Deep Purple release 1987 backstage prank video

Deep Purple have released a backstage clip that was filmed during their appearance at London’s Wembley Stadium in 1987.

The video shows the band members pranking an MTV camera crew, who are supposed to be filming them but are prevented from gaining access.

A band spokesperson wrote: “Deep Purple having a little fun with the press at their infamous 1987 Wembley show. The band were on tour supporting The House Of Blue Light album. They are being helped out by their friend, Don Bernstein from the Hard Rock Cafe. Ritchie Blackmore refused to play the encore and the band played ‘Smoke On The Water’ without him. Purple were always on the edge which gave it the excitement that we know of today. Enjoy!”