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Archive for January, 2010



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The West Uzbekistan Percussion Ensemble

Back in 1970 Mike Thorne worked as an assistant at the De Lane Lea Studio in London. One day his sound recording experiment with an air conditioner became a part of Deep Purple lore: Several massively expensive tube mics (a Neumann U67 now fetches maybe $5000 on the used market) were placed strategically in the […]

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New tour dates and old ones confirmed

A bunch of tourdates that we had listed for a while, as well as a couple of new ones, have just appeared on the official Deep Purple site and as so are now confirmed. That includes all the Australian dates Singapore and Hong Kong (but not Taiwan) Armenia two of the South African dates (but […]

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Jon Lord talks about new album

In a brand new interview for his website, Jon Lord talks about the background to his new album, “To Notice Such Things.” The album is dedicated to the memory of Jon Lord’s dear friend Sir John Mortimer, and Jon explains how the album has grown out of the music he used to play onstage with […]

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Vote Jon Lord into Hall of Fame 2010

You can help vote Jon Lord into Classic FM’s Hall Of Fame 2010. Last year, Jon Lord’s “Durham Concerto” was the highest new entry in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame as it jumped in at no. 75. Jon Lord’s previous album, “Boom of the Tingling Strings” reached no. 198. Vote for Jon Lord now You […]

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France and Belgium in November

French promoter Gerard Drouot Production has just announced a new Deep Purple tour in Belgium and France. The dates are: Nov 3, Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium Nov 5, Lyon, France Nov 6, Montpelier, France Nov 7, Bordeaux, France Nov 9, Rennes, France Nov 10, Paris, France Further details in our Purple calendar. Feel free to email us […]

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Montreux ’96 and ’06 on vinyl

Good news for all you vinyl junkies out there. Apparently both Montreux 1996 and 2006 shows have been released on vinyl at the end of last year. They quietly came out on a UK label Rock Classics, each as a double LP with gatefold sleeve. Order it from a store near you: Live at Montreux […]

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Blackmore’s Night reissues

First four Blackmore’s Night albums are apparently being deleted by SPV and will be reissued by the in-house label Minstrel Hall Music. Differences from the previous pressings are summarized below. Shadow of the Moon (MHM001) Tracklist as per the 1998 UK re-issue/US release. Artwork at the rear loses the BMG logo and gains the MHM […]

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Making of the Butterfly Ball

Very interesting interviews with Roger Glover, Ronnie Dio, Eddie Hardin, Ray Fenwick, and Alan Aldridge (author of the book). This was filmed circa 1999 (a poster of a 1999 DP gig in Hamburg can be seen at one point).

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Comments from the Black Country camp (and video)

In Kevin Shirley’s online diary, he confirms what Jason Bonham said about Black Country and also confirms the rumour that there is a keyboard player in the group. Maybe no one told Bonham that. 🙂 Kevin Shirley writes: So there it is folks – the cat is out the bag! This is BLACK COUNTRY. I […]

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