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No Political Blues for Deep Purple

Members of the band “Deep Purple” have no qualms about performing in Israel – and says those who do are “wimps.”
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/15/2011, 11:19 AM / Last Update: 5/15/2011, 12:40 PM

Members of the band “Deep Purple” have no qualms about performing in Israel – and says those who do are “wimps.”

Drummer Ian Paice spoke with reporters last week at a news conference prior to the band's knock-out concerts. Paice said that performing artists who cancel out their shows due to politics are “real wimps.”

Vocalist Ian Gillan agreed. Musicians should stay neutral when it comes to political disputes, he said.

Israelis from around the country have waited for weeks to see the legendary band. Yuval Rabinovich, a physician who practices in the south, is willing to travel hours to see the show.

“I can't wait,” he told Israel National News. “British bands are the best. And no, I am NOT taking my teens. Not this time.” He grinned. Deep Purple has performed in the Jewish State twice before, most recently in 2008.

The band took the stage Saturday night in Caesarea, where it will again “wow” audiences for a repeat performance this Sunday evening.