Deep Purple

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Deep Purple, who are regarded as co-founders of the styles heavy metal and hard rock, come to the Hallenstadion with all their big hits like "Smoke on the Water" or "Black Night".

The beginnings of the band date back to 1967, when ex-Searchers drummer Chris Curtis contacted a businessman to get a "supergroup" together. The businessman decided to finance the project, whereupon Curtis immediately brought Hammond organist Jon Lord on board. Gradually the first line-up came together and in 1968 the band took off. Their first album "Shades Of Deep Purple" became a respectable success, at least in the USA. And their first single, "Hush", even went through the roof in the States, conquering number four in the single charts.


In Europe, however, the band was only really successful with their legendary album "In Rock" - "Child In Time" is one of the most famous songs on that album. That was in 1970, when the formation developed its hard sound and began to move away from psychedelic and progressive rock. As a result, the band, together with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, was one of the founders of the new styles of hard rock and heavy metal.

Deep Purple had constantly changing formations and sometimes a kind of time-out between 1976 and 1984. Their second line-up with Ian Gillan (vocals), Jon Lord (keyboards), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums) and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) was commercially the most successful and is regarded as a kind of original line-up of the band.

After all, three of these musicians are still part of the band today: Ian Gillan, as the front man, with his mischievousness and impressive organ, brings the live feeling to the stage as ever. Roger Glover and Ian Paice still form the so important rhythmic framework of the sound.
Since 1994 guitarist Steve Morse has also been with Deep Purple. He has long since integrated himself into the band structure. The same can be said about keyboarder Don Alrey, who took over from Jon Lords, who died in 2012.