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Goldmine publishes a retrospective of “insightful glimpses into the band’s musical soul” taken from Roger Glover’s interviews that he gave to the magazine over the years. Roger Glover’s opinion on concert bootlegs When you’re in a band you really don’t know what you are, what you represent to fans. We know what we are between […]

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Such a strange vibration

Yahoo! Entertainment (of all places) has a short piece about Deep Purple’s appearance at the legendary Fillmore club in San Francisco in November 1968. The nascent British rock outfit had made their American album chart debut in September of that year with their first LP, Shades Of Deep Purple. The record had reached its peak […]

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Please hang on

The latest issue of the Eclipsed magazine (#246, Dec 2022/Jan 2023) in Germany has the 50th anniversary of Made in Japan as the cover story — unabashedly tagged “The mother of all live albums”, plus a review of the November 2 gig in Oberhausen: “Please hang on for a few more years!” Rockhard magazine reviews […]

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Rainbow: A Visual Biography

Another “visual” book pre-order — Rainbow: A Visual Biography by renowned Blackmorologist Jerry Bloom. From 1975, through the eighties, re-activated in the nineties and a slight return in 2016-18, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow took its fans on numerous journeys from the grandiose beginnings with Ronnie James Dio to the chart busting times with Graham Bonnet and […]

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The straight and narrow

Glenn Hughes is celebrating his achievement: G’mornin everyone ☀️so full of gratitude, for these past 25 years of clean & sober living.I give thx each & every morning, for another day on planet earth.sending love to my sober brothers & sisters, and more importantly to those who are still suffering#loveistheanswer💜 pic.twitter.com/ZAZ2NrlECM — Glenn Hughes (@glenn_hughes) […]

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The visual history

[Updated Nov 28] Rufus Publications in the UK has announced that starting November 30th they are taking pre-orders for what appears to be an updated version of the fabled Illustrated Biography by Chris Charlesworth, long out of print.

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Made in Japan in Sweden Rock

There is a 5-page Deep Purple feature in the latest issue (#11/2022) of Sweden Rock Magazine. It is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Made in Japan. The issue can be ordered from the magazine website (caveat: it’s all in Swedish!)

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Don & Simon go binary

Martin Barre’s drummer Darby Todd has his first solo album out, called The Real1ty 0f Zer0s and 0nes. Don Airey and Simon McBride are both featured on the album, along with a variety of other prog and fusion luminaries. Don has contributed to the track called Ahh… Mr. Bond, and Simon to I’m Tweaked / […]

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US mini tour in February

A handful of US dates centered around the cruise appearance in February 2023 went on sale today, November 18. Caveat: none of these have been confirmed by the band’s management at the time of this writing. These dates are now confirmed. In other tour news, Japanese dates in March 2023, as well as a couple […]

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Orchestras, black mini skirt, and Buddy Holly

Not every Gillan’s interview in Spain turned out into a thinly veiled exchange of insults, as this example from Rock FM can attest. It also curiously shows that Big Ian seems to have a working understanding of spoken Spanish, albeit prefers to answer in his native tongue. You can see the interview at rockfm.fm. It […]

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Porgy & Bess & Lucifer Sam

Ian Paice is featured on the new Arthur Brown album Monster’s Ball. He is among the guest musicians on the album and contributed drums to the opening track Lucifer Sam.

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Perfect Spanish scrawl

Ian Gillan appeared on a Spanish talk show La Resistencia, managing to overcome at the end some hilarious and some not so much language barriers.

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Dan McCafferty R.I.P.

Roger Glover got in touch and asked us to post this message on the passing of Dan McCafferty: The news that Dan has died hits hard. A friend of over fifty years, we shared many a tour and much studio time. With his mischievous smile and, endowed with a unique voice of grit and whisky, […]

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Nailed it

Ian Paice’s Drumtribe resumes (hopefully) regular programming after a touring break with a studio drum cam of Après Vous off Now What?!

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Trapeze box set

Cherry Red records in the UK (which apparently is now the home of Purple Records imprint) is releasing a 6CD Trapeze box set on February 24, 2023. The set consists of the first three Trapeze albums circa 1970-72, recorded for the Threshold label, a previously unreleased 1973 live set recorded in Dallas, Texas, along with […]

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Anniversary with attention to detail

We have announced the 50th anniversary of Made in Japan and associated commemorative events taking place in the country. Our Japanese correspondent went to one of those and reports. Legend of Rock – Deep Purple Mark 2 50th anniversary of Made in Japan Date: November 5, 2022 Venue: EX Theater Roppongi (Tokyo) Performer: Deep Purple […]

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Shadow of the Moon 25th

A 25th anniversary edition of Blackmore’s Night’s Shadow of the Moon will come out on March 10, 2023, via Edel/earMusic. This edition has been remixed and remastered from the original multitrack tapes. It will come out in the usual multitude of formats, from CD+DVD digipak at €19, to a €105 super deluxe package that includes […]

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Only the drummer remained

The Aquarian has a report from the October 30 Blackmore’s Night gig at the Sony Hall in New York. And it was a disaster. Many things went wrong at the concert, some very evident to the audience. A few songs into the performance, a fire alarm interrupted the performance several times. The musicians repeatedly asked […]

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Little bit of a musical snob

Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night were interviewed for their local paper Long Island Weekly, seemingly promoting their last album Nature’s Light that actually came out in March 2021. The mood throughout the album is one of lightness and brings to mind tankards of ale being tossed back, peasant blouses, madrigals, and the kind of fanfare […]

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Because you can does not mean you should

Our contributor Matthew Burbridge writes: There’s a new app called Moises which uses AI to extract the various instruments from a mix. It is great for musicians to create a backing tracking by removing for example the guitar or vocals. They used a similar thing to extract the different instruments on The Beatles’ Revolver which […]

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