Mérida, Sep 23 (EFE).- The British band Deep Purple, which this Friday begins its new European tour in Mérida, has discovered this afternoon a ceramic and metal tile with its name in the Vía Musicorum of the city, before the attack look of dozens of people who have gathered at this event.
Singer Ian Gillan, drummer Ian Paice -the only member of the band since its formation in 1968-, bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Donald Airey and guitarist Simon McBride -the last to join the group- have been present at the discovery of this “disc”, together with local and regional authorities.
The Vía Musicorum, which leads to the Roman Theater of Mérida, a historic place where the British band will perform tonight, thus adds another music “star” thanks to its presence at the Stone & Music Festival, which this year celebrates its seventh edition .
Numerous followers of the group and of rock in general have gathered on this road after learning that Deep Purple would be present at the aforementioned event, so there have been no shortage of photographs and even autograph requests.
Gillan, on behalf of the group, thanked the festival management for their invitation to participate and, very specifically, for the fact that the band has its “vinyl” in the Vía Musicorum.
The director of the festival, Carlos Lobo, has highlighted the fact that Deep Purple has chosen Mérida to start their European tour – this Saturday they will perform in Seville – and has thanked the group for their willingness and kindness to participate in this event, which they have also attended the mayor, Antonio Rodríguez Osuna, and the president of the Assembly of Extremadura, Blanca Martín.
The latter has highlighted the work of disseminating culture and the city itself that the Stone & Music Festival represents, a commitment that was born from a private company clearly in tune with the dissemination of heritage.
After Deep Purple, the festival will close this edition this weekend with concerts by Ludovico Einaudi and Manolo García.