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Heartbreaker

A fairly obscure 1970s band called Heartbreaker recorded some demos at the Kingsway Studios run at the time by Ian Gillan, with the man himself and Colin Towns making guest appearances on several of the tracks. Said demos have now been issued as a limited edition CD album. The label blurb reads: Heartbreaker was formed […]

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Rachmaninoff to Grieg

Ivory tinker extraordinaire Jordan Rudess talks about the heaviest keyboard riffs of all the time. Watch out for Jon’s entry, and it’s probably not what you think…

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Complaining about Smoke even before it was finished

A couple of things that are probably not really news for the people frequenting our site. Far Out magazine has a story about Lars Ulrich’s favourite band, you know which one: His love affair with music dates back to a concert in 1973 in Copenhagen at the K.B. Hallen when he witnessed Deep Purple in […]

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Gregorian chant one day, Bob Dylan the other

On this slow news day the mailman brought us a couple of semi-interesting tidbits for the trainspotting department. In a recent interview, Hollywood star Jim Carrey professes his love for Deep Purple and recommends Lazy off Machine Head in particular as “one of the great, great jams ever”.

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Burntwood Hall up for sale

Mansion Global reports that a stately country house in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, once owned by Jon Lord is up for sale. The Burntwood Hall has an eponymous track dedicated to it on Jon’s ’82 Before I Forget album. Today, Kate and Ian Gethin are the owners of the home. They paid a little over £5 million […]

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The last common ancestors

It’s not that we can quote a preeminent scientific publication in every news item here on THS, but today’s the day. An article in Communications Biology, a Nature family journal, enticingly entitled Miniaturization during a Silurian environmental crisis generated the modern brittle star body plan deals with 420+ million years old fossils of modern starfish […]

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Knowing me, knowing you

Blackmore’s admiration for ABBA is well documented. Now it turns out that the feeling was sort of mutual. Total Guitar has a curious interview with Swedish session man Janne Schaffer, who recorded on 50 of the 98 tracks released by the band in their heyday. What were the most guitar-heavy tracks you recorded with ABBA? […]

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Bremen town mad dog

This is a little gem that you can watch inside.

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An epic battle of snobbery vs. Dionysus

In case you have nothing better to do over the holidays, why not sit down and read a fictional story about Vladimir Nabokov encountering a certain band in Montreux in 1971. Nabokov vs Deep Purple is written by one Mark Rudolph, in a genre self described as a post postmodern humor. The story is written […]

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Gone fishin’

Adrian Smith, one half of the classic Iron Maiden’s signature twin guitars, is doing interviews promoting a book of memoirs about his other passion — fishing (with a good measure of musical anecdotage thrown in). He recently guested on Blue Fish Radio to discuss the book and his career. Here’s how he describes that crucial […]

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