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Deep Purple to play orchestra show at London's O2 Arena

Deep Purple

Story by Jack Foley

DEEP Purple, one of the UK’s greatest rock exports, will be playing their only London show at The O2 on Wednesday, November 30 as they hit the road once again for the ‘The Songs That Built Rock’ tour 2011.

Featuring classic members Ian Gillan (lead vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums, percussion) along with Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards), it will be the band’s first time touring with a symphony orchestra in each city.

Throughout their career, Deep Purple – who formed in England in 1968 and released their debut album that year – have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

Iconic hits include Smoke On The Water, Highway Star, Space Truckin, Hush and My Woman From Tokyo.

In March 2011, they made their eighth visit to Russia, a country where the group made early inroads as a touring act and where they’ve performed at the personal request of the country’s president Dmitry Medvedev.

With a new album planned for 2012, Deep Purple are still regarded as one of the best Rock acts to have emerged from the UK.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 15, at 9am.