Masters of Rock - Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash

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Big Concerts present the Masters of Rock Tour featuring Deep Purple with Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash at the Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg on Friday 28th May 2010, ICC Durban Arena on Sunday 30th May 2010 and Tuesday 1st June at the Grand Arena, Grandwest and Entertainment World, Cape Town.

At the turn of the `70s, a holy trinity of British heavy rock groups-Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple-made music that shook the world. Forty years on, Deep Purple are the last men standing (Mojo Magazine).

Since forming in 1968, Deep Purple have produced some rock`s most defining moments. The explosive power of Purple`s music, as evidenced on the classic “In Rock” , “Fireball”, “Machine Head” and “Made in Japan” albums made them one of the biggest acts in the world .More recently the band`s “Rapture of the deep”, and live tour-de-force “Montreux 2006” ,further underscores their reputation as pioneers of adventurous modern-classic rock music.

Deep Purple 2010 features three members of the definitive and legendary MK2 lineup: vocalist Ian Gillan; bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice plus long time guitarist Steve Morse (rated in the Top 100 Guitarists Poll) and keyboardist Don Airey. Intense, fearless, full of fire, and wit, and passion. Marked by serious virtuosity, but never a slave to it. Still finding new meaning in a medium they all but single-handedly created. The epic Deep Purple saga rolls.

Deep Purple
Ian Gillan-lead vocals
Roger Glover- bass
Ian Paice-drums
Steve Morse-guitars
Don Airey-keyboards

Selected Discography:
September 1968 Shades of Deep Purple
December 1968 The Book of Taliesyn
November 1969 Deep Purple
September 1970 In Rock
July 1971 Fireball
May 1972 Machine Head
January 1973 Who do we think we are
April 1973 Made in Japan
February 1974 Burn
December 1974 Stormbringer
October 1975 Come taste the band
November 1984 Perfect Strangers
January 1987 The House of Blue Light
October 1990 Slaves and Masters
July 1993 The battle rages on
February 1996 Purpendicular
May 1998 Abandon
August 2003 Bananas
October 2005 Rapture of the Deep
July 2007 Live at Montreux

Uriah Heep's by-the-books progressive rock made the British band one of the most popular hard rock groups of the early '70s, a legacy that they continue to enjoy to the present day Formed by vocalist David Byron and guitarist Mick Box in the late '60s, the group went through an astonishing number of members over the next three decades — nearly 30 different musicians passed through the band over the years. Uriah Heep released their debut album Very “Eavy,..Very `Umble” in 1970 and followed this with a string of critically acclaimed records including “Look at yourself”, “The Magician`s Birthday”, “Salisbury” and “Demons and Wizards”.
The core of the current lineup ,including founder member Mick Box, have been together since 1986 and bring to the concert stage a set list that includes classic rock songs like “Gypsy” ,”July Morning” , “Easy living” , “Free me” and “Lady in black”. Uriah Heep were the first Western band to play in Soviet Russia, under Gorbachev's policy of glasnost. They have sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Uriah Heep
Mick Box-guitars, vocals
Trevor Bolder-bass, vocals
Bernie Shaw-lead vocals
Phil Lanzon-keyboards, vocals
Russell Gilbrook- drums, vocals
Selected Discography
Very `Eavy…Very `Umble 1970
Salisbury 1971
Look at yourself 1971
Demons and Wizards 1972
The Magican`s Birthday 1972
Wonderworld 1974
Wake the sleeper 2007
Celebration 2009

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash are considered to be one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. The band struck gold in 1972 with Argus, which was voted by the readers of Sounds magazine as the "best rock album of the year", also "Top British Album" (Melody Maker magazine). "Argus" is now regarded as one of the all-time classic rock albums with it`s timeless mix of progressive rock, folk and classical influences on songs like “The King will come”, “Throw down the sword”, “Warrior’ and the perennial concert favourite” “Blowin` free”. Guitarist Andy Powell is rated in “The Ten Most Important Guitarists In Rock History" (Traffic magazine 1989), and part of the "Top 20 Guitarists Of All Time" (Rolling Stone magazine).

Wishbone Ash
Andy Powell-guitars, vocals
Muddy Manninen-guitars
Bob Skeat-bass
Joe Crabtree-drums

Selected Discography
Wishbone Ash (1970)
Pilgrimage (1971)
Argus (1972)
Wishbone Four 1973
Live Dates 1973
There`s the rub 1974
Nouveau calls 1987
Here to hear 1989
Bone Fide 2002
Power of eternity 2007

Friday 28th May 2010
Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg
Tickets from R275 to R500 (incl. service charges)

Sunday 30th May 2010
Indoor Arena, International Convention Centre, Durban
Tickets from R272 to R426 (incl. service charges)

Cape Town
Tuesday 1st June 2010
Grand Arena Grandwest Casino & Entertainment World Cape Town
Tickets from R297 to R476 (incl. service charges)

Tickets available from Computicket,, 083 915 8000

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