Friday 22nd May 2015 – Deep Purple today announce that ‘Rival Sons’ will be their very special guests on their European tour including a special London show at The O2 on Thursday 3rd December 2015. Tickets are on sale now, priced £50 and £54 (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
With elements of psychedelia and more than a nod to soul Rival Sons’ fifth album ‘Great Western Valkyrie’ stormed into the charts around the world on its release. It was rated the No.1 album of 2014 by Classic Rock magazine, a year that saw the band gain high-profile TV slots on Late Night with David Letterman and Later… with Jools Holland. Lead Vocalist Jay Buchanan, guitarist Scott Holiday, bassist Dave Beste and drummer Mike Miley, pride themselves on being the sum of their parts. They “want to give the people the rock and roll they deserve by keeping it honest, visceral, and dangerous”. Scott Holiday said, “There’s only so many bands that can ACTUALLY occupy the limited space reserved for what we call LEGENDS (a term thrown around far to loosely these days). A band we can say without a doubt occupy this space comfortably is Deep Purple. I cut my teeth on those early records…Machine Head, In Rock…Made In Japan.etc. The musicianship, performances and sheer bravado is nothing short of LEVELING. Getting asked to jump on tour with em? Crazy crazy cool. Elated. Honored Including one of my most favorite players EVER. Mr.Steve Morse. I’ll assure you he will amply cover everything …and then some. We’re gonna have a blast watching these guys every night…but we’re gonna have an even better time burning that shit down and giving those audiences a little bit of our rock n roll every night. See ya out there.”
With an ever-increasing fan base, picking up new listeners around the world thanks to their drive to tour familiar and less-travelled places, it’s no wonder Deep Purple operate on fresh cycles of adrenalin. No resting on yesteryear. Deep Purple have released 4 studio albums since 1996, but that total is augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from all 5 band members.
Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey, Mark VIII of the band, continue to travel the scope of hard rock — the textures and nuances of recent works are anything but thudding retreads. If you set a random play setting for the band’s entire catalogue, the result is one of the finest musical outputs to grace rock music.
The latter-year Purple has moved progressively into new areas, piquing fans’ interest who were not born when the mighty Purple machine ruled the music world’s money trees. Their holy grail of ‘In Rock’ (1970) ‘Machine Head’ (1972) and ‘Made In Japan’ released in 1973 catapulted Deep Purple to the top in concert grosses and album sales around the world, with track ‘Smoke On The Water’ ascending to mega-status.
Having amassed so many songs that get coined under the “classic” moniker, setlists have been a never-ending debate among diehards and newer fans especially with the new edition of ‘NOW WHAT ?!’ The Number one and top ten album across the globe.
But Deep Purple have been more than in synch with fans’ tastes to remain a powerful drawing force since their formation in 1968.
These days, happy faces reside from both the stage and audience. When the music is this good, smiles reign supreme.
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