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Didn’t let the energy flag

A quick roundup of the local press coverage of Deep Purple’s appearance at the Bandland festival in Bengaluru. Rolling Stone India: With two stages at Bandland, one band started when the other was done and it was more or less the case with Deep Purple kicking off with their instantly recognizable “Highway Star” from 1972’s […]

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Flying in ever rising circles

Steve Morse, together with his son Kevin, has paid tribute to his friend and aerobatics instructor Nikolay Timofeev, who recently passed away.

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The last battle

German magazine ROCKS is running a feature on The Battle Rages On and subsequent tour as the cover story of their latest issue (2023/6). We are being told that the article is well written and illustrated, albeit does not contain anything we haven’t already learned from elsewhere. The issue can be ordered through the publisher […]

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Regret never changes anything

A vintage interview with Roger Glover, originally published in an issue of New Musical Express from February 12, 1972. He talks about Gillan’s illness that cancelled the US tour towards the end of the previous year, recording a new album in Switzerland, how it compares to Fireball, financials of the band, and the creative process: […]

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Endearingly laid back

Geir Myklebust reprints in his blog a heartfelt eulogy to Tommy Bolin penned by Geoff Barton for the December 11, 1976, issue of Sounds. HEARD ABOUT Tommy’s death last Sunday morning. The news hit hard and low. I hadn’t known him particularly well, but there was always — shall always be — a place for […]

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No need for a polyphonic synthesizer

A short interview with Jon Lord, focussing on his gear. It was originally published in Sounds issue from December 4, 1976: Synthesizers JON LORD has been playing electronic keyboards professionally for 12 years, starting with the Hammond C3, which is still a favourite instrument. But like most keyboard players, he has explored synthesisers as a […]

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Electrocute the lot of ’em, especially the critics

A historical interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Cozy Powell from the same issue of Sounds dated July 24, 1976. Blackmore swings the axe Peter Crescenti dodges the blows RITCHIE BLACKMORE harbours no love for rock ‘n’ roll journalists. As far as he’s concerned, most of them fall into two unflattering categories, those that are either […]

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Is no more — officially

Another historical article, announcing the dissolution of Deep Purple Mark 4. It originally appeared in the issue of Sounds from July 24, 1976. Purple: the end By Hugh Fielder DEEP PURPLE is no more — officially. One of Britain’s longest running and most successful heavy rock bands have split up — as predicted exclusively in […]

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Court minstrels of yesteryear with electric guitars

Geir Myklebust posts on his blog a Rainbow Rising review by Geoff Barton that first appeared in the issue of Sounds from May 22, 1976: “WITH RAINBOW’S music I intend to carry on and expand upon the essence of Deep purple — aggressiveness — and at the same time add a kind of medieval feel […]

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Das making-of Machine Head

German edition of the Classic Rock magazine has “Das making-of Machine Head” as the cover story for their July/August 2023 issue (a.k.a. #121). This may or may not be somehow related to the English version of the same story published earlier this year. Anyways, our correspondent on the ground tells us that there’s nothing in […]

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