Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Deep Purple Rocks Russia For the Next President Dmitry Medredev

Deep Purple are heading to Russia as a special favor to Dmitry Medvedev, the man who is highly likely to take over from Vladimir Putin and the next President.

Medredev, a somewhat wooden performer himself, is known as a massive fan of classic rock: Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath being his favorites.

He has told reporters he spent his childhood collecting black market tapes of the bands when they were blacklisted in the 70’s.

The rock group will perform at the Kremlin on Febuary 11, 2008 with Medvedev and Putin in attendance.

Apparently he is not the only high ranking official to like Deep Purple:

Vladislav Surkov, the deputy head of presidential administration and the Kremlin’s ideologist, and Dmitry Medvedev, the first deputy prime minister often seen as President Vladimir Putin’s preyemnik, or successor, revealed they are both fans of Deep Purple, according to Vedomosti newspaper.

Meeting around 20 activists from pro-Kremlin youth organizations such as Nashi and Rossiya Molodaya late last month, Surkov was reported as saying about Medvedev and himself: “We are think alike on most subjects, the only difference in terms… We both like Deep Purple, but he likes ‘Kentucky Woman’ better while I like ‘Lazy.’”

(Source: St Petersburg Times)

The image above is a parody circulating widely on the internet of Russian leaders transposed onto Deep Purple

Current members of Deep Purple are Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse (briefly of Kansas) and Don Airey who has played with everyone (Ozzy, Judas Priest, Jethro Tull, Rainbow)

Should be quite a night !

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