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Hopes and revelations

More Purple coverage in the press, albeit not quite on the magazine covers level. MOJO issue 369 (August 2024, with Stevie Nicks on the cover) has an extensive interview with the junior pole-vaulter-turned-vocal-acrobat Ian Gillan, covering his career from the first interests in music up to the present day. From Hounslow to the Lake Geneva […]

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Get away with and get paid for it

Louder Sound reprints an old Classic Rock feature on the formation of Mark 2, from Chris Curtis to Fireball. This was originally penned by late Pete Makowski for the Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple special issue. It all began when Chris Curtis, the former drummer/singer with Merseybeat band The Searchers, approached London businessman Tony […]

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Top five on the planet

Black Country Communion are on the cover of UK’s Powerplay magazine (#274, June 2024), with a Glenn Hughes interview inside. It should not come as a surprise that being shy is just not in his vocabulary. Black Country Communion return after a seven year absence with glorious new album ‘V’. We chat to Glenn Hughes […]

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This time in English

The latest (#44, June-July 2024) issue of the Rock Candy magazine has Q&A with Roger Glover, and a feature on Black Country Communion and their new album. The issue can be purchased directly from the publisher for £7 (plus £2 UK/£5 abroad postage for the dead-tree format).

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The loudest and longest encore

Bristol 24/7 has a review of a new book The West’s Greatest Rock Shows 1963-1978, complete with the cover photo of Deep Purple Mark 3 on stage in all their bell-bottomed and platform-shoed glory, and excerpts covering reviews of several local gigs, including said Mark 3 at the Colston Hall in Bristol, on May 20, […]

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Tickets from 75p to £2

Scottish newspaper The Courier has a historic account of a Deep Purple concert at the Caird Hall in Dundee on April 18, 1974. It is accompanied by some never before published pictures from the gig. These rare colour photographs document the night Deep Purple kicked off their UK tour in Dundee 50 years ago. They […]

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Grateful for the blind faith

An interview with Roger Glover, originally published in the issue of New Musical Express dated June 19, 1971. Roger very prophetically talks about retiring from the incessant touring in a couple of years to focus on the production work. As we all know, this is pretty much what actually happened, albeit for all the wrong […]

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Not like lumpy elephants in the sky

Back in 2008, Ultimate Guitar has published a 1975 vintage interview with Ian Gillan, conducted just before the release of Ian Gillan Band first album Child in Time. It is preceded by a long-winded explanation from the interviewer on how stupid he was in his younger years. On with the main course: Could someone find […]

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Triumph snatched from the flames of disaster

Well, the 2024 remix of Machine Head is upon us, and Louder Sound has a brief overview. The print edition of the Classic Rock magazine has announced issue 326, out on March 28, 2024, with the very Purple cover story. In issue 326’s cover feature, band members and other stars talk about their favourite Deep […]

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Nine hectic days

Louder Sound has republished a contemporary feature on the first Flying Colors album, released in 2012. It originally appeared in the Prog magazine from the Classic Rock stable, and was based on the input from all five members of the band. What’s gone almost unknown until now is that Kerry Livgren almost became a member […]

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