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8th January 2017

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Deep Purple have filed a lawsuit against their longtime accountant, Dipak Shanker Rao, accusing him of siphoning off up to £4million in band royalties.

According to The Times, the High Court has frozen the assets of Rao, who is being sued by Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover for allegedly misappropriating funds from their financial companies, HEC Enterprises and Deep Purple (Overseas) Ltd. Both companies own the copyright to many of the band's recordings, along with those of Rainbow and Whitesnake.

Rao has been working for Deep Purple for more than twenty years and has reportedly admitted "borrowing" or "lending" at least £2.27 million of Purple's money. Only £477,000 has been recovered thus far, with both HEC Enterprises and Deep Purple (Overseas) Ltd. having gone into administration a year ago.

These irregularities only came to light as a result of a lawsuit brought against the company by Ritchie Blackmore, who last year demanded £750,000 in unpaid royalties.

Blackmore sued the band's management companies twelve years after his former bandmates themselves sued the same firms, claiming they were similarly owed royalties. That 2003 lawsuit was eventually settled out of court.

In a 2009 interview with The Telegraph, Ian Gillan admitted he has not been particularly involved in overseeing Deep Purple's financial affairs. He said at the time:

"I'm completely irresponsible. I'm ignorant about money as a commodity — I have never really understood it. Years ago I decided to delegate running everything to my management because I'm only home three months every year and the rest of the time on tour."

In his 1998 autobiography, Gillan spoke well about their first accountant, the late Bill Reid, who the band found after marching into the reception of a major London firm demanding to see one of the financial partners.

"Bill became an anchor – at least in my life," Gillan wrote. "Bill told us what we could afford, and he paid the accounts. It seemed that we were a bottomless pit of money, but everything was channelled through him, and we respected that."




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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