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Mark 1 musical antiques

Classic Rock has a promo piece for the Hard Road box set with several quotes from the rarely interviewed Nick Simper: It was a very exciting time – the band was brand-new and we were thrust together to make the first album in 18 hours. I think we did a pretty good job. It’s quite […]

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Deep Purple – Graz 1975

Back in 1975 DEEP PURPLE MK III were playing their final shows, with the majority of the band and the audience not even knowing. Ritchie Blackmore, unsatisfied with most tracks on the latest DEEP PURPLE album “Stormbringer” collaborated with singer Ronnie James Dio to record a solo single (which grew to an entire album) and finally took […]

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Tommy Bolin’s Zephyr remixed

Tommy Bolin’s early band Zephyr debut album was released as a deluxe 3CD box set on May 27 this year on Cleopatra Records. The album was remixed by the founding member and bassist of the band David Givens. The boxset sold so well (the label itself apparently has only 3 copies left in stock), that […]

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Singing in the rain

Deep Purple performed at the Hohentwiel Festival in Germany on July 21, and paid a tribute to the German soccer team, which was recently crowned as world champions. The festival was held in the city of Singen, which means singing in German, and under the pouring rain Singing in the Rain jokes were, quite naturally, […]

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A match made in heaven and we’re going to do it again!

Roger Glover spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock on the occasion of upcoming North American tour. As usual with Roger’s interviews, it’s rather off the cuff and thus very interesting. He also once again confirmed that the band is working on a follow up to Now what?!, and it will be produced by Bob Ezrin. Bob […]

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Coverdale’s new studio

Somewhere in between of looking for a new guitar player and warding off fridge intruders, David Coverdale also has been building in Reno, Nevada, a new studio for his band. (watch inside)

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Yet another ‘greatest riff’ poll

BBC Radio is conducting an online poll of greatest guitar riffs. Smoke on the Water and Long Live Rock’n’Roll are in the running. The latter is quite a bit of a strange choice, but that’s a matter of taste. Putting aside for the moment the meaningfulness of all such polls, online or offline, this one […]

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California Breed add US dates

California Breed has added a string of dates in the US starting October 7 in Bethlehem, PA, and finishing on the 26th in LA. This side of the pond they will be supporting Alter Bridge. Tickets for most shows go on sale July 18. Full details in our calendar. Thanks to Daniel Bengtsson for the […]

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Special jam at Guitare en Scene

On July 20, after Deep Purple finish their set at the Guitare en Scene festival in France, Steve Morse will take part in a special all-star jam to pay tribute to the legendary Jimi Hendrix. The jam will start at 22:15 at the Chapiteau stage (the same stage where Purple are scheduled to start at […]

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Ljubljana cancelled

According to siol.net, Deep Purple show in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on July 16 has been cancelled due to “technical difficulties”. Tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase. Alternatively, the promoter offers to exchange each Ljubljana ticket for two tickets for the show in Zadar the day before, on July 15. This ticket exchange will […]

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Graz 1975

In contrast to some other labels, Edel appears to be doing something productive and is preparing for release a show from the Bundeseisstadion Liebenau in Graz, Austria, from April 3, 1975. This concert, together with Saarbrücken and Paris, was one of the shows that have proven to be the last for Mark 3 before the […]

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Caveat emptor: Hard Road and In Concert’72

The part of Deep Purple’s back catalogue that ended up in Warner’s hands appears to be being repackaged and re-released once again. Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings box set will be released on July 25 in Gemany and 28th in the UK. It contains 5 CDs: the three Mk1 albums in original stereo, […]

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Celebrating Jon Lord

JonLord.org has announced that Jon’s memorial show at the Royal Albert Hall in April will be released by Edel/earMusic on September 26, 2014 — the day month of the 45th anniversary of the performance of Jon’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra at the same venue. The set, titled Celebrating Jon Lord, will be released as […]

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Purpendicular reissue review

The record company has been kind enough to send us a freebie, so here’s a quick review of the Purpendicular reissue. The new edition comes in a fold out digipak with redesigned booklet. Gone are the lyrics, gone is the foldout. The new booklet is a traditional format, with new liner notes written with the […]

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