Tickets are £10, available from DrumWright, 4 Loddon Vale Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4UL. Telephone: 01189 441418.
Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice will front ‘Ian Paice and Friends’, a unique performance for charity at Reading Rivermead Leisure Centre on Friday 13 January.
Ian Paice, who lives in Berkshire, is widely regarded as one of the best ever rock drummers. He's been an recording artist for nearly forty years and he's still going strong. Ian will always be known mainly as the drummer for Deep Purple, but he was also a member of Whitesnake and the Gary Moore Band.
Paice will be playing with some of his old friends, including the guitar and bass line up from Whitesnake.
The line-up will be fronted by Paice, re-united for the night with Bernie Marsden (guitar) and Neil Murray (bass). All three of them were part of the 1980/81 classic Whitesnake line-up.
All profits from the event will be donated to Tong-Len, which supports primary education for highly deprived children in Northern India. It's also the charity supported by the organiser of the event, Chris Wright, managing director of Woodley-based specialist drumstore DrumWright.
He said: "Over the years we have run many events for drummers where top players demonstrate their skills, offer technical tips and hints, and answer questions. We wanted to do something different this time: we wanted Ian to demonstrate his skills in a musical context, with other top musicians.
"Ian has been kind enough to talk to some of his friends from the megabands he has played with. While we cannot say who they are just yet, we are confident the evening will include some big names from rock – and some fresh young talent too.”
Deep Purple were formed in 1969, and continue to be a major force in rock, still recording, and still playing to sell-out audiences around the world.
Their best known singles include Black Night, Strange Kind Of Woman, Fireball and Smoke On The Water. Best known albums include Fireball, Machine Head, Deepest Purple (all of which reached number 1 in the albums chart), plus Deep Purple in Rock, Who Do We Think We Are?, Burn, Stormbringer, 24 Carat Purple, Made In Japan, Perfect Strangers and The House Of Blue Light.
A changing line-up ensured many spin-off groups, the best known of which were Rainbow and Whitesnake, with whom Ian played in the 1980s. Their classic rock anthems include Fool For Your Loving, Here I Go Again and Is This Love. Eight Whitesnake albums made the top ten 1980 – 94.