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Big fat tires and everything

Ritchie Blackmore recently spoke to German national newspaper Die Welt. Quite curiously, his interview appears not in the arts or entertainment section, but in the automotive one. Here’s the gist of what Blackmore the motorist had to say: He didn’t get his driver’s license until he was 39. He still keeps his first car — […]

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Glenn’s Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?

Not sure if RnR Hall of Fame induction has raised Deep Purple’s profile in the States, but it certainly did for Glenn Hughes. He sat down to talk with Loudwire for their Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction? series, where he recalls — to the best of his abilities — different episodes mentioned on his Wikipedia page. […]

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UK dates added to Hughes’ tour

Nine dates in the UK have been announced for Glenn Hughes’ joint tour with Living Colour. The dates are slotted between November 8th and 20th, right before the tour moves onto the continent. Tickets are either already on sale or will go shortly. Full details on our calendar.

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Not a studio report

Roger Glover sends a brief update on what he’s been up to: Not much to add since my last report except to say that work continues. Meanwhile, I’ve had a few precious weeks at home before the next round begins. My family and I went to a dream called Venice for a few days. A […]

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A Ritchie Blackmore band, but certainly not Rainbow

Rockpages.gr has an interview with JLT, in which he talks about his current projects (he just finished an acoustic tour of Greece), recalls what happened to Over The Rainbow, and gives his opinion on the current incarnation of Rainbow. Ah, and we think he called us “a bunch of idiots”. For we shall heap coals […]

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Designed to express

Roger Glover did a series of phone-in interviews on American radio. These appear to have been arranged to promote the Hall of Fame induction broadcast due April 30 on US cable channel HBO. He soldiered on through some “Mr Grover, Mr Gillian” moments without losing his usual wit and charm even for a second. 103.5 […]

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A family affair

An interesting gig popped up in our calendar. And it’s a family affair in more than one sense: billed as Ian Gillan; performing with Don Airey Band; and an orchestra conducted by Stephen Bentley-Klein, who conducted the Deep Purple orchestral tour a few years back; supported by Papa Le Gál, the band where Ian’s daughter […]

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BCC rising from the ashes?

Extra! Extra! Looks like the supergroup Black Country Communion that imploded in late 2012 / early 2013 over what at the time seemed to be irreconcilable differences, might rise from the ashes some time next year. Glenn Hughes posted this on his Facebook today, April 20: The lads …to quote Joe this morning …”maybe it’s […]

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Rainbow Boston 1981

Rainbow’s Boston 1981 is being released by Cleopatra Records — the same label that brought you the three 1979 Rainbow live releases. The show was broadcast on the radio at the time and was subsequently widely bootlegged. The CD appears to be already available from the label store, with a gatefold double LP on colour […]

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Ein grosser Deutschlandfan

Blackmore did an interview with German publication Spiegel Online, and it is quite an entertaining read even in reverse translation done by a machine. He reveals in the interview that he visited Germany for the first time in 1563 as a touring minstrel. Blackmore’s Night is an attempt to recreate those fabulous times — that […]

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Where’s My Guitar?

Bernie Marsden is crowdfunding his new book called Where’s My Guitar: On the tour bus with the Snakeman through pledgemusic.com. And although we’re rather late to the party (the project is already 96% claimed at the time of this writing), you can still preorder your copy signed by Bernie for just £22. The list of […]

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Charity album for Linda McCartney Centre

Stay Tuned 1.5 is an all-star charity album to be released on August 5 for the benefit of Linda McCartney Centre cancer treatment facility at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. The project is a brainchild of Austrian drummer Bernhard Welz and features an impressive list of contributors, which include Don Airey, Roger Glover, Steve Morse, […]

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Hughes’ European tour

Glenn Hughes has announced a European tour towards the end of the year. The tour starts in Stuttgart, Germany, on November 22, also visits Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, France, and Spain, and wraps up on December 14 in Madrid. Living Colour are billed as co-headliners for the whole tour. The blurb says that tickets […]

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The bands that don’t get along

If all the hoopla surrounding Deep Purple’s induction into RnRHoF made you to believe it was something extraordinary, it was not. In fact, it was pretty much business as usual for the HoF, which, like any media entity, strives on a little controversy and a lot of melodrama. The day befor the induction ceremony an […]

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