allows these images to shine. Most of the photographs have never been
seen before and are being fully restored and color corrected. Backing
the images up is a detailed and lengthy essay on the concert and the
build-up to the performance, from the first meetings by the promoters
through to the completion of the PA towers. The text is supported by an
impressive collection of rare memorabilia including internal documents,
setlists, passes, posters, tickets and even the repair bills for the TV
In total, this is the most comprehensive publication ever devoted to a single DEEP PURPLE performance and is certain to excite fans of the band around the world.
of the current economic climate, as well as the deluxe 300 page limited
edition, a more affordable version will also be made available. Full
details of these will be announced shortly.
On April 6, 1974, DEEP PURPLE appeared on stage at the California Jam festival at the Ontario Speedway in California.Taking top billing at the all-day event, and with great weather, DEEP PURPLE and the other bands drew a crowd of around 165,000 people. It became
the largest single-day paid attendance in U.S. rock concert history.
DEEP PURPLE's standing at that time was enormous thanks to the massive success of "Machine Head" and "Smoke On The Water" and the festival came towards the very the end of a lengthy American tour with David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes (joining founder members Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice). This show was special though, to be televised across the country through the ABC TV network, and the band pulled out all the stops, cancelling all other shows on the west coast to stoke demand.
Today their California Jam performance is rightly regarded as a classic by this lineup, but at the time pre-performance arguments almost saw them thrown off the bill
before they'd even got on-stage. After Ritchie Blackmore's pyrotechnics (when he ignited trays of gasoline and almost blew himself, drummer Ian Paice and various roadies off stage) there were worries that the group would
never work in America again. The show also saw the guitarist's legendary attack on an intrusive television camera with a Stratocaster. All
thoughts of an encore went out of the window as roadies bundled
musicians into waiting limos to get them over the state border before
state police could be called in.
For more information, visit Caljambook.co.uk.