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Tommy Bolin in and out

Hot on the heels of The Cozy Powell Story, there is another book coming from the same author: Tommy Bolin – In and Out of Deep Purple. It started off so well. As Jon Lord enthused in the October 1975 issue of Melody Maker: ‘Tommy can’t be so bad for us with so many good […]

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The halcyon years

A fairly comprehensive documentary of the history of Deep Purple Marks 1 and 2 has been put together by the Music Legends Magazine. It is a step above the slew of similar talking head documentaries from a few years back as this one actually interviews Nick Simper (and he tells the story of him being […]

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Whiteschenker or Michaelsnake?

Michael Schenker is on the cover of the current (#18) issue of the Rock Candy Magazine. In the cover story interview, he spoke about his abortive collaboration with David Coverdale. Back in the early ’80s when I had the Michael Schenker Group my manager at the time, Peter Mensch, believed we needed a new singer […]

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Fire In The Sky

A new book by Simon Robinson, called Fire In The Sky, is tentatively due to be published on March 28 via Easy on the Eye Books. The book tells the story of making Machine Head, and is a follow up to Wait for the Ricochet from the same author. (By the by, the latter is […]

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The loudest jazz band in the world

There are several old-ish features on Louder (online successor to the Classic Rock Magazine), done by Geoff Barton and published over the past few years. February 2015 saw a series of profiles on individual band members that were published in anticipation of the R’n’R Hall of Fame induction. Unlike the HoF people, Geoff knows his […]

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Legend that grew bigger than the band

In The Studio with Redbeard celebrated the 35th anniversary of Deep Purple reunion and release of Perfect Strangers by repackaging some contemporary interviews with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover. Thanks to BraveWords for the heads up.

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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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Like a duck to water

Raised On Radio youtube channel has a 1993 BBC interview with Ian Gillan discussing his youthful naiveté, his comings and goings, and the Spinal Tap moments, among other things. This was done before the start of the tour, when things were still looking up. Thanks to Yvonne for the info.

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When was he asked?

The Ultimate Guitar has quotes from an interview with Michael Schenker, in which he explains why he refused to join Deep Purple, Ozzy, Thin Lizzy, and Motorhead (spoiler: he didn’t want to end up in somebody else’s band). I didn’t go with Deep Purple, I didn’t go with Ozzy Osbourne, I didn’t go with Phil […]

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That little voice in his head

Glenn Hughes sat down to chat with Midland Metalheads (digging up his thickest accent), ahead of his performance at the Stonedeaf Festival on August 24. He tells the story of him joining Purple, and also mentions that Black Country Communion have January 2021 earmarked to record another album and that another one of his projects […]

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