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Decent bass players are hard to find

A rare beast in this universe — an interview with Nick Simper, courtesy of Karen Beishuizen for the the RingSide Report. KB: You played bass on the first 3 Deep Purple albums and then left: what happened? To say exactly what went wrong could be a book in itself! The whole episode is a very […]

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The Dude Ranch

Steve Morse has recorded an instructional video of him performing a bespoke piece The Dude Ranch written by Jason Sidwell. The full video, audio, backing track, tab/notation transcription, and chord chart will feature in Guitar Techniques magazine issue GT341, available from 19th October 2022.

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Waaaaay out there

This gentleman going by the online moniker Börje Unchained definitely has an unchained imagination. He records instrumental covers of metal songs as if they were written and performed by another metal band. He went all out for Smoke and did it in no less than 6 different styles: Testament, Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Slipknot, and Tool. […]

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Funky, heavy & tight

As the saying goes: it’s not a tree, it’s a jungle. Several branches and vines of said jungle have intertwined on a new album by Ruffyunz. It is a project of bassist Randy Pratt (Cactus/The Lizards), engineer/producer with songwriting credits JZ Barrell, and session vocalist Ed Terry (Stevie Wonder, Slash, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Talking […]

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That could work

In this new interview with Blabbermouth, Doug Aldrich talks about working with the diverse vocal talents of Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale and now Glenn Hughes — all members of the Purple family one way or another. Blabbermouth: What was the situation like when Glenn came down with COVID-19 and you had to enlist Dino […]

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The Daisies heading to the islands

The Dead Daisies have announced a short tour of Britain and Ireland coming December 2022. They are headlining a string of shows with FM and Graham Bonnet as support. Graham will be the sole support on the two Irish dates, promising an “exclusive acoustic performance”. Tickets are already on sale, further details in our calendar.

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«Bombay Calling» – Some Thoughts on the New Release

Ear Music has released a Deep Purple concert from Mumbai, India on April 8th, 1995. The show was professionally recorded for TV, and was released on VHS and DVD video around year 2000 – or Y2K as those of us who remember it might refer it as. The concert was later also released as part […]

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Simon says “it’s official”

Many people assumed so, but it is only today, September 16, 2022, that Simon McBride became a permanent member of the band. A message to that effect was released today: Following the news in July that Steve Morse will be stepping back from the band, after more than a quarter of a century, Deep Purple […]

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Heartbreaker

A fairly obscure 1970s band called Heartbreaker recorded some demos at the Kingsway Studios run at the time by Ian Gillan, with the man himself and Colin Towns making guest appearances on several of the tracks. Said demos have now been issued as a limited edition CD album. The label blurb reads: Heartbreaker was formed […]

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The ?! extras

There’s a new digital release of various bits and ends from the Now What?! sessions. It is called Extras: The NOW What?! B-Sides And Bonus Songs and can be ordered via this link. Says the band: The idea of this compilation started after sharing previously released ‘rare tracks’ on a private playlist. We believe it […]

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Orchestra, orchestra, and lute

After Deep Purple wraps up their touring in November, Ian Gillan will do a short tour of Spain with an orchestra. It will be Prague Philharmonic that recently did a couple of similar gigs with JLT, once again conducted by Friedemann Riehle. Six dates are already on sale, with a possibility of more being added. […]

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Face Your Fear

The Dead Daisies have released another track from their upcoming album — Face Your Fear. The album, called Radiance, is going to be self-published and release date is set for September 30.

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Those elusive sales figures

For many years the band’s sales numbers have been a mystery — the record industry types like to keep their cards very close to their chests. The total worldwide sales number of 100 to 120 million records had been banged around at some time, without any supporting evidence. An interesting article appeared on chartmasters.org in […]

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Tracing undiscovered stars

Edel has posted another video from the Düsseldorf 2005 gig — title track from the just about going to be released Rapture of the Deep.

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Music always comes around

In this interview dated April 2022, Simon McBride demonstrates the right mix of cocky and humble, while talking about the differences between being a session man and playing under his own name, fanboying with Ian Gillan, hairspray rock, and other things.

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Danish treasures

Fan-filmed super8 footage has come to light from Deep Purple’s 1975 show in Copenhagen. Filmed at Brøndby Hallen on March 20, 1975 by Lars Kroman, the silent and fragmented film lasts nearly 10 minutes. At first it shows the band filmed from the audience in front of the stage. Later and more interestingly, the camera […]

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Belly of the Beast

Joe Lynn Turner’ s new album Belly of the Beast is coming out on October 28, 2022, via Mascot. The promo pictures for the release feature JLT au naturel, finally owning up to how he is: This chapter saw him make a crucial personal decision too. Diagnosed with alopecia at three-years-old, he began to wear […]

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So sassy!

Elizabeth the opera singer discusses the importance of spit management and hand calluses in her analysis of Smoke from Hosftra’73.

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Intense, but lovely

Goldmine prints a brief collection of quotes from Ian Gillan’s interviews to the magazine. On Steve Morse’s guitar playing “There’s a solo on a song called “Dancing in My Sleep” (on the Deep Purple album Whoosh!) where he plays a baritone guitar, an old Danelectro, and it’s one of the greatest guitar solos I’ve ever […]

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The watchful watchdogs

Glenn Hughes and Doug Aldrich spoke to US radio 101 WRIF broadcasting out of Detroit. They spoke about bouts of COVID that went through The Daisies’ ranks, their upcoming album, the terrible Ted, Glenn playing in Detroit at the age of 5 (allegedly), and many other things.

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