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TL;DR: financial affairs of the pre-reunion Purple are a huge mess. Lots of money “disappeared”. Lawsuits are abundant. Gory details below.

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Classic Rock publisher goes belly up

British company Team Rock Ltd, publisher of the Classic Rock, Prog and Metal Hammer magazines, as well as TeamRock.com and associated internet radio station, has gone into administration (called bankruptcy/liquidation in other parts of the world). They have acquired the magazines from Future Publishing in 2013, but apparently never managed to make them profitable. 73 […]

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Smoke to enter Grammy Hall Of Fame

Smoke on the Water (the single) will be added next year to the Grammy Hall Of Fame. This particular hall is run by The Recording Academy (the same people responsible for the Grammies), and aims at “honoring both single and album recordings of all genres of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least […]

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The rainbow that doesn’t rise

A report appeared on BraveWords today titled “Iranian Rockers Stopped From Paying Tribute To Rainbow Rising Anniversary” (it is 40th anniversary, by the way). So what, I thought — people living under a theocratic regime are having a hard time with their hard rock. Move along, nothing to see there. But the story was with […]

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The bands that don’t get along

If all the hoopla surrounding Deep Purple’s induction into RnRHoF made you to believe it was something extraordinary, it was not. In fact, it was pretty much business as usual for the HoF, which, like any media entity, strives on a little controversy and a lot of melodrama. The day befor the induction ceremony an […]

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Living up

A brief addendum to our coverage of the induction. Short press conference that Gillan, Paice, and Glover gave after receiving their awards. It may answer some questions, but I guess not from the people who are in write-only mode. On his part, Blackmore posted this message on Facebook: Obviously, as you know from the post […]

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A weird conglomeration of people

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held yesterday, April 8, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Gillan, Glover, Paice, Vicky Lord, Coverdale, and Hughes were on hand to accept the induction. No miracles happened. Blackmore didn’t show up (just like he’s been promising for a while), and Rod Evans […]

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Ulrich to present Deep Purple at the induction

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will be presenting Deep Purple at their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame this weekend. He recently spoke with radio.com about his love for the band and what, in his opinion, makes them a driving force in music. There is also a decent writeup on radio.com for the […]

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Blackmore is sued for botched album promotion

Blabbermouth reports that Blackmore’s record company Frontiers is suing him for failing to adequately promote the latest Blackmore’s Night album All Our Yesterdays. According to the complaint, filed on March 16 in Manhattan federal court, Blackmore received a $220,000 advance for the album and signed a contract guaranteeing his “full support to the promotion surrounding […]

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Tempest in a teapot, part 3

In the third side of the story that has blown up today, we have the Hall of Fame position as voiced by their president and CEO Joel Peresman. Turns out, he was trying to engineer a reunion of sorts and reached out to both Bruce Payne and Carole Stevens: Deep Purple’s manager Bruce Payne told […]

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