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The rock’n’roll that didn’t live for long

David Stone talks to the Metal Express Radio about his current projects, his career, and of course, his stint with Rainbow: Not long after the [Symphonic Slam] album was released you had joined Rainbow. How did you get the call to join Rainbow? I was still signed to A&M Records and was still involved with […]

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Jon Lord Tribute Project

A German band called Baroque in Blue lists Jon Lord Tribute among their projects. Their repertoire consists of Purple staples with some Whitesnake and rarities from Jon’s solo output thrown in. The Jon Lord Tribute Project are: Hans Peter Herkenhöhner – Hammond B3, keyboards Karen Fälker-Herkenhöhner – flute Holger Strässer – guitar Wendel Biskup – […]

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Cricket to cosmology

Some time earlier this month Ian Gillan was a guest on his local Lyme Bay Radio discussing all things from cricket to cosmology (don’t trust his expertise on the latter too much though). The hour long chat can be replayed via the radio station’s facebook account. Thanks to Yvonne for the info.

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Medieval is the best

If you thought the au naturel cover of Child in Time was fun, check out this one. As one of the youtubers has put it Wanted to see them in Uppsala summer of 1258, but I couldn’t find a spot to moor my longboat. Damn !

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Whoosh track by track

Ian and Ian give a track by track overview of the new album. It’s a 17-minute crash course into the lyrical universe of Whoosh for those who do not follow Caramba’s wordography.

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Not just a cabaret show

Roger Glover shows his artsy side in this early 80s vintage TV interview.

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Boy soprano at a church choir

Ian Gillan answers to Loudwire‘s Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction. This was published 3 years ago, but somehow slipped under our radar all that time. Big Ian not as much as providing rebuttals, as goes on a tangent telling anecdotes from his career.

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42 facts

Speaking of Planet Rock, they also have a collection of semi-random factoids titled 42 facts about Deep Purple’s album covers — that’s two for each studio album. As we all know, 42 is also the answer to the ultimate questions of life, the universe, and everything. To top it off, truly yours website gets a […]

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Something different

Blabbermouth has a few quotes from Roger’s recent interview with Planet Rock radio regarding “turbulent time” caused by Blackmore’s departure from the band. It was surprise to me when Ritchie handed in his notice and said he didn’t wanna play any more gigs after Helsinki. And we were on tour at the time. It was […]

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This is adorkable

John Coletta’s granddaughter reacts to Smoke on the Water.

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Still vulnerable

Louder has published online their Whoosh feature that originally appeared in Classic Rock magazine issue 278. All five members of the band have been interviewed for the article. Ian Gillan: When somebody suggests you make a new Deep Purple album, do you think: “Oh God, not again?” No, no, no. Quite the reverse. We went […]

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While you were out, message said

And just to brighten your day, here is a guitar shredding cover of Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming by Damian Salazar.

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Whoosh setlist poll

This is all highly theoretical now, but nevertheless… Now that the new album has been out for a month, everybody had a chance to listen to it and make up their minds, but impressions are still fresh. What tracks from Whoosh would you like to hear live when the band resumes touring? You can choose […]

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Want to ride my bicycle

This is from our trainspotting department. September 6 stage of Tour de France was won by a gentleman whose jersey was adorned by a logo that reads WHOOSH. Turns out the winner rides for Team Emirates which is sponsored this season by eponymous piece of spyware fitness app. No relation to the recent Deep Purple […]

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It’s innocent and charming

The record company has released another video for another track from Whoosh! This time it’s Nothing at All that got the Russian Stig themed treatment.

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Purple family double dip

Another long form interview courtesy of the dreaded lurgy. Eddie Trunk did a “double dip” on his latest (September 2) podcast by talking to Graham Bonnet and Roger Glover. Roger’s segment starts at around 7’00” into the podcast, and Graham’s at 48’25”.

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Musicians’ Bench

An objet d’art called Musicians’ Bench was spotted in Russian city of Pskov. Sharp eyes quickly recognized that music notation on the bench is not random, but represents the opening chords of nothing else but Smoke on the Water. The bench is installed in a recently reconstructed Square of the Arts and is the work […]

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Same bed every night

Metal Express Radio has a fresh interview with Don Airey. They spoke about the effects of the pandemic, the new album, Bob Ezrin, replacing Jon Lord, Don’s years in Rainbow, and his home town of Sunderland. They also paid tribute to the late Martin Birch: Deep Purple and Rainbow too worked extensively with Martin Birch […]

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Copenhagen 1972 in colour

Somebody went into all the trouble of artificially colourizing the complete Copenhagen 1972 video and the result is now available on youtube.

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Absent friends

Paicey reminisces about some guitar players he’d been working with and who are no longer with us — Randy California, Tommy Bolin, and Gary Moore.

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