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Sunflower Jam 2011, photo: Axel Dauer

Sunflower Jam 2011, photo: Axel Dauer

tHis is the tHing#1

The renowned Purple tribute band Purpendicular is releasing an album of original material titled tHis is the tHing#1 on March 6. It is an 11-track concept album featuring guest appearances by Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Don Airey, Steve Morse, and Neil Murray, among others. The release party will be held in Paderborn, Germany, also on […]

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Coverdale spoke to Blackmore

…Or, at least, to his manager. Classic Rock has some quotes from DC appearing in the April 2015 issue of the magazine (the one with In Rock on the cover, see above): The tragic loss of Jon made me finally realise that life is too fucking short to hold animosity, bitterness and resentments. So I […]

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Purple album and Purple tour… from Whitesnake

After some vague hinting and some more vague hinting, Whitesnake revealed today that their next album will consist just from remakes of Purple Mark 3 and 4 material. It will be called The Purple Album and is slated for release on May 18 in the UK (May 15 in Europe, May 19 in North America) […]

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A temporary ruckus

An interview with Jon Lord, done before the Concerto performance in Dublin in September 2009, is available from Irish public broadcaster RTE. This obviously has previously appeared in print, albeit in unspecified publication. Jon quips about the Concerto, past and present. Regarding the original 1969 performance and alleged tensions within the band about it: The […]

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Review: Deep Purple — A Matter of Fact

Wymer Publishing were kind enough to send us a preview copy of Jerry Bloom’s Deep Purple — A Matter of Fact. First things first: what this book is not. It is not a comprehensive biography of the band. It does not pretend to be. As such, I would not recommend it as an introductory reading […]

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Dobrze zrobione!

On October 10 last year Polish fans held a third Jon Lord memorial concert in Warsaw, which is now threatening to become an annual event. We had announced the first and second events, and apologize for missing it last year due to a miscommunication. In the spirit of better-late-then-never, we present you with excerpts from […]

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JLT on Bulgarian TV

Joe Lynn Turner appeared on the Bulgarian version of the X Factor singing Street of Dreamswith one of the contestants. JLT’s involvement with the show came about when a friend sent him a video of Slavin Slavchev belting out a version of Can’t Let You Go. Here’s JLT appearing on the show. (watch inside)

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Bob See RIP

Bob See, the founder and the owner of a lightning and sound production company called See Factor, has passed away on February 10. Purple connection? He designed and built the enormous rainbow that adorned the stage of the eponymous band during the RJD years. Later on, he also was responsible for the giant eyes stage prop seen during the Straight Between the Eyes tour.

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Montreux 2011 for the Record Store Day

Back on Black Records will be celebrating the Record Store Day this year by releasing Live at Montreux 2011 on vinyl. This show already had a vinyl release back in 2012, which was limited to a run of 500 copies. It’s on a different label, so all the bells and whistles of the original pressing […]

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Sunflower Jam 2015

The Sunflower Jam has announced that their annual even will be held on September 24 and 25 in London. This time they are scaling down a bit by moving the Jam from the Royal Albert Hall back to Porchester Hall. The evening of September 24th will be a dining event with charity auction and some […]

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Jon’s old Mellotron?

While surfing around on Facebook today, I ran across a picture of a wonderful old Mellotron Mk.II. According to the poster, Streetly Electronics, a British firm specializing in Mellotrons, this instrument was used by Jon on the Book of Taliesyn album. One comment on the photo mentions that you can hear the Mellotron at about […]

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Sail Away: Whitesnake’s Fantastic Voyage

The ever prolific Martin Popoff has published another family tree book — Sail Away: Whitesnake’s Fantastic Voyage. The back cover blurb reads: In Sail Away: Whitesnake’s Fantastic Voyage-the first ever full biography of the band-top music writer Martin Popoff tells the tale of rock legend David Coverdale, from his Deep Purple roots to the two […]

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Hughes looking forward

Glenn Hughes has posted an update on his Facebook page explaining the reasons for California Breed demise and outlining his future plans: Good morning .. On June 2 Jason left California Breed. We had just gone on sale with tickets for the USA and Europe tours . I felt it necessary to commit to these […]

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A matter of fact

Jerry Bloom of More Black Than Purple fame will be publishing his new book Deep Purple: A Matter of Fact on May 4 via Wymer Publishing. If his Blackmore’s biography is anything to go by, this is the one to look forward to. Press release reads: DEEP PURPLE A MATTER OF FACT is the perfect […]

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