Purple History: Built in 1937, and the biggest cinema
in England at the time, the Gaumont State in Kilburn, London,
was the venue where Deep Purple were recorded for their third
and final BBC In Concert. The show took place on May 22nd 1974,
and was one of three different venues the band played in London
that month (the others being the Lewisham and Hammersmith Odeons).
It was broadcast as a special 90 minute show a few weeks later,
and heavily bootlegged before finally appearing in 1982 on vinyl
(albeit with Space Truckin' left off) as "Live In London" - the
only full UK show by the band to be officially released. Perhaps
because they were doing other London shows, there was no encore
in Kilburn. The venue had already been reduced in size to around
2,500 seats when Purple played there (with a bingo hall built
at the back of the stalls in the sixties). A year later live music
at the hall ceased and it was all then given over to Mecca bingo.
In recent years a lot of the original interior has been restored.
The exterior and the foyer can be viewed from the street
at any time - to go into the hall (open from lunch-time on) you
need to become a member and buy a bingo card!
there: The cinema is on the main A5 Kilburn High
Road, at the junction with the A4003 with Willesden Lane, and
the tower can be seen from a long way off. The nearest tube is
Kilburn - turn right out of the station. Parking close is very
difficult as most of the area is residents only but it is possible
to find spaces further away and stroll back.
also the Deep Purple: Kilburn 1974 pages 1
in the image gallery
from the High St, 2006
the pic to enlarge
Kilburn 1974 ticket.