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Yngwie Malmsteen covers Purple, again

Yngwie Malmsteen’s new album Blue Lightning, due for release on March 29 via Mascot Records, contains two Deep Purple covers — Demon’s Eye and Smoke on the Water. Plus a cover of Paint it Black, which may or may not be closer to Purple’s version than to the original. The album is said to pay […]

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Bernie Tormé R.I.P.

Another death in the Purple family. Former Gillan band guitar player Bernie Tormé has passed away on Sunday, March 17. His family issued the following statement: Bernie Tormé passed away peacefully on the 17th March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family. He had been on life support for the […]

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Bender and rotator

David Coverdale did an over-the-phone interview with Atlanta radio station Rock 100.5 WNNX. Amongst other rather entertaining things, he went on the record to admit that he had underwent a knee replacement surgery a couple of years ago. When I see people have trouble getting up out of a chair in a restaurant or in […]

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How to bury a hatchet

Consequences of Sound has a lengthy interview with David Coverdale, done to promote his upcoming new album and tour. It starts, however, with David’s relationship to the old bandmates. I went out on the Forevermore tour, which was really successful. It was a two-year world tour. And I thought I could comfortably leave that as […]

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Chuck Berry to prog rock

Ian Gillan was once again a guest at the Cayman Islands radio station Cayrock 96.5. This resulted in a 45-minute chat that you can hear below.

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Writing session in progress

Purpendicular, the tribute band Paicey have been touring with, have posted the following on their Facebook yesterday, February 18 (emphasis ours): +++IAN PAICE/PURPENDICULAR COMPLETE SECOND LEG OF SUCCESSFUL EUROPEAN TOUR+++ The band now take a couple of weeks break while Ian is writing with Deep Purple. This tour has been regarded the best by promoters, […]

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My darling Mitzi Dupree

Back in 2016 Toronto Sun run a story about a legendary, uhm, entertainer that some 30-odd years earlier fascinated both Canadian lumberjacks and a certain British rock star. Western Canada in the early 1980s was a lot like Western Canada now, burdened with a sputtering economy and a lot of long faces to go with […]

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A fairly shallow sort of question

A great piece of history — an ’85 interview with the band (sans the obvious) after a record store signing session in Houston, Texas, during the US leg of the reunion tour.

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Whitesnake’s Flesh & Blood

The new Whitesnake album Flesh & Blood will be released on May 10 via Frontiers Records. Curiously, the date is about 3/4 into the band’s US tour — most artists these days use new releases to promote the live dates, not the other way around. The album will be available in multiple formats: CD (Jewel […]

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Act, believe, receive

Glenn Hughes spoke to Guitar Interactive at this year’s NAMM. Here is the interview that they’ve posted.

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Jazz residency for Paicey

On Monday, May 20, Ian Paice will take will take a week long residency at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club playing with the Buddy Rich Big Band. There will be two shows per night for this celebration of the great Buddy Rich: Mon-Thur: 1st show onstage 7pm , 2nd show onstage 10.15pm Fri-Sat: 1st show […]

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A pretty easy ride

In an interview published in the recent issue (February 2019, #258) of Classic Rock magazine Steve Morse is waxing philosophical about joining the band: How did it feel to step into Ritchie Blackmore’s shoes when you joined Deep Purple? By the time I got there the ice was sorta broken, because Ritchie had left the […]

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Christmas carols for Finland

Finnish KaaosTV spoke to Glenn Hughes before his show in Tampere on November 29, 2018.

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A recurrence of Phenomenon

Back in the mid-80’s, Mel Galley (Trapeze/Whitesnake) was looking for a new outlet for his musical energies after having left Whitesnake; his producer brother Tom had ideas about a progressive rock concept project, and together they assembled a multi-media piece with contributions from a number of well-known rock musicians, including members of the Deep Purple […]

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Sweet satisfaction

Live track from a Whitesnake show in Glasgow in 1984 was posted today. This version of Ready an’ willing will be included on the 6CD+DVD Ultimate Special Edition of Slide it in that we profiled recently. This was one of the last Jon Lord’s shows with Whitesnake before leaving to reform Deep Purple. Thanks to […]

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Good news, everybody!

Steve Morse was at the NAMM convention this year (like he does almost every year), and spoke to Andertons Music about his plans for 2019. The two takeaway moments are: He will be recording two new albums — one with the Flying Colors and one with Deep Purple; more Purple live dates are being booked. […]

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Slide it in 35th anniversary edition

Rhino Records will release a 35th anniversary edition of Whitesnake’s Slide It In on March 22. The album is famous for vastly different versions released on the two sides of the Atlatic at the time. The European version, released in 1984 and produced by Martin Birch, featured Coverdale, Micky Moody, Mel Galley, Cozy Powell, Colin […]

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The riffmeister on the greatest riff of all time

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer maestro Tony Iommi, a riffmeister extraordinaire himself, weighted in on the greatest riff of all time question: Apart from your own, what’s the greatest riff of all time? That’s even harder. There’s so many great riffs out there from the past, and up to date stuff. But you’ve […]

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Ted McKenna RIP

Another member of the family has passed away. Drummer Ted McKenna, who played with Gillan on Naked Thunder, and more recently was a member of Michael Schenker Fest together with Graham Bonnet and Doogie White. He died unexpectedly, during an elective surgery that prompted a bleeding the doctors could not stop. Neil Murray wrote: Completely […]

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Swinging sixties on Carnaby Street

And then there is this piece from British Pathé highlighting circa 1967 vintage hipsters. Look out for familiar faces! Thanks to Yvonne for the info.

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