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I should have posted this yesterday. It was 45 years ago, 29 Jun 73 that DP MKII played their final show. At that time, they were the biggest band in the world!! I wonder if anyone in the band knew just how big they were? To me, they are the best Rock band of all time!!
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I should have posted this yesterday. It was 45 years ago, 29 Jun 73 that DP MKII played their final show. At that time, they were the biggest band in the world!!



Ehm, with all respect due, not really. Yes, I know the famous Billboard chart, quoting Purple as best selling band in US AD 1973, but the big three at the time was Led Zep, Stones and The Who, selling milions of records everywhere, going straight to number one with their new LP's (or, in the worst case, number 2 emoticon), playing biggest halls and stadiums, while Purple still (occassionally) visited college halls and universities... They grew really big in 1974, but had their chance thanks to Stones and Zeps not playing a single show in that year (on the other hand, in terms of popularity of their records in 1974, according to NME they landed at #27 at their yearly poll...). And finally - never charted in the US higher than #6 and only once in the whole career appeared in the famous MSG (in 1973 Led Zep played there 3 days in a row, even Rainbow did MSG in 1982!). So much as we all love Purple, talking about their being "biggest band in the world" seems to me slightly exaggerated...



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I respectfully disagree. As DC once said, "As big as Zep was in the states, DP was that big in the rest of the world". No matter what though, DP MKII were Great!! emoticon
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 No matter what though, DP MKII were Great!! emoticon



That sounds better emoticon
And regarding Coverdale - do you think he would disregard his band saying "Yeah, Zep were bigger that us"?

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DC is great. Knowing his ego, he would probably say WS are bigger than both. emoticon As for DP, I first heard SOTW on the radio in the summer of 1973. Loved it!! I didn't know the name of the song but knew it was played by the group, Deep Purple. I went to the record store and bought the first album I saw by that group. It was "Purple Passages". I didn't know it was a different line up. I had never heard a Hammond Organ played that way before!! This is what got me hooked on DP. I finally got MIJ and was blown away!!! My favorite band since then!!

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Deep Purple have never been the biggest band in the [sign in to see URL] one time they may have been the best though.
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Deep Purple have never been the biggest band in the [sign in to see URL] one time they may have been the best though.





Agreed ,perhaps if MK2 hadn't split when they did they may have become the biggest as well as the best?We will never know [sign in to see URL] wonders about the guys work ethic though?Most interviews from the time state the "ridiculous workload" as the reason behind the tensions and ultimately the split ,but many successful bands were pushed into the album tour album tour thing by their management, and lasted a lot longer than MK2 [sign in to see URL] Sabbath being a prime example in the 70s and Iron Maiden in the 80s,their workload was massive throughout the 80s
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Deep Purple have never been the biggest band in the [sign in to see URL] one time they may have been the best though.





Agreed ,perhaps if MK2 hadn't split when they did they may have become the biggest as well as the best?We will never know [sign in to see URL] wonders about the guys work ethic though?Most interviews from the time state the "ridiculous workload" as the reason behind the tensions and ultimately the split ,but many successful bands were pushed into the album tour album tour thing by their management, and lasted a lot longer than MK2 [sign in to see URL] Sabbath being a prime example in the 70s and Iron Maiden in the 80s,their workload was massive throughout the 80s



Exactly, see the tour dates bands like Yes, Black Sabbath ELP etc. We're playing and making an album every 8-9 months. What DP were doing gig/tour wise was no different to any other band.
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Deep Purple have never been the biggest band in the [sign in to see URL] one time they may have been the best though.





Agreed ,perhaps if MK2 hadn't split when they did they may have become the biggest as well as the best?We will never know [sign in to see URL] wonders about the guys work ethic though?Most interviews from the time state the "ridiculous workload" as the reason behind the tensions and ultimately the split ,but many successful bands were pushed into the album tour album tour thing by their management, and lasted a lot longer than MK2 [sign in to see URL] Sabbath being a prime example in the 70s and Iron Maiden in the 80s,their workload was massive throughout the 80s



Exactly, see the tour dates bands like Yes, Black Sabbath ELP etc. We're playing and making an album every 8-9 months. What DP were doing gig/tour wise was no different to any other band.



ELP took a break in 1974-1975 and so did Yes following the Relayer tour. Of the three bands you mentioned, only BS kept on the work schedule (although they weren't allowed to work for a while after they sued their former manager) and we all know all know that by 1977 the band was pretty much done due to substances abuse and internal struggles.

Had DP taken a similar break in 1972-1973, perhaps the MK2 wouldn't have dissolved indeed. Would it have been the same following the break? I very much doubt that..
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Deep Purple have never been the biggest band in the [sign in to see URL] one time they may have been the best though.





Agreed ,perhaps if MK2 hadn't split when they did they may have become the biggest as well as the best?We will never know [sign in to see URL] wonders about the guys work ethic though?Most interviews from the time state the "ridiculous workload" as the reason behind the tensions and ultimately the split ,but many successful bands were pushed into the album tour album tour thing by their management, and lasted a lot longer than MK2 [sign in to see URL] Sabbath being a prime example in the 70s and Iron Maiden in the 80s,their workload was massive throughout the 80s



Exactly, see the tour dates bands like Yes, Black Sabbath ELP etc. We're playing and making an album every 8-9 months. What DP were doing gig/tour wise was no different to any other band.



ELP took a break in 1974-1975 and so did Yes following the Relayer tour. Of the three bands you mentioned, only BS kept on the work schedule (although they weren't allowed to work for a while after they sued their former manager) and we all know all know that by 1977 the band was pretty much done due to substances abuse and internal struggles.

Had DP taken a similar break in 1972-1973, perhaps the MK2 wouldn't have dissolved indeed. Would it have been the same following the break? I very much doubt that..



The point I was making is that DP always say that they were ruined by over touring etc. In the 70's what they were doing was the norm apart for bands like the Stones and Led Zeppelin who were so big they were able to do more what they wanted.
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