The Songs That Built Rock Tour

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Deep Purple: The Songs That Built Rock Tour
Concert by Deep Purple
Deep Purple- The Songs That Built Rock 2001 Tour.jpg
Official tour banner
Location North America, Europe, UK
Start date 3 June 2011
End date 10 December 2012
Legs 6
No. of shows 100
(33 in North America
51 in Europe
16 in South America)
Deep Purple concert chronology
Deep Purple in Mendoza, Argentina.

The Songs That Built Rock Tour was a 2011-12 world concert tour by British hard rock band Deep Purple.


Along with the band, the tour featured a 38-piece orchestra. It was the first time Deep Purple toured North America in four years. It took place at the world's largest arenas, such as the O2 Arena in London and Arena di Verona in Verona, Italy.

The official management's press-release said the show would include Deep Purple's biggest hits, such as "Smoke on the Water", Highway Star", "Woman from Tokyo" etc, covering the 42-year history of the band.[1][2]

Tour history[edit]


  • The first few European dates of the orchestral tour were announced in January 2011, including shows in Germany and the Arena di Verona, Italy. It was billed as just "Orchestral Tour".
  • Billed as "Deep Purple: The Songs That Built Rock", the tour was officially announced at the end of February 2011, with North American dates being first, followed by European ones. The North American tour includes three show in Canada and three shows in the New York City area. (New York area concerts combine 20,000 tickets for sale.)
  • At the beginning of April, Jacky Paice, the wife of Deep Purple's drummer Ian Paice, announced the 2011 edition of The Sunflower Jam, the annual charity event hosted by the actor Jeremy Irons. This year's edition includes Deep Purple appearing at London's Royal Albert Hall among some of the biggest names in the history of rock, such as Jon Lord, Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Joe Bonamassa, Neuton Faulkner and members of the rock band Thunder. (with more names to be confirmed, as promised).[3] The Sunflower Jam has been criticised in the British Medical Journal for fundraising in support of The College of Medicine, an alternative medicine lobby group in the UK linked to Prince Charles.[4]
  • 12 April saw the band announcing four UK arena dates, including their first ever show at London's O2 Arena.[5]

Ticket sales[edit]

  • According to Ticketmaster, on 16 April Deep Purple reached #2 in the list of week's biggest ticket-selling artists in the UK. (Download Festival being #1). The band sold nearly 70,000 tickets in two days. The fourth day of ticket sales saw them as the #1 bestseller artists of the week in the UK.[6]
  • The LG Arena show in Birmingham sold out after one week of ticket sales.

Tour dates[edit]

[7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

Date City Country Venue
North America
3 June 2011 Orillia Canada Casino Rama
4 June 2011 Quebec City Agora
6 June 2011 Montreal Place des Arts
7 June 2011 Boston United States Wang Center
8 June 2011 Hartford Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
10 June 2011 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
11 June 2011 Atlantic City Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City
12 June 2011 Bethel Bethel Performing Arts Centre
14 June 2011 New York City Beacon Theatre
15 June 2011
17 June 2011 Detroit Fox Theatre
18 June 2011 Highland Park Ravinia Park
19 June 2011 Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre
23 June 2011 Paradise Palms Casino Resort
24 June 2011 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
25 June 2011 Concrod Concord Pavilion
8 July 2011 London United Kingdom SunFlower SuperJam, Royal Albert Hall
15 July 2011 Mainz Germany Nordmole am Zollhafen
16 July 2011 Montreux Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival, Stravinski Hall
18 July 2011 Verona Italy Arena di Verona
20 July 2011 Gelsenkirchen Germany Amphitheatre
22 July 2011 Künzelsau Schlosspark
23 July 2011 Dresden Elbufer
24 July 2011 Słupsk Poland Dolina Charlotty
27 July 2011 Vienne France Theatre Antique
29 July 2011 Tienen Belgium Suikerock Festival
South America
4 October 2011 Belém Brazil Cidade Folia
7 October 2011 Fortaleza Siara
8 October 2011 Nova Odessa Expo America
10 October 2011 São Paulo Via Funchal
11 October 2011 Belo Horizonte Chevrolet Hall
12 October 2011 Curitiba Teatro Positivo
14 October 2011 Rosario Argentina Metropolitano
15 October 2011 Buenos Aires Luna Park
16 October 2011
18 October 2011 Córdoba Orfeo Superdomo
19 October 2011 Mendoza Auditorio Angel Bustelo
21 October 2011 Santiago Chile Movistar Arena
22 October 2011 Viña del Mar Quinta Vergara Amphitheater
23 October 2011 Temuco Gimnasio Olimpico UFRO
25 October 2011 Concepción Coliseo Monumental La Tortuga
28 October 2011 Quito Ecuador Agora
26 November 2011 Glasgow United Kingdom SECC
27 November 2011 Birmingham LG Arena
29 November 2011 Manchester MEN Arena
30 November 2011 London O2 Arena
2 December 2011 Arnhem Netherlands GelreDome
3 December 2011 Halle Germany Gerry Weber Stadion
4 December 2011 Schwerin Sport- und Kongresshalle
7 December 2011 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
9 December 2011 Stockholm Sweden Hovet
10 December 2011 Gothenburg Scandinavium
13 December 2011 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
15 December 2011 Horsens Denmark Forum Horsens
North America
(Smoke on the Nation Tour)
2 February 2012 St. John's Canada Mile One Stadium
4 February 2012 Moncton Moncton Casino
5 February 2012 Halifax Halifax Metro Centre
6 February 2012 Moncton Moncton Casino
8 February 2012 Ottawa Ottawa Civic Centre
9 February 2012 Kingston K-Rock Centre
11 February 2012 London John Labatt Centre
12 February 2012 Toronto Massey Hall
13 February 2012 Hamilton Hamilton Place Theatre
15 February 2012 Winnipeg MTS Centre
16 February 2012 Regina Brandt Centre
17 February 2012 Saskatoon TCU Place
19 February 2012 Calgary Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
21 February 2012 Edmonton Rexall Place
23 February 2012 Prince George CN Centre
25 February 2012 Victoria Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
26 February 2012 Vancouver Queen Elizabeth Theatre
24 October 2012 Yekaterinburg Russia DIVS Arena
27 October 2012 Saint Petersburg Ice Palace
28 October 2012 Moscow Olympic Stadium
30 October 2012 Krasnodar Arena
2 November 2012 Kiev Ukraine Palace of Sports
8 November 2012 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
9 November 2012 Grenoble France Palais des Sports
11 November 2012 Saint-Herblain (near Nantes) Le Zénith
12 November 2012 Caen Le Zénith
13 November 2012 Paris Zénith de Paris-La Villette
15 November 2012 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena
16 November 2012 Bremen Halle 7
17 November 2012 Hanover AWD Hall
20 November 2012 Kiel Sparkassen-Arena
22 November 2012 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
23 November 2012 Oberhausen König Pilsener Arena
24 November 2012 Hamburg O2 World
26 November 2012 Leipzig Arena Leipzig
27 November 2012 Berlin O2 World
29 November 2012 Augsburg Schwabenhalle
30 November 2012 Munich Olympiahalle
1 December 2012 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
3 December 2012 Brussels Belgium Forest National
4 December 2012 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome
6 December 2012 Toulouse France Le Zénith
7 December 2012 Mâcon Le Spot
8 December 2012 Bern Switzerland Bern Expo
10 December 2012 Clermont-Ferrand France Le Zénith

Songs performed[edit]

First leg[edit]

  1. "Deep Purple Overture" (performed by the Orchestra) (performed only on concerts with the Orchestra)
  2. "Highway Star" (from Machine Head, 1972)
  3. "Hard Lovin' Man" (from Deep Purple in Rock, 1970)
  4. "Maybe I'm a Leo" (from Machine Head) / "Silver Tongue" (from Bananas, 2003) (4 June 2011 only)
  5. "Fireball" (From Fireball, 1971) (15 December 2011 only)
  6. "Strange Kind of Woman" (From Fireball)
  7. "Rapture of the Deep" (From Rapture of the Deep, 2005)
  8. "Woman from Tokyo" or "Mary Long" (both from Who Do We Think We Are, 1973) (in South America)
  9. "Contact Lost" (from Bananas)
  10. Steve Morse guitar solo
  11. "When a Blind Man Cries" (from Machine Head) or "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" (from Purpendicular, 1996) (in South America)
  12. "The Well-Dressed Guitar" (from Rapture of the Deep – Tour Edition, 2005) (it's after the guitar solo for some Canadian shows in 2012)
  13. "The Mule" (with Ian Paice drum solo) (from Fireball) or "Knocking at Your Back Door" (from Perfect Strangers, 1984) or "Mary Long"
  14. "Lazy" (from Machine Head)
  15. "No One Came" (or "Fireball" in some Canadian shows in 2012) (both from Fireball)
  16. Don Airey Keyboard solo
  17. "Perfect Strangers" (from Perfect Strangers)
  18. "Space Truckin'" (from Machine Head)
  19. "Smoke on the Water" (from Machine Head)


  1. "Green Onions" (Booker T. & the M.G.s cover) or "Going Down" (Don Nix cover) or "Time is Tight" (Booker T. & the M.G.s cover) or other covers intros to "Hush" (from Shades of Deep Purple, 1968) or "Knocking at Your Back Door" (4 December 2011 only)
  2. "Hush" (Billy Joe Royal cover) (occasionally with a drum solo)
  3. Roger Glover bass solo
  4. "Black Night" (from Deep Purple in Rock)

Second leg (late 2012)[edit]

  1. Intro tape: "Dance of the Knights" (Prokofiev, arr. by Don Airey)
  2. "Fireball" (from Fireball)
  3. "Into The Fire" (from Deep Purple In Rock)
  4. "Hard Lovin' Man" (from Deep Purple in Rock)
  5. "Maybe I'm a Leo" (from Machine Head)
  6. "Strange Kind of Woman" (from Fireball)
  7. "The Battle Rages On" (from The Battle Rages On..., 1993)
  8. "Contact Lost" (from Bananas)
  9. Steve Morse guitar solo
  10. "Wasted Sunsets" (from Perfect Strangers) or "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" (from Purpendicular) or "When a Blind Man Cries" (from Machine Head)
  11. "The Well-Dressed Guitar" (from Rapture of the Deep – Tour Edition)
  12. "The Mule" (with Ian Paice drum solo) (from Fireball)
  13. "Lazy" (from Machine Head)
  14. "No One Came" (from Fireball)
  15. Don Airey keyboard solo
  16. "Perfect Strangers" (from Perfect Strangers)
  17. "Space Truckin'" (from Machine Head)
  18. "Smoke on the Water" (from Machine Head)

Encore :

  1. "Highway Star" (from Machine Head) (first two gigs in Russia only) or "Speed King" (from Deep Purple in Rock) (in some European shows at the end of the tour)
  2. "Green Onions" (Booker T. & the M.G.s cover) or "Going Down" (Don Nix cover) or "Time is Tight" (Booker T. & the M.G.s cover) or other cover intros to "Hush"
  3. "Hush" (Billy Joe Royal cover) (from Shades of Deep Purple)
  4. Roger Glover bass solo
  5. "Black Night" (from Deep Purple in Rock)


Deep Purple


  • Concord, California concert on 25 June 2011 is without the Orchestra, guest Joe Satriani plays the guitar on "Smoke on the Water"
  • The SunFlower SuperJam concert on 8 July 2011 is without the orchestra and with guests Jack Moore, the son of Gary Moore on guitar, Bill Bailey on cowbell and Joe Bonamassa on guitar on "Smoke on the Water", Joe Bonamassa also played guitar on "Maybe I'm a Leo"
  • Montreux, Switzerland concert on 16 July has been recorded and was released on DVD and CD as Live at Montreux 2011 on 7 November 2011
  • The Słupsk concert "Rock Legends Festival" on 24 July 2011 is without the Orchestra
  • The South American concerts in October 2011, the concerts in Canada in February 2012 and the final European Concerts in October, November and December 2012 were played without the orchestra.