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Archive for November, 2009



Secret Zürich gig on DVD

DVD cover art, image courtesy of www.deeppurple.chSwiss banker Stefan Jemetta’s “private” Deep Purple gig on December 18, 2007 at Zürich Kongresshaus is due to be released on DVD, “with the approval of Thames Records, Bruce Payne.” A basic website to promote the release has been set up at www.deeppurple.ch and a promo clip was posted to Youtube (see inside).

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Gillan writing with Iommi

According to this Swedish interview, Big Ian was writting with Tony Iommi and a plan to start a “charity band” project is in the works: Shouldn’t you do something with the guys in Black Sabbath? – Weird that you should mention that because I was in Armenia with Tony Iommi last week and stopped by […]

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Roger’s sketch in charity auction

rg_no_surrender.jpgWhile in London on the UK tour, Roger Glover has found the time to draw a sketch and donate it to the No Surrender Charitable Trust to be auctioned off as a part of their Art of Music ’09 program. The Ebay auction for the drawing has just started and will continute until December 7.

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Rock solid in Oslo

Good concert, no low points, some averages and mostly highs. Steve and Roger in a playful mood, and Don was really showing off during the whole concert. Some interplay sections with Steve was excellent. Some particular nice bass solos from Roger, and behind everybody Ian Paice was to be trusted as always. Wasted sunsets was […]

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Glenn Hughes Autobiography

Joel McIver has been working since 2006 on an autobiography with Glenn Hughes, to be published by Foruli Publications. “We are very excited about this project, and working with Glenn Hughes is an absolute pleasure. The book is Glenn’s autobiography, written with Joel McIver (author of the bestselling book ‘The Truth About Metallica’). It will […]

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Ronnie Dio diagnosed with cancer

Several days ago it was announced that all Dio’s European tour dates are cancelled and refunds are being issued, with Ronnie himself being in a hospital for unspecified reasons. Today his wife and manager Wendy has released more details: Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately […]

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Don Airey in Jackie Stewart tribute

Don Airey has contributed some Hammond to the recording of Fly Free — a tribute to the legendary Scottish race driver Jackie Stewart. The song was written by Jackie’s son Paul as a gift for his 70th birthday. Eric Clapton contributed his guitar playing (Sir Eric is apparently a close friend of Sir Jackie). Other […]

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Århus: In the absence of pink

As Gillan put it, we got to hear some songs not played too often. Tonight it was Bloodsucker, or rather closer to the Bludsucker version from Abandon, where Gillan doesn’t take the easy way to try to protect his voice, so lots of screaming. And it worked. We also got Wasted Sunsets which is a […]

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Purple stories in Belgium

It had been a while since Deep Purple was doing a gig in Belgium. Standing on the first row, the atmosphere and information exchange was taking my interest level up high at the beginning of the concert. A very dedicated nicy German lady introduced me in the wonderful world of touring with Deep Purple, their […]

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Antwerp: Good but not brilliant

“Intensive tasting and enjoying every single minute of a Deep Purple concert, because it always can be the last”. This was again my motto for the gig in Antwerp last Wednesday. After the gig my feeling was that the Purps didn’t bring their best performance. Only Steve & Roger played with heart and passion and […]

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