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That mix of naive and finesse

Roger Glover was interviewed by Zeenews India and he shared his retrospection and introspection: Q: Deep Purple have been the legends of rock and roll, it is the timelessness of your music and the appeal, that has been passed on to generations. What do you think is the timeless appeal of your music? Roger Glover: […]

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The Rolling what?

Louder Sound reproduces another Classic Rock feature, this time on Claude Nobs. Funky Claude’s legacy includes not only being immortalized in that song about a gambling house burning down, but also being a prominent European promoter associated with many, many bands. To name a couple: The Rolling Stones were already too big to play the […]

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Dave Hodgkinson R.I.P.

Roger Glover shares his thoughts and memories: Among that burgeoning collection of people, Dave Hodgkinson was pivotal in organising and running THS, not alone but one of a hardy set of diehards who have remained faithful to this day, and for whom I will always be grateful. I felt proud because it was honestly run […]

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Some sort of hip-hop dance thing

Put Simon Mcbride into a studio, give him a guitar he’s never played, stick him with a track he’s never heard, and put the whole thing on YouTube. Sounds like fun!

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The story of Trapeze

Louder Sound publishes online a Classic Rock 2018 feature on the band that gave Glenn Hughes to the world — Trapeze. Fronted by the future Voice Of Rock, Trapeze were soon on board the Express To Success. But then Deep Purple came calling and walked off with the golden-throated goose Growing up in the mid-60s […]

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Dave Hodgkinson — gone, but not forgotten

David Hodgkinson, who has died aged 58, was a technologist, programmer, and software engineer. Quite possibly, he will be remembered more for his huge footprint in the online fan community for veteran British hard rockers Deep Purple. This is certainly the case for most readers of this obituary, published as it is on the website […]

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Swiss time was running out

[Updated: Pt 2] A brand new video for Smoke on the Water was produced to promote the upcoming reissue of Machine Head. The video will be an animated one. Here is a preview and interview with the creators Dan Gibling and Luke McDonnell.

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Machine Head‘2024

Rhino/Warner are preparing to release a yet another “super deluxe” reissue of the Machine Head. It will include the album newly remixed by Dweezil Zappa, plus two live recordings — the March 9, 1972, gig at the Paris Theatre in London (a.k.a. In Concert’72), and an audience recording from Montreux Casino in April 1971. The […]

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In memory of Janine Morse

Steve Morse writes in his website: Yesterday, February 4, at 2:40pm, I said my last goodbye to my beloved wife, Janine. We had been in a period of remission which lasted not nearly long enough. But luckily, I was able to spend virtually every day with her as she found workarounds to get through some […]

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Purple Night 2024

Perfect Strangers of Finland are holding their traditional annual gathering on Saturday, February 24th, 2024 at the On the Rocks club in Helsinki. There will be fun, music (no less than 3 Purple family tribute bands), food and drink.

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Warhorse remasters

Cherry Red Records is preparing a remasters of the two Warhorse albums — the 1970 self-titled one, and the ’72 Red Sea. Both will be packaged together on a 2CD set, with 11 bonus tracks between them and an illustrated booklet. Release date is set for April 26, 2024. Formed in early 1970 by former […]

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Be professional, be reliable

Bob Daisley was interviewed by the Rock Daydream Nation podcast about his days in Rainbow.

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In the shadow of Made in Japan

Here’s a documentary on the making of Who Do We Think We Are. It is a fan-made affair, but it is fairly well researched and lovingly put together. Cherry on top: it was done by a Led Zeppelin fan.

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Before MTV and hairspray

Louder Sound reprints a Geoff Barton feature on the pre-1987 Whitesnake originally penned for the Classic Rock magazine. It’s March 9, 1978. The ritzy stage of the Scarborough Penthouse looks like something out of The Price Is Right: curtains made out of multi-coloured strips of aluminium foil drape over a modest backline of amplifiers, there’s […]

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Wayward son carries on

Steve Morse made a surprise guest appearance at the Kansas gigs in Clearwater, Florida, on January 19 and 20, 2024.

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Pandemonium down under

Deep Purple are confirmed for 4 dates in Australia in April 2024. They will perform at the travelling festival/package tour called Pandemonium, along with Alice Cooper, Blondie, Placebo, Wolfmother, Dead Kennedys, and several other acts.

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Park and bark

Elizabeth the opera singer is drooling all over Rainbow take on Mistreated from Munich’77.

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Steve supported by himself

Dixie Dregs will play eight dates in April, supported by the Steve Morse Band. The mini-tour will start in Nashville, TN, on April 18, 2024, and proceed further south, wrapping up on April 27th in Clearwater, FL. Dregs’ lineup will include Steve Morse, Andy West, Rod Morgenstein, Allen Sloan, with Jordan Rudess on keyboards. No […]

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Branding deja vu

We’ve written before about that great cover band from Italy called Strange Kind of Women. They continue gigging around the continent, and their upcoming tour is promoted as you see above. Now, this image is fed into some sort of the neural network (be it the one working on silicon or on regular meat and […]

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More purple orange

British gear manufacturer Orange Amps is releasing a Glenn Hughes signature edition of their O Bass guitar. On the cursory view, this edition does not significantly differ from the stock guitars, apart from the cosmetics — the bass was previously available in orange and black, while the GH edition is purple. Oh, and about £150 […]

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