Deep Purple WWW pages, editorial 12/12/95
This editorial is a liberty. It's me taking a flamin' liberty. Since
moving the Deep Purple WWW pages to my company's 2M net connection and
a spanky Silicon Graphics Challenge-S server (do I get my advertising
bonus now?) a lot has happened. The WWW pages might have seemed a
little stagnant in the last quarter of the year but rest assured a
whole team (me, Trond, Wolf, Svante, Jouni and others too many to
mention) have been beavering behind the scenes to bring you the
spiffiest in WWW sites.
We're getting there.
This week has been a funny old week. The whole Purple team were in
town giving interviews and so on for the massive whoopee press blast
in preparation for the release of "Purpendicular". I had hopes that
we'd be involved, given the fact that Arbitron in June reckoned we had
16,000 readers of alt.music.deep-purple and by my reckoning we've had
some 10,000 visitors a month to the WWW site.
Instead things have developed in a purpendicular direction. Nick
Simper and Mick Underwood's band, Quatermass II, now have a keen
management actively searching for a deal for what is, quite frankly, a
kick-butt lineup. I've heard their demo tape: it rocks. It would be
poetic justice for them to be support Purple on the UK tour. I can
dream. On the other extreme, I'm glad to report that the Tommy Bolin
stuff will be released on Jan 23rd simultaneously in the Yoo-ess by
Rhino and the UK by RPM. Looking forward to it.
So, forgive me if this week the Deep Purple WWW pages are the Nicky
Simper, Tommy Bolin, Joe Satriani and Graham Bonnet pages.
PS: Now I have the pages on _my_ machine I've been watching the access
logs and I feel like I know nost of you by name now :-). I've also
witnessed a vast number of vistors from the .jp domain. Early returns
suggest at least 20% of visitors to the WWW site are from Japanese
sites. Given the historic relationship between Purple, Rainbow,
Gillan, Whitesnake and Japan this can't be surprising. What is
surprising is how little we hear from you folks! Please, elect a
representative and talk to us - anyone!
11 December 1995
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