How to stay sane: some unexpected advice from the band members of Deep Purple, delivered privately one evening in Vienna
The lights go down.
Heavy metal chords ring out.
Deep Purple in Kyiv, 2011
It is clear that Deep Purple have lost none of their ability to rock.
I’ve seen the loudest band of all time (Guinness Book of Records) twice: in Kyiv in 2011 and in Vienna in 2017. I was fortunate enough to share a beer with Roger Glover and other band members after both shows.
With Roger Glover and Steve Morse, 2017
How to stay sane: life lessons from Deep Purple
To meet legendary rockers was a massive privilege. Most impressive was to discover that all of those I met were extraordinarily, well, normal.
This struck me as remarkable, considering that Deep Purple have been famous since time began and at least one of them has been in the band since 1968.
So I asked one of them: “What’s the secret? How do you stay sane, and grounded, under the pressure of being a global megastar?”
“Well,” he replied. “You should never take yourself too seriously.”
Roger Glover not taking himself too seriously
Don Airey and Steve Morse not taking themselves too seriously
This struck me as excellent advice for a rock star, a writer or anyone else in today’s often pressurised world. I shall endeavour to follow it.
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P.S. For more thoughts on how to enjoy life, see the existential and women category on this blog.