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Forever intertwined

Italian station Radio Rock has posted an extensive interview they did with Ian Gillan near his home in Portugal on the occasion of Ian Gillan & The Javelins release that happened back in August. Ian talks at length about life of a musician in the early 60s, how the project came about, why it is […]

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A dinner with 13 knives and forks

David Coverdale is on the cover of the latest issue (December 2018 – January 2019) of Rock Candy magazine, with a 14-page feature inside. The interview is structured around David commenting on the photos from his career, starting all the way back in 1969. POSING AFTER JOINING PURPLE, 23 SEPTEMBER 1973 That was taken at […]

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Regarding cancelled shows in Mexico

The band has issued the following statement: In regards to the cancelled shows in Merida and Cancun, we were as surprised as everybody else. We were looking forward to play there and, as of yet, have not received a reason as to why the promoter cancelled the shows. Our apologies to our fans. We understand […]

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The importance of branding

While performing for two nights in Moscow, Glenn Hughes was interviewed by TASS (now, there’s an agency that is an oxymoron). He claimed that the current band tried to stop him from performing the “Classic Deep Purple Live” tour. The Deep Purple you know of with Gillan, Glover and Paice are very upset with me […]

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…And so is Cancun

Hot on the heels of yesterday news of Merida cancellation, we are sorry to bring you news of another one: the final show of the Mexican tour in Cancun this weekend has also been cancelled. Eddie Trunk tweeted: Just found out the final show of this @_DeepPurple tour here in Cancun on Saturday is now […]

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Mérida is cancelled

Another blow to the ill-fated Mexican tour. The show in Mérida on November 21 apparently has been cancelled. According to the Yucatan Times: […] Deep Purple was supposed to have confirmed a feature presentation in Merida, Yucatán on Saturday, November 21, but the show was canceled at the last minute due to logistics reasons. Through […]

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Don Airey on tour

Don Airey will embark on tour with his band in March 2019. They will be playing the usual circuit of clubs around Central Europe that they’ve been playing every year around that time for several years in a row now. The tour starts on March 8 in Zoetermeer and wraps up on the 24th in […]

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One, two, three… NO!

A longer video from the press conference in Mexico City on November 16 (yep, the one with skulls and a gigantic guitar). The picture is potato quality, but hey, we all know what the gentlemen look like. The sound is good. In particular, check out Roger’s brilliant answer to the contentious question of would they […]

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When the skulls go marching in

A brief press conference in Mexico City on November 16, 2018:

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It’s seven o’clock in England

Roger is having a cup of tea and Don having a beer in at the same hotel lounge in Moterrey:

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Huevos rancheros and homeopatic rock’n’roll

The band gave an interview to the Mexican TV channel ETIC’S Live prior to the show in Monterrey on November 9. It’s an engaging chat that starts with Don Airey and Roger Glover, with both Ians joining later on for what appears a mini press conference.

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A shy Elvis fan

The latest issue (#8-2018) of the Swedish Rock’n’Roll magazine has a 12-page feature on Ian Gillan with lots of pictures. Other juicy bits include: Chuck Berry needed a backing band for a gig in 1970, for which Deep Purple helped him out. The band went on stage without knowing the setlist. Gillan once had a […]

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Machine Head Lick Library

Lick Library has released an educational video detailing guitar parts of every track on Machine Head, demonstrated by Danny Gill:

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Tijuana and Chihuahua cancelled

The first two dates of the much maligned Deep Purple Mexican tour — Tijuana on November 3 and Chihuahua on November 7 — appear to be cancelled. No explanation has been given, but considering the apparent general lack of organisation on the part of the promoters, perhaps this is not too surprising.

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The Ritchie Blackmore Story on US TV

The Ritchie Blackmore Story documentary will be shown on US cable/satellite channel AXS TV on Tuesday, October 23, between 10:00 and 11:15 pm EDT. It will be repeated several times throughout the week, check the schedule for full details.

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Contribution to the madness and mayhem

David Coverdale has recently appeared on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show recalling the first time he appeared on stage with Deep Purple. Copenhagen, December 9, 1973: I walk onstage for the first time – where it came from, I don’t know, but I still do it – ‘Are you ready?’ I screamed into […]

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Feeling 10 miles high…

Music Radar has interviewed Roger Glover and, as usual with RG, it’s a pure joy to read. Roger, Purple are about to head out alongside Judas Priest for a major US tour. Is touring more physically tough these days? Well, you do learn to pace yourself. You can’t get hammered every night like you did […]

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The Infinite Live Recordings in Japan

The Infinite Live Recordings Vol. 1 was released in Japan on September 26, 2018, tied in with the Japanese let of The Long Goodbye Tour. Disc 1 includes 13 tunes from the live performance at Hellfest 2017 in France, and is apparently identical to the European release. Disc 2 includes more tunes from Hellfest 2017, […]

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Thoroughly enthusiastic in Chiba

Deep Purple live at Makuhari Messe (Chiba, Japan 2018-10-14) So DP started their Japanese tour yesterday at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba. I went to the meet&greet including a stage tour. I’m not a review writer, but I can tell you the set list and my impression of their first show: 1. Highway Star 2. […]

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In the press

Several items of interest have either been published or are about to be. September 2018 issue of the Uncut magazine is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the band under the Ultimate Music Guide moniker. Albeit we’re told that the inside content is ridden with errors. For those still interested, the issue can be ordered […]

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