December 10, 1997
One of my trusty informers listened in on an interview Jon Lord did with the magazine Keyboard on Dec. 5. My informer tells me that Jon said something about his old stuff getting a proper remastering and re-release. Hopefully by the middle of next year.
October 3, 1997
"Several art connoisseurs have contacted me after I published the link to
that Hans Memling-picture portraying the renaissance-reincarnation of
Ritchie (see below). They all keep telling me its a forgery! And indeed,
I've done a little research, and finally found that it was
Before I give you the correct link to the real painting, I should also add
that several people claim the person on the right to "Ritchie" is a dead
ringer for Roger Glover, and that this probably proves: a) that
reincarnation exists b) that there probably was a Dutch minstral gang
called "Diep Piurple" or something in that vein doing the rounds at the
local inns and broth... excuse me, hostels in those days.
Anyway, the genuine painting is to be found by clicking here."
September 30, 1997
"It's finally been proved: Ritchie Blackmore has lived before. In
an earlier life, the ghosts, spirits and castles-obsessed guitar player
lived in the Netherlands, and modelled for renaissance painter
Memling, as you'll see if you follow this link. What crimes this
ancestor of his committed to deserve being reborn as Ritchie Blackmore
is up to anyone's guess."
"The Electronic Telegraph informs us that bus driver Chris Cox who once drove Deep Purple around Europe in a tour bus now works for Tony Blair. Is that good or bad?"
August 4, 1997
"Simon Robinson's brother, Nick, has revealed that the next Deep
Purple-related project from Simon's RPM Records will be an "Official
Bootleg"-release of a live gig in Sheffield from 1974. Keep reading The
Highway Star for more info on this!"
"Connoisseur have deleted the Roger Glover Elements/Mask twofer on
CD so snap 'em up as you see 'em"
"There are vicious rumours concerning Bernie Torme and his solo project,
including the faint possibility of some club dates in the UK. I'm
"Roger Glover - if he can't produce it, he'll be related to it! We
recently discovered that he's related to the bass player in Kula
Shaker - Alonzo. Now there's a good Welsh name for you, boyo"