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Too country for classical

Steve Morse has recently appeared on The ProgCast. Once again, it is one of those long form video chats that became popular recently due to the pandemic. It’ll be worth your time to set aside at least an hour to go through it. Caveat: the conversation mostly revolves around Dixie Dregs and the early days […]

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Pure, raucous, and uninhibited

Ian Gillan provided his top 5 favourite Purple tracks to Louder Sound: Mary Long (Who Do We Think We Are, 1973) “I’d like to point out that I’m choosing these songs spontaneously, they could all change tomorrow. I like Mary Long because nobody had written a song like that before. [The name Mary Long was […]

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The law of gravity still works

In this short clip, Roger Glover, Don Airey, and Ian Paice talk about old rumours.

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Sense of groove

Hot on the heels of his predecessor, Glenn Hughes’ top 6 list appears in Louder Sound: Burn (Burn, 1974) “We were at Clearwell Castle when Ritchie said: ‘We should write song called Burn.’ He had the idea of the title already. The five of us wrote that song together in the Castle’s crypt in the […]

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A buzz and a bounce

A couple of months before the recently featured Roger’s favourite Deep Purple tracks, Louder Sound had published a similar list from Paicey: Highway Star (Machine Head, 1972) “Not how it started in the studio, Highway Star became a monster on stage. And it’s still a monster. It’s almost like a template of how a hard […]

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Put everything on six

Steve Morse and Dregs’ bassist Andy West show their 2024 stage setups and talk about the gear. From picks to speaker cabinets, and everything in between — it’s all here.

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Sudden understanding

Louder Sound lists Roger’s seven favourite Deep Purple tracks Hard Lovin’ Man (Deep Purple In Rock, 1970) “Unlike concert halls, studios are very dead spaces. But the live sound we got on stage changed the band; it made us animated and aggressive. We started making violent music. With Hard Lovin’ Man there was no toning […]

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No time to lose

That awesome Italian tribute band Strange Kind of Women didn’t lose any time learning and rehearsing the freshly released single and performed it at their gig on May 4 in Graz, Austria.

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El Arco Iris

A new book about Rainbow has been published in Spanish. Titled Bajo el Arco Iris (Under the Rainbow), it covers all Rainbow lineups, discography, 20 pages of photos, list of live performances, as well as the early years of Ritchie Blackmore, his tenure in Deep Purple, summary of Blackmore’s Night, and reviews various guitars he […]

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And don’t touch anything else!

Andy Wood talks about meeting Steve Morse and jamming with him at the Dixie Dregs gig in Nashville, TN, on April 18, 2024.

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Basically a blues piano player

A rare interview with Mickey Lee Soule. This was done in 2020, at the height of the pandemic, and covers most of Mickey’s career — from starting to learn the piano at the age of 6, to his current at the time projects, and everything in between. The first album with Elf was produced by […]

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Next single from =1

According to the German online retailer JPC, the next Deep Purple single from =1 will arrive on June 28, and it will be in physical form. The track to be released is Pictures of You, and the formats will include CD and vinyl.

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Never Glenn the plumber

[Updated] A short, but quite substantial interview with Glenn Hughes. Now with the review of the gig in Brno on April 28.

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An elusive quality

Guitar.com has a very short interview with Steve Morse, where he weights in on the digital vs analogue amp debate: With any digital amp, I’m not able to get the interaction between reducing the level of the guitar in the input and having the tone change from distorted to slightly distorted to smoother and to […]

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Enlightened once again

Black Country Communion have released an official video for the single Enlighten from their upcoming new album V. We’ve been able to witness an unofficial one back in March, when the song was premiered live.

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The loudest and longest encore

Bristol 24/7 has a review of a new book The West’s Greatest Rock Shows 1963-1978, complete with the cover photo of Deep Purple Mark 3 on stage in all their bell-bottomed and platform-shoed glory, and excerpts covering reviews of several local gigs, including said Mark 3 at the Colston Hall in Bristol, on May 20, […]

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Singapore setlist

Metaltalk has a brief and, frankly, rather superficial review of the Singapore gig. Of interest, might be the setlist, which can give an idea of what to expect throughout the summer. At least, until July 19th.

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Duane Eddy R.I.P.

Early rock’n’roll guitar pioneer Duane Eddy has passed away: Duane Eddy, a pioneering guitar hero whose reverberating electric sound on instrumentals such as “Rebel Rouser” and “Peter Gunn” helped put the twang in early rock ‘n’ roll and influenced George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen and countless other musicians, has died at age 86. Eddy died of […]

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Portable Door

The first single from =1 is upon us.
[Updated] with video.
[Update #2] live performance.

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Live from the tractor

Steve Morse has appeared on the Stalwarts Of Music podcast. From inside his tractor in Florida, no less. The Bandland festival is mentioned as “happened last month”, so the interview must have taken place some time in January 2024. It’s a long chat, with lots of hay overturned, and Steve’s tenure in Purple discussed in […]

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