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They daren’t become complacent

My Things – Music history for those who are able to read is a music blog dedicated to reprinting articles from old music magazines and papers from the past 50 years or so. And there are quite a few Purple related ones. Take, for example, this report in Sounds, dated March 13, 1976 — from […]

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History of rock in 15 minutes

The title says it all. Nothing particularly on-topic, just to make the rest of your weekend a little bit brighter, hopefully. Best watched full screen, at least the second time around.

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To preserve it and play it

Joe Bonamassa recently appeared on Guitar magazine live podcast showing several axes from his collection. Among them was the American Flag Les Paul that once belonged to Tommy Bolin. It’s my job not only as a collector, but as a player to keep the legacy going, and make this guitar make music again. It’d been […]

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The man who reinvented the guitar

Eddie Van Halen passed away on Tuesday, October 6, from complications due to cancer. Ritchie Blackmore paid tribute to the fellow guitar wizard: Eddie Van Halen was a brilliant guitarist who started a technique of guitar playing which was emulated by a whole generation of guitarists. He was one of the nicest musicians I ever […]

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Metal for kids

Metal For Kids! United is a charity project that raises money is support of Peter Pan Association, a voluntary association helping children with cancer and their families since 1994 through free hospitality in Rome, Italy, during treatment at Child Jesus Hospital. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual benefit show has been cancelled and instead […]

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That bongo player though

The Music Legends magazine has put out in September a Deep Purple special. The writeup would probably be nothing new to any THS regular, and it’s riddled with wrong dates (California Jam ostensibly took place in 1971, and Gillan was arguing with Blackmore on their US tour of 1974). It is also far from coherent […]

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Discovering a pleasant fellow

Trouser Press was a music magazine published in New York during the late 70s to early 80s. Their entire magazine archive is now available online, and issue 30 from July 1978 has a very interesting interview with Ritchie Blackmore. Where, for once, he is serious for the most part, and provides his thoughts at the […]

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Six String Salute

Six String Salute was a virtual concert held on September 17 to support all the crew members who found themselves out of their jobs due to the pandemic. One of the numbers featured there was a “progressive arrangement” of Stormbringer done by Joel Hoekstra on guitar, Dino Jelusić (Animal Drive, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) on vocals, Virgil […]

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The rock’n’roll that didn’t live for long

David Stone talks to the Metal Express Radio about his current projects, his career, and of course, his stint with Rainbow: Not long after the [Symphonic Slam] album was released you had joined Rainbow. How did you get the call to join Rainbow? I was still signed to A&M Records and was still involved with […]

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Jon Lord Tribute Project

A German band called Baroque in Blue lists Jon Lord Tribute among their projects. Their repertoire consists of Purple staples with some Whitesnake and rarities from Jon’s solo output thrown in. The Jon Lord Tribute Project are: Hans Peter Herkenhöhner – Hammond B3, keyboards Karen Fälker-Herkenhöhner – flute Holger Strässer – guitar Wendel Biskup – […]

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