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Austrian drummer’s album to feature Deep Purple-members

Update May 26: Release date has been put back to June 15.

“Stay Tuned” is the title of Austrian drummer Bernhard Welz’ first solo album. It features a slew of prominent guest musicians, including Roger Glover, Steve Morse, Don Airey, Ian Paice (live drum solo 2002), Neil Murray, Steve Lukather, Mike Stern, Mark King and many more.

Roger Glover + Bernhard Welz
Jon Lord will feature on a limited edition of 1.000 copies, that include a bonus live recording of “Child In Time” with Jon Lord, Steve Lee (vocals, Gotthard) and Bernhard Welz on drums. This was recorded with the Nota Bene Symphony Orchestra in Zürich, Switzerland January 2009.

The studio tracks were recorded between April 2009 and March 2010. Most of the international guests recorded their parts at home, but not all, explains Bernhard Welz.
– I worked in the studio with Steve Lukather, Mike Stern, Ernesto Ghezzi, Kaitner Z Doka, and most of the local artists.

– There was one funny incident. When I recorded with Steve Lukather in Frankfurt, I had come straight from a show in Stuttgart. We talked about travelling and then he asked me “did you do it in A440”. I said “no A81” I meant the motorway I’d used to get there. He meant tuning the guitar in 440 Hz! He looked at me like I was a ghost, then he said: “Ah, nevermind, I play everything.”

Sales of the album supports the Children Cancer Trust, and the release date is May 20.

Pre-order and listen to sound clips.

9 Comments to “Austrian drummer’s album to feature Deep Purple-members”:

  1. 1
    stefan says:

    Just one question: How the hell can he afford them…..or do they do it free of charge since it´s charity ????? I´d rather see them get their acts together and finally record a new DP album…..It´s long overdue !!!!

  2. 2
    purpletemple says:

    Sounds interesting and for a good cause too. Where can we find the limited edition?

  3. 3
    Fünf mal Deep Purple says:

    […] Dank an den Highway Star für die […]

  4. 4
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Wow, I checked out the Site and the SoundBits….
    Looks to be a really good offering. I put the links to 3 of the tunes that are offered with Purple Folks.

    Secret Land….with Don Airey

    This could Easily be a Deep Purple tune. Sounds like it would have fit on “Rapture of the Deep” and Don is crankin’.

    Traffic Night….with Don Airey and Steve Morse

    Another which would be a Great Purple Track. Don and Steve are CRANKING on this….

    Child in Time..’Live’….with Jon Lord

    Gotta hand it to the Vocalist here. Screams like Gillan of OLD……Lord sounds Great also.

    Can’t wait for this to come out. I’ll purchase this for sure..


  5. 5
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    I’ve listened to some clips and zero disappointment from just 30 or so seconds of them. Very pleased. But when all is said and done, with cats like these adding their talents, the odds are usually in favor of interesting muzak. I’ll comment on a Steve on this compilation who is actually not my Main Man, but one who I have on record with a wide array of musical groups etc… That would be the ubiquitous Steve Lukather. Met Luke backstage at a perhaps once in a lifetime B.B. King’s NYC gig of he and another of my heroes, Larry Carlton a few years ago . Down to earth, big time. The latest/last Toto record ’tis a good one. Guest appearance by Ian Anderson. Yep, Ian Anderson!

    But dare I digress…



  6. 6
    HZ says:

    Seems like great reinterpretation of old classics. Vocalist in Child in Time – amazing.

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    Tastey indeed! And the singer of the Purple influenced Gotthard does what only one man did before… amazing how he mimmicks Ian, mostly in the high tonal department, although the screams aren’t precicely the same, he manages to hit the heart of the notes and maintain Ian’s vocal sound like just about no other. The idea being to sound like Ian rather than make it his own sort of thing. A job he did very well. I thought I’d heard all of the singers who’ve accompanied Jon on ‘CIT’, I guess I missed this one, although I knew of the singer already, I just didn’t recall catching him w/Jon. Its always nice when little soundbytes show such a potential in an album, this makes one long for more. Cheers!

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    dale says:

    I have a feeling Rapture Will be DP last studio album just listen to the last track on the album and you will find out.

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    Whats the title of the last track of ROTD again?

    I forgot…..

    Kiss tomorrow goodbye?

    We ve got the wrong man?

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