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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



1. 'Deep Purple 1980' Band Info
2. Band Members Info (new 22.02.2015)
3. Magazine Articles 1980
4. Tour Dates 1980 (new 22.02.205)
5. The Rod Evans Picture / Photo Gallery
6. What they said about... (new 04.04.2015)
7. Memories
8. External Links / Contact




1. 'Deep Purple 1980' Band Info


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 together with bass player Nick Simper and went to the USA. He recorded a 45rpm single in 1971 (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 some dubious manager who tried to reform "Deep Purple" in a more than suspect way. Before that, the same company tried to make some cash with a new "Steppenwolf" band, with only original band members Goldie Mc John and Nick St. Nicholas in the group, but John Kay obtained his rights back for the name.


From May to September 1980 the bogus Deep Purple band performed several concerts in Mexico, the United States and Canada, before they got stopped by the legal Deep Purple management. In fact it seems, that Rod, who was the only original member, was the one who was made responsible for this project, while the other band members officially just were hired. So Rod Evans was the only one who seems to have been punished by law for this fake project he was used for.

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 the forthcoming record, which was planed to be released in November 1980. Only two titles of the tracks are known, "Blood Blister" and "Brum Doogie", but any tapes seem to be lost. The band had been filmed at their performance in Mexico City by some Mexican television station, but only "Smoke On The Water" seems to have appeared until today, which can be seen on Youtube. (Right: Concert poster for San Bernardino show, Swing Auditorium, 21.06.1980, size 56cm x 35,5cm. Above: Sounds magazine, 20.09.1980)


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, at the L.A. Federal District Court, to get an injunction to stop the band to perform under the bands 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 Oktober 3, 1980, Rod Evans & Co. were sentenced by court. It was for sure a very expensive adventure, resulting in $ 168.000 (actual damages, suffered by the corporation) and $ 504.000 (punitive damages). Rod Evans disappeared from the music business and the publicity after that.





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

ROD EVANS: Born on January 19, 1947, Roderick Evans lived in the Buttermere Avenue in Slough, Berkshire. With his first band, the Horizons (1962-65, featured later Tremeloes member Chip Hawkes on bass and Colin Butt, who has died some years ago, on guitar), Rod Evans also was in Germany in August/September 1965 for a month, playing locations in Berlin/Neukölln. When playing in Germany, they had to replace their original drummer, as he was under 18 years old and, for legal reasons, was not allowed to play on a public stage there. He was replaced by drummer John Kerrison (born in August 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: "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 pee soup and bread again. We got back to England after Colin sold his guitar."
_Later in 1965 Rod Evans became the singer of the Jumping Jimmy Band, who changed their name to M.I.Five 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, they were Roger Lewis on guitar, Eric Keene on bass and Chris Banham on the keyboards. One single was released under the former name M.I.Five in 1966, three more singles and a four track EP by The Maze followed in 1966 and '67. The band performed in the U.K, but also in Italy (Piccolo Teatro di Milano) and Germany (at the legendary Star Club in Hamburg, known of Beatles fame), where Ian Paice got known with 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. A link to the special feature of the group with more informations, their records, cover sleeves and the lyrics of their songs is at the end of the 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 died in 2005), which changed it's name about a month later into "Deep Purple". The first concert took place in Denmark on April 20, 1968, the United Kingdom and Switzerland followed. 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' 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 drummer Ian Paice is the last member who is from the original line up when Deep Purple started in 1968. Original organist Jon Lord died on July 16th the last year 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 informations 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.

TONY FLYNN: Born in 1956 in San Francisco, California, Tony used to live in Hollywood in 1980. His full name is Anthony Romano Flynn, his great-grandfather´s family (Romano) 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 him. In September 1977 he 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 band 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. Tony planed to record a solo LP in Mexico with Rod Evans, Goldie Mc John, Paul Butterfield and Geoff Emery in 1980, but this never was realized.
_In an interview for a mexican magazine in 2011, Tony talks about his musical career and his life in Acapulco, where he emigrated to in 1990. From the age of 19 years on he had played in bands like John Mayall or Southern Pacific (with Paul Butterfield, Goldie Mc John, Dallas Taylor, bass player Richard Reed and vocalist Peter McGraw), he tells. When being asked about his most exciting memory as a rock musician he only mentions his participation in Steppenwolf, and that they made some good money in fact of the well known band name when they were touring. He does not mention his later "Deep Purple" membership or Rod Evans in any way. A link to the original interview you find at the end of the site. According to a mexican TV report, he also was a member of the band "Traffic" before 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 at Cerritos College near Santa Fe Springs. 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 Big 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. 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. The same time, keyboardist Geoff Emery was in the band. Tony Flynn came in later, after Jurgens left.
_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 in a group together with his father, Dick Jurgens II, and vocalist Harry Cool, performing as the "Harry Cool Trio". The only 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 60s 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 bogus Deep Purple 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. In an interview with Cindy Bin in 1985, original member Larry Ramos said that the group performed one day as the "Association", the other day the same line up was billed as 60´s band "Grass Roots" or "Loving Spoonful". The management even used his photo for their publicity pictures, and when people asked for Larry, they told them that he was sick. "It was misrepresentation," he said (Many thanks, Cindy, for this informations!). When the original group came back on the road in 1980, the bogus band disappeared.


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


Dick Jurgens III - original signature
(Cleveland, June 6, 1973)

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 Geoff played with both - Dick Jurgens and 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 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" line up 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 ´85 Uriah Heep member Stephen Fontaine on vocals), Steve DeLuca ("I’ve Got What It Takes", 1989) or Mark Tatham (album "Mark Tatham", 1996), mostly using the name Geoffrey England for.

TOM DE RIVERA: NEW!!! 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, he later played with "Spread Eagle") and Randy Chambers (keyboards), who was replaced by Phil Christian (later with "Cheap Trick"). Alongside the groups Emperor 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 (31.05.1971), 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. After the split of the original line up, Rik Shannon and Tom De Rivera continued the band with new members Ron Ravenscroft (guitars) and Gerald Michineau (keyboards).
_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."
_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), Will Blount, Chuck Ruff and Tim McClean.
_In the beginning of 1980, Tom won some audition when the "new" Deep Purple band was searching for a bass player. After the court decision against the group in September 1980, he seemes to have disappeared from music business. The latest news are, that, for just a few months, Tom De Rivera played together with a band in South Orange County, California, in 2006. In February that year, they recorded two songs on which he is playing bass and doing the lead vocals. Also two rare PR-like photographs of him do exist from this time, but never were published.



3. Magazine Articles 1980
Click on the following pictures below to view original 1980 magazine articles with some English / German translations
(as far as I was able to, I am very happy for any corrections or additions, thank you in advance!)


4. Tour Dates 1980

Tony Flynn was so helpful and 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 out for some 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 some of their shows or know something about, or do have some other informations concerning the band, please get in touch. It would be great if we could bring some more light in this special part of Deep Purple's history.











Conecte Magazine, No. 175, June 1980, Mexico







Sonido Magazine No. 47 Mexico 1980, including an interview with Rod Evans







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 (C by Yves Monast)







Rod Evans (C by Yves Monast)







Tony Flynn (C by Yves Monast)







Tom De Rivera (C by Yves Monast)







Tony Flynn (C by Yves Monast)







Dick Jurgens (live in Mexico City)


Management: Steve Greenberg (aka Steve Green),
Advent Talent Associates, Phoenix, Arizona
Tour management: William Morris Agency, Inc.
Booking agent: Robert Ringe
Road manager: Bob Baron
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

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

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"La Villa Real", McAllen – Texas, USA



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

Support: The GodZ (?) ($ 8,50 in advance, general admission)
view the original ticket and read Gilbert Garcias review
of the show in the Galery

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

National Orange Show. Audience: min. 2.500
($ 7,50 in advance /$ 8,50 day of show)
Support: STEPPENWOLF (NOT Herman's Hermits!), Facelift

Presented by Entertainment Systems & Kola (a local radio station) Playlist included: Might Just Take Your Life / Hey Joe / Hush / Kentucky Woman / Space Trucking / Woman From Tokyo

NEW!!! Read the review of the San Bernardino show by Jon Trask,
the Steppenwolf story and view the original concert poster and ticket
in the Galery

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"Estadio Inde Olimpico", Mexico City28.06.1980

Festival with Black Oak Arkansas and Dugs Dug´s
Audience: estimated 40-70.000 ($ 220,00 MXP)

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

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

'Renaissance & Heavy Metal'
Presented by Virgo Productions & Pagasi Prod.
Special guest: Llory McDonald, Caz Morai ($ 6,50/$ 7,50)
two shows at 7 and 11 PM
Setlist included: Burn / Might Just Take Your Life /
Space Trucking / Hush a.m.
view the original ticket in the Galery



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Honolulu – Hawaii, USA
According to Tony, this show could also have happened before
they performed in Mexico, even Rod mentioned it being after
the Phoenix show in an interview for Conecte magazine in 1980.

Promoter Terry G.: "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."

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Puerto Rico
Show has apparently not taken place

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

Tickets: $ 6,00

"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) 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 DP 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)

"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 Evans tentatively planned to go to Puerto Rico with this band, though, I see they did these other gigs in Texas." (John, Dallas)

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 (local band). Audience: min. 600 ($ 6,00/7,00)

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

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"The Factory" (Snoopy´s), Staten Island – New York, USA – 19.07.1980

After riots at the first show, the 2nd show was canceled

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

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"Civic Auditorium", San Jose – California, USA

Audience: estimated 2.500

Setlist included (not in order): Highway Star / Smoke On The Water / Kentucky Woman / Hush / Woman From Tokyo

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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 at the gate - limited tickets been available)

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

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"Creative Energy Music Hall", Houston, USA – 31.07.1980

Support: Myst
Audience: min. 700 ($ 7,00 orchestra /8,00 upper balcony)



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Detroit – Michigan, USA

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"Forum d'Edmundston" – Brunswick, Canada – 08.08.1980
'En Spectacle'
Presented by Lata Productions
Support: MC5 Detroit. Audience: min. 3.000 ($ 12,50)
view the original ticket in the Gallery

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NEW!!! "Great Canadian Picnic" – Oakville, Canada
Bronte Creek Park, near Toronto. Audience: 5-10.000
with Deep Purple, Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown), Long John Bradly, FM, Frank Soda and some local bands
read a review of the show by Brian Jackson

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"Capitol Theater" – Quebec City, Canada – 12.08.1980

'Les Murs De Sons'
Presented by Disquerie Lemieux Ltée
Promoters: Robert Boulay, John Gold (N.Y.)
Support: Corbeau. Audience: 1.500 ($ 12,00)
originally announced for August 13th

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

View original concert photos and the newspaper article
for PopRock magazine by Yves Monast in the Gallery

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"Capitol Theater" – Quebec City, Canada – 13.08.1980
Second show cancelled after riots at the first night.
People obtained their money for tickets back for both days
(seperate tickets each show)
originally announced for August 14th

* * * *
"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

* * * *
"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
Audience: min. 1.450 ($ 8,50 general admission)

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

'The New Deep Purple featuring Rod Evans'
Presented by Avalon Attractions (Gary Perkins)
Audience: 6.000

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

Michael Flood recalls the show:
"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."


* * * *
Hibbing – Minnesota, USA

The group definitely did perform in Minnesota

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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 announced in the "Anchorage Daily News" in August 1980, before the group performed in Anchorage. Some of these shows could have also happened in September 1980.



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"Condesa" – Somerset, Massachusetts, USA – 19.09.1980

'The New Deep Purple'
Presented by Mike Lynch. Audience: 300 ($ 9,50)
View the original ticket in the Gallery

For the first time, it is confirmed that Rod Evans' Deep Purple band has also performed in September 1980. Possibly, to counter legal action, the band called itself now "The New Deep Purple". Many thanks to David K. Despault for this new information with the ticket scan he has sent. (30.12.2012)

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"Le Forum" – Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada – 20.09.1980
Support: Bunz & Zeta Brothers / Audience: 300
Peter Dawson, who performed with Bunz that night, remembers the show.
Read his really funny and interesting story about that night

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Discotheque Rock Pop Magazine 12.06.1980, Mexico







Conecte Magazine No. 178 July 1980, Mexico







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







French newspaper article
May 1980







Deep Purple - Live in Quebec
Capitol Theater, 12.08.1980

(Pictures below: Copyright by Yves Monast)







Geoff Emery (C by Yves Monast)







Tom De Rivera (C by Yves Monast)







Rod Evans (C by Yves Monast)







Tony Flynn (C by Yves Monast)







Rod Evans (C by Yves Monast)







Dick Jurgens (live in Mexico City)



5. The Rod Evans Picture / Photo Gallery
Click on the pictures to enlarge

  Bogus DEEP PURPLE 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
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
Concert ticket
The New Deep Purple - Live in Phoenix
Arizona, 29.06.1980
The New Deep Purple - Live in Somerset
Massachusetts, 19.09.1980
(pic: David K. Despault)


Deep Purple, Mexico City, 28.06.1980
Press conference at the HIP 70
Deep Purple live Quebec, 12.08.1980
Yves Monast "Pop Rock" magazine article
Quebec 1980, (with English translation)
Deep Purple live Brunswick, Canada 08.08.1980 concert ticket
feat. "MC5 Detroit"



Original concert ticket for Swing Auditorium,
San Bernardino, 21.06.1980


The New Deep Purple 1980
band photography in
Sounds magazine, 20.09.1980


Harry Cool Trio
original signatures 06.06.1973
with Dick Jurgens on drums




New Deep Purple live on stage
Estadio Inde, Mexico City


Concert ticket & review by Gilbert Garcia
Laredo Civic Center, Texas

The New Deep Purple 1980
Rod Evans photography in
Sounds magazine, 20.09.1980


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 Lee Dorman
Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, 1972
Rod Evans 1972
promotional photo
Captain Beyond
"Dawn Explosion" 1977
autographed record


CAPTAIN BEYOND - Live in Montreux 18/09/1971 (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 1971 (pictures taken from video)




Rod Evans 1970/71 promotional photo Capitol records

Rod Evans - Solo single 45rpm
"Hard to be without you"
Capitol records, 1970/71
Rod Evans - Newspaper article
"Best Songs" magazine




6. What they said about...

NEW!!! 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)

NEW!!! 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)

"Can you belive that something like that can happen?" Lord said with a laugh. "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)

"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)

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

"They do not deserve to be paid, it is revolting."
(Robert Boulay, organisator of the August Quebec show, 1980)

"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, as 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, in June 1980. Conecte Magazine)

"(We obtained the rights to the name 'Deep Purple') 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, June 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 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, August 1980)

"The band has a federal trademark, and is by all intends and purposes Deep Purple. Those two guys (R. Blackmore and R. Glover - ed.) – who are with a band called Rainbow – want to get back. They see a successful thing, and they want part of it. 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 K., Los Angeles promoter, 1980)

"Of course he (Rod - ed.) 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, 1998, from Hartmut Kreckel's (un)official European Captain Beyond website)

"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 booking agent, 1980)

"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, 1996, from Hartmut Kreckel's (un)official European Captain Beyond website)

"Rod has phoned in 1980, I was not at home, so he said to my wife that I should call him back, which I - in wise anticipation - never did."
(Nick Simper, 2010)

"It was not just Rod who was sued - it was the organisation that was behind the fake Deep Pur-ple 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, 1998, from Hartmut Kreckel's (un)official European Captain Beyond website)

"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 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 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 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, 2003)

"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. Silly boy."
(Manager Tony Edwards, source: Deep Purple - The Illustrated Biography by Chris Charlesworth, 1983)




7. Memories

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."


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

"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."

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




8. External Links / Contact

Here you can find more informations 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 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
Dirk Kahler´s website includes some great pictures of original concert tickets for shows of the 1980 Bogus 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 Bogus 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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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 site... Website unfortunately disappeared

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:
Hartmut Kreckel (and his unfortunately disappeared (un)official European Captain Beyond website), Kevin Scott Collier ('Wolf Sightings 1977-80'), Conecte, Sonido, Rocks, Discotheque Rock-Pop, Provo Daily Herald, PopRock, Anchorage Daily News and Sounds magazines, La Jornada Guerrero, Dick Jurgens, Tony Flynn, Nick St. Nicholas, John Kerrison, Rik Shannon, Mark Hallorun (Musician's Business & Legal Guide), Gilbert Garcia, Melody F.C., Yves Monast, Cindy Bin, David K. Despault, John (Dallas), James Reeves III, Jon Trask, Peter Dawson & Tommy Solo, Michael Flood, Brian Jackson, MrEd45 (Deep Purple Fan Forum runboard) and everybody else who supports me in my researches. Thank you all for keeping history alive!





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