Deep Purple, Pretenders, Johnny Gallagher & The Boxtie Band in concert at the Salle des Etoiles on 28th June 2017

28/06/2017 - 19:30
28/06/2017 - 20:30

Deep Purple “The Long Goodbye Tour”

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”, due to be released on 7th April 2017, will be 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.

Opening act: Johnny Gallagher & The Boxtie Band

Known as one of the best guitarists in Ireland and the United Kingdom, Johnny Gallagher is above all a performer, taking advantage of the stage to express his explosive talent. His concerts are a successful mixture of original compositions and personal versions of songs by Pink Floyd, The Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Green and Jimmie Rodgers. We discover again his inimitable and expressive voice on the stage of the Salle des Etoiles, as the opening act to Deep Purple and Pretenders, on the occasion of the release of his new album “THE PUMPHOUSE Suite” on 30th March 2017.