CATCH' PURPLE was founded
in May 1999 around the nucleus Jean-Claude
Meunier (guitar), Gary Evans (bass
guitar) and Benoît Martiny (drums) as a tribute band to DEEP
The biggest problem, in
those days, consisted in finding a vocalist with a 'Gillan-Coverdale'-esque
voice, as well as an organ player with the necessary capabilities
several years of trials, setbacks and a heavy blow (in
memoriam Stefan Diez), the vacant post of the singer fell between
the vocal chords (not to say the hands!) of Freddy
Seghetto. He does NOT need to hide in the face of the two prodigal
rock monsters Ian Gillan and David Coverdale (singers of Deep Purple)
or diverse other rock singers, considering not only his voice. He
surely didn't obtain his nickname "The Scream" (given
by a member of his previous band "Aimin' High") for nothing!
the organist, the group was lucky enough to meet Detlef
'Doc Hammond' Schaab, from Maring-Noviand (Eifel) in Germany.
Interesting about him is, that"Doc" never played in a
rock band before, but made his career in many "Big Bands"
and orchestras in Germany. Today, it goes without saying, that without
"Doc"'s musical knowledge and his HAMMOND B2 organ, it
would be very difficult for the band to achieve its initial goal,
that is to reproduce the DEEP PURPLE sound of the Seventies.
took place in 2004, when Benoît Martiny announced his intention
to leave the band so as to pursue his Jazz studies and career.Through
Detlef, the band found him a worthy successor in Christian
Pomplun, also from Maring-Noviand, friend of the "Doc".
He's a very tall guy, who is known everywhere as "Giraffe".
A self-taught rock drummer whose virtuosity and musicality are often
reminiscent of those of his original pendant Ian Paice (the drummer
of DEEP PURPLE).
line-up has since given many successful concerts in and around Luxembourg,
notably the "Charity Rally" of the notorious "Harley
Brothers" in Grindhausen in 2003 , the "Harloweens"
2004 and 2005 by the "84 Maniacs" in Dalheim and especially
the concerts with the excellent HARMONIE
MUNICIPALE MONDORF-LES-BAINS, conducted by Mister Olivier Gravier-Schreiber,
in Thionville(France) on the occasion of the "Télévie"
charity event, at the Conservatoire de Musique de Luxembourg and
at the Casino 2000 in Mondorf-les-Bains, where the group was on
stage with the Harmonie to play Toshihiko Sahashi's DEEP PURPLE
MEDLEY , consisting of the songs "BURN","HIGHWAY
STAR" and "SMOKE ON THE WATER", with "HUSH"
stuck in-between, performed by the group alone.
In Germany, CATCH' PURPLE got noticed
through its public performances at the "Waldthing" 2002
and 2004 in Deudesfeld, at the "Black Arrows Biker Festival"
in Piesport 2003, several gigs at the "Kuhstall"-Rock
Club in Trier-Sirzenich (invited by the german rockers THE
PRIDE OF EVERY MOTHER-IN-LAW) and the "Trierer Rock-Festival"
at the BBS-AULA, to name but a few... In 2007, the band was also very pleased
to appear at the regionally much appreciated Lott festival
Other highlight were their
gigs at the internationally known ATELIER
in Luxembourg-City, the 17th of November 2006. Organized by the
Luxembourg City Tourist Office as one of the concerts of the "Live
at Vauban" festival, this Hard Rock Night featured CATCH' PURPLE
and the appraised dutch Led Zeppelin tribute band PHYSICAL
GRAFFITI, supported by the luxembourgish DOCTOR ROBERT BAND.
The ambiance was unbelievable: the audience and the band had a magical
In 2009 this event was repeated and was an even bigger
success that in 2006.
The final lineup change came in early 2010 when longstanding singer
Freddy Seghetto was replaced with Mario Kremer from Germany. Half
Mexican by conviction Mario finally gives the band it’s true
And you could have a night to remember too! (-> Gigdates
After many ups and downs and unwanted breaks, Catch’Purple
have put on their touring boots again this fall, crossed the border
into France, seen, played and won over new fans and friends and
in 2016, the PERFECT TRIBUTE TOUR will finally continue...
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