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They daren’t become complacent

My Things – Music history for those who are able to read is a music blog dedicated to reprinting articles from old music magazines and papers from the past 50 years or so. And there are quite a few Purple related ones. Take, for example, this report in Sounds, dated March 13, 1976 — from […]

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Bed and a book

Ian Gillan was interviewed by The Guardian. The interesting tidbits (among the old anecdotes previously seen elsewhere) are that he is in touch with Blackmore: Ritchie has nothing electronic in his house – no computers, no telephones, nothing like that. So he’s completely unreachable. But we do pass messages, and the atmosphere is quite good. […]

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We do is what pleases us

Rock Candy magazine has Deep Purple as their cover story of issue 21 (August/September 2020). Inside is a feature promoting Whoosh that includes interviews with both Ian and Ian. Check out the opening spread (pdf). Couple of quotes from Gillan: The early days were fabulous. Everything was new and wonderful and shocking. Things got bigger […]

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How In Rock was made

Louder Sound (née Classic Rock) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of In Rock by reprinting in fresh electrons a feature that first appeared in issue 83 of the magazine on the occasion of the album’s 35th. Heavy rock, hard rock, pomp rock, space rock, heavy metal – they’re all genres that today’s average music fan […]

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From Bosch to Marsden

Several new Purple related items appeared in European press. German magazine Mint dedicates no less than 40 pages to all things Purple in its May 2020 issue (#36). Among them: complete album guide; feature on Machine Head; Ian Gillan on Vanilla Fudge; Steve Morse on The Well-Tempered Synthesizer; Ian Paice on Gene Krupa; profile of […]

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It’s not just the virus

David Coverdale announced today that all remaining Whitesnake tours for 2020 — the mainland Europe, the UK, and the double header with Sammy Hagar in the US — are now cancelled.

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Don Airey’s UK tour cancelled

Don Airey & Friends UK tour in February 2020 appears to have been cancelled. It was supposed to be a double bill with Brian Downey’s Alive and Dangerous, and the following appears on the latter’s website: Shows Cancelled January 17, 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT: The following dates have been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Apologies for any […]

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July morning in January

Don Airey will be performing with Uriah Heep in place of Phil Lanzon on the two upcoming German gigs: January 14th in Würzburg and 15th in Frankfurt. Phil will not be able to perform due to family matters — he had lost his eldest son to cancer just before Christmas. Don graciously agreed to step […]

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The ham-fisted philosopher

An outfit called Sonicbond Publishing has a new-ish book in their ‘every album, every song’ series — Deep Purple & Rainbow 1968–1979 – Every album, every song. It came out in June 2019, but slipped completely under our radar. Now there’s even a Czech language edition available. An Amazon review by Short person (yeah, right) […]

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The Voice of Rock Candy

Glenn Hughes is on the cover of the latest (December 2019/January 2020) issue of British magazine Candy Rock. Inside is a 14-page article based around an interview with the man. BraveWords has quotes of him praising Gary Moore: I’ve played with the greatest guitar players of them all – people like Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, […]

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