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Nobody is happier than Simon

An outfit called VWMusic spoke recently to Simon McBride, and that resulted in an interesting interview. Andrew: Can you recount the initial call you received to fill in for Steve Morse? Simon: Well, there was talk of me stepping in for Steve temporarily towards the end of last year in 2021, but I never really […]

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Decent bass players are hard to find

A rare beast in this universe — an interview with Nick Simper, courtesy of Karen Beishuizen for the the RingSide Report. KB: You played bass on the first 3 Deep Purple albums and then left: what happened? To say exactly what went wrong could be a book in itself! The whole episode is a very […]

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«Bombay Calling» – Some Thoughts on the New Release

Ear Music has released a Deep Purple concert from Mumbai, India on April 8th, 1995. The show was professionally recorded for TV, and was released on VHS and DVD video around year 2000 – or Y2K as those of us who remember it might refer it as. The concert was later also released as part […]

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Simon says “it’s official”

Many people assumed so, but it is only today, September 16, 2022, that Simon McBride became a permanent member of the band. A message to that effect was released today: Following the news in July that Steve Morse will be stepping back from the band, after more than a quarter of a century, Deep Purple […]

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The ?! extras

There’s a new digital release of various bits and ends from the Now What?! sessions. It is called Extras: The NOW What?! B-Sides And Bonus Songs and can be ordered via this link. Says the band: The idea of this compilation started after sharing previously released ‘rare tracks’ on a private playlist. We believe it […]

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Those elusive sales figures

For many years the band’s sales numbers have been a mystery — the record industry types like to keep their cards very close to their chests. The total worldwide sales number of 100 to 120 million records had been banged around at some time, without any supporting evidence. An interesting article appeared on chartmasters.org in […]

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Tracing undiscovered stars

Edel has posted another video from the Düsseldorf 2005 gig — title track from the just about going to be released Rapture of the Deep.

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Music always comes around

In this interview dated April 2022, Simon McBride demonstrates the right mix of cocky and humble, while talking about the differences between being a session man and playing under his own name, fanboying with Ian Gillan, hairspray rock, and other things.

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Danish treasures

Fan-filmed super8 footage has come to light from Deep Purple’s 1975 show in Copenhagen. Filmed at Brøndby Hallen on March 20, 1975 by Lars Kroman, the silent and fragmented film lasts nearly 10 minutes. At first it shows the band filmed from the audience in front of the stage. Later and more interestingly, the camera […]

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So sassy!

Elizabeth the opera singer discusses the importance of spit management and hand calluses in her analysis of Smoke from Hosftra’73.

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