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Aging British rockers Deep Purple, were in Moscow for a concert when they got a call from Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. The Russian leader is a big fan of the band and invited them to his home.
Meeting singer Ian Gillan and company before the concert Medvedev heralded the band’s arrival at his home by cranking up the volume and blasting out a snippet of one of their tracks.
“When I began to listen to Deep Purple I could never imagine that one day I would sit at the same table with them” the Russian president told the band (via the Voice of Russia).
During his school days such a meeting would have been hard to imagine given the political climate of the time. Even playing Deep Purple songs was a far from straightforward process. Medvedev said, “You know that we had a very restrictive political system then and, as a DJ at school, I had to get the school Young Communist League committee’s approval for disco music playlists.”
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