Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ischgl Closes Winter Season with Deep Purple

For a number of years now, major world stars of the music scene have been opening and closing skiing season in Ischgl. This year, the alpine lifestyle metropolis goes one step further and brings a true legend to the Silvretta Arena. Deep Purple will make things rock on 30 April 2013 on the world famous open-air stage in the heart of the ski area. Corn snow, 238 kilometres of slopes and hard rock anthems at more than 2,300 meters above sea level? It doesn't get any more legendary than that. In 1972, the British rock band wrote music history with "Smoke On The Water" from the album "Machinehead". At the season finale in Ischgl, everyone can share in this. At 13:00 on the Idalp, exchange your ski poles with an air guitar when guitarist Steve Morse launches into the legendary chords in front of an impressive alpine backdrop and Rod Evans belts out the lyrics to the most famous rock song ever written. The only remaining member of the original line-up may be drummer Ian Paice, but after 18 studio albums the sound is still just as good. Those who want to know what rock legends sound like live in the Alps will have a unique opportunity in Ischgl as admission to the open-air concert is free for holders of a valid ski pass.
As usual, those in charge in the alpine lifestyle metropolis have insisted on combining optimal winter sports conditions with world-class entertainment this year again.
Deep Purple follows in the footsteps of a galaxy of superstars who have entertained skiers and boarders in the Austrian resort's traditional Top of the Mountain gig. Long time ago, Ischgl decided to put its entire advertising and marketing budget into staging two massive concerts a year to open and close the winter season. Elton John was the first star to feature in the Tirolean resort's now famous season closing concerts, back in 1995. Since then the resort has hosted Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Sting, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Atomic Kitten, Peter Gabriel, The Corrs, Alanis Morissette, Lionel Richie, Pink, the Scissor Sisters, the Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Elton John again, Gabriella Cilmi, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Gossip, The Killers,Roxette, Mariah Carey and The Scorpions.
For more than 40 years now, the British rockband has been breathing new life into hard rock with their unique style. The electronic organ is an integral element of their songs. Convergences between rock, classic music and blues are a distinct feature of their music, setting them apart from classic hard rock bands such as Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin. Their rock anthems range from "Smoke On the Water" and "Fireball" to "Strange Kind of a Woman" and the classic ballad "Child in Time".

Thanks to the high-altitude location between 1,400 and 2,900 metres, good skiing conditions in Ischgl are ensured until the beginning of May. Especially in spring, the area is very popular with skiing and snowboarding fans for enjoying sunshine skiing. No wonder, as the Playstation Vita Ischgl Snowpark, freeride options and first-class events make Ischgl a varied and eventful winter sports resort well beyond its borders: 238 kilometres of slopes all the way to Swiss Samnaun and state-of-the-art facilities are par for the course in Ischgl.

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