Mérida, Sep 23 (EFE).- The British group Deep Purple, which this Friday begins its new European tour in Mérida, this afternoon discovered a ceramic and metal tile bearing its name in the city’s Vía Musicorum , before the attack of the dozens of people who gathered at this event.
Vocalist Ian Gillan, drummer Ian Paice -the band’s only member since its formation in 1968-, bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Donald Airey and guitarist Simon McBride -the last to join the band- were present at the discovery of this “disc”, in collaboration with local and regional authorities.
The Vía Musicorum, which leads to the Roman Theater of Mérida, historic place where the British group will perform this evening, thus adds another “star” of music thanks to its presence at the Stone & Music Festival, which celebrates its seventh edition this year. .
Many followers of the band and of rock in general gathered on this road after learning that Deep Purple would be present at the aforementioned event, so there was no shortage of photos and even requests for autographs.
Gillan, on behalf of the group, thanked the direction of the festival for the invitation to participate and, very precisely, for the fact that the group had its “vinyl” in the Vía Musicorum.
The director of the festival, Carlos Lobo, highlighted the fact that Deep Purple has chosen Mérida to start their European tour – this Saturday they will perform in Seville – and thanked the group for their willingness and kindness to participate in this event, which they also attended the mayor, Antonio Rodríguez Osuna, and the president of the Assembly of Extremadura, Blanca Martín.
The latter highlighted the work of disseminating culture and the city itself represented by the Stone & Music Festival, a commitment born of 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.