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What’s purple, deep, and 47 years old?

No, not Barney the Dinosaur. Deep Purple, that’s who. Founded in 1968 and often referred to as the hardest touring band in rock ‘n’ roll, Deep Purple appeared on the Today Show the morning of July 23, 2015, as part of their Throwback Thursday series.


But this group of aging geezers proved they can still lay down the smoke on the water!


The naked truth is that the group started in Hertford, England, and quickly grew in the early 70s to become one of the “unholy trinity of British hard rock” which also included Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.


Perhaps running with the devil has kept them immortal, or have a picture melting in the back room, like Dorian Gray—who knows. They might even wonder who do we think we are? Because I’d guess they never imagined back in 1968 that in 2015, they’d still be appearing on national television rockin’ the house and that people would still come taste the band and dig it—proving that some music does stand the test of time.


Who knows what the future holds for Deep Purple…but the band has to still be asking themselves, Now What?!


The one thing we do know is that it apparently doesn’t involve nursing homes.





Dendy Jarrett is the Publisher and Director of Harmony Central. He has been heavily involved at the executive level in many aspects of the drum and percussion industry for over 25 years and has been a professional player since he was 16. His articles and product reviews have been featured in InTune Monthly, Gig Magazine, DRUM! and Modern Drummer Magazines.





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