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Alive, kicking and in the zone

Blabbermouth reviews the new album =1 in most glowing terms: When you have a legacy as indisputably colossal as DEEP PURPLE’s, making new music could easily be an afterthought. But tasked with producing new albums to rival the immortal likes of “Machine Head”, “Burn” and “Perfect Strangers”, the hard rock legends have done a solid […]

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The obvious impression is often misleading

Simon McBride gave an interview to the German site laut.de (in the midst of an interview marathon with 9 other engagements). Yep, reverse translation again. As such, take it with a grain of salt. It’s a lengthy read. Simon talks about his influences, joining the band, the songwriting process, lengths of the songs on =1, […]

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There’s this one lick…

Ultimate Guitar spoke to Simon McBride, and offers not quite a full interview, but his answer to one of the questions: What is the most difficult Ritchie Blackmore part to play? Most of it is actually not too bad. There’s one little lick which annoyed me for a long, long time, it’s in ‘Lazy’. I […]

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Shop smart for =1

Just a sort note. In case you haven’t ordered the new album yet and like to save money, SuperDeluxeEdition.com provides a handy shopping chart for the box set, 2LP, and CD+DVD digipak (that’s the last one, erroneously marked as 2LP again). Go to superdeluxeedition.com for all your price comparison needs. Caveat: most likely does not […]

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Bones rattle and teeth shake

NME reviews the 2024 Montreux Jazz Festival and starts right with the most important in our quarters: “We all came out to Montreux, on the Lake Geneva shoreline,” growls Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan, erupting after what could arguably be the most iconic riff ever gets a bigger reaction than any guitar part could – […]

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Rejuvenated again

German site Musicreviews.de reviews =1 in positively glowing terms, and gives it a score of 13 out of 15 (same as Whoosh and inFinite, while Now What?! got 12/15 from them). Usual reverse translations caveats… (you know the drill). When listening to “=1” you quickly come to the conclusion that DEEP PURPLE really did everything […]

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Time is of an essence

Louder Sound has a preview of Glenn Hughes’ interview slated to appear in the next issue of the Classic Rock magazine. Her Glenn talks about Black Country Communion and possibility of doing another album with them. I want people to know that this will possibly be the last band that I’m in. I’m so deep […]

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So complicated

In a new interview with German publication Welt, Ian Gillan discusses Russian politics, title of the new album =1, Brexit, making friends in Germany in 1965, and almost setting his house on fire. All the usual caveats about reverse translations fully apply. […] Everything has become infinitely complicated these days. We have to give up […]

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Shows its age

Riff magazine reviews the new album =1, not without some criticism. We (well, most of us) will have to wait another week to see for ourselves how valid those concerns are. New guitarist Simon McBride meshes with the band well, as expected for someone who’s been touring with them for a few years, and the […]

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Smoke, water, fire, sky

Deep Purple has performed at the Montreux Jazz festival on July 8, 2024. This year, the festival added a new venue — an open air stage on the town’s central square, with Lake Geneva right behind the stage. This is where the band has played their set. Smoke on the Water was accompanied by the […]

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