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Paice Ashton Wakeman

GasTank was a short lived in the early 80s show on British TV hosted by Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton. Musicians were invited to be interviewed and jam with the house band. When Paicey got on the show, Resurrection Shuffle just had to be performed.

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How In Rock was made

Louder Sound (née Classic Rock) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of In Rock by reprinting in fresh electrons a feature that first appeared in issue 83 of the magazine on the occasion of the album’s 35th. Heavy rock, hard rock, pomp rock, space rock, heavy metal – they’re all genres that today’s average music fan […]

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Hungry for rock’n’roll

Here is Ian Gillan performing in front of an unspoiledly enthusiastic crowd of Soviet Armenia in 1990. That was his first visit to the country, and as we all know, not the last one.

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Like a donkey

We’re not sure where this is from and we don’t know who did the interview, but here it is — Jon Lord talking about the original performance of Concerto for Group and Orchestra. Enjoy!

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Steven darling

In a recent interview to Guitar World Steve Vai reminisces on his time in Whitesnake: David Coverdale had a lot of experience working with gifted players when you joined the fold and seems to be someone who really values the interplay between a frontman and a dazzling lead guitarist. What was he like to work […]

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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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