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A concept album about oysters

David Coverdale spoke to Planet Rock on the occasion of him being the recipient of their Rocks Honours Award. This another one of those relaxed video chats that became popular during the pandemic (and, hopefully, never going away). Enjoy!

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David, there’s no band to leave

Ultimate Classic Rock has a decent writeup on the demise of Deep Purple Mk.4 that happened 45 years ago. It is not very likely that any of our regulars will learn anything new from there, but it’s well sourced and well written. Pieces started falling off long before Deep Purple finally came crashing down in […]

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Snapshot revisited

Roger Glover’s 2002 solo album Snapshot will be re-released later this year in updated format. It will feature the original 14 tracks remastered, five demo bonus tracks, and new artwork. The new release will be available on CD on October 8, 2021, and 2LP on November 19. That’d be the first time the album is […]

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Orange turns purple

Orange Amplifiers is launching the Glenn Hughes Signature Crush Bass 50 amp. This model of the amp was originally released in 2016 in 25- 50- and 100 watts lineup. Apart from the purple trim, the signature model does not appear to have any significant modifications from the stock amp.

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The Bollywood connection

There are covers, and then there are rip-offs. Under normal circumstances the following would fall into the former category, however credits accompanying the video put it squarely into the latter: Song : Aisa Zakhm Diya Hai Music : Anu Malik No mention of the co-authors. Were there any? Let’s see… Yup, this appears to be […]

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Chopin and Verdi to boogie-woogie

Classic Rock has an illustrated piece about 8 songs that changed Ian Gillan’s life: Music has been an ever-present constant in Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan’s life for as long as he can remember. “My grandad was a bass baritone and sang opera, my uncle was a jazz pianist and my grandmother was a ballet […]

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Was happy to be in a band with some good musicians

Ritchie Blackmore reminisces about his days in Deep Purple, including a rather convoluted explanation of the story behind the infamous spaghetti incident. This looks like it was recorded a few years ago.

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The inventor of blast beat

The Ultimate Guitar has a nice writeup on why Paicey is one of the best drummers of all time. Inspired the Blast Beat Technique Ian Paice is not thought of as a technical drummer, but in fact, his skills were incredibly impressive at the pique of his career. His drum parts have inspired countless drummers […]

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Hammond for nothing

Lots of people seemed to like what Sons of Apollo did with the Gates of Babylon. On the last tour before the proverbial excrement hit the proverbial fan, they regularly used to do a cover of Burn. Tony MacAlpine was supporting them, so he was joining to jam on this one. The only downside seemed […]

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Richard the Difficult

Glenn Hughes spoke to a Michigan based radio station WMPA, promoting Dead Daisies live dates, and talking about his Blackmore experience, among other things. When I joined the band, the first weekend I joined the band, we flew to Hamburg together and had a boys weekend. We sat on a bar stool and had a […]

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The mighty wall of power

In a recent interview with News-in-24 Tony Iommi mentioned that the multitrack tapes for Born Again, which for a long time were considered lost, have apparently been found: […] I’m also thinking of remixing the album “Born Again”, the one with Ian Gillan, now that we have found the original tapes.

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Static gotta make your pledge

Watch Glenn Hughes’ live debut with The Dead Daisies. Recorded yesterday, Wednesday, June 23, at the Boca Black Box in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Weston-super-Mare petition

There is a petition going on the change.org for Weston-super-Mare Town Council to honour Ritchie Blackmore with a memorial plaque. Ritchie, of course, was born in Weston, at the Allendale Nursing Home, on April 14, 1945. At the time of this writing, the petition has 900 signatures with the next immediate goal being 1,000. You […]

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‘Ere’s a Motrin suppository fo’ yah!

David Coverdale was a guest on Joe Bonamassa’s Live From Nerdville podcast yesterday, June 23.

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Live in London 2002

Another release in the Soundboard Series is expected on August 13, 2021 — Live in London 2002. This show, from February 22, 2002, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, is infamous for a couple of reasons. First, it was the last show that Jon Lord played with the band from start to finish. He submitted […]

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City of heavenly sin

A cover of Rainbow Gates of Babylon done by a neoclassical metal band Lost Symphony with guest musicians, including Dave Abbruzzese (of Pearl Jam fame) on drums.

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He’s got two or three

Glenn Hughes spoke to the Ohio Music Experience promoting the two upcoming Dead Daisies gigs in the area. Ohio Music Experience: Thank you for taking the time this evening to speak with us. What have you been doing throughout all this? Hughes: Like most of us, I’ve been home, as you can imagine. And I’ve […]

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Hard enough to get into jeans

In his recent interview with Planet Rock radio David Coverdale doubles down on his decision to retire after the next tour: Last year we were supposed to do what was going to be my farewell tour, and it was sold out and it was amazing. Of course, everything was cancelled to Covid. So, God willing, […]

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Something epic is about to happen

Our favourite opera singer continues fangirling over Ronnie James Dio with her analysis of Rainbow’s Gates of Babylon.

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Leaving them in a state of limp shock

This review of a Deep Purple performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on May 25, 1970 had originally appeared in the New Musical Express on May 30 that year: WHEN Jimi Hendrix broke up his Experience and went back to America, a huge gap was left in Britain. On-stage excitement was hard to […]

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