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Rockin’ hard at the Hard Rock

Deep Purple live at Hard Rock Live (Orlando, USA 2014-08-30) Just got back to the room after watching a stellar performance at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando. The band was on Fire from the opening note of Highway Star to that final closing note of Black Night. Gillan sounded great tonight, Glover was solid […]

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Polished is good, entertaining and enjoyable

Deep Purple live at Hard Rock Live (Orlando, USA 2014-08-30) I’ve been to numerous Deep Purple since my first in 1987. I reviewed all the shows. And the band deserved a glowing review every time. I’m not about to write a bad review, but it’s a mixed review. Good stuff first: I brought my wife […]

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JL-inspired bike ride

British paper Newsbury Today reports that one man decided to very literally get off his arse, and do it big time. Alex Pickard has started today, August 29, an 800-mile bicycle ride across the country, from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland, to raise £3,000 for the Sunflower Jam. He became inspired […]

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Honest musicians playing music

Broward Palm Beach New Times (is that a long name for a newspaper or what?) down in Florida has an excellent interview with Roger Glover. Here are a couple of quotes to wet your appetite: Somebody once asked me, “How come you don’t write songs like ‘Highway Star’ anymore?” I said, actually we do, but […]

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Packed House

Deep Purple live at Bergen Performing Arts Center (Englewood, USA 2014-08-25) My girlfriend and I drove roughly 1 hour and 50 minutes from Connecticut to see one of the best dp shows I’ve been to (this was her first). We were 10 rows back center. What a great venue. Indoors, comfortable seats, air-conditioned. There was […]

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JLT talks Rainbow reunion

Joe Lynn Turner gave an interview to Rock Overdose and a question of Rainbow reunion popped up: Rock Overdose So, talking about Ritchie, do you see maybe a reunion for the band of Rainbow? Joe Lynn Turner Well, I’m gonna be honest with you, right now. Yes! Possibly. It’s very possible. Last year, I wouldn’t […]

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Worth The Wait

Drove 4 hrs from Buffalo, NY with the wife to the Caesars Windsor Casino (Canada). Checked in for overnite stay and had a few hours before the show to gamble, have cocktails and dinner. This was a 60th B-day present for me (wife not a fan) and hadn’t seen them since 2004, so I was […]

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Guitars on the Beach update

More details have emerged about Gillan’s involvement with the Guitars on the Beach festival to take place in Lyme Regis in September. Festival organizer Geoff Baker spoke to the local paper Bridgeport News: With thousands of guitarists involved, they need to follow the house band on the song and we need a stage for the […]

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Coveradle and the ice bucket

David Coverdale got the short end of the stick in the Ice Bucket Challenge that is intended to raise funds and awareness for a disease called ALS. (watch inside what happened)

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Not hanging by the phone

Ian Paice appeared on the Classic Rock Show that aired on TeamRock Radio on August 20. There does not appear to be a way to listen to the interview again, but Classic Rock magazine has a couple of quotes posted on their site. The quotes deal with Paicey’s current relationship with Blackmore (if any): I […]

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Perfect Purple Day

Deep Purple live at Casino Rama (Rama, Canada 2014-08-22) I expected the band would be sluggish,this being their 3rd show in as many nights.Not so at all. Deep Purple,2014 are 5 consummate professional still playing with passion and energy. Ian Gillan was in good shape,kept the screams within his comfort zone ( kinda spoke the […]

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Now What?! perfect fit for DP in USA

Deep Purple live at Festival Park (Elgin, USA 2014-08-20) After amazing performances of Highway Star, Into the Fire, Hard Lovin’ Man, and Strange Kind of Woman, Ian Gillan informed the thousands of fans at Festival Park that the rock show was over and the rest of the evening would be jazz and slow ballads. Perhaps […]

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DP family party

Deep Purple live at Festival Park (Elgin, USA 2014-08-20) Setlist from Elgin 8-20-14, Highway Star, Into the Fire, HLM, SKOW, IG introduces Steve as the Aviator then Contact Lost/Uncommon Man/WDGuitar, the Mule (drum solo), Vincent Price, Lazy, Hell To Pay, Airey solo – (Chicago (that tottlin’ town) America the Beautiful), Perfect Strangers, Space Truckin’, SKOW […]

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Amazingly Good

Deep Purple live at Festival Park (Elgin, USA 2014-08-20) Drove six hours with my son to see Purple in Elgin, Illinois. We saw them in ’11 in Minneapolis but the show was pretty disappointing, mainly but not only because of the sound. Last night, however, the show was truly superb. Not only was the sound […]

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