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Smoke, water, fire, sky

Deep Purple has performed at the Montreux Jazz festival on July 8, 2024. This year, the festival added a new venue — an open air stage on the town’s central square, with Lake Geneva right behind the stage. This is where the band has played their set. Smoke on the Water was accompanied by the […]

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What feels and sounds right

Bass Player magazine has a short article about Roger Glover’s playing style, with a couple of quotes from the man himself. I believe in playing simply, because of the virtuosity that surrounds me in the rest of the band. I have to be the bedrock for them to lie on and do what they do […]

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We listen to the new album, part 4 =1

Thanks to earMUSIC, The Highway Star is reviewing Deep Purple’s new album =1 to be released on July 19. This is the penultimate segment. Having lived with =1 for just over a month now, the initial trepidation has evaporated. All doubts have been replaced by a feeling of energetic elation and warm reassurance that all’s […]

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Fired three times today

A short video clip from the Lazy Sod recording sessions

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Access All Areas on the big screen

The Access All Areas documentary accompanying the new album =1 will be shown in cinema theatres across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on July 18, 2024, one day before the album release. The event will also include screening of a brand-new interview with the band and videos for the three already released singles from the album. […]

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Can’t just stop writing

Houston Press has a feature on Deep Purple based around an interview with Roger Glover. It starts with =1, weaves through the history of the band, and arrives at the upcoming North American tour. In the pursuance of music journalism, it’s not often that the subject of a scheduled interview tells you right off the […]

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There is never a plan

German outfit RND has an interview with Ian Paice and Don Airey promoting the new album =1. And little concerts in little churches. All the usual caveats regarding reverse translations apply. The album title is “=1”. Does this stand for the unity and conspiracy(?) of the band in the new lineup – “Deep Purple = […]

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Where was the fire? A different perspective

Frank Zappa bassist Jim Pons was onstage performing with Zappa when someone in the audience fired a flare gun into the ceiling of the casino in Montreux and burned down the building in December 1971 – the inspiration for Deep Purple’s “Smoke On the Water.” Hear him tell his version of the story here. With […]

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Hopes and revelations

More Purple coverage in the press, albeit not quite on the magazine covers level. MOJO issue 369 (August 2024, with Stevie Nicks on the cover) has an extensive interview with the junior pole-vaulter-turned-vocal-acrobat Ian Gillan, covering his career from the first interests in music up to the present day. From Hounslow to the Lake Geneva […]

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We listen to the new album, part 3 =1

The fine folks at earMUSIC have kindly allowed The Highway Star to review Deep Purple’s new album =1 ahead of its July 19 release date. We’re looking at a couple of songs per segment, and this time we’re opening with a full blown ballad replete with strings and painful lyrical conflict. 6 – If I […]

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