DEEP PURPLE Bassist Roger Glover - "The Montreux Jazz Festival Is Always A Special Occasion But This Time Tainted By The Lack Of Claude Nobs"

July 25, 2013, a year ago

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Claude Nobs, who founded the world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, suffered a fall while practising cross-country skiing during the Christmas holidays, and passed away at 76 on January 10th, 2013. Nobs earned himself a mention as "funky Claude", who rescues children in Deep Purple's 1973 classic 'Smoke On The Water'. The song is about a fire that burned down the Montreux Casino, where the festival was held, during a FRANK ZAPPA concert in 1971.
Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover has issued the following message: "The Montreux Jazz Festival is always a special occasion but this time tainted by the lack of Claude Nobs, whose personality dominated the event. What a legacy he’s left us. Even so, the concert was most enjoyable for us and the atmosphere was electric. "Whenever we play in Italy, I am always bowled over by the welcome we get from the Italian fans. The last few days have been no exception; the wave of appreciation coming at the stage is wonderful. And humbling. Back in 1985, we played our first concert in Milan since the early 70s and the crowd then sang every word, every riff, every solo along with us. And they were so loud that all but drowned us out. I will never forget that moment. Believe it or not, it happened again in Milan and Rome over the last few days. Afterwards, those that I spoke to also said they loved Now What?! Life is good."
1984 saw the long-awaited reunion of the classic DEEP PURPLE Mark II line-up of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. It was the first time they had been together since 1973. They recorded a brand new studio album, Perfect Strangers and headed out on tour. This show was filmed in Melbourne, Australia and is the only full length concert film of the band at this time. Perfect Strangers Live - due out October 14th via Eagle Vision - is a stunning concert with the band in incendiary form. The setlist mixes then new tracks from the Perfect Strangers album with favourites from the early seventies culminating in the brilliant 'Smoke On The Water' finale. This is without doubt one of the finest Deep Purple concerts ever filmed and a must have for their legions of fans.
Perfect Strangers Live is 141 minutes long and features the following tracks: 'Highway Star' 'Nobody’s Home' 'Strange Kind Of Woman' 'A Gypsy’s Kiss' 'Perfect Strangers' 'Under The Gun' 'Knocking At Your Back Door' 'Lazy' (including Ian Paice Drum Solo) 'Child In Time' 'Difficult To Cure' Jon Lord Keyboard Solo 'Space Truckin’ (with Ritchie Blackmore Guitar Solo) 'Black Night' 'Speed King' 'Smoke On The Water' Bonus Features: Tour documentary

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