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As a rule, Deep Purple is apolitical, but on this occasion…

Sweet child
In time you’ll see the line
The line that’s drawn between
Good and bad
See the blind man
Shooting at the world
Bullets flying
Taking toll
If you’ve been bad
Lord I bet you have
And you’ve not been hit
By flying lead
You’d better close your eyes
You’d better bow your head
Wait for the ricochet

Words of Roger Glover:

Like many performers, we have occasionally performed private concerts for fans in various countries.
We are an apolitical band and in no way, was our intention ever political. It was music.

These days are different. We condemn Putin’s military for the atrocities to innocent men, women and
children in Ukraine. and we apologize to our Russian and Ukrainian fans that the shows have been
cancelled. We live in hope that we can fulfill those dates in the future.


Words of Don Airey:

Watching the news that Russian missiles have just destroyed the Opera House in Freedom Square
Kharkiv, where DP played almost exactly 20 years ago, memorable for Ian Gillan donning a tutu he
found in a dressing room cupboard and proclaiming himself “Deep Purple in Frock”, for the gear
arriving at 7pm and somehow the show starting at 8pm, for an old apparatchik single-handedly trying
to make the young audience sit back down during the set with such zeal that he had a seizure, and
next day on the way back to the airport my asking about a statue ”Is that Lenin?”, Roger Glover
replying, “Well it’s definitely not McCartney”.

A different day today

I have just written to Dmitri Medvedev, former President and now head of the Russian Security Council,
returning the autograph he gave me at the dinner for Deep Purple at the Gorky Palace in March 2011,
in protest at his various statements post invasion.


Words of Ian Gillan:

If speaking out means we shall never see our Russian friends again, then that is a big sacrifice, but
nothing compared with never again seeing our Ukrainian friends who are being killed to satisfy the
psychopathic ambitions of the Russian leader.

I would like to see Russians on the streets in their millions, to show their disgust at the Ukrainian
invasion, and I’d like to dream that very quickly, Russia can find some modern leadership that will bring
them back into the world as friends. We have so much in common.


Words of Ian Paice:

What’s happening is beyond distressing. It’s criminal and should be treated as such.
The invasion of Putin’s army into Ukraine, (because that’s what it is), I hope will turn out to bring his
ultimate downfall.

And that someone who is “functioning mentally in the 21st century”, can lead the Russian people back
into the fold.


Words of Steve Morse:

I’ve always thought music should be non-political, and cross every border as the universal language.
As a citizen of a deeply divided country, one thing here that everybody agrees on is: Stop this attack
on a Country who voluntarily disarmed their nukes to satisfy all the big players. Stop, lower your
guns, turn back, help others on the way back!


4 thoughts on “As a rule, Deep Purple is apolitical, but on this occasion…

  1. Ebgeny wrote on 2023-01-22:

    Thank you and all DP for your position
    I am Ukrainian

  2. Craig wrote on 2022-09-26:

    Hi Roger, I agree that musicians often take political stances and that it is often inappropriate. This is different. What is inappropriate is what Putin is doing to Ukrainian and his own people. Thanks for voicing what we all feel. Peace.

  3. Heidi Wilhelm wrote on 2022-03-10:

    Hi Roger, thank you and the other Deep Purple boys for taking a stand in this very sad conflict. Your voice is appreciated and very important, you are great human beings.
    Thank you.

    • Georg Schulz wrote on 2022-07-25:

      Hey Roger, Hi Heidi,
      From my own history (born in 1957 as a son of parents expelled from East Prussia) I heard a lot and learned even more about war against friendly and peaceful people, and as a result of this I hoped that the music of DP would be pleasure to generations without being afraid of bombs and missile strikes: Putin brought this down to the ground for many to many young people and not so young …
      Thank you so far for all!