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Archive for April, 2015



Rainbow’79 releases

We have received more information from Cleo Records regarding upcoming Rainbow live releases from the 1979 tour. As we’ve reported previously, the Denver show will come out on vinyl on May 12. This will be the first of the three releases, followed by the show from Long Island, November 30, 1979, and Chicago, October 12. […]

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Master Bernie

Bernie Marsden has been awarded a honorary Master of Arts degree by his home town University of Buckingham. The presentation speech delivered by Professor John Clarke lists Bernie’s numerous achievements, from scoring a #1 US hit with Here I Go Again, to his recent charity work. We all at The Highway Star would like to […]

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Purple Night 2015

Perfect Strangers of Finland will be holding their 7th Purple Night event on Friday, May 29, in Helsinki, Finland. This year it will be dedicated to Ritchie Blackmore, who has celebrated his 70th birthday a couple of weeks ago. Doogie White will be a special guest of the night, performing Purple and Rainbow classics with […]

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Gillan on Berlin radio

Rock City Radio Show Berlin will air an interview with Ian Gillan on Sunday, April 26, between 17:00 and 18:00 CET. The interview was recorded on March 26 when Ian played the Rock Meets Classic gig in Berlin. The presentation of the show is in German, but Ian is not overvoiced. Rock City Radio Show […]

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Rainbow Denver 1979

There appears to be a new Rainbow release coming out seemingly out of the blue. It is quite simply called Denver 1979 and is due on vinyl on May 12. This seems to be legit as it’s being released on a small but respectable independent label Cleopatra Records out of Los Angeles. The label had […]

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No songs, but plenty of music

Greek blog Rock Overdose interviewed Ian Gillan and posted the proceedings. His answers sound like he wasn’t completely enthusiastic about the questions, but here’s what he had to say about the current state of the new album: We don’t have any plans worth talking about yet, but at the same time yes we are in […]

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Sex, drugs, and… something…

Ian Gillan was interviewed by German radio SWR1. This being radio, the interview is overdubbed, which makes for extremely frustrated listening because it sounds like was an interesting one. (listen inside)

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Whitesnake announce keyboard player

Ever since Coverdale announced the Purple album and Purple tour, many of you have wondered — what about a keyboard player? Well, now there is one, and his name is Michele Luppi. He’s Italian, he’s a multi-instrumentalist, and he also sings (seems like a prerequisite for being in Whitesnake these days). Here’s a medley of […]

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Soundtrack spotting

A couple of Purple tunes could be heard in the movie theatres recently. Mistreated was featured in an animated fantasy musical by LucasFilm called Strange Magic, sung by Alan Cumming: A cover of Hush (or is that a cover of a cover?) has been spotted in a British action comedy flick Kingsman: The Secret Service. […]

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More European dates for Whitesnake

Whitesnake have announced further European tour dates. The tour will start in Moscow on November 8 and conclude with the previously announced UK dates in December. Perhaps rather fittingly to Coverdale’s latest endeavours, on November 22 the tour will stop by the Hala Pionir in Belgrade, the same stage where he fronted Deep Purple on […]

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