‘Concerto For Group And Orchestra’: Deep Purple Marry Rock And Classical

We are used to hearing rock and classical music together these days. Most of them lived at very different addresses in 1969.

That was until Jon Lord, a great composer, put them together in his groundbreaking Concerto for Group and Orchestra. The Royal Philharmonic

Orchestra and Deep Purple played it on September 24, 1969, and it was a powerful performance.

Power and majesty 
The majesty of the orchestra, which was led by the well-known Sir Malcolm Arnold, went well with Deep Purple's 

strong stage presence, as they were becoming one of the best new rock bands in Britain. Lord played great solos,

Ian Gillan put on a great show, bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice played rocksteady,

and lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore played with a lot of power.

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