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Celosia Caracas and DIY Starship

In today edition of the semi-irregular Trainspotting addendum, we are proud to present you with two items. First on the menu is a flowering garden plant called Celosia Caracas as its Deep Purple® cultivar. And then there is this: It’s a DIY 1:144 scale model kit of Boeing 720 in Starship One livery. From the […]

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The Deep Purple beer

More of the Purple trainspotting today, this time of the brewed variety. Empire Brewing Company from Syracuse, NY, is releasing their Deep Purple beer in bottles for “statewide sales” (New York state, presumably). Apparently there is no connection to the band, and the beer got its name from one of its main ingredients — Concord […]

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Concerto in Versace commercial

Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra is prominently featured in a commercial for a new perfume Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue. Here is the “director’s cut” of it (watch inside)

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Graham Bonnet Band: The Book

The Graham Bonnet Band is releasing a brand new album called The Book, It will be a double, with 11 new songs, and a bonus disc with 12 rerecorded classics, including 4 Rainbow tracks.

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Come with me you hairy bum

And we’ll leave you today with this little gem. (watch inside)

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From matings of giant pandas to mafia funeral

British paper The Guardian has published a retrospective of their coverage of heavy metal “from its inception almost 50 years ago”. The interesting part are the reproductions of two contemporary reviews of seminal Purple performances: the premiere of the Concerto for Group and Orchestra and the California Jam. Attempts to unite European “classical” music with […]

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Battle of Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix

Our Japanese correspondent sent in this interesting piece of Mk1 memorabilia. It is one of those compilations that can now be considered as bizarre, but at the time probably made quite a lot of sense to the record company. I bought this at a second-hand record shop in the 1970’s. Entitled “Battle of Deep Purple […]

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The Lord of the Hammond

An interview with Jon Lord recorded in June 2011 at the Blues en Bourgogne Festival in Le Creusot, France. It is relatively unknown as having been published in early July this year, it managed a whopping 32 views on Youtube by the time of this publication almost 2 months later. The fact that the video […]

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Back to school

Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again (the hairspray remake version) is being used in a new Walmart back-to-school commercial in the states:

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Amiable bane of rock journalists

Guitar World has posted an interview with Ritchie Blackmore that first appeared in their magazine in February 1991 issue. It is fairly entertaining and it aged well, so it’s worth a revisit even if you have seen it the first (or the second) time around. “Are you ready?” I ask, and Blackmore nods his assent. […]

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