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Down to Earth down under

Graham Bonnet spoke to Australia’s Heavy Magazine promoting his upcoming short tour down there. He mentioned that he will be marking the 40th anniversary of Down to Earth by performing the whole album live: We’re actually going to play the whole ‘Down To Earth’ album that I did with RAINBOW that’s never been done before, […]

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We’re going out as Pink Floyd

A 1987 vingage interview with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover was posted on Youtube. Ian and Roger are in the UK promoting Accidentally on Purpose, mixing Nobody’s Perfect, and generally having a ton of fun.

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Paice Ashton Lord – “Malice In Wonderland”

When DEEP PURPLE disbanded in 1976, Jon Lord and Ian Paice decided to start a new band, not trying to recreate what they already had with DEEP PURPLE but to explore new musical directions. As frontman they recruited singer and keyboard player Tony Ashton. Jon Lord had already collaborated with Tony Ashton composing the soundtrack […]

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Smoke isn’t everything

A couple of updates to our semi-irregular trainspotting department. A bombastic Smoke on the Water rendition is used in the soundtrack for a new Hellboy monster flick trailer: And here is Bill Murray’s character trying to break cultural barriers with bewildered Afghan villagers in a 2015 movie Rock the Kasbah: And just to remind you […]

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Life that comes with fame and fortune

David Coverdale is selling his Lake Tahoe house, and it looks exactly the Valhalla of decadence that you expect a Coverdale’s house to be. Gated on “secluded acreage”, 9,035 sq.ft. (840 m2), 4 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, indoor pool, private grotto, media room, heated driveway, etc, etc. It’s yours for $9,850,000.

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Right hue, presumably

Over the years we’ve featured many weird and not so weird products that were called Deep Purple — from beer, wine, and coffee, to exotic flowers and restaurants. Couple of years ago a cannabis oil popped up on the horizon, we decided to skip it because back then it wasn’t exactly legal yet in this […]

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Yngwie Malmsteen covers Purple, again

Yngwie Malmsteen’s new album Blue Lightning, due for release on March 29 via Mascot Records, contains two Deep Purple covers — Demon’s Eye and Smoke on the Water. Plus a cover of Paint it Black, which may or may not be closer to Purple’s version than to the original. The album is said to pay […]

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My darling Mitzi Dupree

Back in 2016 Toronto Sun run a story about a legendary, uhm, entertainer that some 30-odd years earlier fascinated both Canadian lumberjacks and a certain British rock star. Western Canada in the early 1980s was a lot like Western Canada now, burdened with a sputtering economy and a lot of long faces to go with […]

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A fairly shallow sort of question

A great piece of history — an ’85 interview with the band (sans the obvious) after a record store signing session in Houston, Texas, during the US leg of the reunion tour.

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Swinging sixties on Carnaby Street

And then there is this piece from British Pathé highlighting circa 1967 vintage hipsters. Look out for familiar faces! Thanks to Yvonne for the info.

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