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They sure know where they’ve been

Whitesnake legend Bernie Marsden hosted a special evening at Coles Book Shop in Bicester, England on Thursday, May 12, to celebrate the vinyl release of his recent albums of blues standards Kings and Chess.

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The hope without the fear

Ronnie James Dio passed away on May 16, 2010. Louder Sound is reprinting the tribute article that first appeared in Classic Rock magazine #147, June 2010. Music was central to his life from an early age. Although he never received any formal vocal training, as a child he mastered French horn and trumpet, to which […]

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Let go and enjoy

The charismatic Elizabeth digs into Perfect Strangers off the infamous ’93 Birmingham gig. I have been absolutely enthralled by Ian Gillan’s vocal prowess, and Richie Blackmore’s captivating guitar solos. So here we are with the next of your most recommended Deep Purple songs, this time without a solo for me to interrupt with a pause… […]

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Inching up on number one

Another prolific musician professes his love for Deep Purple, and this time it’s Steve Vai. In his interview to My Planet Rocks he said: Well, when I was a kid, I was a huge Deep Purple fan. I was so bummed when Ritchie Blackmore left the band, when those guys left and they weren’t in […]

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Joe from Long Island that didn’t belong

Joe Satriani gave an extended interview to Vintage Rock, where he explained how Deep Purple influenced his latest album called The Elephants Of Mars: You do have these cinematic qualities in your music where certain visuals and shapes must be popping into your head when you’re writing and playing. Yeah, it is important. As I […]

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Hey baby, what you gonna do

Here’s a track not covered too often — Rat Bat Blue, performed by Dario Mollo and the Space-T.

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A King Has Gone

A track from the upcoming Michael Schenker Group album Universal is intended as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio, in particular to his performance on Rainbow Rising. The track is called A King Has Gone and features Helloween frontman Michael Kiske on vocals, and two of the Rainbow alumni — Bobby Rondinelli and Bob Daisley […]

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Tight pants on

A classical composer follows the footsteps of the opera singer and gives Child in Time a spin. Came for a guitar solo, left with the jaw dropped from vocals. And the drumming. And the organ. And let’s not forget da fundament.

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Top to bottom

Mike Portnoy was a guest on The Prog Report podcast recently, where he spoke about the albums turning 50 in 2022. There’s some tremendous stuff from 72. Possibly two of the greatest prog albums of all time. That being said, Deep Purple’s ‘Machine Head’ is surely one of the greatest hard rock, early prototype metal […]

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Gregorian chant one day, Bob Dylan the other

On this slow news day the mailman brought us a couple of semi-interesting tidbits for the trainspotting department. In a recent interview, Hollywood star Jim Carrey professes his love for Deep Purple and recommends Lazy off Machine Head in particular as “one of the great, great jams ever”.

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