By Humphrey Carter

THE summer is going to be brought to a close with a bang when the legendary rock band Deep Purple perform live at the Palma Arena next month.
Deep Purple are considered to be one of the hardest touring bands in the world.
From 1968 until today they continue to tour around the world on all 6 continents. In 2007 they received special award for selling more than 150 000 tickets in France with 40 dates in the country in 2007 alone.

In 2007, Purple's Rapture of the Deep Tour was voted the sixth best concert tour of the year (in all music genres) by Planet Rock listeners. Rolling Stones's A Bigger Bang Tour was voted fifth and beat Purple's tour with only 1%.

Deep Purple released a new live compilation DVD box, Around the World Live, in May 2008.
And in February, the band made their first ever appearance in Moscow Kremlin at the personal request of Dmitry Medvedev, the new President.
Deep Purple formed in Hertfordshire in 1968.
Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although the members of the band have always refused to label themselves as heavy metal.

The band has also incorporated pop and progressive rock elements . The band was once listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's loudest band, and it has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

Deep Purple are being brought to Palma by David Giles's Awesome Events and One Mallorca who organised the hugely successful Simply Red concert at the Bullring earlier this month.

The band will be performing at the Arena on September 15 and will be presenting a number of tracks from their new album Rapture of the Deep as well as playing many of their greatest hits.

Giles hopes to bring three top acts to Palma next year as he believes Majorca could be easily developed in to a European centre for live concerts during the summer.