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Archive for July, 2012



What I did on my vacation

While being in Italy, Ian Paice played on July 29 not a particularly widely publicized gig (at least, we didn’t know about it) with a local Pink Floyd tribute band, for a change.

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The Definitive Teaser

429 Records is preparing a Tommy Bolin box set The Definitive Teaser — a three-CD collection featuring a remastered version of his classic album along with two CDs of outtakes and alternates. The project is produced by Greg Hampton and Johnnie Bolin. Along with the three-CD Teaser box set, 429 Records will release a five-CD […]

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Internationales Essener Pop And Blues Festival

Two new video fragments of the early Purple in full flight have surfaced on YouTube. Shot at the Essen Grugahalle in Germany on October 11, 1969. It was the Internationales Essener Pop And Blues Festival and other acts on the bill included Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Nice, and Hardin/York. We hope more of this footage […]

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Gillan talks IGB

Classic Rock Magazine has a new interview with Ian Gillan focusing on his Ian Gillan Band years: Why the jazz-rock-fusion direction? I don’t know exactly, it was all a bit chaotic. To start off with we didn’t really have any direction at all, because nobody knew what they were doing. Of course, my hero Johnny […]

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Even more family tributes to Jon

Eddie Hardin: JON LORD – THE GENTLEMAN OF MUSIC My first encounter with Jon, well, I must have been 16! He was playing with THE ARTWOODS and I was rehearsing in a room nearby; I was immediately struck by the growling sound of his Hammond. I tried my best to be inconspicuous, though Jon spotted […]

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A hometown perspective

Jon Lord’s home town newspaper Henley Standard also did a tribute to him which puts his character in quite a unique perspective: Lord was a close friend of author, playwright and barrister Sir John Mortimer, who died in 2009, and they performed together at the Kenton Theatre in Henley. Nansi Diamond, an amateur actress and […]

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Jon Lord special on GTFM

British radio station GTFM did a special on Jon Lord in the wake of his death. It is one of the better done ones and covers his whole career in and outside of Purple. You can listen to it online (sadly, sans the music, due to licensing restrictions). Listen to the second half of the […]

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Jamming in Nashville

While being in Nashville working on the new album, Roger Glover, Ian Paice and Don Airey took part in the benefit show for Jamie Simmons, a local bass player who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. Here they are, with Mike Simmons on Guitar and Greg Mangus singing, at the Mercury […]

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Re-Machined track listing

According to  Blabbermouth , the track listing for “Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head” has been finalized and features: Smoke On The Water – CARLOS SANTANA Highway Star – CHICKENFOOT Maybe I’m A Leo – GLENN HUGHES, CHAD SMITH, LUIS MALDONADO Pictures Of Home – BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Never Before – KINGS OF CHAOS (Joe Elliott, Steve […]

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1970 vintage Jon Lord interview

Rock Backpages have reprinted a vintage interview with Jon Lord, which originally appeared in the November 1970 issue of Beat Instrumental: Do you believe in musical discipline? Yes. You take the great symphony writers like Beethoven…they wrote within an incredibly strict framework…you know, it must have a first subject, a second subject, a dominant key…and […]

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