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Live in London 2002

Another release in the Soundboard Series is expected on August 13, 2021 — Live in London 2002. This show, from February 22, 2002, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, is infamous for a couple of reasons. First, it was the last show that Jon Lord played with the band from start to finish. He submitted […]

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Leaving them in a state of limp shock

This review of a Deep Purple performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on May 25, 1970 had originally appeared in the New Musical Express on May 30 that year: WHEN Jimi Hendrix broke up his Experience and went back to America, a huge gap was left in Britain. On-stage excitement was hard to […]

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To soothe the savage breast

Music History for Those Who Are Able to Read has a new addition — a reprint of a contemporary review of the original Concerto performance that appeared in October 4, 1969, issue of the New Musical Express. “The gulf remains wide and unabridged.” “Pop and classics just don’t mix… so the pop group had its […]

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UK tour postponed to 2022

Just as Big Ian said today on the radio, the Deep Purple UK tour has been postponed to October 2022. The dates were originally booked for October 2020, rescheduled for October 2021 due to the pandemic, and now rescheduled yet again. Same 5 cities, a bit different running order: London on the 20th, Glasgow on […]

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The planet will be fine after we’re gone

Ian Gillan was on the Lyme Bay Radio today, May 7, for the full 2 hours. As one can imagine, a lot of ground was covered during that time. The takeaway points (off the top of my head) were something like the following: there will be no live shows for the band until February 2022; […]

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Friday with Big Ian

Ian Gillan will be a special guest on his hometown station Lyme Bay Radio tomorrow, Friday, May 7, 2021, between 4 and 6 pm. The show is called Finally Friday, and apparently it will be a one off. Ian will be chatting “about life, lockdown and Lyme Regis; and possibly a little about his outstanding […]

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Laden with mystique and compulsion

A review of the Hallelujah single originally published in New Musical Express on August 2, 1969, was posted by Geir Myklebust in his blog Music History for Those Who Are Able to Read. Due to the brevity of the review, we take the liberty of reproducing it here in full. This is a review of […]

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Purple memorabilia at a charity auction

Bridport & Lime Regis News reports that Ian Gillan have donated several items for a charity auction run by the local Rotary Club. There are some recent vinyls and DVDs, and a few books. Nothing ultra rare, in other words (well, there’s this promo copy of Naked Thunder, but that’s about it, we think). Some […]

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That time Jon wished he was an accountant instead

Another article originally published in New Musical Express on July 8, 1972. This one is by Tony Norman and based around an interview with Jon Lord that must have been taken, according to the description, during the day on July 1. The question discussed appears to be the rumours of the imminent split of the […]

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Funny hat and swayed at the hip

Geir Myklebust continues posting vintage Purple articles with a review of a gig at the Rainbow Astoria in London originally published by New Musical Express on July 8, 1972. The gig in question then would be one of the two concerts the band gave there on June 30 and July 1. Deep Purple had just […]

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