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Go on stage and have fun

Simon McBride spoke to the Scars and Guitars podcast at the beginning of June (i.e. after the start of the tour, but before the announcement of Steve’s retirement). At the end of the day, for me, with this gig, there’s been lots of people saying, or asking me will I play like Ritchie or will […]

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Whitesnake cancels North American dates

Whitesnake is pulling out of their 2022 joint tour of United States and Canada with Scorpions. The following message from David Coverdale has appeared on the band’s website today, August 5: It is with profound disappointment and a heavy heart that I must announce that Whitesnake will no longer be able to join The Scorpions […]

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Human Mechanic

Tribute act Purpendicular that have toured extensively with Paicey on drums are releasing a third album of their original material, once again with Ian’s participation. The album is called Human Mechanic and is due on September 23 via Metalville Records. Tracklist: The Nothing Box Ghost No One’s Getting Out Alive Something Magical Human Mechanic TV […]

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Glenn’s out for the count

Glenn Hughes has tested positive for COVID and will be sitting out the rest of The Dead Daisies’ European tour starting with July 26 gig in Vienne, France. The recent Whitesnake recruit Dino Jelusick will stand in for the vocal duties, and Yogi Lonich will play bass on the remaining dates. In other Daisies news, […]

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Reality intervenes

There is no other way of putting it: Steve Morse is permanently retiring from the band. The following message was circulated today, July 23, 2022, on social media: Deep Purple announces that Steve Morse will be stepping back from the band, having been its guitarist for more than a quarter of a century. Steve’s personal […]

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Hidden passion touching a spark

Cult favourite Anya made it back into the setlist for the first time since what… 1995-ish? Here it is performed on July 15, 2022, at the Peißnitzinsel in Halle, Germany

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A bitter-sweet emotion

Louder Sound has profiled Simon McBride, including quotes from a recent interview with him: […] McBride was always going to be the obvious candidate. He’d already played in the solo bands of Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan and Don Airey, knew how to wrangle Smoke On The Water and all the rest. “They are quite fussy […]

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The floodgates have opened

The official Ritchie Blackmore Youtube channel we’ve discovered yesterday has posted 10 more clips of him talking about everything from Jimmy Page to his future in rock, along with a couple of live tracks. The spoken word bits for the most part are taken from the previousy released DVDs.

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Send lots of money

A new Ritchie Blackmore Youtube channel, ostensibly official, was inaugurated on June 23, 2022, with this unlisted video. It promises weekly updates of which not much has materialized since then

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Why they sway in the wind

VWMusic has a fresh interview with Ian Gillan. And it is definitely worth spending your time to go through. Andrew: The current lineup of the band is one of the most consistent and creative intonations in Deep Purple’s long history. What is it about this group of players that’s kept things so solid? Ian: Well, […]

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