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The "New" DEEP PURPLE feat. Rod Evans
Live at Bronte Creek Park, Oakville – July 19, 1980

 

 


Picture: John Bilbija/Wolfgang Siebert

 


 

Deep Purple - Live at "Great Canadian Picnic" Festival
Bronte Creek Park, Oakville, 19.07.1980
with Deep Purple, Long John Baldry, Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown),
The Powder Blues Band, Telemann, Frank Soda and The Imps, Sheriff

 


     
 

Brian Jackson, who attended the event, remembers:

"July 1980 at Bronte Creek park. Just west of Toronto in the city of Oakville. Very hot and humid.

I was quite aware that it was Rod Evans only, but it was an all day event. Some local bands, Long John Baldry (solo), Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown). Unfortunately Simmonds set was shut down after just a couple of smouldering songs due to a nasty thunderstorm. Then a lengthy delay to get the stage area dried.

I recall Rod & Co. being a capable band. The set list was heavy on the Mk II side of things. As for exact songs, well that was too long ago. The usual suspects as one can imagine. I don't recall the crowd getting unruly.

I do believe it was a weekend, as I was a university student with a summer job and could not afford a whole day off of work. It's hard to guess the size of the crowd as it was an out door event. I'll take a guess at 5-10 thousand.

Frank Soda was there. He is a local, hard rock, novelty act. At one point in his act he has a television set over his head and then blows it up. Really!

I do recall reading on the WWW that the Toronto show was just ahead of the Quebec show.

I was disappointed, expectedly so. But the whole world was hungry for Deep Purple. I had never seen them, as they had not played Toronto since '71. I was 11 and had never heard of them. Patience until '84 was well worth it."

 

Many thanks to Brian Jackson!

 
 

Deep Purple - Live at "Great Canadian Picnic" Festival
Bronte Creek Park, Oakville, 19.07.1980
with Deep Purple, Long John Baldry, Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown),
The Powder Blues Band, Telemann, Frank Soda and The Imps, Sheriff