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Archive for April, 2009



Montreux on German TV

German TV channel ZDFdokukanal is currently showing a documentary about Montreux Jazz Festival. From what we understand, the film includes an extensive interview with Claude Nobs and covers both the story of burning down the gambling house and the recent Deep Purple appearances at the festival. The documentary started airing on April 25 and will […]

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Die hard mourns Buenos Aires

I discovered DP in 1972 thru the Machine Head album, I was 16, immediately I got hooked to these guys and became a DIE HARD fan till these days. Never had the chance to see them in those days… until the dream come true on 1997 during the Purpendicular tour. Even though I missed Ritchie […]

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Headbanging presidents

Musical tastes of the current Russian president Dmitry Medvedev have been well publicized. Undoubtedly, Finnish president Tarja Halonen was aware of this when choosing entertainment for the official state dinner this Monday April 20 in honour of Medvedev’s visit to Finland — she invited singer Timo Kotipelto and guitarist Matias Kupiainen (both from Stratovarius) and […]

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Gillan and the human nature

On arrival for the brief visit to Moscow, an extremely tired and jetlagged Big Ian gave an interview on April 17 to Nevsky Express TV. Here are the excerpts from his stream of consciousness on his solo album, quantum theory, religion and human nature: Further instructions on operating nevex.tv’s player are just like before. Thanks […]

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Guitar World Record on German TV

A new attempt on the Guitar World Record will happen on the German TV show Fernsehgarten on May 10th. We have covered the previous two records, both set in 2007 and both featuring Smoke On The Water: 1,802 players in Leinfelden, Germany and 1,721 players in Kansas City, USA. The new attempt will be made […]

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Sheik Yerbouti

And the prize for best Made in Japan choreography goes to (drum roll) Mette Ingvartsen. Her 50/50 solo performance is described as …extreme and spectacular expressions as a physical practice rather than through psychological motivations. Movements deriving from clearly coded situations, like a rock concert, an opera or a circus number are processed until they […]

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Graham Bonnet interview

Rockpages.gr has a rather interesting interview with Graham Bonnet. While undoubtedly it was prompted by his resurrection of Alcatrazz, a good half of the interview is about the Rainbow days.

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Easter in Moscow

It is Easter weekend in Russia and Moscow fans are celebrating it at the B1 club, where Deep Purple are playing two gig in a setting unusually intimate for a Purple gig in that country. The two setlist surprises on Saturday were Ted The Mechanic and Fireball being back. While a better and more complete […]

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Video: Purple + Lord + Malmsteen in Tokyo

The first video clip of Smoke On The Water from Tokyo on April 15 2009 has surfaced on YouTube. As we previously reported, it features Deep Purple with special guests Jon Lord and Yngwie Malmsteen. The camera work is rather poor (unless you prefer to watch the ceiling and the lighting rig!), but the audio […]

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The tape or not the tape?

In a recent interview to the Spanish The Metal Circus, Joe Lynn Turner (among other less gregarious things) took a pot shot at Coverdale: …recently I heard on the Internet that David Coverdale was using all kinds of tapes. Well, I was in Finland [in June 2008] with Graham Bonnet and we were on the […]

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