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Sunflower Jam 2011, photo: Axel Dauer

Sunflower Jam 2011, photo: Axel Dauer

Colors flying to Europe

Literally the day after Deep Purple finishes their European tour this December, Flying Colors start theirs. It’s just four dates in Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, and UK. Tickets are already on sale, check our calendar for full details.

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Whitesnake Japanese tour postponed

Japanese promoters Creative Man Productions have announced that the Coverdale & Co tour of the country, initially scheduled for October 2019, has been postponed until 2020. Quote from Coverdale: Due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts, it is with great regret and a heavy heart that Whitesnake are going to have to reschedule the planned Japanese tour […]

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Rick Wakeman remembers Jon Lord

Louder Sound (parent of Classic Rock magazine) has a brief interview with Rick Wakeman about his late great peer Jon Lord: Jon Lord is one of the greatest keyboard players there has ever been. He’s not really considered a prog rock musician, but he did things that nobody else did. When you look at early […]

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Early worm gets the bird

Deep Purple have been announced to play a couple of festivals in Austria, in July 2020. Yep, that’s a full year from now. “Early bird” tickets are available for Clam Rock on July 3, 2020, and Lovely Days Festival on July 4. Mind you, both appearances are yet to be confirmed by the band’s management. […]

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Contractual obligations

Back in November 2016 Ian Gillan did a short tour of Eastern and Central Europe backed by the Don Airey Band and various local orchestras conducted by Stephen Bentley-Klein, all supported by Grace Gillan’s band Papa Le Gal. The last three shows of the tour were recorded and are now being released as a series […]

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Whitesnake on Sky TV

On June 14 Whitesnake performed at the Download festival held at the Donington Park Circuit in England. This performance will be broadcast in British TV channel Sky Arts on July 6 and 7 starting at 9 PM. Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

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The Artwoods — Art’s Gallery

British label Top Sounds Records is releasing an album compiled from the three BBC sessions of The Artwoods: Saturday Club — 13th March 1965, Holiday Pop — 19th April 1965, and Jazz Beat — 8th January 1966. The ARTWOODS — Art Wood, Derek Griffiths, Malcolm Pool, Keef Hartley and future Deep Purple organist Jon Lord […]

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Guilty on all counts

The Decibel Report has an exuberantly written review of one of the shows Paicey did with the Buddy Rich band in London last month. ‘Twas a hot summer’s night and waiting in the VIP queue outside the venue whilst awaiting the first show of the day to end one could feel gentle excitement mounting. This […]

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Blackmore photo book

Wymer is publishing another book on Ritchie Blackmore. It appears to be (primarily) a photo book of 128 A4 pages in full colour, with narration by Jerry Bloom. Publicity blurb reads: This new deluxe photo book compiled by Blackmore biographer Jerry Bloom is the perfect companion to his 2006 biography Black Knight, as it portrays […]

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Extravaganza indeed

Back in 2016 Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi toured together under the Generation Axe moniker. According to Steve Vai: The idea was to create a seamless show with one backing band and 5 completely accomplished and astonishing guitarists that take to the stage in various configurations, performing some of […]

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Flying Colors Third Degree and tour

Flying Colors will release their third studio album — called Third Degree — in September 2019 via Mascot Records. The release will be accompanied by a brief tour, grand total of 10 dates. Five of them are stateside: MorseFest in Tennessee on August 30, followed by four shows quite literally squeezed in between Steve Morse’s […]

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We’ll be back in 300 years

More interviews from the red carpet at The Ivors. Ian Gillan and Ian Paice were interviewed together, and then separately, by the MusicNewsWeb. Paicey mentioned that they’ve just spent 5 weeks in the studio in Nashville, which may or may not result in releasing something, eventually.

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Busy summer for Paicey

Despite the prolonged lull in Deep Purple touring, Paicey is keeping himself busy by playing with various bands around Europe. Having just finished a jazz residency in London, he is heading to Italy for June 2 gig with a local band, then off to Bulgaria, France, Belgium, and Germany to tour with Purpendicular. He is […]

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Rest for 59 bars, then come in

A 2002 vintage interview with Roger Glover and Steve Morse has been posted to Youtube. The interview was taken before the show on the joint tour with Dio and Scorpions in Concord, California, by a dude who calls himself Metal Matt, but looks like he just stepped out of a Bee Gees video 😉

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Magic Moments of Rock and Pop

A Didi Zill retrospective exhibition is on display at the Rockmuseum Munich, which is located in the Olympiapark Tower (Olympiaturm). The exhibition will be open throughout the summer until August 30, and Deep Purple are, of course, featured prominently. Admission to the Rockmuseum is included with the tower admission itself. The museum has peculiar hours, […]

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Down to Earth down under

Graham Bonnet spoke to Australia’s Heavy Magazine promoting his upcoming short tour down there. He mentioned that he will be marking the 40th anniversary of Down to Earth by performing the whole album live: We’re actually going to play the whole ‘Down To Earth’ album that I did with RAINBOW that’s never been done before, […]

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Soak up as much as you can

Ian Gillan was caught by NME on the proverbial red carpet at The Ivors yesterday, May 23. And he mentioned that he just flew in from Nashville (if you know what we mean).

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Inspiring them to do their best

Bob Ezrin (who may or may not have been working with Deep Purple recently on their 3rd collaboration album) was a guest on CBC Music Q show. This produced a very interesting chat about his life, career, producer philosophy, and music in general. All be it Deep Purple were never mentioned (but to be fair, […]

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Mark 2 picks up a songwriting award

Deep Purple Mark 2 are the the winners of the 2019 Ivor Novello Award in International Achievement category. This is sort of a “lifetime achievement” category, as opposed to any particular song or album. The awards, knows as The Ivors, are presented annually in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). […]

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Rainbow vorwärts

The latest incarnation of Rainbow has recorded a grand total of 4 “new old” tracks over the years: Waiting for a Sign (a Stranger in Us All outtake), remakes of I Surrender, Black Sheep of the Family, and Blackmore’s Night’s The Storm. These 4 tracks will be put on a limited edition EP CD to […]

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