Sony BMG has recalled the re-release of a live Deep Purple concert following an appeal to fans by the band's frontman, Ian Gillan, not to buy it.

According to The Register, Gillan says the sub-standard 1993 performance – live at Birmingham's NEC – was "awful" and "an unfortunate reminder of one of our worst ever concerts."
Gillan blamed tensions within the band for the poor performance saying "he and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore were barely on speaking terms at the time of the concert", and admitting: "It was one of the lowest points of my life – all of our lives, actually."
Gillan continues: "In fact, it lasted five or six shows after that Birmingham show. Then Ritchie left the band. And we've had 13 years of stability ever since then."
Deep Purple are currently planning a new tour and Gillan says Sony BMG's decision to re-release the album was "opportunistic".
A spokesman for Sony BMG says: "Sony BMG is not in the business of releasing albums without the knowledge of the artists. It is in our interests to work with artists, so they can promote their records and continue to work with us."