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Archive for October, 2008



Remembering Pyro

Klaus “Pyro” Porzia passed away. He was a great photographer and a dedicated Purple fan. One of us, people who love this band. I have met Pyro on several occasions while following Purple tours in Europe. He was always there, every single show, always with his cameras. His nickname came from an incident before one […]

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Another note from the road

Steve Morse sends another message from the road. Junkyard Wars, “ticofi”, and in memoriam of Klaus “Pyro” Porzia — read it on stevemorse.com.

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Ukraine and Russia tour report

Deep Purple started it’s tour of Ukraine and Russia. On October 12 in Dnepropetrovsk they were greeted at the local airport by two girls in traditional costumes, welcoming the band with an ornate loaf of bread and a capella folk songs. This turned into an unexpected jam when Steve Morse pulled out his guitar to […]

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Notes from the road

In his latest installment of Notes from the road Steve Morse talks about his pet peeve — air travel, reminisces on the last tour leg, and touches on the topic that stirred so much controversy in THS comments: Afterward, I was upset to learn that some bloggers had chosen to politicize, or criticise the band’s […]

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Gillan interview on Rockpages.gr

Crossword puzzles, Ritchie’s mother in law, and the Big Bang theory — what do they have in common? Read on. A very entertaining interview with Ian Gillan done by George Anasontzis.

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See and read The Sunflower Jam

Deep Purple’s appearance at The Sunflower Jam turned into a very different show, high on improvisation and special guests. Introduced by Yes’ Rick Wakeman, Deep Purple got under way with Pictures of Home and a pumping start. – That’s Johnny Lord!, exclaimed Ian Gillan after Hush with an extended solo from Jon Lord – and […]

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Roger’s painting in charity auction

Roger Glover has contributed one of his paintings to Status Quo’s ‘Pictures’ Auction, which is taking place on November 5th at Bonhams in London. Proceeds of the sale will go to British charity Prince’s Trust. Entrance to the auction will be strictly by invitation only, but from 1 October all of the paintings are viewable […]

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Man In Black ties the knot

Richard Hugh and Candice Lauren were pronounced husband and wife at 4:48 pm on October 5, 2008, at a small gathering of friends and family. Update [Oct 15]: pictures from the wedding are available on Candice Night’s website. More pictures here. Thanks to Mike Garrett for the info.

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Malmsteen on Purple

Yngwie ‘Unleash The Fury’ Malmsteen talks in a recent interview about Purple being his major influence: How do you write? Music is in your blood isn’t it – are you the sort of guy that has music flowing through you all the time? Well, in fact, it’s hard for me to listen to anything without […]

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