Deep Purple plans summer tour with orchestra

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Deep Purple have revealed plans for their first tour of North America in four years and to make it extra special, they’ll be backed by a symphony orchestra. The progressive rock veterans will bring “The Songs That Built Rock” tour to Boston’s Citi Wang Theatre on Tuesday, June 7. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $45 to $75, will go on sale Friday at noon through Telecharge. Local favorites Ernie & The Automatics have been tapped to open the show.

The upcoming tour will feature the band’s classic lineup of Ian Gillan (lead vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums, percussion). Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards) round out the current lineup. Fans can expect to hear many of Deep Purple’s classic hits – including “Smoke On The Water”, “Highway Star” and “Space Truckin'” – plus other favorites in new dimension of sound with the added heft of a symphony orchestra.

As part of the worldwide tour, Deep Purple recently wrapped up a trip to Russia and will soon tour through Europe before heading to North America.

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