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Hard enough to get into jeans

In his recent interview with Planet Rock radio David Coverdale doubles down on his decision to retire after the next tour: Last year we were supposed to do what was going to be my farewell tour, and it was sold out and it was amazing. Of course, everything was cancelled to Covid. So, God willing, […]

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Something epic is about to happen

Our favourite opera singer continues fangirling over Ronnie James Dio with her analysis of Rainbow’s Gates of Babylon.

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Leaving them in a state of limp shock

This review of a Deep Purple performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on May 25, 1970 had originally appeared in the New Musical Express on May 30 that year: WHEN Jimi Hendrix broke up his Experience and went back to America, a huge gap was left in Britain. On-stage excitement was hard to […]

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Ronnie James Dio birthday livestream

Glenn Hughes, Tony Iommi, Carmine and Vinny Appice, and many, many others will be taking part in a virtual Ronnie James Dio birthday bash on July 10, 2021. This global livestream fundraising event is organized by the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund and hosted by Rolling Live Studios. It will start at 2PM Pacific […]

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A bunch of Japanese poets sitting in a circle

…And once we’re on a Jon bender today, here is another of his long form interviews and a Q&A session. It sounds like this was done in Australia some time early this century.

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Playing music is addictive

Jon Lord would have turned 80 today, June 9. Here he is talking backstage in Hamburg during the Concerto tour in 2000, with Paicey joining the conversation towards the end. Enjoy!

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He likes to play for a hundred people

Bonus track for the Blackmore’s Night interview (watch inside)

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8-bit Purple

This collection of little ditties is presented to your by our semi-irregular Weird Covers column. It is available through Apple Music and probably some other digital vendors. The evil demon sitting on my shoulder is whispering that this is just a bunch of midi files plunked off them old interwebs and rendered in appropriate style. […]

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Sixteen sympathetic strings

After a brief hiatus, here’s the third and the final part of Blackmore’s Night interview promoting their latest album Nature’s Light.

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Fireball and S&M books

A couple of new books by Laura Shenton are due to be published by Wymer in September. These follow the “in-depth” album-by-album format pioneered in March with Stormbringer. Caveat emptor: previous output from this author drew, ahem, mixed reviews from our audience. Fireball What: Deep Purple Fireball In-depth by Laura Shenton When: September 24, 2021 […]

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88 inches of therapy wrapped around that Jaguar

The hairspray version of Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again re-entered the charts in the week of May 13, 2021. It went straight to #1 on Billboard Hot Hard Rock Songs chart with 2.5 million US streams (up 22%) and 1,000 downloads sold (up 178%). The renewed interest in the track is attributed to the death […]

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When in Rome…

Just a quick update on the touring schedule. As expected, Deep Purple’s 2021 dates are being rescheduled to 2022. All dates in Italy and most of the French ones have already been rescheduled and confirmed. Of a particular interest is that not only the old dates are being moved, but a new one has been […]

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Find it, steal, or borrow

Austrian band Restless Bones is about to release their second album Captured By The Roots, which includes nine original compositions, plus a cover of Sail Away with none other but Don Airey blessing it with a Hammond solo. The track will also be featured as a single and is available for pre-order.

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He thought it was yesterday

Something that you don’t hear every day — a recording of Ritchie Blackmore guesting on Jackie Lynton’s gig in Fulham, London, on March 10, 1987. The description says it’s a full concert, it is not. But it has all the important (for us) bits, the ones where Ritchie is playing. Nothing really new here as […]

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Never say never

Here’s a blast from the past: Ian Paice and Roger Glover promoting the soon to be released House of Blue Light on British TV.

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The energy of break on through

Break on Through is the title of a short film about rock climbing for which Tommy Bolin together with his early band Energy wrote and recorded quite a Mahavishnuesque soundtrack. One can clearly see here why just a year later Billy Cobham tapped Bolin to step into John McLaughlin’s shoes, so to speak.

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To soothe the savage breast

Music History for Those Who Are Able to Read has a new addition — a reprint of a contemporary review of the original Concerto performance that appeared in October 4, 1969, issue of the New Musical Express. “The gulf remains wide and unabridged.” “Pop and classics just don’t mix… so the pop group had its […]

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Bow to your masters

There is a new Deep Purple tribute album out, and it is by a bunch of bands most of us never heard of. It was put together by an outfit called Glory or Death Records that is described as “California underground heavy rock and metal specialists”. The album is called Bow to Your Masters Volume […]

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UK tour postponed to 2022

Just as Big Ian said today on the radio, the Deep Purple UK tour has been postponed to October 2022. The dates were originally booked for October 2020, rescheduled for October 2021 due to the pandemic, and now rescheduled yet again. Same 5 cities, a bit different running order: London on the 20th, Glasgow on […]

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The planet will be fine after we’re gone

Ian Gillan was on the Lyme Bay Radio today, May 7, for the full 2 hours. As one can imagine, a lot of ground was covered during that time. The takeaway points (off the top of my head) were something like the following: there will be no live shows for the band until February 2022; […]

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