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Deep Purple European Tour
Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Nick Simper
Tour by Deep Purple
Start date July 1969
End date July 1970
Legs 11
Shows 127
Deep Purple tour chronology
The Book of Taliesyn Tour Deep Purple European Tour In Rock World Tour

The Deep Purple European Tour was a year-long successful concert tour by British Hard Rock band Deep Purple, lasting from July 1969 until June 1970. The band played mostly UK shows, also covering Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, and Belgium. It was the first tour to feature the classic Deep Purple line-up: Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice [1]. It's considered to be the pre-tour for the In Rock album, as the band mostly played songs from the upcoming album.

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Tour Pre-History

In 1969, the band's founding members Blackmore and Lord decided to replace vocalist Rod Evans with Ian Gillan. Gillan himself declined to join Deep Purple without his former bandmate Roger Glover. Lord and Blackmore accepted him and in 1969 band was joined by Gillan & Glover, replacing Evans (vocalist) and Simper (bassist). This new line-up, known as MKII, immediately went on tour throughout Europe and the UK [2]

Tour dates

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UK

  • United Kingdom 10 7 1969 Speakeasy London UK
  • United Kingdom 18 7 1969 Jazz Club Redcar UK
  • United Kingdom 20 7 1969 Mothers Club Birmingham UK
  • United Kingdom 13 8 1969 Revolution Club London-Cancelled UK
  • United Kingdom 15 8 1969 Mayfair Newcastle-Cancelled UK
  • United Kingdom 16 8 1969 Rebeccas Birmingham-Cancelled UK
  • United Kingdom 20 8 1969 Revolution Club London UK

Belgium & Holland

  • Belgium 22 8 1969 Jazz Festival Bilzen Belgium
  • Netherlands 23 8 1969 Club Paradiso Amsterdam Holland
  • Netherlands 24 8 1969 Club Paradiso Amsterdam Holland

UK #2

  • United Kingdom 26 8 1969 Klook's Kleek Windsor UK
  • United Kingdom 29 8 1969 Lyceum London UK
  • United Kingdom 30 8 1969 Kent Pop Festival Gravesend UK
  • Sweden 3 9 1969 Que Club Gothenburg Sweden
  • Denmark 7 9 1969 Club 6 Copenhagen Denmark
  • United Kingdom 12 9 1969 Queens Hall Barnstaple UK
  • United Kingdom 13 9 1969 Queens Hall Narberth UK
  • United Kingdom 20 9 1969 Winter Gardens Malvern UK
  • United Kingdom 21 9 1969 Venue unknown Redcar UK
  • United Kingdom 24 9 1969 Royal Albert Hall London UK
  • United Kingdom 27 9 1969 Nottingham College Nottingham UK

Germany & Switzerland

  • Switzerland 4 10 1969 Casino Montreux Switzerland
  • Germany 9 10 1969 Venue unknown Augsburg Germany
  • Germany 10 10 1969 Venue unknown Stuttgart Germany
  • Germany 11 10 1969 Pop & Blues Festival Essen Germany
  • Belgium 12 10 1969 Bilzen Festival Belgium
  • Germany 14 10 1969 Musikhalle (poss. Star Club) Hamburg Germany

UK #3

  • United Kingdom 22 10 1969 Baths Hall Ipswich UK
  • United Kingdom 24 10 1969 Lyceum London UK
  • United Kingdom 25 10 1969 Winter Gardens Weston Super Mare UK
  • United Kingdom 30 10 1969 University Leeds UK
  • United Kingdom 1 11 1969 Mayfair Ballroom Bristol UK
  • United Kingdom 2 11 1969 Lyceum London UK
  • United Kingdom 7 11 1969 Venue unknown Romford UK
  • United Kingdom 8 11 1969 Leas Cliff Hall Folkestone UK
  • United Kingdom 10 11 1969 Art College Bath UK
  • United Kingdom 13 11 1969 Regency Theatre Newport UK
  • United Kingdom 14 11 1969 Aston View Birmingham UK
  • United Kingdom 15 11 1969 University Leeds UK
  • United Kingdom 16 11 1969 Kinema Glasgow UK
  • United Kingdom 17 11 1969 Kinema Glasgow UK
  • United Kingdom 21 11 1969 Avery Hill Eltham UK
  • United Kingdom 22 11 1969 University Bradford UK
  • United Kingdom 23 11 1969 Groovesville Epping UK
  • United Kingdom 29 11 1969 Imperial College London UK
  • United Kingdom 30 11 1969 Roundhouse London UK
  • United Kingdom 4 12 1969 Venue unknown Worthing UK
  • United Kingdom 5 12 1969 Polytechnic Sunderland UK
  • United Kingdom 6 12 1969 UMIST Manchester UK
  • United Kingdom 7 12 1969 St Georges Hall Bradford UK
  • United Kingdom 9 12 1969 Keele University Stafford UK
  • United Kingdom 10 12 1969 University College London UK
  • United Kingdom 11 12 1969 Rye Ballroom Bournemouth UK
  • United Kingdom 12 12 1969 The Flamingo Hereford UK
  • United Kingdom 15 12 1969 The Cosmopolitan Calisle UK
  • United Kingdom 18 12 1969 The Flamingo Redruth UK
  • United Kingdom 19 12 1969 Van Dyke Club Plymouth UK
  • United Kingdom 20 12 1969 The Roundhouse Dagenham UK
  • United Kingdom 28 12 1969 Greyhound Croydon UK
  • United Kingdom 5 1 1970 Anciennes Paris France
  • United Kingdom 6 1 1970 Assembly Hall Worthing UK
  • United Kingdom 10 1 1970 University Reading UK
  • United Kingdom 19 1 1970 Civic Hall Dunstable UK
  • Germany 21 1 1970 Big Apple Club Munich Germany
  • United Kingdom 23 1 1970 University of Lancaster Lancaster UK
  • United Kingdom 30 1 1970 Royal Albert Hall London UK
  • United Kingdom 31 1 1970 Lawns Centre Cottenham UK
  • United Kingdom 6 2 1970 Technical College Waltham Forest UK
  • United Kingdom 7 2 1970 Union Hall, University Leicester UK
  • United Kingdom 8 2 1970 Mothers Club Birmingham UK
  • United Kingdom 13 2 1970 University Cardiff UK
  • United Kingdom 14 2 1970 Free Trade Hall Manchester UK
  • United Kingdom 15 2 1970 Boat Club Nottingham UK
  • United Kingdom 16 2 1970 Kings Head Romford UK
  • United Kingdom 19 2 1970 BBC Studios London UK
  • United Kingdom 20 2 1970 Civic Hall Preston UK
  • United Kingdom 21 2 1970 St Mary's College Twickenham UK
  • United Kingdom 22 2 1970 Greyhound Croydon UK
  • United Kingdom 24 2 1970 Imperial College London UK
  • United Kingdom 25 2 1970 University Bristol UK
  • United Kingdom 27 2 1970 Polytechnic Leeds UK
  • United Kingdom 28 2 1970 Philharmonic Hall Liverpool England

Switzerland

  • Switzerland 4 3 1970 Volkshaus Zurich Switzerland
  • Switzerland 6 3 1970 St Jakob Sporthalle Basel Switzerland
  • Switzerland 7 3 1970 Unconfirmed date/venue Unknown Switzerland

UK #4

  • United Kingdom 13 3 1970 Winter Gardens Blackpool UK
  • United Kingdom 14 3 1970 Winter Gardens Weston Super Mare UK
  • United Kingdom 15 3 1970 Wake Arms Epping UK
  • United Kingdom 17 3 1970 University Exeter UK
  • United Kingdom 20 3 1970 Odeon Edinburgh UK
  • United Kingdom 21 3 1970 Caird Hall Dundee UK
  • United Kingdom 22 3 1970 Kinema Ballroom Dunfermline UK
  • United Kingdom 23 3 1970 Music Hall Aberdeen UK
  • United Kingdom 24 3 1970 Electric Garden Glasgow UK
  • United Kingdom 25 3 1970 Town Hall Hamilton UK
  • United Kingdom 28 3 1970 Roundhouse Dagenham UK

Germany & Austria #2

  • Germany 30 3 1970 Sportpalast Berlin Germany
  • Germany 4 4 1970 Mulheim Sporthalle Cologne Germany
  • Austria 6 4 1970 Konzerthaus Vienna Austria

UK #5

  • United Kingdom 11 4 1970 Central Hall Chatham UK
  • United Kingdom 18 4 1970 Technical College Ewell UK
  • United Kingdom 24 4 1970 Venue unknown Bath UK
  • United Kingdom 1 5 1970 Art College Bath UK
  • United Kingdom 9 5 1970 Roundhouse Dagenham UK
  • United Kingdom 11 5 1970 De Montfort Hall Leicester UK
  • United Kingdom 15 5 1970 Venue unknown Chelmsford UK
  • United Kingdom 16 5 1970 Town Hall Birmingham UK
  • United Kingdom 17 5 1970 Colston Hall Bristol UK
  • United Kingdom 18 5 1970 Civic Hall Dunstable UK
  • United Kingdom 25 5 1970 Queen Elizabeth Hall London UK

Germany & Switzerland #3

  • Germany 28 5 1970 Ostseehalle Kiel Germany
  • Germany 29 5 1970 Neue Welt Berlin Germany
  • Germany 30 5 1970 Circus Krone Munchen-Postponed Germany
  • Germany 1 6 1970 Venue unknown Düsseldorf Germany
  • Germany 2 6 1970 Musikhalle Hamburg Germany
  • United Kingdom 4 6 1970 Bedford Town FC Bedford UK
  • Germany 7 6 1970 Eisstadion Munich Germany
  • Switzerland 8 6 1970 St Jakob Sportalle Basel Switzerland
  • Germany 9 6 1970 Venue unknown Cologne Germany

UK #6

  • United Kingdom 12 6 1970 Eel Pie Island Twickenham UK
  • United Kingdom 14 6 1970 Fairfield Hall Croydon UK
  • United Kingdom 16 6 1970 Jesus College Cambridge UK
  • United Kingdom 19 6 1970 John Dalton College Manchester UK
  • United Kingdom 20 6 1970 University College Oxford UK
  • Germany 21 6 1970 Radstadion Frankfurt Germany

Setlist

During the tour, half of the setlist included MKI hits with the other half consisting of new MKII songs. Speed King, Child In Time and Into The Fire were premiered on the tour, before being released on the In Rock album.[3]

  1. And The Address {opening bars only}
  2. Kneel And Pray (early version of Speed King with different lyrics)
  3. Into The Fire
  4. Kentucky Woman (only occasionally)
  5. Child In Time
  6. Mandrake Root
  7. Wring That Neck aka Hard Road
  8. Ritchie's Blues
  9. Paint It Black, instrumental (The Rolling Stones)
  10. ~Drum solo

Tour Diary & Notable Live Dates

Deep Purple MKII kicked off their first tour at the London Speakeasy Club. In a recent interview, Ian Gillan named this show to be favourite live performance of his career, as it was his first show with Deep Purple.[4]

After a few UK dates, the band headed to Belgium, where they headlined the Bilzen Jazz Festival, and then again returned to the UK.

On the 24th of September, the band played at London's Royal Albert Hall, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Arnold. This was one of the earliest examples of a rock band collaborating with an orchestra. The show was called Concerto for Group and Orchestra and was later officially released. The Concerto and album itself was influential, with many rock bands following in Deep Purple's steps and playing with orchestras. Rock band Metallica made their orchestral debut in 2000 and named Purple's 1969 show as the main influence.[5] The orchestral parts were written by Jon Lord and included three movements.

  • Opening set - first part (without Orchestra):
  1. Hush
  2. Wring That Neck
  3. ~Jingle Bells instrumental
  4. Child In Time
  • Concerto For Group And Orchestra (second part)
  1. First Movement - Allegro moderato
  2. Second Movement - Andante
  3. Third Movement - Vivace presto
  4. ~Drum solo
  • Encore:
  1. Third Movement (2nd half)
  2. ~Drum solo

In April 1969, Deep Purple headlined the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland as well as the Pop & Blues festival in Germany. Other festival acts included Pink Floyd and The Nice. Ritchie Blackmore jammed with The Nice's Keith Emerson[6]

On February 19, they performed at the BBC's Studios, with the show later being released on CD. They then returned to Germany, Switzerland and Austria, before again returning to the UK. The tour ended at Frankfurt's Redstadion on June 21, 1970.

Live Albums and DVDs

Several live albums from the tour were later released.

  1. Concerto for Group and Orchestra CD/DVD
  2. Gemini Suite Live CD
  3. Kneel & Pray CD
  4. Live in Montreux 69 CD
  5. Scandinavian Nights CD/DVD
  6. Deep Purple in Concert CD/DVD
  7. Live in Stockholm CD/DVD
  8. Space Vol 1 & 2
  9. Doing Their Thing DVD
  10. Heavy Metal Pioneers (Tour documentary)

Line up

References

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