Deep Purple, Tina Turner pop best hits at Gazprom anniversary
February 12th, 2008

MOSCOW - Music legends Deep Purple and Tina Turner joined Russian stars Monday to crank out their best hits as Russia's likeliest next president Dmitry Medvedev and other top Russian officials celebrated gas giant Gazprom's 15th anniversary.

Medvedev, Russia's deputy prime minister and Gazprom's chairman of the board of directors, and Gazprom's chief executive Alexei Miller clapped and bobbed their heads as Deep Purple thundered out "Smoke on the Water" and other all-time greats for the lavish celebration at the Kremlin.

A large screen meanwhile gave a slide show of 1970s' hippie anti-war protests and even, at one time, a cover of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's bitter Gulag Archipelago book decrying Joseph Stalin's terror campaigns.

Tina also regaled the audience with her signature "Private Dancer" and 9 other hits at the final stage of the five-hour concert that also included Russia's most famous rock and pop stars like Alla Pugacheva and Glukoza. Tina appeared on the Kremlin stage 12 hours after her performance at the Grammys in Los Angeles. The singer said that it was a great honor for her to sing for Putin. However, the president had already left by that time.

It is worth of note that superstars of world class are paid millions of dollars for their performance at private parties in Moscow. It is not known how much Gazprom paid for its four-hour music extravaganza. Some Russian newspapers wrote that the gas giant paid $2.5 million for Tina.

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