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Without Speed King there would be no Motorcycle Man

Saxon is putting out an album of covers called Inspirations. Here they cover the bands that influenced them in the early years, from The Beatles, to Motörhead, and everything in between. One of the tracks (and a newly released single for the album) is Speed King.

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Whiff of the Arthurian

Music Radar celebrates Ritchie Blackmore’s legacy with 5 of his songs guitarists need to hear that aren’t Smoke on the Water. And even perhaps each of us would list 5 different ones, it’s not the worst way to entertain yourselves during a holiday lockdown (like it is in this heck of the woods). Best of […]

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Cheeky little face!

Paicey reacts to a Burn cover of an 11-year old Japanese drummer Yoyoka Soma.

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That time Jon wished he was an accountant instead

Another article originally published in New Musical Express on July 8, 1972. This one is by Tony Norman and based around an interview with Jon Lord that must have been taken, according to the description, during the day on July 1. The question discussed appears to be the rumours of the imminent split of the […]

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Just one more note

This has nothing to do with Purple whatsoever (apart from the fact that one of them also plays bass), but may or may not put a smile on your face. It did on mine. Cheers!

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Funny hat and swayed at the hip

Geir Myklebust continues posting vintage Purple articles with a review of a gig at the Rainbow Astoria in London originally published by New Musical Express on July 8, 1972. The gig in question then would be one of the two concerts the band gave there on June 30 and July 1. Deep Purple had just […]

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Inside this silent well of sorrow

A wonderfully weird and eccentric cover of Perfect Strangers from our favourite Finnish hillbillies Steve’n’Seagulls.

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Rockdown

RG posted a new message on his website: The Christmas season is perpetually tied to the turning of the year, and have little to do with each other other than proximity. But the greetings of the season will always instruct us to have both a “Merry Christmas” (or holiday) and a “Happy New Year”. My […]

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When he was aiming to be the fastest player in the world

One Peter Carter, who was a professional musician since the 60s, tells the stories of how he crossed paths way back then with a virtuoso guitar player called Ritchie Blackmore.

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A reputation and a name of sorts

Jon Lord’s press conference on September 13, 2003 outside of the Hell train station in Norway, prior to his performance at the Hell Blues Festival, and at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim the next day. Some of you may have seen it (some may have been there), others not.

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