Deep Purple " The Long Goodbye Tour " - Pretenders
MONTE-CARLO SPORTING SUMMER FESTIVAL - STANDING CONCERT
Wednesday 28 June 2017 at 20h30
Salle des Etoiles
26 Avenue Princesse Grace
98000 - MONACO
Opening act: Johnny Gallagher & The Boxtie Band
Figureheads of the hard rock movement, like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple have marked several generations. Deep Purple are a legend of rock, due to their longevity and the dominant place they hold in the golden book of rock. Famous for Smoke on the water, their success has been phenomenal and the band is often quoted as THE reference in its genre. The band formed in 1968, with Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, Nick Simper, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. In one year, Deep Purple recorded three albums: "Shades of Deep Purple", "The Book of Taliesyn" and the eponymous "Deep Purple". In 1972, Deep Purple signed the beginnings of hard rock with their cult hits Smoke on the water and Highway Star. After selling over 120 million records over the world, they returned with "Rapture of the Deep" to ignite their fans. Deep Purple has spanned the generations and their album, "InFinite", released on 7th April 2017, is a fine conclusion to this journey.
Another band which marked the history of rock is Pretenders. So, how can we explain this surprising come-back? It's quite simple: Chrissie Hynde was working on a solo project with Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, in her studio in Nashville. She was recording the logical follow-up of "Stockholm", her magnificent album which was released in 2014. At the time, the record was supposed to be called "Chrissie Hynde Practices her Autograph". But as the pieces of the puzzle started to fit, she realised that Pretenders were back! This is not an opportunistic reformation, but more like a happy accident. Yet, 36 years on, the new album "Alone" is like a more mature, more persistent big brother of the first intoxicating record of Pretenders.