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Player Magazine – Japan

The June 2016 issue of “Player” in Japan carried a 16 page article on Deep Purple consisting of Ian Gillan’s interview, Steve Morse’s interview, inFinite album review, and the live & studio gear review of Steve and Roger’s equipment. The interview is pretty much a repeat of the many interviews published in relation to the […]

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The irony of a fleeting nature of an iceberg

Japanese release of inFinite came out with extra liner notes (as is customary over there), written by renowned hard rock critic and adviser to the Burrn! magazine Masa Itoh. And the notes are so well written that we decided to present them to your attention here. Many thanks to Akemi Ono for the translation. Time […]

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Gillan’s track-by-track

The same issue of Burrn! also features an interview with Ian Gillan and a short review of inFinite (not very flattering). Apart from the things that have been said elsewhere during this promo campaign, Ian gives his track-by-track of the lyrics. Once again, exercise caution as this is just the gist of it and in […]

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That yearly laughing quota

May 2017 issue of Burrn! magazine in Japan features Ritchie Blackmore on the cover and a 14 page feature inside, including interview with him and Candice. Here are the more interesting bits of what they’ve said. Customary caveat: this is in reverse translation from Japanese. On recording new material: Burrn: We understand you were recording […]

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Memories in Rock wins award in Japan

Rainbow Memories in Rock — Live in Germany has won a Japan Gold Disc Award 2017 under the category of Best Music Videos — Overseas Music (foreign bands/labels). Despite the name, this award is more like American Grammies, as it is awarded for the best performance in a given year, as opposed to a certain […]

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Alright, hold tight

A Japanese documentary on the Highway Star has been posted to Youtube. And in 43+ minutes it covers a big chunk of Mark 2 history besides the song itself. Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, and Chris Charlesworth (of Illustrated Biography fame) were inteviewed, with some stock footage of Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore as well. While the narration is in Japanese, the extensive interviews are not overdubbed, which makes it easier to piece together the story with some background knowledge about the band. (watch inside)

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Pictures from Shizuoka

Kei Ono took some excellent pictures at the Whitesnake gig in Shizuoka on October 10. There is more where it came from. Check out Kei’s Flikr gallery. Fun fact: the night before, on October 9, Whitesnake headlined the second day of Loud Park 16, a two day festival in Saitama. An ex-snakeman Doug Aldrich played […]

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Memories in Rock track listing

Track listings for the different formats of the new Rainbow live release Memories in Rock — Live in Germany started surfacing. Here’s what we know so far.

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Battle of Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix

Our Japanese correspondent sent in this interesting piece of Mk1 memorabilia. It is one of those compilations that can now be considered as bizarre, but at the time probably made quite a lot of sense to the record company. I bought this at a second-hand record shop in the 1970’s. Entitled “Battle of Deep Purple […]

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The man, the legend

Apparently there is a new DVD featuring Ian Paice that came out in Japan recently (Amazon lists release date as May 18). Our Japanese correspondent writes us with the details: Ian appeared as a special guest in an event titled “Tribute to the artists fighting cancer ROCK SUMMIT 2014 featuring IAN PAICE (Deep Purple)”, on […]

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