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Twice postponed, once cancelled

Tonight’s (June 25) Whitesnake show at the Rock Imperium Festival in Cartagena, Spain has been cancelled due to reasons, ahem, not quite adequately explained: Dear Whitesnake Fans, Please know we are doing everything in our power to bring you the best high energy and exciting shows we possibly can. We always strive to deliver 100%, […]

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Purple train to Hamburg

Our contributor Tobias Janaschke went to see the band on June 23, 2022, at the Stadtpark in Hamburg, and has sent in this photo report. Local broadcaster NDR has a short video report from the gig, which does not require much knowledge of German. Of the setlist news, No need to shout is making live […]

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A lad from Saltburn-by-the-Sea

David Coverdale was a guest on the June 23 issue of the Rock and Roll High School podcast, hosted by Atlantic Records A&R boss Pete Ganbarg. It was recorded some time before the start of the current tour. It’s a lengthy affair at 1 hour and 24 minutes, so we’ve skimmed through it for your […]

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An injection of fresh blood

Louder Sound has a feature on Stormbringer written by Geoff Barton. It actually may or may not be a reprint of something that previously appeared on one of the Classic Rock magazines — it sounds vaguely familiar, but we are not sure. Inspired and fired up by the injection of fresh blood and the success […]

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Jon Lord – A Visual Biography

A new book by Jerry Bloom is slated to be published by Wymer this September. It is called Jon Lord – A Visual Biography and will come in “regular” (ISBN 978-1-915246-12-7, MSRP £59.99) and “collector’s” (ISBN 978-1-915246-16-5, MSRP £79.99) editions. Both are advertised as hardback A4 (210 x 297 mm) at 224 pages. The collector’s […]

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Bombay is calling again

Edel/earMUSIC will be re-releasing several titles from the band’s back catalogue later this year. A new edition of Bombay Calling — an early Mk.Morse live recording from 1995 — is due on August 26, 2022. It will be released as 2CD+DVD digipack and 3LP+DVD. Caveat: according to the tracklists posted by an online retailer, for […]

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High baroque minor pentatonic

Couple reaction type videos on this slow news day. Classical composer Doug was so impressed by Child in Time that he digs right into the whole of Machine Head. Here is side 1

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Continuo on B.A.C.H.

Another member of the family tree — Ray Fenwick — has passed away on April 30, 2022. He was guitar player with the Ian Gillan Band and also participated in Jon Lord’s Windows project. Since it would be Jon’s 81st birthday today, we celebrate both with an excerpt from the latter.

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The headmaster

In this 2010 vintage interview with Banger TV Jon Lord talks about conflating Johann Sebastian with Jerry Lee

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Hobgoblins and pixies

A pretty nicely put together documentary on the history of Rainbow. It is stitched together from both contemporary interviews from the people involved (and some not at all), and retrospectives from Graham Bonnet, Richard the Difficult Misunderstood, Joe Lyn Turner, Bobby Rondinelli, and Dougie White.

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The warrior and the owl

Ken Kelly, the artist responsible for the iconic Rainbow Rising cover, has passed away at the age of 76. He also had created many other album covers, most notably for Kiss and Manowar, as well as artworks depicting fantasy, and sword and sorcery heroes. A number of musicians responded to the news, including His Blackness […]

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And this is how you drop the sticks properly

Paicey’s personal drum cam footage from a live version of 7 and 7 Is — German TV Rehearsal Take 1

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Maestro in full flight

Our long time regular Marcelo Soares writes: One of my greatest moments ever as a fan was to see Jon play the Concert in São Paulo in 2009, in an open air gig in the most famous corner of Brazil. This weekend the festival will happen again, with lots of musicians playing around the clock, […]

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The Daisies radiate a single

The first single Radiance from the new yet so far nameless Dead Daisies album that is due in August 2022.

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Rockin’ Istanbul

A few more clips of the ad-hoc Purple lineup performing, this time, in Istanbul on May 25, 2022.

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Deep Purple Rocked Israel!

Deep Purple live at Menora Mivtachim Arena (Tel Aviv, Israel 2014-02-22) Gillan is 77 years old and man, he Rocks ! They came hungry , after three years without playing live, Purple opened their tour with a blast. Two shows, day after day, amazing evenings. Tel Aviv Menorah Hall was fully packed with 10,000 people, […]

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What’s a show …WOW, WOW, WOW

Deep Purple live at Menora Mivtachim Arena (Tel Aviv, Israel 2022-05-22) I will try to be very short. I am still a full of emotions. What’s a SHOW. All the band sounded incredible….everybody. The new guy on the guitar – WOW, no comments. Gillan…I do not remember him singing in such confidence and power for […]

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Echo of a point in time

[Updated] Eager to see how does the band sound after yet another hiatus, and with a new guitar player? You’ve come to the right place. Live in Israel, May 22, 2022. (watch inside)

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There’s your answer

Ritchie Blackmore has also resumed some very light touring with two shows in Pennsylvania. Here is some amusing anecdotage as told on May 19, 2022, in Harrisburg, followed by an old Purple classic Soldier of Fortune

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And that’s how they started Deep Purple

Guitar.com has more Blackmore quotes from his Sirius XM broadcast in April. On the nascient band that Chris Curtis was trying to form in early 1968: I was living in Hamburg and I got a telegram from Chris Curtis saying ‘Come on over, I need you. We’re making a band’. headed over to England. I […]

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