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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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Best hummus ever

Deep Purple are resuming their touring in earnest today, May 22. The Jerusalem Post has a blurb ahead of the two shows in Israel welcoming the band to the country. Roger Glover was interviewed for the occasion: Maturity may have something to do with longevity, but it all depends on the personalities in the band. […]

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He set the world on fire

Ritchie Blackmore was a guest host on SiriusXM’s Guitar Greats show last month (April 12) where he discussed some of his biggest guitar inspirations, and Jimi Hendrix in particular: When [Hendrix] came to England, Jeff Beck came up to me and said ‘Ritchie, we’ve got to do something about this guy’,” Blackmore said. “And I […]

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They sure know where they’ve been

Whitesnake legend Bernie Marsden hosted a special evening at Coles Book Shop in Bicester, England on Thursday, May 12, to celebrate the vinyl release of his recent albums of blues standards Kings and Chess.

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The hope without the fear

Ronnie James Dio passed away on May 16, 2010. Louder Sound is reprinting the tribute article that first appeared in Classic Rock magazine #147, June 2010. Music was central to his life from an early age. Although he never received any formal vocal training, as a child he mastered French horn and trumpet, to which […]

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Let go and enjoy

The charismatic Elizabeth digs into Perfect Strangers off the infamous ’93 Birmingham gig. I have been absolutely enthralled by Ian Gillan’s vocal prowess, and Richie Blackmore’s captivating guitar solos. So here we are with the next of your most recommended Deep Purple songs, this time without a solo for me to interrupt with a pause… […]

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Inching up on number one

Another prolific musician professes his love for Deep Purple, and this time it’s Steve Vai. In his interview to My Planet Rocks he said: Well, when I was a kid, I was a huge Deep Purple fan. I was so bummed when Ritchie Blackmore left the band, when those guys left and they weren’t in […]

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Learn to walk before running

Guitar Player presents these bits of wisdom from Steve Morse. In the early ’80s, during his Dixie Dregs years, the Deep Purple guitarist shared some fantastic tips that many electric guitar and acoustic guitar players will no doubt still find useful. We’ve had a rummage through the Guitar Player vault to bring you five of […]

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His last bow to America

Whitesnake have announced US and Canadian dates for their farewell tour. The trek will start on August 17, 2022, in New Hampshire and wrap up on October 21 in Las Vegas. Most of the dates DC & Co will be supporting Scorpions, with a few gigs headlining on their own: New Hampshire, Providence RI, and […]

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Joe from Long Island that didn’t belong

Joe Satriani gave an extended interview to Vintage Rock, where he explained how Deep Purple influenced his latest album called The Elephants Of Mars: You do have these cinematic qualities in your music where certain visuals and shapes must be popping into your head when you’re writing and playing. Yeah, it is important. As I […]

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Hey baby, what you gonna do

Here’s a track not covered too often — Rat Bat Blue, performed by Dario Mollo and the Space-T.

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A King Has Gone

A track from the upcoming Michael Schenker Group album Universal is intended as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio, in particular to his performance on Rainbow Rising. The track is called A King Has Gone and features Helloween frontman Michael Kiske on vocals, and two of the Rainbow alumni — Bobby Rondinelli and Bob Daisley […]

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Tight pants on

A classical composer follows the footsteps of the opera singer and gives Child in Time a spin. Came for a guitar solo, left with the jaw dropped from vocals. And the drumming. And the organ. And let’s not forget da fundament.

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The Daisyland is burning

Another release in the Live from Daisyland series, this time it’s Glenn & Co. take on Burn: We’re set to radiate some heat with the fourth song from our Live From Daisyland EP, the timeless Deep Purple classic ‘Burn’! A massive crowd favourite ‘Burn’ released back in 1974 became Deep Purple’s concert opener taking over […]

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Top to bottom

Mike Portnoy was a guest on The Prog Report podcast recently, where he spoke about the albums turning 50 in 2022. There’s some tremendous stuff from 72. Possibly two of the greatest prog albums of all time. That being said, Deep Purple’s ‘Machine Head’ is surely one of the greatest hard rock, early prototype metal […]

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Making something out of nothing

Steve Morse has been working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour on creating artwork from his guitar performances. The announcement is pretty scarce on the details as to what exactly kind of art this could be, encouraging you to join the mailing list at stevemorseart.com. The accompanying video, as well as art collections from other […]

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Complaining about Smoke even before it was finished

A couple of things that are probably not really news for the people frequenting our site. Far Out magazine has a story about Lars Ulrich’s favourite band, you know which one: His love affair with music dates back to a concert in 1973 in Copenhagen at the K.B. Hallen when he witnessed Deep Purple in […]

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Regarding the boot size

Guitar World has a long(ish) interview with Simon McBride, whose profile have certainly got a boost after being tapped for the banjo player job, albeit a temp one, in one of the most influential bands of all time. To be honest, I’ve known about this for a while. There was talk of it before, since […]

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Era of peace

Jerusalem Post has an interview with Roger Glover promoting the band’s gigs in Israel that take place in late May. Yes, gigs — in addition to the twice rescheduled because of the pandemic gig in Tel-Aviv, there was a second date added recently in Jerusalem. These two dates signal the resuming of touring in earnest […]

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