Memories of Deep Purple

THIS week in 1968, Deep Purple were listed to appear twice at The Cobweb at Marine Court, on Thursday, April 11 and Thursday, April 18.

I am looking to hear from anyone who saw these gigs with their memories - however vague.

Most local newspapers at the time were quick to report details of any act that failed to make a gig. For the group to have cancelled a show (or both shows) seems highly unlikely. By coincidence, Episode Six (including future DP members Roger Glover and Ian Gillan) were also at The Cobweb that week, on the Saturday.

These dates are previously undocumented in Purple’s history - 30 years ago, their UK debut was placed as having been in Warrington but that gig turned out to be much later, in August. These two gigs pre-date the band’s Danish tour which began on April 20 in Taastrup.

I would imagine that The Cobweb shows were poorly attended (a new, unheralded band playing the first two of the venue’s Thursday nights) and the chances of now finding one of perhaps only a hundred or so now sexagenarians who were there - who is still around and still living in the area - are slim. Go ahead, prove me wrong, contact the newspaper or e-mail me. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

NIGEL YOUNG

(nigelyoung@rock.com)

Grimsby

North East Lincolnshire