The Power of Purple

As one of the pioneers of Rock, Deep Purple proved that age doesn’t matter when it comes to living out the stuffs of legends. As they rocked Festival City this past weekend, we take you up front to learn why the band still holds sway over rock heads

By Mohamad Kadry

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Published: Sun 22 Mar 2009, 10:24 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:43 PM

THEY MAY HAVE grey hair and scruffy beards, but Deep Purple has proven that without a doubt, rock never ages. As the legendary band performed for thousands of screaming metal heads on Friday night at Festival City, a piece of rock history was bestowed upon Dubai.

As they took to the stage, patrons clung to purple t-shirts and flags before welcoming the band as they celebrate more than 40 years as one of the most successful and pure rock bands to ever grace the spotlight.

“They are the original savoirs of rock and roll!” chanted Rebecca Browning, a fan who has been following the band for nearly two decades.

But more profound of the aging band was their ability to draw in young people to the performance. Rock heads, from punk to pop, showed up in full force to pay homage to these legends.

“I know they became popular long before my time, but I still feel a connection to the music,” explained Jason Traveli, an 18-year-student and die-hard follower.

Blasting out classic hits like Speed King and Black Night, fans gazed onto the stage nostalgically as they took in the unchanged voices of the band belting out notes as if they had cheated time.

“Why is Deep Purple one of the greatest bands of all time?” Anwar asked, clutching a vintage t-shirt he saved from his childhood in London. “It’s just got to do with the fact that even before there was rock, there was this vision about what it should be. I think these guys have proven that true vision never dies.”

As one of their first performances in the Middle East, Deep Purple didn’t hold back from giving the crowds a sound of the old.

“They still got it,” Anwar mumbles as he looks onto the stage, “and they always will”.

kadry@khaleejtimes.com


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