It’s not a widely known fact, but metalheads rule in Armenia. Top government officials displayed their true colors during a May 25 concert in Yerevan by the legendary British hard rock band Deep Purple.
Both Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian and Finance Minister Tigran Davtian are huge rock fans. The two ministers, along with Culture Minister Hasmik Pogosian and Education Minister Armen Ashotian, were faces in the crowd at the sold-out Deep Purple show, which filled a 10,000 seat arena in downtown Yerevan. The concert was one of several recent shows given by big-name acts that the prime minister’s office has had a hand in organizing.
“Yes I like rock, I even used to play rock when I was young,” Prime Minister Sarkisian told EurasiaNet.org during the May 25 event.
Last October, Sarkisian described a ceremony, during which he awarded Deep Purple band members Orders of Honor, as “one of the happiest days of my life.”
“I couldn’t have ever imagined that I would have the honor of handing awards to world-famous musicians whose art I have admired all my life,” he enthused.
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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow.com in Yerevan.