These pictures of Deep Purple MK2 all
date from their first months together, June - August 1969. Two are from
the June / July rehearsals at
Hanwell Community Centre... the
group shot (top left) taken outside, and the action shot (top centre)
inside. The photos above right of Ritchie Blackmore, and the group with
Malcolm Arnold, were taken at the Speakeasy Club, London, on July 10th,
MK2's first gig. The shot of Gillan is most likely from the Bilzen Festival
on August 22nd, MK2's fourth show and their first outside the UK. Twenty
minutes of the Bilzen show were broadcast soon afterwards on Belgian
TV show 'Tienerklanken', footage which still survives today.
photographs © DPAS Archives / Deep Purple Overseas.
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