Video: Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple Tear It Up in New York in 1973
With Deep Purple’s new studio album, Now What?!, waiting in the wings for its April 30 North American release, we thought we’d glance back at the classic Mark II lineup of the band — the legendary Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Gillan (vocals), Ian Paice (drums) and Jon Lord (keyboards) — tearing it up, live in New York in 1973.
The video’s title calls it a “Full Concert.” And while that’s not quite accurate, the clip does represent 22-plus minutes of Deep Purple at the top of their game.
They plow through “Strange Kind of Woman,” “Smoke on the Water” and “Space Truckin’” before turning things over to Lord, who is eventually joined by Blackmore, who throws down and steps on his Strat, tosses it in the air, replaces it with another (out-of-tune) Strat and slips into smoke-machine nirvana.
While we don’t know much about the show’s exact date or venue, we know it was filmed before July 1973, when singer David Coverdale stepped in for Gillan.
The current version of Deep Purple features the same rhythm section seen in the video below — Glover and Paice — plus Mark II’s Gillan on vocals. Dixie Dregs axeman Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey round out the band’s current lineup. Lord, who died last year, retired from the band in 2002. Blackmore quit in 1993.
Now What?! will be released April 30 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.