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Musicians’ Bench

An objet d’art called Musicians’ Bench was spotted in Russian city of Pskov. Sharp eyes quickly recognized that music notation on the bench is not random, but represents the opening chords of nothing else but Smoke on the Water. The bench is installed in a recently reconstructed Square of the Arts and is the work […]

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Moscow cancelled

The Dreaded Lurgy took the first bite out of Deep Purple’s touring schedule — the opening night of the tour in Moscow on May 31 has been cancelled. Refund for the tickets will be available between May 1 and June 30 at the point of purchase. VIP upgrade ticket holders will be contacted directly.

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Dixie Dregs reunion and Rainbow goes east

Dixie Dregs will tour the States in March, reuniting the lineup that recorded their first major label album — the 1977 Free Fall — Steve Morse and Rod Morgenstein will be joined by Allen Sloan, Steve Davidowski, and Andy West. 8 dates in total have been announced so far, starting with Atlanta on March 3, […]

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The age debate from a different angle

St.Petersburg based Sobaka.ru took a slightly unorthodox approach to the photo report of a Deep Purple concert. In its dead tree incarnation Sobaka.ru is a glossy ‘lifestyle’ magazine, so they concentrated on people in the audience instead of exclusivity of what’s happening on stage. And you know what — the result kinda sorta lends some […]

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Now what?! charts summary

This list is being continuously updated. Progress of the album in charts around the world is neatly summarized here. The first week of Now what?! out in the wild is over and the first official chart positions accounting for both online and offline sales are in. Germany: #1 first week, #5 second, #12 third, #22 […]

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Ian & Ian in Moscow

Gillan and Paice continue their promotional tour. On Friday, May 3, they were in Moscow, where they have appeared on the radio. Here is TV coverage of the visit from news channel Moskva 24: Interview to TV channel Rossija 24 (unfortunately, also with Russian voiceover), in which Gillan reveals that Vincent Price was also the […]

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InRock features Now What?!

Russian magazine InRock features Now What?! as it’s cover story in issue #2(58)/2013. We are working on obtaining the original English text of the interview they did with Ian Gillan for republication on The Highway Star. Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info.

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Russian setlists

The band has not been touring since February and as they’ve assembled for the rehearsals there were many speculations regarding upcoming setlist. This is what was played on the first three dates of the Russian leg.

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14 tracks ready for the new album

As the band has gathered in a Russian studio to rehearse for the upcoming tour, Roger Glover spoke to ITAR-TASS. Here are the highlights (in reverse translation, so take it with a grain of salt): There are 14 tracks ready for the new album, probably 11 or 12 of them will pass the final selection […]

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Two concerts in two capitals – twice happy!

Date: 2011-03-23 and 25 Venue: Olimpiysky Sports Complex (Moscow) and IEC (Kiev) Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine This year I decided to go and see two Deep Purple gigs in the same tour – in Moscow where I live and in Kiev. They were my 6th and 7th Deep Purple concerts correspondingly. My desire to […]

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