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"The Maze" - Lyrics site
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"...whether Ritchie gives his blessing or not is of no consequence to me..." (Rod Evans, August 1980)






Dick Jurgens
Tony Flynn
Rod Evans
Geoff Emery
Tom De Rivera


We got the very sad news that Mr. Richard Henry Jurgens III, known as Dick Jurgens,
passed away on December 4th, 2016 of cancer. He was sick for a long time.
"Thank you for the nice contact we had, it gave me a lot of inspiration
when creating the "New Deep Purple 1980" fanpage. Rest In Peace!

Many thanks to Kaje DeAnimal, who knew Dick and who is friends with the family, for this information




1. 'Deep Purple 1980' Band Info
2. Band Members Info
3. Magazine Articles 1980
4. Tour Dates 1980
5. The Rod Evans Picture / Photo Gallery
6. What they said about...
7. Memories
8. External Links / Contact

Last update: 10.12.2018



1. 'Deep Purple 1980' Band Info
Text: Gerhard Koritnik


Rod Evans was one of the founding members of Deep Purple when the band started to rise to the top of Rock history in the years 1968/69. After recording three albums, Shades Of Deep Purple, The Book Of Taliesyn and Deep Purple, Rod left the band in 1969, together with bass player Nick Simper, and emigrated to the USA. He released a 45rpm single in November 1970 (Hard To Be Without You / You Can´t Love A Child Like A Woman) before he decided to join Americas new band "Captain Beyond", featuring the Iron Butterfly members Lee Dorman and Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt and ex - Johnny Winter´s drummer Bobby Caldwell. After recording Captain Beyond in 1972, Sufficentley Breathless 1973 and various live performances in Europe and America he left the music business until 1980.

In the year 1980 Rod got involved in a project of a management company who tried to reform "Deep Purple", disbanded in 1976, in an even particular way. Before that, the same company made some good money with a new "Steppenwolf" band, with only original band members Goldie Mc John and Nick St. Nicholas in the group, but after a lawsuit John Kay received back the right to the Steppenwolf name.


From May 17 to September 20, 1980, the "New" Deep Purple band performed several concerts in the United States, Mexico and Canada, before they were finally stopped by former Deep Purple management. The first big event took place when about 40.000 to estimated 70.000 people attended their performance at the "Estadio Inde Olimpico" in Mexico City. Another concert took place in August at the legendary "Long Beach Arena" in Los Angeles, when about 6.000 people saw their show ("...some of the most splendidly over-the-top visuals I've seen since Kiss. From the sublime - a whole network of multicoloured lasers aimed in the air, at the crowd, pyrotechnics, smoke, lights, bangers, dry ice, flashbins, more pyrotechnics and a fascinating laser-dot light show on a screen at the side swirling and circling and flashing and bleeping away." Sylvie Simmons, Sounds magazine, 20.09.1980).

Due to the fact that the famous Los Angeles based William Morris Agency belived in the project and arranged the tour for the band, they got offered a contract with Warner Curb Records (a record lable which was a cooporation between producer Mike Curb and Warner Bros. in the years from 1972 to 1983). A few songs had been recorded at L.A.'s Village Recording Studios for a forthcoming planed record, to be released in November 1980. The group recorded a new version of Deep Purple's first big hit in America, "Hush", and two songs titled "Hold On Me" and "All I Am Is Blue", two other titles of the tracks are known, "Blood Blister" and "Brum Doogie", but any tapes seem to be (or are wanted to be) lost.
Though, the group had been filmed at their performance in Mexico City by a local television station, but only "Smoke On The Water" has appeared until today, which can be seen on Youtube. (Photos above and below: Chris Walter, Sounds magazine, 20.09.1980)

Swing Auditorium,
San Bernardino, CA, 21.06.1980

Registered by the State of California on March 27, 1980 by
Geoffrey Emery and Tony Flynn
Registration No. 9558

In June 1980 an action was filed by HEC Enterprises Ltd., DP(O), Blackmore & Co. against the "new" Deep Purple band at the L.A. Federal District Court to get an injunction to stop the band performing under the Deep Purple name and sued them for damages under the regulation of the Lanham Act, a primary federal trademark statute of law in the U.S., containing trademark infrigement, trademark dilution and false advertising. On October 3, 1980, Rod Evans and his band lost the lawsuit. Rod disappeared from the music business and the publicity after that. In April 2016, Rod Evans was admitted to the "Rock'n Roll Hall Of Fame" as a founding father of Deep Purple.

You can read a very informative article about the court case, written by John Sippel for Billboard magazine in 1981, here.



The New Deep Purple band 1980 – Sounds magazine, 20.09.1980
(l.t.r.: Dick Jurgens, Tony Flynn, Tom De Rivera, Geoff Emery, Rod Evans)


2. Band Members Info
Rod Evans, vocalsTony Flynn, guitars Geoff Emery, organ & vocals Tom DeRivera, bass & vocalsDick Jurgens, drums
Pictures: Alberto Estrada, Sonido magazine (1), Yves Monast (2-5)

Text and researches: Gerhard Koritnik

ROD EVANS: Born on January 19, 1947 in Burnham Bucks, Roderick Evans grew up in the Buttermere Avenue in Berkshire, Slough. "For a time he did train for a regular job as a Certified Public Accountant but somewhere down in those nests of figures were the musical notes he really wanted to sing. So he sang. Trained by his own ear, shaped only by the outside sounds of the world of music around him, bit by bit Rod made himself a singer." (Source: Best Songs magazine, 1971). With his first band, the 'Horizons' (1962-65), which featured later 'Tremeloes' member Chip Hawkes on bass and Colin Butt(s) on guitar, Rod Evans also was in Germany in August/September 1965 for a month, playing locations in Berlin/Neukölln. When playing in Germany, the group had to replace their original drummer, as he was under 18 years old, and - for legal reasons - not was allowed to play on a public stage there. He was replaced by drummer John Kerrison (born 1947), who also worked with later Deep Purple members Nick Simper (The Pirates '67), Ian Gillan (The Javelins '62/64, Episode Six '67/68) and Roger Glover (Episode Six '67/68). John Kerrison recalls (via e-mail, 2013): "We were in Berlin in late 1965, think the town was called Neukolln. I forgot the name of the club as its so long ago! I only played with them for a month at that gig, I was 18 also the same as Rod but I was born in August 1947. The only other guy was Colin Butts or Butt, a very fine guitar player. Unfortunately he passed away a few years back, Chip Hawkes told me that about four years ago. Rod and I shared the same room but again like most of the bands then we never got paid! It was cold so most day we would play table football when we were not working. We lived mainly on bread and jam rolls except for one meal of chicken and chips and one of some great pea soup and bread again. We got back to England after Colin sold his guitar but from then on we all went our own ways."
_Later in 1965 Rod Evans became the singer of the 'Jumping Jimmy Band', who changed their name to 'M.I.5' later. In the middle of 1966, the original drummer parted and later Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice joined the group. Again they changed their name, calling it 'The Maze' then. Alongside Rod and Ian, there was Roger Lewis on guitar, Eric Keene on bass and Chris Banham on the keyboards. Producer Michael Dixon recalls (via youtube comment, 2017): "I knew Rod, Ian Paice, Eric (Jack) Keene, Chris Banham, Roger Lewis when they were 'The M.I.5' previously 'Jimmy Bond & The M.I.5' - they then changed to 'The Maze' with 'Catari Catari / Easy Street', then the band split into 2 with Rod & Ian going the Deep Purple route and Eric, Chris going into Alice Soundtech mixing desks with ex Engineer Ted Fletcher with the then late Joe Meek (producer, Eq - Compressor fame) and the rest you know. Eric & Ian used to engineer for us along, later with Ted Fletcher, ah such days down at Virgin Sound in 1a Bexley Street, corner of Alma Road, Windsor..." One single was released under the former name M.I.5 in 1966, three more singles and a four track EP by The Maze followed in 1966 and '67. The band mainly performed in the U.K, but also in Italy (Piccolo Teatro di Milano, where the group recorded a single with Italian lyrics) and Germany (at the legendary Star Club in Hamburg, known of Beatles fame), where Ian Paice got known to Ritchie Blackmore the first time, as Ritchie loved his drumming style... But due to the missing success of the group, Rod and Ian decided to leave the band at least. Information about their records, cover sleeves and song lyrics are in the special feature on this site.
_In march of 1968, after winning the audition, Rod Evans and Ian Paice joined the band Roundabout (originally formed by 'Searchers' drummer Chris Curtis), who changed their name into "Deep Purple" about a month later. The debut concert took place in Denmark on April 20, 1968 (still named Roundabout for the first 16 shows until May 6, 1968), the United Kingdom and Switzerland followed (as Deep Purple). From October 17 to the end of 1968 they played their first United States tour, including two shows in Canada. Again, U.K. shows and two television appearances in Denmark followed, before they toured the USA the second time from April to June 1969. Less than ten shows followed in the U.K and one in Belgium, before the last performance of 'Deep Purple Mk 1' in their original lineup took place in Cardiff on July 4, 1969. After 4 million (!) sold records at the end of 1968 in the U.S. and huge further success in the States and the United Kingdom in 1969, Rod Evans and bass player Nick Simper were replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover (Deep Purple Mk 2).


Today (Mk 10) drummer Ian Paice is the last member who is from the original lineup when Deep Purple started in 1968. Original organist Jon Lord sadly passed away on July 16, 2012 at the age of 71 years, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and bass player Nick Simper got their own band projects running (Blackmore's Night / Nick Simper & Nasty Habits, The Good Old Boys). More information about Rod Evans you can find at Wikipedia or at 'The Highway Star' website. External links to some related sites you can find at the end of the page.
Rod Evans - Hard To Be Without You (1970) - youtube video

Rod Evans - vocals (official PR picture, 1980)

TONY FLYNN: Born in 1956 in San Francisco, California, Tony Flynn lived in the Hollywood area in 1980. His great-grandfather´s family was Spanish, his mother and her ancestry are from Denmark. When he was eight years old he went to the Sacred Heart College. His first guitar he got at the age of nine, being educated by guitar teachers Buddy Matlock and later Lee Beeder. About his musical inspirations he mentiones B.B. King, Howard Roberts, the flamenco guitarist Charlos Montoya or Paco De Lucia, a friend of his. In 1973, at the age of 17 years, he also worked together with Rick Derringer at Wally Heider recording studios in San Francisco.
_The new Steppenwolf 1977-80: In September 1977 Tony Flynn replaced guitarist Kent Henry in the new Steppenwolf band, where he played together with original keyboarder Goldie Mc John and bassist Nick St. Nicholas. He stayed in the group until the spring of 1978 before he parted, to be replaced by Ruben Raven. He joined the Steppenwolf band again in October 1979 (when Geoff Emery was on the organ) and stayed there until early 1980.
_In 1980, Tony planned to record a solo LP in Mexico with Rod Evans, Goldie Mc John, Paul Butterfield and Geoff Emery, but this never was realized. In an interview for a mexican magazine in 2011 he talks about his musical career and his life in Mexico, where he emigrated to in 1990.


From the age of 15 years on Tony Flynn had played in bands like John Mayall, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia or Southern Pacific (1976, with Paul Butterfield, Goldie Mc John, Dallas Taylor, bass player Richard Reed and vocalist Peter McGraw). When being asked about his most exciting memory as a rock musician he mentions his participation in Steppenwolf, that they made some good money in fact of the well known band name when they were touring, but he does not mention his later "Deep Purple" membership or Rod Evans in any way. According to a 1980 mexican TV report, Tony also was a member of the band "Traffic" for some time, playing shows in Mexico, before he joined Deep Purple in 1980.
Tony Flynn - A journey through Rod Evans' 1980 Deep Purple tour (2017) - youtube video

Tony Flynn - guitars (official PR picture, 1980)

GEOFF EMERY: Organ player Geoffrey W. Emery, born in 1951, was also a member of the new Steppenwolf band before his 'Deep Purple' membership: In the spring or summer of 1979, Goldie Mc John left Steppenwolf and was replaced by Geoff, who stayed there until early 1980. In different formations of the group, Geoff played with both - drummer Dick Jurgens and guitarist Tony Flynn. In 1979, ten tracks had been recorded for an album in Hollywood, CA, but never been released. Emery was a member of the new Steppenwolf band during the recording sessions.
_According to a statement of 1980 Deep Purple´s road manager Bob Baron, Geoff was part of an (only planned? - ed.) "Iron Butterfly" lineup before. Yves Monast, who spoke with Baron before the 1980 Quebec show, mentioned this later in his article for the 'PopRock' magazine. In his book 'Smoke On The Water - The Deep Purple Story' Dave Thompson wrote about an earlier cooperation between Geoff Emery and former Iron Butterfly guitarist Mike Pinera in "The New Cactus Band".


In the later '80s and '90s, Geoff has been working in the music industry for an independent record label. Groups he produced (and also played on the keyboards) are Ringleader (album "If Licks Could Kill", 1989, featuring '86 Uriah Heep member Stephen "Steff" Fontaine on vocals), Steve DeLuca / England 402 - "I’ve Got What It Takes", 1989 (Steve DeLuca remembers (via e-mail, 2012): "Yes, this is Jeff on keys. We wrote the song in the late 80's if I recall correctly...") or Mark Tatham (album "Mark Tatham", 1996), mostly using his artist name Geoffrey England.
Ringleader feat. Geoff Emery - White Heat (1989) - youtube video

Geoff Emery - organ and vocals (official PR picture, 1980)

TOM DE RIVERA: Growing up in the southeast of Los Angeles County, Tom De Rivera was a founding member of the American band "Corroboree" in 1968. The group featured him on bass and most parts of the vocals, Rik Shannon (drums, harmonica and vocals), Brad Zapper (guitars and vocals) and Randy Chambers on keyboards, who was replaced by Phil Cristian in 1973/74. Alongside the groups Emperor (both bands were with the same management) and Burlesque, Corroboree was one of the three best paid bands in the club scene in Orange County and Los Angeles, playing locations like the "Gazarri's" (Hollywood) or the "Fatfingers" in Huntington Beach, OC.
_A concert at the Long Beach Auditorium is mentioned in the Independent Press-Telegram (May 31, 1971), featuring Corroboree, 'Turnquist Remedy' and 'Pacific Oil And Gas'. Being the youngest group on the program with it's members still visiting school, Corroboree is mentioned as the "most recently formed and most under-exposed band" of the night. "The group seems to be in the process of developing its own tight, personalized style at this point" and that "they´ll get there right on time", rock-music critic Preston Hekse figured out.
_According to Conecte magazine author José Luis Pluma, Corroboree played at the Cero-Cero bar in the Camino Royal hotel in Mexico City in the seventies. "Van Nuys News" magazine published an article concerning the band´s features on February 2, 1973: "Corroboree, a four-piece rock music group featuring four-part harmony with strong musical back-up, is the new featured band at the Hong Kong Bar dance spot at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles. The group, named with an Australian word which defines a native assembly of festive character, has just returned from a six-month engagement in Mexico City, reported a hotel spokesman. The members of Corroboree grew up together and have been together for five years. Bass player and lead vocalist is Tom DeRivera; on percussion is Rik Shannon: Brad Zapper is lead guitarist, and Randy Chambers is at the keyboards. At the Hong Kong Bar, Corroboree will play nightly except Sunday. Doors open at 8:30 p.m." On November 7, 1974, after original keyboarder Randy Chambers had been replaced by Phil Cristian, Arcadia Tribune newspaper published: "Corroboree is the group appearing Tuesday through Sunday nights in the rooftop lounge at Pasadena Hilton Hotel. They're Phil Christian, Rik Shannon, Tom De Rivera and Bradley Zapper. Dancing and entertainment 9 p.m. to closing."
_After the split of the original lineup, Rik Shannon and Tom De Rivera continued the band with new members Ron Ravenscroft (guitars) and Gerald Michineau (keyboards). Brad Zapper went on with the group "Spread Eagle", keyboarder Phil Cristian formed a new group called "Fortress" (disbanded in 1981), "Front Page" (featuring later Kiss guitarist Mark St. John) and finally joined "Cheap Trick" in 1982 (as known as "Magic Cristian").
_Another group is mentioned at the "OC Clubbands Circa 1970's" website, a band named "Scoundrel", that consisted of Tom De Rivera (bass and vocals), Mark Monroe (guitars, ex-Sockeye Fox, French Kiss and Pegusus), Will Blount (ex-Sockeye Fox), Chuck Ruff and Tim McClean.
In the beginning of 1980, after original Deep Purple bass player Nick Simper refused the job offer by Rod Evans to join the "New" Deep Purple band, Tom won some audition when the group was searching for a bass player. After the court decision against the band in October 1980, he seemed to have disappeared from music business.


Latest news are, that, for the time of a few months, Tom De Rivera played together with a band in South Orange County, California, in 2006. In February that year they filmed two songs on which Tom is playing bass and doing the lead vocals. Drummer Anthony G. recalls (via e-mail, 2010): "This guy was in our band called Soul Purpose in 2006 - he's on lead vocals. A fantastic singer and bassist no doubt but impossible to get along with. We did not leave off on very good terms." Also two rare PR-like photographs of Tom do exist from this time, but never were published.
Soul Purpose feat. Tom De Rivera - No Matter What / No Time (2006) - youtube videos

Tom De Rivera - bass and vocals (official PR picture, 1980)

DICK JURGENS: Born 1959 and coming out of family fame, Dick went to high school in Sacramento, California, in the early 1960´s. He got his first drumming experiences when playing in a school band. Band member Melodie F. C. recalls (via e-mail, 2012): "We were in a school band together at Cerritos College near Santa Fe Springs, California. And he was such a sweetheart. Would love to say hi to him and catch up." His uncle managed the "Sacramento Memorial Auditorium", so Dick was given frontplaces and backstage passes to all the shows that came around. Being just a young man, Dick got to meet many of the biggest stars there like The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix (with Dick´s drumming hero Mitch Mitchell), he also met original Deep Purple there in their early days. Dick Jurgens (via e-mail, 2003): "I was just a young teenager of course, but I met Rod and Blackmore and the guys in person. Because of my father's big band fame, I have met (and even played) with some of the 'biggest' names in the music business over the years, but I have to admit, at the time I didn't really realize how ingrained these people were in our collective music culture. Now that I do know how famous some of these people are/were and how important they are in history, all I can tell my son - if he ever asks - that, for example, "yes, I heard of Count Basie... I sat on his lap", and so on."
_In family tradition, Dick is correctly named Dick Jurgens III. His grandfather, Dick Henry Jurgens, was the founder of the legendary Dick Jurgens Orchestra in the early 30's. In 1940, when original vocalist Eddy Howard parted, Harry Cool became the new singer. Over 30 years later, in 1973, Dick was the drummer in a group together with his father, Dick Jurgens II, and vocalist Harry Cool, performing as the 'Harry Cool Trio'. One known (confirmed) live appearance took place on June 6, 1973, at the Aragon Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio. You can view the original autographs the group signed that night in the "Picture Galery".
_In 1978, the well known 60's group "Association" dissolved, with only original member Ted Bluechel left with a huge dept. On November 1, 1978, he leased the group's name to another company who put a 'fake' Association out on the road (source: wikipedia). According to 'new Deep Purple 1980' road manager Bob Baron, who spoke to PopRock magazine author Yves Monast before the 1980 Quebec show, Dick Jurgens was a member of this band. Cindy Bin, who attended a show and interviewed the group in April 1979, recalls (via e-mail, 2012): "I heard some guy arguing with the drummer about the publicity pictures not being the same as the members in the group we were seeing that night. He was a blond guy, the exact opposite of Ted Bleuchel, the original Association drummer who was dark haired and who I had been hoping to see. So obviously others were upset about that, too!" In a later interview with Cindy Bin from 1985, original member Larry Ramos said that this group performed one day as the 'Association', the other day the same lineup was billed as 60's band 'Grass Roots' or 'Loving Spoonful'. Their management even used Larry's photo for their publicity pictures, and when people asked for him, they were told he was sick. "It was misrepresentation", Larry told (many thanks, Cindy, for this information!). When the original Association group came back on the road, the bogus band disappeared.
_In the mid of 1979, for the time of about a month, Dick was also part of the new Steppenwolf band when bassist Nick St. Nicholas hired him out of Los Angeles. At the same time, later 'new Deep Purple' keyboardist Geoff Emery was in the band, guitarist Tony Flynn joined the 'new Steppenwolf' again in October 1979, after Dick Jurgens left. So most likely it was Geoff Emery who remembered Dick Jurgens when the 'new Deep Purple' idea came up in the beginning of 1980.
Dick Jurgens passed away on December 4, 2016 of cancer after longtime sickness.




Dick Jurgens - drums (official PR picture, 1980)


Dick Jurgens original autograph
(Cleveland, June 6, 1973)

Before meeting the original Association band members in 1985, Cindy also interviewed this bogus 'Association' group in 1979. The picture shows one of their members, fake "Terry Kirkman" (real name is unknown). Photo by Cindy Bin, April 1979





3. Magazine Articles 1980
Click on the following pictures below to view original magazine articles about the
1980 Deep Purple tour, with some including English/German translations



4. Tour Dates 1980

Tony Flynn was so helpful to let us know that there were about 70 shows the group performed from May to September 1980, starting in Amarillo, Texas on May 17. I'm still looking for further information about the Deep Purple tour in 1980, especially the concerts they played at the end of August or in September in Hibbing, Yuma, Tucson, Bozeman and Phoenix. If you have been at one of their shows or know something about, or have other information concerning the band, please get in touch. About the "Tour Dates 1980" section, thank you all for sharing your 1980 memories on the www, it's great that we can bring some light in this special part of Deep Purple's history. Thank you very much!










The "New" Deep Purple
featuring Rod Evans -
Japan press clipping, 1980







Sonido Magazine No. 47, Mexico
1980 - Interview with Rod Evans







Conecte No. 179, 1980 - 14 pages
Mexico 28.06. concert report!







Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, 21.06.1980 - concert review







Conecte Magazine, No. 175
June 1980, Mexico







Celebrity Theater, Phoenix,







Conecte Magazine No. 174
June 1980, Mexico







Provo Daily Herald, Utah








Deep Purple - Live in Quebec
Capitol Theater, 12.08.1980

(Pictures below: Copyright by Yves Monast)








Tony Flynn - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Tony Flynn - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Utah County Jam II
Saratoga Resort, 26.07.1980








Rod Evans live in Mexico City
Sonido magazine, June 1980
(picture: Alberto Estrada)








Tom De Rivera - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Rod Evans - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








International Banquet House
14./15.08.1980 (picture: Marc Olson)








Tony Flynn - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Tom De Rivera - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Tony Flynn - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Rod Evans - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)


Text, researches, pictures (if not otherwise mentioned) and concept: Gerhard Koritnik


Torrance, CA 90501
Management: Steve Greenberg (aka Steve Green),
Advent Talent Associates, Phoenix, Arizona
Tour management: William Morris Agency Inc., L.A.
Booking agent: Robert Ringe
Road manager: Bob Baron
Sound engineers: Zardoz, Steve Kovatch
PA systems: "Rainbow Sound", Los Angeles


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"Civic Center" - Auditorium, Amarillo – Texas, USA – 17.05.1980

presented by E.S.I. Audience: min. 1.400 (tickets $ 6,50 general adm.)
First show of the tour
Tony Flynn
: "There were about 70 dates, starting in Amarillo, Texas."

view the original concert ticket at

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"Civic Auditorium", El Paso – Texas, USA – 18.05.1980

"Most I remember of that gig (Amarillo - ed.) there was these huge tittied blond bombshells in the front row. We then drove to El Paso Civic auditorium where I fell asleep standing up doing that show that nite."
(Zardoz, sound engineer, TheHighwayStar forum, 2002)

"Nobody thinks of sex except the sound man..." (Tony Flynn)

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"La Villa Real" - Convention Center, McAllen – Texas, USA

"I saw that tour in South Texas, even had the T-shirt I bought when I walked in for quite some time... it was the Villa Real show in McAllen... well you have to understand that South Texas did not get many shows, so we were excited to have anything, but me and my friends were into Captain Beyond so we knew it was Rod Evans, they were not bad from what I remember."
(Vinyldoneright,, 2010)



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"Civic Center", Laredo – Texas, USA – 07.06.1980

Support: The GodZ (?) ($ 8,50 in advance, general admission)

"I saw the band in Laredo, Texas 1980. I bought a T-shirt that had the Deep Purple "Burn" logo printed on it (...) Rod Evans was dressed up in that space-ship looking outfit that David Coverdale used to wear when he was with Purple know the outfit with the wings attached to the shoulder pads."
(Badmood, TheHighwayStar forum, 2002)

view the original concert ticket and read Gilbert
Garcias review of the show in the Galery

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"Civic Auditorium", San Jose – California, USA

Audience: estimated 2.500

Setlist included (not in order): Hush / Kentucky Woman Highway Star / Smoke On The Water / Woman From Tokyo
Reportedly the show lasted a bit more than an hour.

"They did play Hush and Kentucky Woman, which, since Rod was the original singer, were pretty good (...) I did enjoy seeing Rod just for the memorabilia factor."
(Russell Edsinger, TheHighwayStar website)

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"Arcadia High School", Arcadia – California, USA

"I don't know what they played at the Swing, but they played all the stuff that Rod wasn't even in the band for when they played the gymnasium of my high school that same year. Yes. THAT is right. My high school. Arcadia high in Arcadia, California. I still can't believe it 36 years later... I remember wondering why he was singing songs from albums he had nothing to do with. This made me think, "is he doing this under duress from the fake Deep Purple bandmembers he was surrounded with??"... I was trying to see if I could contact any of the friends who were with me but to no avail. I was personally feeling like it was in the fall but after all this time and all the parties it very well could have been June... tell him thanks for the cool show if you see him."
(Ray Wright, via facebook comments)

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"Swing Auditorium", San Bernardino – California, USA – 21.06.1980

National Orange Show. Audience: min. 2.500
($ 7,50 in advance /$ 8,50 day of show)
Support: Facelift, Steppenwolf
Presented by Entertainment Systems & Kola (a local radio station)

Setlist included: Hush / Hey Joe / Kentucky Woman /
Highway Star / Space Trucking / Woman From Tokyo /
Might Just Take Your Life

"There was a local band named Facelift who was the warm up act (...) I was working at a local radio station at the time, and knew the lead singer from the warm up act. I didn´t know during the show that it was Rod Evans. He told me about Rod and that he was a really nice guy who just didn´t think he was doing anything that wrong."
(Mike P, TheHighwayStar forum, 2002)

"The next act was introduced as "Steppenwolf", they did a selection of Steppenwolf songs including "Magic carpet ride" and "Born to be wild". When they finished the lead singer came out to introduce Deep Purple. I noticed then that the same band came out to perform as Deep Purple..."
(Jon Trask, via e-mail, 2014)

Read the full review of the San Bernardino show by Jon Trask
and view the original concert poster and ticket in the Galery

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"Estadio Inde Olimpico", Mexico City28.06.1980

'The New Deep Purple featuring Rod Evans'
Festival with Deep Purple, Black Oak Arkansas and Dugs Dug's
Audience: estimated 40-70.000 (Boletrónico, $ 220,00 MXP)
Originally planned at the 'Palacio de los Deportes' (June 28/29)

Setlist was: Highway Star / Mandrake Root / Space Trucking /
Hey Joe / Smoke On The Water

"We will play a classic which was a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, where will be an introduction from Ravel's "Bolero": "Hey Joe". We've been playing this song before, and it's included in the "Shades Of Deep Purple" album."
(Rod Evans, Conecte magazine, June 1980)

view the original concert ticket at

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"Celebrity Theater", Phoenix, Arizona – USA – 29.06.1980

(In The Round) - 'Renaissance & Heavy Metal'
Presented by Virgo Productions & Pegasi Prod.
Special guest: Llory McDonald, Caz Morai, Lorena ($ 6,50/$ 7,50)
two shows at 7 and 11 PM

Setlist included: Hush / Smoke On The Water / Space Trucking /
Burn / Might Just Take Your Life a.m.

"The keyboard player has captured Jon Lord's actions well. The drummer is pretty good and did the synth work in 'Space Trucking'." (Julie Lewis, Stargazer magazine, 1981)

View the original concert ticket in the Galery



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"University Of Hawaii", Oahu, Honolulu – Hawaii, USA
Promoted by Ken Rosene and Greg Mundy
Setlist included Hush / Kentucky Woman

"Well, we are three months together now. We've played in Texas, Amarillo, El Paso, San Bernardino, now Mexico, then we go to Phoenix, Hawaii for five days."
(Rod Evans, Conecte magazine, June 1980)

"These guys have been put through the hoops legally. I went to Honolulu personally to hear them, three weeks ago, and that's when I decided they should come to Anchorage."
(Promoter Terry Garrett)

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"The Ritz (The Main Act)" – Roseville, MI, USA – 04.07.1980
Support: The Sirens. Audience: 3000
Promoted via local radio stations, the concert took place at a Rock'n Roll bar venue. According to reports, the show lasted less than an hour.

The setlist included Highway Star, Might Just Take Your Life and Burn

"I actually DID tape the show they did at what was then the 'Main Act' in Femdale, MI in 1980, but unfortunately the combination of the small venue and the volume made the tape totally unlistenable... At the time I was just using a simple handheld stereo cassette recorder without external mics, and even at the very rear of the hall it still came out terrible. I eventually taped over it. Now I kind of wish that I hadn't erased it."
(Ron Harper, google groups, 2000)

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Puerto Rico (?)
According to a Dallas newspaper article a concert in Puerto Rico was apparently planned, but the show may not have taken place.

"The article stated there was a big demand in Puerto Rico, and that they didn´t even care if it wasn´t the "Classic" lineup."
(John, Dallas, via youtube mail, 2013)

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South America (?)
A few years after the band split, bass player Tom De Rivera mentioned to a friend of his that they also performed in South America. But it seems more likely he spoke about their "over the border" performance in Mexico City.

"I saw the show in Houston (...) In fact a few years later I had become friends with a bass player who turned out to be the bassist on that tour. He said the tour did quite well in South America."
(Steven Steele, google groups, 1996)

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"The Rose", Dallas – Texas, USA – 15.07.1980

Tickets: $ 6,00

Dallas Morning News,
July 6, 1980

"I saw those guys in Dallas TX; July 15, 1980 at a beer joint on Maple Ave called ‘The Rose’ and was leery about the show before hand, given the venue and the $ 6,00 ticket price. I saw The Who play the very first concert ever at the brand new Reunion Arena (July 2, 1980, $ 10,50 - ed.) and I remember thinking “why is Deep Purple playing a beer joint instead of Reunion Arena?” I knew right away that it wasn’t Deep Purple, but didn’t mention it to my date because she was enjoying it so much and they did do a pretty good job on a lot of Deep Purple songs. Then on the way home, she looked over at me and said 'that was really good, but who the hell were those guys?' LOL" (James Reeves, via e-mail, 2014)

"I do remember passing by the place the 'New' Purps were supposed to play in Dallas, and their name was on the marquee (as "Deep Purple"). But, I recall hearing the gig and the tour were cancelled. There was a newspaper article about it. That's where I read Rod Evans tentatively planned to go to Puerto Rico with this band, though, I see they did these other gigs in Texas." (John, Dallas, 2013)

View current pictures of the former 'Rose' club in the Galery

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"The Factory" (Snoopy´s), Staten Island – New York, USA – 17.07.1980

'An Evening With Deep Purple - At The Factory'
(Soap) Factory, 100 Johnston Terrace, S.I.
Support: Samantha, Betrayer. Audience: min. 600 ($ 6,00/7,00)

The show had been advertised in the "Aquarian Weekly" magazine before. Unlike the adverts - flyers, launched on the day of the concert, showed pictures of the group and named Rod Evans' "Deep Purple" membership.
[Still searching for both!]

Bobby Rondinelli, who joined Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow later, was the drummer of a New York band named "Samantha" in the early 1980's, but he doesn't remember if he performed with the band that night.

"I'll never forget that. The show I attended lasted less than a few minutes. When the lights when on, and there was no Ritchie, the crowd went ballistic which quickly turned into a riot! That show took place @ "At the Factory" on July 17, 1980 in Staten Island, NY. Well, that was a long time ago and I was in a different state of mind that night, but I distinctly remember the band coming on stage (although very briefly) sans Ritchie. It was a packed house and the crowd immediately went apesh*t and started screaming for Ritchie and within a minute (or so) beer bottles started flying toward the band members. It quickly turned into a chaotic scene so I don't recall for sure, but I believe a few of them were hit and injured. And if that wasn't bad enough things only escalated once the bouncers tried to intervene (not that they even had a chance). It was a night I'll never forget." (MrX, thegearpage forum, 2015)

view the original concert ticket at

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"The Factory" (Snoopy´s), Staten Island – New York, USA – 18.07.1980

show has been cancelled

"I was going to stay for the show, as I was still a fan of Rod Evans, but it was cancelled. Apparently, the show the night before had an abrupt end due to bottles being thrown on stage. Idiots!!!! Anyhow, I actually kept the tickets all these years and they are somewhere in a box in storage."
(Joey, TheHighwayStar forum, 2012)

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"The Great Canadian Picnic" – Oakville, Ontario, Canada – 19.07.1980
'Featuring the New Deep Purple live - they're back'
Bronte Creek Park, near Toronto. Audience: est. 5-10 thousand
Presented by Q107 and RAM Productions (John Bilbija)

with Deep Purple, Long John Baldry, Savoy Brown, The Powder Blues Band, Telemann, Frank Soda and The Imps, Sheriff, F.M.
Setlist included Smoke On The Water

"The performance wasn't that bad, if I recall. Sure, it wasn't Deep Purple, but it wasn't that bad. The keyboard player had knee high leather moccasins in an effort to appear as Mr. Lord, from years gone by."
(Brian Jackson,, 2006)

Read stage manager Barry Wanless' memories and
a review of the show by Brian Jackson

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"Baby'O", Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA – 20.07.1980

Before it was Baby'O, the location was "The Sheik's Tend", and after that it was the "Temptations". Reportly the venue closed doors in 2005.

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"Utah County Jam II", Saratoga Resort, Lehi – Utah, USA – 26.07.1980
'Deep Purple featuring Rod Evans'
Presented by Way To Gold Inc., Organizer: Mick Eastmond
Audience: 3000 ($ 9,00 advance /10,00 gate)

with Deep Purple, Hot Rockets, News, Mannequin,
Kraynk, Crossfire, Zeke, Likely Suspects, Nobody's Fault,
Bondage, Villians and more.

The speaker system went out before Deep Purple had performed, what caused a big riot that required a 100-man Police contingent:

"Some local promoters came up with an idea to hold a rock concert at the park. The headline attraction was British rock band Deep Purple. Deep Purple never performed its hits "Smoke On The Water" and "Hush", or any of its music for that matter. Several warm-up acts blew out the stage's power source, and concert promotors failed to provide a backup generator. Thousands of angry concertgoers erupted..."
Organizer Mick Eastmond: "I didn't know what a rock concert was, I noticed the type of crowd was wild. I didn't notice that until it was too late of course..."
(Dennis Romboy,, 1995)

You can view the original concert flyer in the Galery and read the "Provo Daily Herald" newspaper article at the left.
Scott Ward from the opening band "News" tells about the event in the Memories section.

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"Metra Park", Billings, Montana, USA – 29.07.1980
Promoted by Gary Evje
show has been cancelled

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"Music Hall", Houston, Texas, USA – 31.07.1980

Presented by Creative Energy
Support: Myst
Audience: est. 2700 ($ 7,00 orchestra /8,00 upper balcony)

"I was a casual follower of Deep Purple and some college friends of mine decided to go to the show. It was in the Houston music hall and we had tickets on the sixth row... From what I remember that Myst band had a guy playing a mandolin or some such... That was the loudest frigging concert I ever went to, from memory they played like six or eight songs way stretched out and the organist was literally picking the end of organ up and dropping it to get feed back out of it... Couldn't tell you what songs they played, to me not knowing better, it was a good show." (Texas Rooter, via youtube comments, 2017)

view the original concert ticket at



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"Forum d'Edmundston" – New Brunswick, ON, Canada – 08.08.1980
'En Spectacle'
Presented by Lata Productions
Support: MC5 Detroit. Audience: min. 3.000 ($ 12,50)

"My friends and I bought tickets for the kickoff of their world tour in Edmundston, New Brunswick. We KNEW that something had to be up for Purple to start a tour in that backwater milltown. But, just in case, we bought them anyway. Opening act was the MC5... Starting a tour in Edmundston, New Brunswick was a red flag. The show starts with lots of dry ice and striding through is a man in black playing a Strat. Ritchie Blackmore? No, Jethro Bodean with a bad mullet."
(Flogger59, thegearpage forum, 2012/'17)

view the original concert ticket in the Gallery

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Sudbury – Ontario, Canada

Oakville stage manager Barry Wanless (The Great Canadian Picnic): "They trashed the dressing room trailer in Sudbury..." Tony Flynn recalls the incident: "There... yah, I remember that. Geoff and I got mad, some guys destroyed a room... childish."

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"Capitol Theater" – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada – 12.08.1980

'Les Murs De Sons'
Presented by Les Productions Le Cafe Limitée (Gilbert Ghosn),
Disquerie Lemieux Ltée
Promoters: Robert Boulay, John Gold (New York)
Support: Corbeau. Audience: 1.500 ($ 12,50)
originally announced for August 13th

The setlist was: Highway Star / Hush / Might Just Take Your Life / Wring That Neck (Hard Road) / Space Trucking / Drum Solo / Woman From Tokyo

View the original concert photos by Yves Monast and read
his newspaper article for PopRock magazine in the Gallery.
Jean Millaire of 'Corbeau' tells about the show in the Memories section.

View the original concert ticket in the Gallery

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"Capitol Theater" – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada – 13.08.1980

show has been cancelled

"I have read reports of a second show being held on the 14th. (originally postphoned to Aug. 13th - ed.) This may be true, but I know for a fact that the show for the next night was cancelled."
(Jim Corrigan, TheHighwayStar website)

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"International Banquet House", Anchorage – Alaska, USA – 14.08.1980

'Rock & Roll - Live And In Concert'
Presented by Terry Garrett and Ron Kurtz (L.A.)
Tickets: $12,50 reserved seats and $ 10,00 general admission

Tony Flynn: "Yah, and Alaska... after B.B. King... he had just left. A nice guy, I met him much later on.
I remember it was salomon fishing season... I carried four guitars, a kit strat, a fender telecaster
, a carvin 12 string (used for 'Burn' that night - ed.) and a six string nylon for practise... and my luggage. It was a basic set list I remember, 'My woman from tokyo', 'Highway star', 'Burn', 'Smoke on the water', 'Hey Joe', 'Hush'... a lot of things I really don't care to remember. Specifically the altura, the height, the weight... only few walk these grounds."

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"International Banquet House", Anchorage – Alaska, USA – 15.08.1980

Two shows each night

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"Paramount Theater", Portland – Oregon, USA – 17.08.1980

Presented by World Assembly
($ 8,50 general admission, ticket presale to min. 1.450)
show has been cancelled

"I still have my full ticket for the cancelled Portland concert... kept it cause I knew damn well this wouldn't be Purple had the show went on... and I thought it would make a good time piece."
(Gillans micstand, bdeeppurplefanforum.runboard, 2005)

view the original concert ticket at

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"Long Beach Arena", Los Angeles – California, USA – 19.08.1980

'The New Deep Purple featuring Rod Evans' /
'Avalon Attractions is proud to bring you Deep Purple In Their
Only Southern California Appearance' (newspaper advert)
Presented by Gary Perkins, Avalon Attractions
Support: Randy Hansen (?) Audience: 6.000
Tickets: $ 8,75 reserved seats and $ 7,75 general admission

The setlist was: Highway Star / Smoke On The Water Might Just Take Your Life / Woman From Tokyo Wring That Neck (Hard Road) / Space Trucking / Hush / Burn

"I went to that concert and don't remember a riot but I was up in the upper deck area so it certainly wasn't going on there. I remember it as the loudest concert I had ever been to (my ears rang for a day after that), a guy walking around with a "What's Purple without Paice" shirt and the drummer getting booed during his drum solo.
I knew they were bogus but it might be the only chance I had to see something akin to the old band. I had a t-shirt from that concert and that was about it. The shirt is long gone though.
Last song was 'Burn' since that was the song that got me listening to Deep Purple. I was taking drum lessons at the time so Ian Paice's work in the song fascinated me. I was disappointed that Ian wasn't there but still enjoyed the show."
(Michael Flood, via e-mail, 2014)

"They did have a very entertaining laser show, the galloping Pegasus was my favorite."
(Michael Soto, via youtube, 2018)

View the newspaper advert and the original concert ticket in the Gallery

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Hibbing – Minnesota, USA

"I remember when I was stationed in Duluth, Minnesota, I heard a radio ad for a bunch of upcoming concerts, heard the "Smoke On The Water" riff, got all excited, then the voice said "DEEP PURPLE! featuring Rod Evans" -- what?? It was several years before I got any info on what had happened there."
(John, google groups, 1998)

Tony Flynn remembers that they did play in Minnesota. He recalls: "Those were mining towns, you know, there was a lot of that."

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Phoenix – Arizona, USA

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Yuma – Arizona, USA

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Tucson – Arizona, USA

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Bozeman – Montana, USA

The previous five shows had been mentioned in the "Anchorage Daily News" in August 1980, before the group performed at the International Banquet House. Some of these shows could have also happened in September 1980.



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Hartford – Connecticut, USA

show has been cancelled

"I almost saw him in 1980. Our local radio station (Hartford Connecticut) was advertising the show as Rod Evans & the new Deep Purple. It was cancelled."
(Rikk Desgres, google groups, 1996)

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"Condesa" – Somerset, Massachusetts, USA – 19.09.1980

'The New Deep Purple'
Presented by Mike Lynch. Audience: 300 ($ 9,50)
Support: James Montgomery Band

"There was about 300 people in the Condesa Club watching the show (...) I did think that the guitarist, Tony Flynn, sounded good on Hard Road / Wring That Neck... I really think they played Burn."
(Brian O., from Hartmut Kreckel's Captain Beyond website)

View the original concert ticket in the Gallery

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"Le Forum" – Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada – 20.09.1980

Last show of the 1980 Rod Evans' Deep Purple tour
Support: Bunz, Zeta Brothers / Audience: 300

"Now the moment has arrived, Deep Purple hits the stage, and we are wondering who are these people picking up their instru-ments? I recognized nobody at all, which is the same feeling as when you find out there is no Santa Claus."
(Peter Dawson, via e-mail, 2014)

Read the really funny and interesting review by Peter Dawson,
who performed with his group "Bunz" that night, here


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French press clipping
"Deep Purple de nouveau?"
May 1980







Conecte magazine No. 190
November 1980, Mexico







Conecte Magazine No. 211
May 1981, Mexico







Discotheque Rock Pop Magazine 12.06.1980, Mexico







Live at Estadio Inde, Mexico City,
28.06.1980 (picture: Tony Flynn)







Conecte Magazine No. 178
July 1980, Mexico







The Ritz, Roseville, 04.07.1980
Picture copyright: Joey Harlow







Sounds Magazine, U.K. 20.09.1980, including an interview with Rod Evans








Deep Purple - Live in Quebec
Capitol Theater, 12.08.1980

(Pictures below: Copyright by Yves Monast)








Geoff Emery - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Great Canadian Picnic 19.07.1980
(picture: John Bilbija/Wolfgang Siebert)








Rod Evans - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Tom De Rivera live in Mexico City
Sonido magazine, June 1980
(picture: Alberto Estrada)








Rod Evans - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Capitol Theater, Quebec City
12./13.08.80 (picture: TheHighwayStar)








Tony Flynn - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Long Beach Arena
Los Angeles, CA, 19.08.1980








Tony Flynn - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Geoff Emery - live in Quebec, 1980
(picture: Yves Monast)








Dick Jurgens
Live in Mexico City, 28.06.1980


Tony Flynn - "Tribute to Deep Purple" show 2017

A journey through Rod Evans' 1980 Deep Purple tour

Outtakes from Tony Flynn's Deep Purple tribute show, performed in Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero, in Mexico December 16th, 2017




5. The Rod Evans Picture / Photo Gallery

Click on the pictures to enlarge




  New DEEP PURPLE 1980:            


Deep Purple -
Live at Estadio Inde, 28.06.1980
original concert newspaper advert

Rod Evans -
Interview with José Luis Pluma
Conecte magazine, June 1980, Mexico
Tony Flynn -
Interview with Javier Navarro
Conecte magazine, July 1980, Mexico
Deep Purple at Quebec airport, 12.08.1980
Le Journal de Quebec, August 1980
(original picture source: TheHighwayStar)



Great Canadian Picnic
Oakville, 19.07.1980
(picture: John Bilbija/W. Siebert)
Deep Purple
Long Beach Arena,
L.A., 19.08.1980
Original concert ticket
Deep Purple - Long Beach Arena
Los Angeles, 19.08.1980
Rod Evans
'HIP 70' press conference
Mexico City, 27.06.1980
Rod Evans 1980
The Deep Purple family
Year by Year - Vol. II


  Deep Purple 1980 Promotional Pictures:            

Tony Flynn
Rod Evans
Geoff Emery
Tom De Rivera
Dick Jurgens



Original concert ticket
Deep Purple - Live at Capitol Theater
Quebec City, Canada, 12.08.1980

Interview with Rod Evans and Tony Flynn
'HIP 70' press conference, Mexico
(from Conecte magazine no. 179, 1980)
Rod Evans
'HIP 70' press conference
Mexico City, 27.06.1980
Tony Flynn
'HIP 70' press conference
Mexico City, 27.06.1980


swing auditorium


Bogus "Deep Purple" - live in Quebec City, 12.08.1980

Previously unreleased photographies of the show at the "Capitol Theater", made by Yves Monast. Yves also wrote an article about the concert for the "Pop Rock" magazine, which you can read here.

"Many thanks, Yves, for this great and unique pictures and for your help!"

Concert review by Jon Trask
Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino
Pictures of the former "The Rose" club, Dallas/TX, where the New DP performed on 15.07.1980











Original concert flyer
Utah County Jam II - Saratoga Resort
Lehi, Utah, 26.07.1980
Deep Purple
Live in Phoenix concert ticket
Arizona, 29.06.1980
Concert ticket & review by Gilbert Garcia
Laredo Civic Center, Texas
The New Deep Purple - Condesa, Somerset
Massachusetts, 19.09.1980
(pic: David K. Despault)


Rod Evans - photography in
Sounds magazine, 20.09.1980
(original picture: Chris Walter)
Deep Purple - Live in Brunswick
Canada, 08.08.1980 concert ticket
feat. "MC5 Detroit"
The New Deep Purple in Mexico
27.06.1980, San Angel
HIP 70 press conference
Deep Purple live Quebec, 12.08.1980
"Pop Rock" magazine, Yves Monast
(French article with English translation)



Original concert ticket for Swing Auditorium show,
San Bernardino, CA, 21.06.1980
(the group also appeared as "Steppenwolf" that night!)


The New Deep Purple 1980
Sounds magazine, 20.09.1980
(original picture: Chris Walter)


Drummer Dick Jurgens III
original signature / autograph
Harry Cool Trio, 06.06.1973

Rod Evans and
Tom De Rivera live
Mexico City, 1980



DEEP PURPLE 1968-1969:

Autographed "Hush" record,
1968, by all five band members

Rod Evans 1969
including Q/A game with
Rod and Jon Lord
Autographed 1969 flyer,
by all five band members
Grande Ballroom 1968,
signed by Nick Simper, Jon Lord and Ian Paice



Captain Beyond
official promotion flyer

Captain Beyond live on stage 1972
with interview by Lee Dorman
Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, 1972
Rod Evans 1972
promotional photo
Captain Beyond
"Dawn Explosion" 1977
autographed record


CAPTAIN BEYOND - Live in Montreux 30/04/1972 (Video)

Great 1st generation quality video on Youtube
uploaded with fantastic remastered sound by Bruno S.
Thanks a lot for that, Bruno, amazing!

Rod Evans, Montreux 1972 (pictures taken from video)




Rod Evans 1970 promotional photo Capitol records

NEW!!! Rod Evans - Solo single
"Hard to be without you"
Capitol records, 1970
Rod Evans - Solo single 45rpm
"Hard to be without you"
Capitol, promotional record, 1970
Rod Evans - Newspaper article
"Best Songs" magazine



6. What they said about...
  Concept, researches and translations by Gerhard Koritnik  


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New: "There were personal conflicts between Ritchie Blackmore and me. You already see all the changes they have suffered over the years. I no longer wanted to be with them after two years. There was an ego in both, Ritchie, who liked heavy rock, and Lord, who was more inclined to the classic. Ritchie was obsessed with being a guitarist like Clapton or Beck and excelling as a star."
(Rod Evans, Conecte magazine, June 1980)

"When I left Deep Purple originally, I came over here and joined a band called Captain Beyond. I was with them about four years and then I left - I wanted to get back into the so-called straight world somehow. You get tired of the road for whatever reason and so I went back to school and studied medicine, got my degree and worked in a hospital for five years. I was the director of respiratory therapy - a specialist field."
(Rod Evans, Sounds magazine, Sylvie Simmons, August 1980)

"I was just a friend of his when we all lived in the San Fernando Valley in Southern CA. I met him thru my good friend who was a Respriatory Therapist and she and Rod had worked in the same hospital for awhile. But the three of us and sometimes another friend would join us, as we would go out on the town and have a few drinks, sometimes, dinner and we did that for several years. I have since moved but always wanted to see how he was doing and what he was doing. He had a great sense of humor for sure. Hope he is well and alive."
(Leslie Fergusen, TheHighwayStar forum, 2016)

"In the early 80's I was living in L.A. and renting a house with a friend of mine who was in relationship with an ex-girlfriend of Rod's... She said that musical differences was the reason Purple had let him go. She knew nothing of Captain Beyond... I played her the entire first record and she was quite blown away by it - "maybe I should get back together with him..." Of course, I think she was only joking around about that. She said that he had become an x-ray technician."

"Before entering the hospital, my hair was up to my waist, but I got tired of everything and changed. I don't think that anybody now associates long hair with a rock musician. I'll stay with short hair.
(Rod Evans, Conecte magazine, June 1980)

"I have always been a little sheepish as a member of the big name bands I played with. I wasn't really anything more than a hired player (because the band would have looked pretty silly without a drummer, I guess...). I got a letter from Geoff Emery, who is some sort of record industry executive now. I haven't heard of Rod, Tony or Tom but there seems to be a lot of interest in getting hold of them. Rod is a very nice fellow."
(Dick Jurgens, via e-mail, 2003)

"... Rod Evans was very cool and a great guy to hang with, anybody that says bad things about him is probably full of sh*t. He took the whole thing very lightly like it was just another gig... Rod Evans was great tough and a cool guy to work with..."
(Zardoz, sound engineer, TheHighwayStar forum, 2002)

"One of the quirks of the Deep Purple experience for me was that the son of my Dad's original William Morris booking agent turned out to be the agent for the Rod Evans' Deep Purple! Small world... It´s also ironic that I put up our Dick Jurgens Orchestra website as a tribute to my Dad's big band days, but I mainly got Deep Purple related mail on it now. Ironic, because "Deep Purple" (the song) was one of his hits."
(Dick Jurgens, via e-mail, 2003)

"Rod called up in 1980, when I was not at home, so he said to my wife that I should call him back, what I - in some wise anticipation - not did."
(Nick Simper, 2010)

New: "It came along at the right time because I was tired of what I was doing, you know, toeing someone else's line and working semi-nine to five. I was ready for a change."
(Rod Evans, Sounds magazine, Sylvie Simmons, August 1980)


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Q: "How you have obtained the rights to the name Deep Purple?"
A: "In a totally legal form. I was the founding singer of the group and when I decided to form a new one with the guitarist Tony Flynn, we saw that we had abandoned that great name and decided to use it. Before this we spoke with Ritchie Blackmore, of Rainbow, and with the people of Whitesnake. And they agreed."
(Rod Evans, Sonido magazine, Norma Valdés, June 1980)

"Well, we (Tony Flynn and Geoff Emery - ed.) decided to leave Steppenwolf for a new reform. Then I met an old friend in San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Rod Evans, a great singer, and we started to think about what name we would choose for the new group. It came to our minds that he had a big name in Deep Purple. We spoke with the people of Whitesnake and Rainbow, and they said to have no problem that we use the name. So we decided to choose Deep Purple."
(Tony Flynn, HIP 70 club, San Angel (Armando Blanco) press conference, June 27, 1980, Conecte magazine)

"After Captain Beyond I went back to school for about five years, I studied medicine because I was tired of all this. Then Geoff called and said: "Let's get Deep Purple together, we have the name". But I was in doubt, I said what is going to happen to the other guys? We spoke with Jon who is with Whitesnake and with Ritchie who has Rainbow and they gave us to understand that they were not interested in Deep Purple, so we reformed the group. We played a few concerts and everything was great: there were many people who came to see us, they remembered the songs... This is going for long you know, because we want more control of what is going to happen in our destiny, not going blind to see what happens, you understand. We want to play in concerts several times and do it by ourselves."
(Rod Evans, Conecte magazine, June 1980)

"The group is composed of Deep Purple's first singer, Rod Evans, from "Hush" period. After his experience with "Captain Beyond" he decided to restart the ship in February 1980, with Tony Flynn (ex-Steppenwolf) on lead guitar, Geoff Emery (ex-Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly), keyboards and vocals, Dick Jurgens (ex-Association) on drums and finally Tom De Rivera, bass and vocals. They are going to move to the States, then Japan and Europe at last. An album is planned for October."
(Yves Monast, Pop Rock magazine, August 1980)

"We just started this weekend to do that, because we were busy with contracts, lawyers, etc. Maybe we will be recording by this month so we can release the album by November on a label which we will choose from several label offers. It will be another sense as we are required to change the music. It's more than what we want to do. We will be doing a sixty percent of Deep Purple and we will be changing. That's it. We don't want to do something like "The Who" with Tommy. It is another concept. We want to write songs about what happens in our way, we mean. Of course we change the sound by the new techniques that are used now, like the Polymoog and different effects in the studio, but no doubt it will be a turn towards heavy metal."
(Rod Evans, about the supposed new "Deep Purple" album, Conecte Magazine, June 1980)

Tracks the New Deep Purple recorded in summer 1980 at "L.A.'s Village Recording Studios" had been:
- Hush
- All I Am Is Blue
- Hold On Me
- Blood Blister
- Brum Doogie
_Producer: Mike Curb
_Album title: unknown

"I belive I have some tapes, just mixing board sends to a cassette deck tough, somewhere. I haven't listened to them in years. I don't know where they are, right off the top of my head. I really just worked for the band and the agency, so when I asked for copies of tapes, the "someday" they promised, never seemed to materialize. We had a record contract with Warner Curb and we did some tracks for an album, but the legal tangels prevented them from releasing it, I guess. I don't think I ever got a copy of those either."
(Dick Jurgens, via e-mail, 2003)


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"Rod Evans, the group’s singer, owns the name. There are no injunctions, no restraining orders and no box-office attachments. Deep Purple has to prove themselfes as Deep Purple. It would be distracting to have the individual names on the ad. It’s not a bogus situation, Deep Purple never really broke up. There was just a constant changing of people. This band does all the original Deep Purple hits."
(Bob Ringe, the band’s William Morris booking agent, L.A. Times, August 1980)

"Our group sounds exactly the same and looks exactly the same. In all respects we are the same product."
(Tony Flynn, Rolling Stone magazine, August 1980)

"These guys have been put through the hoops legally. I went to Honolulu personally to hear them, three weeks ago, and that's when I decided they should come to Anchorage."
(Terry Garrett, promoter, Anchorage Daily News, Jeanne Abbott, August 6, 1980)

"The band has a federal trademark, and is by all intends and purposes Deep Purple. Those two guys (Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover - ed.) – who are with a band called Rainbow – want to get back. They see a successful thing, and they want part of it. The band has envolved into something more modern, with new faces and sounds reflecting the 80s. We’ve got a younger look. Those original guys would be 35 to 43 years old now. The band has been in hibernation for several years, and has reemerged."
(Ronald Kurtz, L.A. promoter, Anchorage Daily News, Jeanne Abbott, August 6, 1980)

"People are paying good money to see something that isn't what it's purported to be. Even tough Rod was in the band originally, it's not really the band people know."
(Roger Glover, Rolling Stone magazine, August 1980)

"I think it's pretty disgusting that a band has to stoop this low and take somebody else's name. It's like a bunch of guys putting together a group and calling it Led Zeppelin."
(Ritchie Blackmore, Rolling Stone magazine, August 1980)

"We haven't really tried to get hold of Ritchie. Whether Ritchie gives his blessing or not is of no real consequence to me as my blessing to him forming Rainbow would be of no consequence to Ritchie. I mean, if he doesn't like it I'm sorry, but we're trying."
(Rod Evans, Sounds magazine, Sylvie Simmons, August 1980)

Q: "Did you actually contact them and ask if they wanted to do a comeback?" 
A: "No, I didn't. I think someone in the band spoke to Jon and Ian and they said they really had no interest to reform Deep Purple in any way, so there was no problem (...) I feel we're in the right in a sense. But when it comes to the lawsuit, if the worst comes to the worst, we all feel confident enough that we can play under another name and make it as well.."
(Rod Evans, Sounds magazine, Sylvie Simmons, August 1980)


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"The last time I saw Rod was across a court room. I had to go and appear in court because it had to be stopped because it just wasn’t Deep Purple."
(Jon Lord, Metal Express Radio, 2008,

"It's unbelievable that as soon as they see one is earning a few dollars honorably with a product that I form, and which I have not only refused royalties from record sales but any involvement, now leave the bush and cut us into pieces. They have the money and we do not, and I wonder, now as they won the lawsuit, what the hell will they do with the name?"
(Rod Evans, Conecte magazine, November 1980, interview by Ing. Javier Navarro)

"We did not want anything with Deep Purple, and everyone was involved in different projects. I think Rod Evans was in his right because the name had been abandoned, but there were so many "legal corners" hidden that this became a complex battle and they lost, I wish the best of lucks."
(Jon Lord, Conecte magazine, November 1980)

New: "The day before my appearance in court (day of the trial in October 1980), I met with the lawyers and members of Deep Purple - Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Ritchie Blackmore (or was it Roger Glover?), in the lobby of the Century Plaza Hotel, whom had flown in from London to New York City and from NYC to Los Angeles by Concorde (...) The next day I appeared at the trial in the US district court and was asked to tell the judge what I had witnessed as a journalist in Quebec City. I told them straight facts in my much French-accented English. When I exited the court room I came across the members of the "New" Deep Purple and one of them (Rod Evans maybe) told, in a rather friendly way, they felt sorry I was not on their side."
(André Leclair, via e-mail, 2013)

"I think most of the animosity came from Ritchie Blackmore who I believe had a deep dislike for Rod. Then there were the English business men who really owned the Deep Purple Business."
(Geoff Emery, via e-mail, 2015)

Q: "Are you annoyed about the new Deep Purple?"
A: "No, I think it did annoy me for about a day, I was just reading the interview with Rod Evans in 'Sounds' and he hasn't changed, he's really a nice guy, there's no malice intended. He probably wanted to make some money out of it, which he felt he might not have done in the beginning. But that's all over and now the lawyers are in and that's been stopped."
(Ritchie Blackmore, Sounds magazine, October 11, 1980, Pete Makowski)

"...he was treated unfairly. In the litigation as a founding member he should have had the right to move forward since no one at the time was using Deep Purple. Rod was one of the great voices of the 60’s era, we came very close to giving that voice a path forward in 1980. With the help of agents at William Morris Rod was able to meet with several HIT producers of the day, an album was in the works, great plans were being made and Rod would have had a 2nd bit at the apple."
(Geoff Emery, via e-mail, 2015)

"Worst of all, Javier, is that it was not even the former Deep Purple who wanted to fight the name, but cold and calculating business men who are not interested in rock - just want to swell their pockets. It's disgusting how far people come by a few dollars."
(Tony Flynn, Conecte magazine, November 1980, interview by Ing. Javier Navarro)

"We didn't make that money, it went all to the lawyers involved... The only chance to stop that band was to sue Rod, as he was the only one receiving money, all others were on wages... Surely Rod did get involved with some very bad people!"
(Ian Paice, March 18, 1996, from Hartmut Kreckels (un)official European Captain Beyond website)

"It was not just Rod who was sued - it was the organisation that was behind the fake Deep Purple who were most responsible and it was they who were hit with the greatest part of that 'very large sum of money'. In respect of that money - what price would you place on your reputation and on the right of the public not to be sold something under false pretences? And also you should be aware that these people were informed on several occasions that they were breaking the law, and yet they continued to do it. Sueing them was the last option there was to try to stop them. I did not enjoy having to appear in court against a guy I'd once worked with - but he who steals my purse steals trash; he who steals my good name takes everything I have."
(Jon Lord, via e-mail, April 1998, from Hartmut Kreckels (un)official European Captain Beyond website)

"It was a very silly thing to do, an example of poor judgment I would say. He was an idiot. He was misled by people that wanted to cash in on the name, with no regard to quality. They didn't care that it could hurt the name, the reputation that we spent years in building. We felt very sad about that. Had we not fought them according to American law for six months they could have recorded as Deep Purple, which would have been the worst lie."
(Jon Lord, Swedish Radio 1, Stockholm, Mike Erikson, May 7, 1981)

"Of course he was not that naive - he thought he'd try it to see what happened, but try to imagine what would you have said when it all went wrong? I only blame Rod for being silly. He should have known it was going to be difficult to get away with a fake Deep Purple. After all - he was doing it in public."
(Jon Lord, via e-mail, March 1998, from Hartmut Kreckels (un)official European Captain Beyond website)

"It was a very expensive business. And, of course, we'll never be paid the damages. Rod Evans just doesn't have the money. He no longer receives the royalities from those first three albums though."
(Manager Tony Edwards, source: Deep Purple - The Illustrated Biography by Chris Charlesworth, 1983)


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"The New Deep Purple featuring Rod Evans - Deep Purple’s original lead singer is back with his new band, singing "Hush" from Shades of Deep Purple, "Kentucky Woman" from Book of Taliesyn and all the best of Deep Purple's hits."
(Official anouncement for the Estadio Inde show, Mexico City, June 28, 1980)

"I don't want to be glamorous and say we want to see the pyramids of Moctezuma or something. It's very nice. The reasons why we come here are the same reasons why we go to other places: Business... come on... this is not tourism business."
(Rod Evans, Conecte magazine, June 1980)

"The reason why I come to Mexico is because I like it. Before, I was not here for money or this or that. I came because I felt good."
(Tony Flynn, Conecte magazine, June 1980)

"Highway Star!"
(Rod Evans, opening the Estadio Inde show, Mexico City, June 28, 1980)

"...but with the Rolling Stones truck thing just outside..."
(Rod Evans, missing the "Smoke" lyrics in Mexico City)

"This is the FIRST time we play in Mexico!"
(Ian Gillan, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, November 23, 1994)


* * * * *

:-) they always forget about good old Nick...

"It's an attempt to disclose to the public that the group they think of as Deep Purple is not the group that's playing under that name."
(A representative of former band members, August 1980)

"I feel like I've been duped. We just didn't know what we were getting into. I though the group was more legitimate."
(Promoter Gary Perkins, Avalon Attractions, L.A. Times, August 9, 1980)

"Can you belive that something like that can happen? I mean these guys actually played at Long Beach Arena using the name Deep Purple. They played "Smoke On The Water" and all our best known things until they were booed off the stage. Can you imagine what might happen if we didn't try and stop this fiasco? By next month there'd be thirty bands calling themselves Led Zeppelin, and maybe fifty more who called themselves the Beatles. The worst part of the whole thing is the damage it might do to our reputation. If we do get back together and decide to tour, what happens if word gets around saying 'Oh yeah, I saw them last year at Long Beach, and they weren't anything like I remembered.' The name Deep Purple still means a lot to most rock and roll fans, and I mean to see that it stays that way."
(Jon Lord, Hit Parader magazine, February 1981)


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"I'm a Highway Star..."
(Rod Evans, opening the Quebec show at Capitol theatre, August 12, 1980)

"Something off our 'Burn' album..."
(Rod Evans, introducing 'Might Just Take Your Life' in Quebec, August 12, 1980)

"The next song is from the time when Evans was in the band. It was the only one and it's an instrumental." (Hard Road / Wring That Neck - ed.)
(Yves Monast, Pop Rock magazine, August 1980)

"One, two... one, two... here is Space Trucking..."
(Rod Evans, Quebec, August 12, 1980)

"Space Trucking" is done instrumental, as the microphones still don't work... Fifth song is "Woman From Tokyo", where some vocals could be heard. But it is already the last one. The guitarist tells us that if we don't want to see them we have to leave the area..."
(Yves Monast, Pop Rock magazine, August 1980)

"Whoever wants to see the REAL Deep Purple is welcome to stay, the rest of you, f*ck off!"
(Tony Flynn, Quebec, August 12, 1980)

"They do not deserve being paid, it's revolting."
(Robert Boulay, organisator of the August 12 Quebec show, 1980)


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Q: "Oddly, Rod Evans, Purple's original singer, formed a bogus reincarnation of the band in 1980 for west coast bar gigs."
A: "I heard about that. I think it quickly fizzled when they were threatened with legal action. It was an unusual move for Rod, because I like Rod as a person - but I suppose it was worth trying."
(Ritchie Blackmore, Guitar magazine, 1999, H.P. Newquist and Jeffrey L. Perlah)

"Briefly, I don't comment about that group or speak to anyone about it, the 1980 dates are public information, 'Performance' magazine, there were about 70 dates starting in Amarillo Texas, El Paso, Mexico City, Honolulu Hawaii, Anchorage, Quebec, Rouyn Canada, Minnesota, Phoenix, Houston, Hawaii seemed to be before Mexico City though, this topic is off limits for me, I don't speak, none of the group members do of that formation, I hope you respect this. Good wishes, Tony"
(Tony Flynn, June 2014)

"About Rod, I have no way of contacting him. I was trying to get hold of our old Deep Purple agent and manager at William Morris Agency in Los Angeles (this was a couple of years ago) and I told them who I was and what I wanted, but even with our family history with the agency, they were unable to help me. Mainly because everyone had changed, and no older agents were around."
(Dick Jurgens, via e-mail, 2003)





7. Memories

Scott Ward from the band "News", who played at the "Utah County Jam II" at the Saratoga Springs Resort on July 26, 1980, remembers:

"I was at that show earlier in the day. I played in a local band called "News". It was a hot day and the fans were out of control when the sound problems happened. The band (Rod's bogus Deep Purple) never made it to the venue, which was 2-flatbed trailors made into a stage on the beach at Saratoga Springs Resort. They were turned around during the drive from the airport. That was some reason for the riot. Along with the heat and sound system, several fans were questioning whether or not the band was a fake... I know I had some pictures of the venue back in the day but I'm not sure if they're still available." (Scott Ward, via e-mail, 2013)

Jean Millaire, who performed with his band "Corbeau" at the Capitol Theater in Quebec on August 12, 1980, together with the "New" Deep Purple, recalls:

"I remember meeting the group briefly before soundcheck in the afternoon. I was surprised when they asked us if they could use our drums and amplifiers... We did not lend our gear to them. We played before them for about 45 minutes. It took a long time for them to start playing. The fans were expecting Ritchie Blackmore not a fake look alike. They did not play any of their hits... The fans were very dissapointed and started throwing stuff on stage at them. They even tore out theater seats to throw at them. And the crowd started to chant our band's name, the fans wanted us to return to play but the place was a mess... They almost caused a riot. It was a very bad concert for them and for the 'Deep Purple' name." (Jean Millaire, via e-mail)



Very special thanks to Scott and Jean for telling their memories!



8. External Links / Contact

Here you can find more information about Rod Evans and his 1980 bogus "Deep Purple" band:

The Highway Star – Bogus Deep Purple 1980 Special
Informative website about the 1980 story with a lot of concert reviews, press clippings, the court case,...
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The (un)official European Captain Beyond website
Info on Rod Evans & "Deep Purple" 1980
Hartmut Kreckel has done great researches about Rod Evans and his 1980 "Deep Purple" affair.
Click here to enter the archived version of the site (original website unfortunately disappeared)

The Highway Star – The Rod Evans Discobiography
The site about Rod Evans records with the Maze, Deep Purple, his solo single and Captain Beyond
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Deep Purple Tour Page – New Deep Purple 1980
Dirk Kahler´s website includes some great pictures of original concert tickets for shows of the 1980 New Deep Purple lineup
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Wolf Sightings 1977-80
Kevin Collier´s very interesting researches about the Steppenwolf formations touring from 1977 to 1980 that included also three of the later New Deep Purple 1980 band members. Great website with a lot of information!
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The free encyclopedia about Rod Evans
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Tony Flynn Interview 2011 ('La Jornada Guerrero')

The Maze 1966 - 1967 (feat. Rod Evans & Ian Paice)




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Sources / Thanks and credits go to:
Tony Flynn, Dick Jurgens, Geoff Emery, Yves Monast, Nick St. Nicholas, Nick Simper, John Kerrison, Hartmut Kreckel (and his unfortunately disappeared (un)official European Captain Beyond website), Zardoz (sound engineer), TheHighwayStar website, Kevin Scott Collier ('Wolf Sightings 1977-80'), Barry Wanless, Wolfgang Siebert, John Bilbija, Ray Wright, Joey Harlow, Jean Millaire ("Corbeau"), Bratman, Desiree Crandall (myspace/occlubbands), Scott Ward ("News"), Tommy Solo, Peter Dawson ("Bunz"), Conecte, Sonido, Rocks, Discotheque Rock-Pop, Provo Daily Herald, PopRock, Sounds, La Jornada Guerrero magazines, Jeanne Abbott and Marc Olson (Anchorage Daily News), Dennis Romboy (, Rik Shannon, Mark Hallorun (Musician's Business & Legal Guide), Gilbert Garcia, Melody F.C., Cindy Bin, Julie Lewis, David K. Despault, John (Dallas), James Reeves III, Jon Trask, Michael Flood, Brian Jackson, MrEd45 (Deep Purple Fan Forum runboard), MrX (, Robert L. (Canada), MCow1, Texas Rooter, Flogger59 (, Russell Edsinger, Jim Corrigan, Gillans micstand, John (google groups), Rikk Desgres, Brian O., Ron Harper, Steven Steele, Joey, Badmood, Vinyldoneright (, Mike P, Leslie Fergusen, Robslob (, Michael Soto and everybody else sharing memories and supporting me in my researches.

Thank you all for keeping Rod Evans history alive!





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