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The vagabond life of Ossy Hoppe

Dead Daisies are at the studio again for a second round, and an old friend dropped by — Oskar ‘Ossy’ Hoppe, who was a Purple roadie back in the 70s. A few years back trade magazine IQ did a profile on the occasion of Ossy’s 65th birthday (issue 59, May 2015, pp. 34-48), including some […]

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Dance with the devil

A Cozy Powell biography is being prepared for publication by Wymer. It is called Dance With The Devil – The Cozy Powell Story and is scheduled for March 20, 2020. The book is authored by Laura Shenton, who has a Masters degree in “Music Since 1900” from Liverpool Hope University. What: Dance With The Devil […]

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Une faune inhabituelle

Concerto for Group and Orchestra got a rare North American performance yesterday, November 21, at Palais Montcalm in Québec City. Paul Mann was on hand to conduct l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, with Paul DesLauriers Band, and Bruce Dickinson handling the vocals. Concerto was followed by Sarabande and Bouré, and a set of Deep Purple covers […]

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Bonnet and Satriani to the Metal Hall of Fame

Graham Bonnet and Joe Satriani will be inducted into the Metal Hall of Fame at the ceremony to take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Marriott Delta Garden Grove in Anaheim, California. Other inductees include Geoff Tate, Don Dokken, and Stephen Pearcy. Graham is expected to perform at the gala, with additional inductions […]

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Mickey Lee is alright now

…Or so he says himself: I'm Alright Now by Mickey Lee Soule This new track, which truly yours finds hauntingly mesmerizing, is from the family veteran Mickey Lee Soule. It was recorded with Michael P. Starmer on drums and The Royal Sympathetik Orchestra, and released a couple of days ago on his website under ‘name […]

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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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Inspiring them to do their best

Bob Ezrin (who may or may not have been working with Deep Purple recently on their 3rd collaboration album) was a guest on CBC Music Q show. This produced a very interesting chat about his life, career, producer philosophy, and music in general. All be it Deep Purple were never mentioned (but to be fair, […]

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Bernie Tormé R.I.P.

Another death in the Purple family. Former Gillan band guitar player Bernie Tormé has passed away on Sunday, March 17. His family issued the following statement: Bernie Tormé passed away peacefully on the 17th March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family. He had been on life support for the […]

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Ted McKenna RIP

Another member of the family has passed away. Drummer Ted McKenna, who played with Gillan on Naked Thunder, and more recently was a member of Michael Schenker Fest together with Graham Bonnet and Doogie White. He died unexpectedly, during an elective surgery that prompted a bleeding the doctors could not stop. Neil Murray wrote: Completely […]

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Flying Colors III

Mike Portnoy wrote to the world a couple of days ago: On my way to Nashville for the week to begin my drum tracks for the new @FlyingColors album! We have 10 songs written and we are shooting/hoping for a late summer/early fall 2019 release if all goes well…(& yes, praying that the stars align […]

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