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Ultimate Guitar has an editorial titled 8 Reasons Why Steve Morse Was the Perfect Deep Purple Guitarist. Of course, all of us (okay, okay, most of us) have known these reasons for decades. An era has ended this July, when Steve Morse announced his permanent departure from Deep Purple so that he could be by […]

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Go on stage and have fun

Simon McBride spoke to the Scars and Guitars podcast at the beginning of June (i.e. after the start of the tour, but before the announcement of Steve’s retirement). At the end of the day, for me, with this gig, there’s been lots of people saying, or asking me will I play like Ritchie or will […]

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Whitesnake cancels North American dates

Whitesnake is pulling out of their 2022 joint tour of United States and Canada with Scorpions. The following message from David Coverdale has appeared on the band’s website today, August 5: It is with profound disappointment and a heavy heart that I must announce that Whitesnake will no longer be able to join The Scorpions […]

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Four hundred and thirty two

Our man in Brazil Marcelo ‘no relation’ Soares writes: Brazilian talk show host Jô Soares died tonight, at 84. He did some fun interviews with Deep Purple in the 2003 and 2006 tours. He asked none of the questions we geeks would, but at the same time he put the boys at ease talking about […]

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Don’t blow your cookies

Guitar Player reprints online excerpts from an interview conducted with Tommy Bolin on October 7, 1976. It originally appeared in the March 1977 issue of the magazine. What did you learn from playing behind Albert King? I learned a lot about lead; learned that you don’t have to blow your cookies in the first bar. […]

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That was fun!

Doug the classical composer expands his consciousness with side 2 of Machine Head (side 1 was here).

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Whitesnake’s dual-guitar attack

Premier Guitar has a tutorial on a subject rarely covered in such publications — Marsden/Moody era Whitesnake. Whitesnake’s self-titled album is a pinnacle of ’80s hard rock, instantly making them one of the biggest rock bands of the era. It was a departure from their previous six albums due to significant lineup changes. Both original […]

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Rachmaninoff to Grieg

Ivory tinker extraordinaire Jordan Rudess talks about the heaviest keyboard riffs of all the time. Watch out for Jon’s entry, and it’s probably not what you think…

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Made in Japan celebration in Japan

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Deep Purple tour of Japan, the one that produced the aptly named live album. Burrrn! magazine publisher Shinko Music is supporting a couple of events commemorating the occasion. Osaka September 11, 2022 venue: umeda TRAD Tokyo November 5, 2022 venue: EX THEATER ROPPONGI Tokyo event will […]

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Human Mechanic

Tribute act Purpendicular that have toured extensively with Paicey on drums are releasing a third album of their original material, once again with Ian’s participation. The album is called Human Mechanic and is due on September 23 via Metalville Records. Tracklist: The Nothing Box Ghost No One’s Getting Out Alive Something Magical Human Mechanic TV […]

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Glenn’s out for the count

Glenn Hughes has tested positive for COVID and will be sitting out the rest of The Dead Daisies’ European tour starting with July 26 gig in Vienne, France. The recent Whitesnake recruit Dino Jelusick will stand in for the vocal duties, and Yogi Lonich will play bass on the remaining dates. In other Daisies news, […]

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Rolling truck Stones

Ever wondered what happened to the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio? Well, as this 2016 CBC report attests, it ended up in a museum in Calgary, Canada. And yes, Machine Head is featured prominently.

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A dream’s a dream whatever they say

As the reality of the end of an era continues to sink in, let us recall selected moments from the ocean of awesomeness that is Steve Morse’s body of work with Deep Purple.

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Reality intervenes

There is no other way of putting it: Steve Morse is permanently retiring from the band. The following message was circulated today, July 23, 2022, on social media: Deep Purple announces that Steve Morse will be stepping back from the band, having been its guitarist for more than a quarter of a century. Steve’s personal […]

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Three is the charm

Bernie Marsden is releasing another album in his Inspirations series, following up on last year’s Kings and Chess. This one is called Trios and is a tribute (mostly) to power trios of the 1960s and 70s. The album us due out on August 5 via Conquest Music, and can be pre-ordered via this link. Tracklist: […]

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Who did it better

Vocal teacher Ken Tramplin did a Who Did It Better? series of videos comparing different singers who were in the same band at different times. Here is the episode on Ian Gillan vs. David Coverdale vs. Glenn Hughes (Rod Evans didn’t make the cut for some reason). There are some keen insights interspersed between his […]

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Hidden passion touching a spark

Cult favourite Anya made it back into the setlist for the first time since what… 1995-ish? Here it is performed on July 15, 2022, at the Peißnitzinsel in Halle, Germany

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Hate to see you go

Today, July 16th, marks 10 years since dear Jon is no longer with is. Here’s something-something for you to raise a glass in his memory. Back in 2003 he arrived to Australia to endulge his classical side, but could not play the piano due to an injury. Fortunately, he could still play the Hammond (we […]

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A bitter-sweet emotion

Louder Sound has profiled Simon McBride, including quotes from a recent interview with him: […] McBride was always going to be the obvious candidate. He’d already played in the solo bands of Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan and Don Airey, knew how to wrangle Smoke On The Water and all the rest. “They are quite fussy […]

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Eternal Spirit of the chainless Mind

An online lifestyle magazine thrillist has profiled a certain Swiss town with a rich history connected to arts and music — from Lord Byron and Stravinski to Charlie Chaplin and Freddie Mercury. And it starts with a story of Frank Zappa and The Mothers being at the best place around, with a few instances of […]

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