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When a blind man is unforgiven

A stripped down acoustic cover of When a Blind Man Cries is included on a new live release from Metallica. It is an EP with recording of their performance at the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 12, 2014. It also includes Rare Earth’s I Just Want to […]

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Why they sway in the wind

VWMusic has a fresh interview with Ian Gillan. And it is definitely worth spending your time to go through. Andrew: The current lineup of the band is one of the most consistent and creative intonations in Deep Purple’s long history. What is it about this group of players that’s kept things so solid? Ian: Well, […]

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Because that’s what Steve Morse does

Guitar Player has an interesting interview of two monsters of the said instrument — Steve Morse and John Petrucci — talking to each other. And it’s quite a bit of a mutual admiration society. “How does anybody play guitar like that?” Dream Theater guitarist and main man John Petrucci says, recalling his reaction when he […]

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The best guitarist according to Ken Scott

Legendary engineer and producer Ken Scott, who has worked with The Beatles, David Bowie, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd, etc, etc, was interviewed on the Rockonteurs podcast. He was asked about the guitar players he has worked with, and this is what he had to say: Steve Morse, as far as I’m concerned, is […]

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Twice postponed, once cancelled

[Updated June 28] Tonight’s (June 25) Whitesnake show at the Rock Imperium Festival in Cartagena, Spain has been cancelled due to reasons, ahem, not quite adequately explained.

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Purple train to Hamburg

Our contributor Tobias Janaschke went to see the band on June 23, 2022, at the Stadtpark in Hamburg, and has sent in this photo report. Local broadcaster NDR has a short video report from the gig, which does not require much knowledge of German. Of the setlist news, No need to shout is making live […]

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A lad from Saltburn-by-the-Sea

David Coverdale was a guest on the June 23 issue of the Rock and Roll High School podcast, hosted by Atlantic Records A&R boss Pete Ganbarg. It was recorded some time before the start of the current tour. It’s a lengthy affair at 1 hour and 24 minutes, so we’ve skimmed through it for your […]

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An injection of fresh blood

Louder Sound has a feature on Stormbringer written by Geoff Barton. It actually may or may not be a reprint of something that previously appeared on one of the Classic Rock magazines — it sounds vaguely familiar, but we are not sure. Inspired and fired up by the injection of fresh blood and the success […]

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Jon Lord – A Visual Biography

A new book by Jerry Bloom is slated to be published by Wymer this September. It is called Jon Lord – A Visual Biography and will come in “regular” (ISBN 978-1-915246-12-7, MSRP £59.99) and “collector’s” (ISBN 978-1-915246-16-5, MSRP £79.99) editions. Both are advertised as hardback A4 (210 x 297 mm) at 224 pages. The collector’s […]

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Bombay is calling again

Edel/earMUSIC will be re-releasing several titles from the band’s back catalogue later this year. A new edition of Bombay Calling — an early Mk.Morse live recording from 1995 — is due on August 26, 2022. It will be released as 2CD+DVD digipack and 3LP+DVD. Caveat: according to the tracklists posted by an online retailer, for […]

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High baroque minor pentatonic

Couple reaction type videos on this slow news day. Classical composer Doug was so impressed by Child in Time that he digs right into the whole of Machine Head. Here is side 1

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Continuo on B.A.C.H.

Another member of the family tree — Ray Fenwick — has passed away on April 30, 2022. He was guitar player with the Ian Gillan Band and also participated in Jon Lord’s Windows project. Since it would be Jon’s 81st birthday today, we celebrate both with an excerpt from the latter.

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The headmaster

In this 2010 vintage interview with Banger TV Jon Lord talks about conflating Johann Sebastian with Jerry Lee

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Hobgoblins and pixies

A pretty nicely put together documentary on the history of Rainbow. It is stitched together from both contemporary interviews from the people involved (and some not at all), and retrospectives from Graham Bonnet, Richard the Difficult Misunderstood, Joe Lyn Turner, Bobby Rondinelli, and Dougie White.

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The warrior and the owl

Ken Kelly, the artist responsible for the iconic Rainbow Rising cover, has passed away at the age of 76. He also had created many other album covers, most notably for Kiss and Manowar, as well as artworks depicting fantasy, and sword and sorcery heroes. A number of musicians responded to the news, including His Blackness […]

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And this is how you drop the sticks properly

Paicey’s personal drum cam footage from a live version of 7 and 7 Is — German TV Rehearsal Take 1

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Maestro in full flight

Our long time regular Marcelo Soares writes: One of my greatest moments ever as a fan was to see Jon play the Concert in São Paulo in 2009, in an open air gig in the most famous corner of Brazil. This weekend the festival will happen again, with lots of musicians playing around the clock, […]

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The Daisies radiate a single

The first single Radiance from the new yet so far nameless Dead Daisies album that is due in August 2022.

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Rockin’ Istanbul

A few more clips of the ad-hoc Purple lineup performing, this time, in Istanbul on May 25, 2022.

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Deep Purple Rocked Israel!

Deep Purple live at Menora Mivtachim Arena (Tel Aviv, Israel 2014-02-22) Gillan is 77 years old and man, he Rocks ! They came hungry , after three years without playing live, Purple opened their tour with a blast. Two shows, day after day, amazing evenings. Tel Aviv Menorah Hall was fully packed with 10,000 people, […]

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