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BRITISH hard rock legends Deep Purple will perform as the headline entertainment act of the fourth Annual Dubai Bike Week and Gulf Bike Expo that will take place at Dubai Festival City next month.

Surviving an endless series of line-up changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from progressive rock to heavy metal, Deep Purple has emerged as a true institution of the British hard rock community.

They were once credited in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's loudest band and their revolving-door roster launched the careers of performers including Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, and Ian Gillan.

The band was formed in Hertford, England, in 1968, and then featured guitarist Blackmore, vocalist Rod Evans, bassist Nick Simper, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice.

Initially dubbed Roundabout, the group was first assembled as a session band for former Searchers drummer Chris Curtis but quickly went their own way, touring Scandinavia before beginning work on their debut LP, Shades of Deep Purple.

The most pop-oriented release of their career, the album generated a Top Five American hit with its reading of Joe South's Hush but otherwise went unnoticed at home.

The Book of Taliesyn followed in 1969, again cracking the US Top 40 with a cover of Neil Diamond's Kentucky Woman.

Having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, Deep Purple was also ranked number 22 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme.

The three-day Bike Week and Gulf Bike Expo will take place from March 19 to 21 and the band will perform from 9pm on March 20.

Other entertainment during the three-day bike festival includes performances by the Scorpion Customs stunt team, DJ GQ with his stunt team of bikers, local bands including Juliana Down, Abri, Lumi, The Meerkats, Paul Akiki and Jonas Desai.

The bike expo will showcase the latest in bikes, ATVs, apparel, accessories, custom-designed bikes and motorcycle-related products from all major international brands from Europe, the US, Canada, Italy and Japan.

Concert tickets are priced at 295 dirhams (BD31).

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Feb 18, 2009
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