Members of Deep Purple, together with their management and agent, have issued the following statement related to their non-appearance in Nepal on March 15th 2013.
"Deep Purple were unable to perform in Nepal due to the fact that their agreed fee was not paid as per the contract they had with the promoter of the show, Richard Coram, of Talent Brokers in Dubai.
"Despite several assurances, Talent Brokers failed to deposit the band's agreed fee into its registered escrow account, even though the band's management allowed extra time for payment to be made.
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"Deep Purple are deeply concerned that fans may feel that the band have let them down, and that those who bought tickets may not have been refunded. The band wish to make it abundantly clear they were ready, willing and able to come to Nepal. Nevertheless, in view of Talent Brokers' failure to comply with its payment obligations under the contract, the band had had no alternative but to withdraw from the performance."
Ian Gillan, Deep Purple's singer said: "I hate it when this sort of thing happens. The first time ever in Nepal and it gets cancelled.
"I want to assure everyone that our management and agency bent over backwards to make this work. But every promise from the promoter was broken and things dragged on to the last minute and then went past the deadline for our equipment to be delivered.
"As everyone knows, Deep Purple will go through hurricanes, earthquakes, riots, and all kinds of hazards – just to get there and do the show, but you do need competent connections to be able to achieve this.
"We are truly miserable that we couldn't get there and would love to come over at the first opportunity.
"Thank you, Ian Gillan"
Deep Purple release their new album 'NOW What!' next month and a single from it was released on Monday which you can hear below...