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The Rolling what?

Louder Sound reproduces another Classic Rock feature, this time on Claude Nobs. Funky Claude’s legacy includes not only being immortalized in that song about a gambling house burning down, but also being a prominent European promoter associated with many, many bands. To name a couple: The Rolling Stones were already too big to play the […]

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The story of Trapeze

Louder Sound publishes online a Classic Rock 2018 feature on the band that gave Glenn Hughes to the world — Trapeze. Fronted by the future Voice Of Rock, Trapeze were soon on board the Express To Success. But then Deep Purple came calling and walked off with the golden-throated goose Growing up in the mid-60s […]

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Dave Hodgkinson — gone, but not forgotten

David Hodgkinson, who has died aged 58, was a technologist, programmer, and software engineer. Quite possibly, he will be remembered more for his huge footprint in the online fan community for veteran British hard rockers Deep Purple. This is certainly the case for most readers of this obituary, published as it is on the website […]

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Swiss time was running out

[Updated: Pt 3] A brand new video for Smoke on the Water was produced to promote the upcoming reissue of Machine Head. The video will be an animated one. Here is a preview and interview with the creators Dan Gibling and Luke McDonnell.

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Be professional, be reliable

Bob Daisley was interviewed by the Rock Daydream Nation podcast about his days in Rainbow.

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In the shadow of Made in Japan

Here’s a documentary on the making of Who Do We Think We Are. It is a fan-made affair, but it is fairly well researched and lovingly put together. Cherry on top: it was done by a Led Zeppelin fan.

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Before MTV and hairspray

Louder Sound reprints a Geoff Barton feature on the pre-1987 Whitesnake originally penned for the Classic Rock magazine. It’s March 9, 1978. The ritzy stage of the Scarborough Penthouse looks like something out of The Price Is Right: curtains made out of multi-coloured strips of aluminium foil drape over a modest backline of amplifiers, there’s […]

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Finish in Finland

It was 30 years ago, on November 17, 1993, that Mark 2 played their final concert at the Jäähalli in Helsinki, Finland. Ritchie Blackmore went his own way, and the rest of the band decided to carry with a different guitar player. Both sides arguably turned out to be better off.

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As subtle as a flying mallet

Louder Sound reprints a feature from the Classic Rock magazine on Whitesnake’s 1979 Lovehunter album: Working at Clearwell Castle, the 18th-century estate in the Forest Of Dean where Purple had prepped for both Burn and Stormbringer, the band re-hired Purple’s producer of choice, Martin Birch, who had also overseen Trouble, to man the console of […]

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Videos

You may or may not have noticed a new link on the home page: Video list. This immense piece of work was done by long-term editor Trond (I did the munging to HTML) and should keep you occupied for more than a few hours. There are videos on YouTube and elsewhere of lineups from Rod […]

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