The Book of Taliesyn Tour

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The Book of Taliesyn Tour
Tour by Deep Purple
Associated album The Book of Taliesyn
Start date 18 October 1968
End date 4 July 1969
No. of shows 74
Deep Purple concert chronology

The Book of Taliesyn Tour was a concert tour by British hard rock band Deep Purple. The tour promoted the band's second studio album in four months, The Book of Taliesyn.[1] The band played only North American and European legs.


In October 1968 Deep Purple released The Book of Taliesyn. The band remained popular only in the United States, so they confirmed North American dates. On some dates Deep Purple were a supporting act for Cream. The tour kicked off with two sold out shows in Inglewood, California at Inglewood Forum, followed by more than 4 shows sold out in the same venue. This proved to be band's first successful tour. Almost every concert was repeated in the second night, in the same venue.[2]

Tour set list[edit]

  1. "Hush"
  2. "Kentucky Woman"
  3. "Mandrake Root"
    • "White Christmas" instrumental
    • "God Save The Queen" instrumental
  4. "Help"
  5. "Wring That Neck"
  6. "River Deep, Mountain High"
  7. "Hey Joe"


Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
18 October 1968 Inglewood, California United States Inglewood Forum
19 October 1968
20 October 1968 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
27 October 1968 Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, California International Pop Festival
?? November 1968 Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum
?? November 1968 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
1 November 1968 Cleveland, Ohio United States Grande Ballroom
2 November 1968
3 November 1968
8 November 1968 Seattle, Washington Eagles Auditorium Building
9 November 1968
13 November 1968 Sacramento, California SSC Men's Gym
28 November 1968 San Francisco, California The Fillmore
29 November 1968
30 November 1968
1 December 1968
6 December 1968 Chicago, Illinois Electric Theatre
7 December 1968
11 December 1968 Evansville, Indiana ABC Shopping Center
13 December 1968 Detroit, Michigan Ballroom
14 December 1968
18 December 1968 Oswego, New York Lee Hall
20 December 1968 New York City, New York Fillmore East
21 December 1968
22 December 1968 Toronto, Ontario Canada The Rockpile
24 December 1968 New York City, New York United States Electric Circus
1 February 1969 Copenhagen Denmark Gladsaxe Teen Club
2 February 1969
4 February 1969 Birmingham England Top Rank
7 February 1969 Sheffield University
8 February 1969 Wolverhampton
12 February 1969 Cardiff Wales
15 February 1969 London England University College
22 February 1969 Newcastle upon Tyne Mayfair
23 February 1969 Argus Butterfly
1 March 1969 Milford Haven Wales Kay Club
7 March 1969 London England Goldsmiths College
13 March 1969 Newcastle upon Tyne Mayfair
14 March 1969 Redditch
15 March 1969 Venue unknown:Rutherford?
20 March 1969 London Speakeasy
21 March 1969 Swansea Wales
22 March 1969 Brighton England College of Technology
North America #2
1 April 1969 Tacoma, Washington United States Eastern Washington State College
2 April 1969 Olympia, Washington Evergreen Ballroom
3 April 1969 Seattle, Washington Center Arena
4 April 1969 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada PNE Agrodome
5 April 1969 Salem, Oregon United States The Armory
6 April1969 Edmonton, Alberta Canada Fieldhouse
11 April 1969 San Jose, California United States Santa Clara Fair
12 April 1969 Astoria, Oregon Armory
13 April 1969 Portland, Oregon Temple
14 April 1969 Bellingham, Washington Western Washington State College
15 April 1969 Cheney, Washington Eastern Washington University
18 April 1969 Pasadena, California Rose Palace
19 April 1969
25 April 1969 Fresno, California Convention Centre
26 April 1969 San Diego, California Community Concourse
28 April 1969 Redding, California Shasta College
29 April 1969 Ashland, Oregon Southern Oregon University
30 April 1969 Chico, California California State University, Chico
3 May 1969 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Carnegie Room, Carnegie Mellon University
4 May 1969 Providence, Rhode Island The Wardhouse
9 May 1969 Melbourne, Florida Civic Auditorium
10 May 1969 East Garden City, New York The Hangar, Nassau Community College
15 May 1969 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Coe College
16 May 1969 West Point, Illinois Blue Village
18 May 1969 Minneapolis, Minnesota
23 May 1969 New York City, New York Felt Forum
24 May 1969
25 May 1969 Norfolk, Virginia
29 May 1969 Buffalo, New York Gilligans
Europe #2
10 June 1969 Cambridge England
14 June 1969 Birmingham Mothers Club
20 June 1969 Brussels Belgium Revolution
23 June 1969 London England Christchurch College
27 June 1969 Swansea
28 June 1969 London Revolution Club
4 July 1969 Cardiff Wales Top Rank Club

Tour diary/notable live dates[edit]

On the first North American leg of the tour, Deep Purple was a supporting act for Cream's farewell tour. The North American leg attracted thousands of fans, selling out large arenas and stadiums. It is still rumoured that while supporting Cream, Purple played such great shows that after the show's audiences mostly talked about Deep Purple instead of the headliner Cream. Cream's management therefore decided to seek another supporting act to replace Purple. They played only 3 shows with Cream.[3]

They quickly moved to Europe for a massive tour, before returning to the North America. After the hit-single "Hush" (which charted #4 there) and a hugely successful first North American tour, Deep Purple drew great popularity there. After playing at some of North America's large stadiums and arenas, a short Europe tour followed and The Book of Taliesyn Tour ended in Cardiff, July 1969.

Live albums[edit]

In Inglewood, California at Inglewood Forum, Deep Purple recorded their earliest live album, called Inglewood - Live in California released in 2002.[1]


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