007 Sofia Bulgaria Festivalna Hall
3 November 2007 Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina Olympic Hall Zetra
4 November 2007 Split Croatia Sporthall
6 November 2007 Budapest Hungary Sportaréna
8 November 2007 Graz Austria Eishalle
9 November 2007 Pordenone Italy Palasport Forum
10 November 2007 Mantua PalaBam
12 November 2007 Varese PalaWhirlpool
14 November 2007 Châteauroux France Le Tarmac
15 November 2007 Toulon Zenith
16 November 2007 Perpignan Parc des Expos
18 November 2007 Paris Olympia
19 November 2007 Liège Belgium Country Hall
21 November 2007 Le Havre France Docks Oceane
22 November 2007 Angers Amphitea 4000
23 November 2007 Brest Parc de Penfeld
25 November 2007 Le Mans Antarès
26 November 2007 Orléans Zenith
27 November 2007 Angoulême Espace Carat
28 November 2007 Besançon Micropolis
North America
14 February 2008 Monterrey Mexico Monterrey Arena
16 February 2008 Mexico City Plaza de Toros
17 February 2008 Guadalajara Plaza de Toros
South America
20 February 2008 Lima Peru
22 February 2008 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Citibank Hall
23 February 2008 Curitiba Hellooch
24 February 2008 São Paulo Credicard Hall
26 February 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina Luna Park
28 February 2008 Concepción Chile Estadio Regional with Peter Ron
1 March 2008 Santiago Teatro Caupolicán
2 March 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina Luna Park
6 March 2008 Quito Ecuador Luna Park
8 March 2008 Caracas Venezuela Anfiteatro del Centro Sambil
11 July 2008 Zaragoza Spain Monsters of Rock, Feria de Muestras
– Cancelled due to a rain storm
12 July 2008 Pistoia Italy Duomo Square
13 July 2008 Turin Colonia Sonora Open Air
15 July 2008 Milan Teatro Smeraldo
16 July 2008
18 July 2008 Verona Castello de Villafranca
19 July 2008 Montreux Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival
20 July 2008 Carcassonne France Festival de la cite de Carcassonne
22 July 2008 Patrimonio Les Nuits de la Guitare
26 July 2008 Cologne Germany Zweite Classic Rocknacht, Open Air am Tanzbrunnen
27 July 2008 Tienen Belgium Suikerrock
30 July 2008 London England British Motorshow & Music Festival, ExCeL London
1 August 2008 Siegen Germany Siegerlandhalle
2 August 2008 Ravensburg Magic Night of Rock, Oberschwabenhalle
3 August 2008 Benediktbeuern Magic Night of Rock, Kloster
6 August 2008 Copenhagen Denmark K.B. Hallen
8 August 2008 Linköping Sweden Cloetta Center
9 August 2008 Ystad Öja Slott
10 August 2008 Odense Denmark Arena Fyn (OCC)
12 August 2008 Helsinki Finland Jäähalli with Nazareth
13 August 2008 Kuopio Kuopio Arena with Nazareth
15 August 2008 Steinkjer Norway Steinkjer Rock, Guldbergaunet Stadion
17 August 2008 Tallinn Estonia Saku Suurhall Arena
18 August 2008 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
5 September 2008 Khanty-Mansiysk Russia City Square
Middle East
8 September 2008 Caesarea Israel Caesarea Amphitheater
9 September 2008 Tel Aviv Hangar 11
17 September 2008 Caesarea Caesarea Amphitheater (Postponed from 7 September)
18 September 2008 Caesarea Amphitheater
12 October 2008 Dnipropetrovsk Ukraine
13 October 2008 Odessa
15 October 2008 Kiev
17 October 2008 Cherkasy
19 October 2008 Rostov-on-Don Russia
20 October 2008 Voronezh
21 October 2008 Nizhny Novgorod
23 October 2008 Novosibirsk
24 October 2008 Perm
25 October 2008 Kazan
27 October 2008 Moscow
28 October 2008 Saint Petersburg
31 October 2008 Leipzig Germany Arena Leipzig
1 November 2008 Hanover AWD Hall
2 November 2008 Kassel Eissporthalle
4 November 2008 Erfurt Messehalle
6 November 2008 Kiel Sparkassen-Arena
7 November 2008 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
8 November 2008 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
11 November 2008 Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle
13 November 2008 Oberhausen König Pilsener Arena
14 November 2008 Karlsruhe Europahalle
15 November 2008 Munich Olympiahalle
17 November 2008 Bamberg Jako Arena
18 November 2008 Basel Switzerland St. Jakobshalle
18 February 2009 Liberec Czech Republic Tipsport Arena
South America
20 February 2009 Buenos Aires Argentina Luna Park
21 February 2009 Córdoba Cosquin Rock (Festival de Montaña)
22 February 2009 Buenos Aires Luna Park
24 February 2009 Puerto Montt Chile Arena
26 February 2009 Santiago Teatro Caupolicán
28 February 2009 Antofagasta Club Hipico
2 March 2009 Porto Alegre Brazil Teatro do Bourbon Country
3 March 2009
5 March 2009 Florianópolis Floripa Music Hall
6 March 2009 São Paulo Via Funchal
7 March 2009
Middle East
20 March 2009 Dubai United Arab Emirates Dubai Bike Week 2009
8 April 2009 Tokyo Japan Tokyo International Forum with Yngwie Malmsteen
9 April 2009 Nagoya Zepp with Yngwie Malmsteen
10 April 2009 Hiroshima Koseinenkin Kaikan with Yngwie Malmsteen
12 April 2009 Kanazawa Kanko Kaikan with Yngwie Malmsteen
13 April 2009 Osaka Koseinenkin Kaikan with Yngwie Malmsteen
15 April 2009 Tokyo Tokyo International Forum with Yngwie Malmsteen
18 April 2009 Moscow Russia B1 Maximum
19 April 2009
1 May 2009 Wrocław Poland Pola Marsowe
2 May 2009 Ostrava Czech Republic ČEZ Aréna
3 May 2009 Bratislava Slovakia NTC
4 May 2009 Prague Czech Republic Tesla Arena
10 June 2009 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
12 June 2009 Oberhof Rennsteig Arena
13 June 2009 Mühldorf Trabrennbahn with Status Quo
9 July 2009 Locarno Switzerland Moon and Stars Festival
10 July 2009 Wiesen Austria Lovely Days Festival, Festivalgelände
11 July 2009 Lakselv Norway Midtnattsrocken Festival
13 July 2009 Copenhagen Denmark KB-Hallen
14 July 2009 Västerås Sweden Bombardier Arena
15 July 2009 Gothenburg Trädgårdsföreningen
17 July 2009 Kotka Finland Kotka Sea Days, Kotkan Meripäivät Festival
18 July 2009 Tampere Tampereen Jäähalli
20 July 2009 Istanbul Turkey Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena
22 July 2009 Athens Greece Terra Vibe Park
23 July 2009 Thessaloniki Moni Lazariston
25 July 2009 Baalbek Lebanon Baalbek International Festival
28 August 2009 Arbon Switzerland
29 August 2009 Konstanz Germany Bodenseestadion
30 August 2009 Milan Italy 1-Day Milano Urban Festival
31 August 2009 Rho I-Day Festival
11 September 2009 Le Noirmont Switzerland
12 September 2009 Paris France Fête de l'Humanité, La Courneuve
14 September 2009 Barcelona Spain
15 September 2009 Madrid
18 September 2009 Sochi Russia
10 November 2009 Manchester England Manchester Apollo
11 November 2009 Glasgow Scotland Clyde Auditorium
13 November 2009 Birmingham England LG Arena, The National Exhibition Centre
14 November 2009 London Hammersmith Apollo
15 November 2009
17 November 2009 Amsterdam Netherlands
18 November 2009 Antwerp Belgium
21 November 2009 Aarhus Denmark Scandinavian Congress Centre
22 November 2009 Oslo Norway
24 November 2009 Helsinki Finland
25 November 2009 Oulu Finland Club Teatria
27 November 2009 Jönköping Sweden
28 November 2009 Leksand
1 December 2009 Amiens France Le Zénith
2 December 2009 Nantes Le Zénith
3 December 2009 Toulouse Le Zénith
5 December 2009 Marseille Le Dôme
7 December 2009 Chambéry Le Phare
8 December 2009 Montbéliard L'Axone
10 December 2009 Bolzano Italy Palaonda
11 December 2009 Venice Palasport Jesolo
12 December 2009 Rome PalaLottomatica
14 December 2009 Perugia PalaEvangelisti
15 December 2009 Milan Mediolanum Forum
16 December 2009 Bologna Paladozza
North America
5 April 2010 Zacatecas Mexico Festival Cultural de Zacatecas
Australia & Asia
27 April 2010 Brisbane Australia Convention Centre with Electric Mary
28 April 2010 Sydney Entertainment Centre with Electric Mary
29 April 2010 Newcastle Entertainment Centre with Electric Mary
1 May 2010 Canberra Royal Theatre with Electric Mary
2 May 2010 Melbourne Festival Hall with Electric Mary
3 May 2010 Adelaide Entertainment Centre with Electric Mary
5 May 2010 Perth Challenge Stadium with Electric Mary
8 May 2010 Taipei Taiwan Nangang Exhibition Hall
10 May 2010 Hong Kong Hong Kong AsiaWorld Expo – Hall 10
12 May 2010 Singapore Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
14 May 2010 Bangkok Thailand Thunder Dome
16 May 2010 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Arena of Stars (Genting Highlands)
18 May 2010 Seoul South Korea Olympic Gymnasium
21 May 2010 Vladivostok Russia FESCO-HALL
22 May 2010 Khabarovsk Platinum Arena
25 May 2010 Yerevan Armenia Karen Demirchyan Complex
South Africa
supported by Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash
28 May 2010 Johannesburg South Africa Coca-Cola Dome
30 May 2010 Durban Indoor Arena, International Convention Centre
1 June 2010 Cape Town Grand Arena, Grandwest Casino & Entertainment World
4 June 2010 Budapest Hungary StarGarden Festival Open Air with Mezzoforte, Osibisa, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Blood Sweat & Tears, John Mayall, Kool & The Gang and others
5 June 2010 Zagreb Croatia Dom Športova
7 June 2010 Ljubljana Slovenia Križanke
8 June 2010 Dornbirn Austria Dornbirner Messe
9 June 2010 Crans-près-Céligny Switzerland Caribana Festival
12 June 2010 Samara Russia Rock nad Volgoi
28 June 2010 Belfast Northern Ireland St Georges Market
30 June 2010 Cork Ireland Live at the Marquee
3 July 2010 Sønderborg Denmark Mølleparken
5 July 2010 Turku Finland Turkuhalli with Peer Günt
6 July 2010 Joensuu Areena with Peer Günt – Cancelled
8 July 2010 Langesund Norway Krogshavn
9 July 2010 Sarpsborg Kulåsparken
10 July 2010 Söderhamn Sweden Rockweekend (Moheds Flygfält)
12 July 2010 Argelès-sur-Mer France Parc de Valmy Festival les Deferlantes
14 July 2010 Lisbon Portugal Coliseu dos Recreios
17 July 2010 Córdoba Spain 30º Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba
18 July 2010 Valencia Explanada Jardines Viveros
21 July 2010 Varese Italy Stadio delle Azalee Gallarate
22 July 2010 Reggio Emilia Spazio Mirabello
23 July 2010 Arezzo Play Arezzo Art Festival
25 July 2010 Sogliano al Rubicone Piazza Matteotti
26 July 2010 Pescara Stadio Adriatico
27 July 2010 Brindisi Foro Boario Ostuni
29 July 2010 Messina Teatro Antico Taormina
30 July 2010 Palermo Gran Teatro Torre Roccella Campofelice di Roccella
26 October 2010 Prague Czech Republic Arena
27 October 2010 Olomouc Rocková Olomouc Zimní Stadion
28 October 2010 Rzeszów Poland Hala Podpromie
30 October 2010 Katowice Spodek
31 October 2010 Wrocław Hala Stulecia
3 November 2010 Marche-en-Famenne Belgium Wex – Wallonie Expo
5 November 2010 Lyon France La Halle Tony Garnier
6 November 2010 Montpellier Zenith
7 November 2010 Bordeaux Patinoire Meriadeck
9 November 2010 Rennes Le Liberte
10 November 2010 Paris Zenith
12 November 2010 Huttwil Switzerland Nationales Sportcenter
13 November 2010 Trier Germany Arena with Marillion
14 November 2010 Freiburg im Breisgau Rothaus Arena with Marillion
16 November 2010 Mannheim SAP Arena with Marillion
18 November 2010 Memmingen Eissporthalle with Marillion
19 November 2010 Munich Olympiahalle with Marillion
20 November 2010 Nuremberg Arena with Marillion
22 November 2010 Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle with Marillion
23 November 2010 Rostock Stadthalle L with Marillion
24 November 2010 Braunschweig Volkswagenhalle with Marillion
26 November 2010 Oldenburg Weser-Ems-Halle with Marillion
27 November 2010 Hamburg Sporthalle with Marillion
28 November 2010 Essen Grugahalle with Marillion
30 November 2010 Stuttgart Schleyerhalle with Marillion
1 December 2010 Strasbourg France Zénith Europe
2 December 2010 Dijon Zénith
4 December 2010 Troyes Le Cube Parc des Expos
5 December 2010 Rouen Zénith
6 December 2010 Lanester Parc des Expositions – Lorient
8 December 2010 Toulon Zénith Omega
9 December 2010 Pau Zénith
10 December 2010 Limoges Zénith
12 December 2010 Tours Parc des Expositions Grand Hall
13 December 2010 Lille Zénith de Lille
North America
22 February 2011 Mexico City Mexico Mexico DF Auditorio Nacional
23 February 2011
24 February 2011 Monterrey Monterrey Arena
27 February 2011 Guadalajara Guadalajara Auditorio Telmex
18 March 2011 Ekaterinburg Russia DIVS Arena
21 March 2011 Saint Petersburg Ice Palace Saint Petersburg
23 March 2011 Moscow Olympic Stadium
25 March 2011 Kiev Ukraine International Exhibition Center
27 March 2011 Minsk Belarus Dvorets Sporta
6 May 2011 Heraklion Greece Pankritio Stadium
8 May 2011 Nicosia Cyprus Eleftheria Stadium
14 May 2011 Caesarea Israel Roman Amphitheatre
15 May 2011
18 May 2011 Istanbul Turkey Macka Kucukciftlik
20 May 2011 Athens Greece Hellinikon Basketball Arena
21 May 2011 Patras Pampeloponnisiako Stadium
23 May 2011 Thessaloniki P.A.O.K. Sports Arena
25 May 2011 Ioannina Castle

Notable live dates[edit]

In June 2006 Deep Purple headlined the Monsters of Rock festival at Milton Keynes Bowl (UK), in front of more than 30,000 people. Two weeks later the band played at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival (40th anniversary). A year after that, this show was released as a Live CD and DVD, called: They All Came Down To Montreux. The Montreux 2006 show included a jam session with Claude Nobs, several jazz/funky artists and a jazz version of Deep Purple's world hit Smoke on the Water. In 2006, during the North American tour, the band played in Rock Fest Cadott, Wisconsin USA; and also participated in Musikfest Bethlehem, Pennsylvania USA, with John Kay and Steppenwolf. In July 2008, Deep Purple headlined the Montreux Jazz Festival for the second time during the Rapture of the Deep tour, the band also participated in 3 Rock Festivals in Germany.
Tickets for the band's first Israeli dates in over a decade sold out within a few days and resulted in the addition of two more dates.

During the entire Rapture of the Deep tour, Deep Purple headlined more than 30 world-known music festivals, including headlining the Monsters of Rock and the Montreux Jazz Festival twice each.


Deep Purple is nowadays touring and recording as the MK VIII line-up. The band comprises:

In 2011, Roger Glover had to leave the band for a few weeks due to personal reasons. During the shows in Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Turkey the bass parts were played by bassist Nick Fyffe.

Typical set-lists[edit]

The setlist varied from the beginning of the tour. In the first year of the tour Deep Purple played 7-8 songs from the new album, while during the next 3 years five songs remained in the setlist (mainly Rapture of the Deep, Things I Never Said, Wrong Man, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye and Well Dressed Guitar). (songs from the new album and other new songs are in bold)

Early 2006[edit]

  1. Pictures of Home
  2. Things I Never Said
  3. Wrong Man
  4. Ted the Mechanic
  5. Livin' Wreck
  6. Rapture of the Deep
  7. Back to Back (or Mary Long)
  8. Before Time Began
  9. Contact Lost
  10. Steve Morse Guitar Solo
  11. The Well-Dressed Guitar
  12. Lazy
  13. Don Airey Keyboard Solo
  14. Perfect Strangers
  15. Junkyard Blues
  16. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  17. Space Truckin'
  18. Highway Star
  19. Smoke on the Water


  1. Speed King (or Hush) (including Ian Paice drum solo)
  2. Roger Glover bass solo / Black Night

Late 2006 and early 2007[edit]

  1. Pictures of Home
  2. Things I Never Said
  3. Strange Kind of Woman
  4. Rapture of the Deep
  5. Wrong Man
  6. Steve Morse Solo
  7. The Well-Dressed Guitar
  8. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  9. When A Blind Man Cries
  10. Lazy
  11. The Battle Rages On (2007 only)
  12. Don Airey Solo
  13. Perfect Strangers
  14. Space Truckin'
  15. Highway Star
  16. Smoke On The Water


  1. Hush (occasionnally Speed King) (including Ian Paice solo)
  2. Too Much Fun (2006 – Montreux Jazz Festival, Wiesen, Milton Keynes Bowl, Lichtenvoorde, Grefrath, Trento)
  3. bass solo / Black Night

The set list for the 17 December 2006 show in Bangalore India was:

  1. Pictures of Home
  2. Things I Never Said
  3. Into the Fire
  4. Strange Kind of Woman
  5. Rapture of the Deep
  6. Fireball
  7. Wrong Man
  8. Contact Lost
  9. Steve Morse Solo
  10. The Well-Dressed Guitar
  11. When A Blind Man Cries
  12. Lazy
  13. Don Airey Solo
  14. Perfect Strangers
  15. Space Truckin'
  16. Highway Star
  17. Smoke On The Water


  1. Hush
  2. Roger Glover solo
  3. Black Night

Late 2007 and early 2008[edit]

  1. Pictures of Home
  2. Things I Never Said
  3. Into The Fire
  4. Strange Kind Of Woman
  5. Rapture of the Deep
  6. Mary Long
  7. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  8. Contact Lost
  9. Steve Morse solo
  10. The Well-Dressed Guitar
  11. The Battle Rages On
  12. Lazy
  13. Loosen My Strings
  14. Don Airey solo
  15. Perfect Strangers
  16. Space Truckin'
  17. Highway Star
  18. Smoke On The Water


  1. Hush (including Ian Paice solo)
  2. bass solo / Black Night


  1. Fireball
  2. Into The Fire
  3. Strange Kind of Woman
  4. Rapture of the Deep
  5. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  6. Contact Lost
  7. Steve Morse solo
  8. The Well-Dressed Guitar
  9. Knocking At Your Back Door (occasionnally)
  10. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
  11. Wring That Neck
  12. The Battle Rages On
  13. Don Airey solo
  14. Perfect Strangers
  15. Space Truckin'
  16. Highway Star
  17. Smoke On The Water


  1. Hush (or Speed King) (including Ian Paice solo)
  2. bass solo / Black Night


  1. "Highway Star"
  2. "Things I Never Said"
  3. "Into The Fire" (or "Wrong Man" or "Not Responsible" or "Maybe I'm A Leo" or "Bloodsucker")
  4. "Strange Kind of Woman"
  5. "Wasted Sunsets" (occasionnally)
  6. "Rapture of the Deep"
  7. "Fireball" (or "Mary Long") ("Woman From Tokyo" in Japan)
  8. "Contact Lost"
  9. Steve Morse guitar solo
  10. "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" (or "When A Blind Man Cries")
  11. "The Well-Dressed Guitar"
  12. "Wring That Neck"
  13. "The Battle Rages On" (or "No One Came")
  14. Don Airey solo
  15. "Perfect Strangers" (or "The Battle Rages On")
  16. "Space Truckin'"
  17. "Smoke On The Water"


  1. "Speed King" (occasionnally)
  2. "Green Onions" (intro only) / "Hush" (occasionally drum solo)
  3. bass solo / "Black Night"


  1. Highway Star (or Hard Lovin Man)
  2. Hard Lovin' Man (or Things I Never Said)
  3. Maybe I'm A Leo
  4. Strange Kind of Woman
  5. Rapture of the Deep
  6. Fireball
  7. Silver Tongue
  8. Contact Lost
  9. Steve Morse solo
  10. When A Blind Man Cries (or Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming)
  11. The Well-Dressed Guitar
  12. Almost Human (or Mary Long) (or Knocking At Your Backdoor)
  13. Lazy
  14. No One Came
  15. Don Airey Keyboard Solo
  16. Perfect Strangers
  17. Space Truckin'
  18. Smoke On The Water


  1. Going Down (intro) – Hush (occasionally drum solo)
  2. bass solo / Black Night
  3. Speed King


  1. Highway Star
  2. Hard Lovin' Man
  3. Maybe I'm A Leo
  4. Strange Kind of Woman
  5. Rapture of the Deep
  6. Silver Tongue
  7. Contact Lost
  8. Steve Morse solo
  9. When A Blind Man Cries
  10. The Well-Dressed Guitar
  11. Almost Human
  12. Lazy
  13. No One Came
  14. Don Airey Keyboard Solo
  15. Perfect Strangers
  16. Space Truckin'
  17. Smoke On The Water


  1. Hush (occasionnally drum solo)
  2. bass solo / Black Night

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