Unique footage from rock band Deep Purple’s legendary 1970s Made in Japan tour has been discovered.
Seven reels of silent 8mm black & white film taken during the group’s famous trio of concerts in Japan, August 1972, have been unearthed – running to around 26 minutes in total.
Until the discovery no visual footage from the performances, which formed the basis of Deep Purple’s acclaimed Made in Japan live album, was known to exist – though rumours of such material had persisted for years, according to Deep Purple website The Highway Star which broke the story here.
A 90-second clip of Highway Star from the silent film has been synced to audio and is to be included on the forthcoming Deep Purple rarities DVD History, Hits & Highlights, set for release by Eagle Rock Entertainment in June, 2009.
It is the only footage to be utilized on the DVD because the rest of the newly-discovered material comprises many short excerpts from different songs rather than full performances. To see some stills from the footage, click here.