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Metal at 40


This morning, January 3, BBC Radio 4 broadcasted a programme celebrating 40 years of Heavy Metal, focusing on founding fathers: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Some short interview clips from the 80s with Robert Plant and David Lee Roth, plus new interviews with the Sab’s first manager and Gillan. Usual stories – why he quit, the story behind Smoke (Eden au Lac version) etc.

You can listen to the show at the Radio 4 web site (you can choose from Flash player with high bitrate and standalone RealMedia stream at 64 kbps max).

Thanks to Doug MacBeath for the info.

10 Comments to “Metal at 40”:

  1. 1
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Agaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn :

    Purple and Zeppelin are NOT metal.

    Don’t you get it after all those years??????

  2. 2
    Mark Bee says:

    Al Gore invented metal.

  3. 3
    UruguayPurple says:

    It´s about the HISTORY of heavy metal, not the metal nowadays.
    They´re not metal as we know it now….but they´re the FATHERS, all the metal scene came from Purple, Zep and Sabbath, all the metal bands took something from them, nobody can deny it.
    Cheers from Uruguay, Sth.America, hoping to see the band again.

  4. 4
    Stranger1984 says:

    purplepriest that’s very true.. metal is something that i do when i’m working(making tractors :D).. and why the heck is there a thing called metal in music?!?!? Rock ‘n’ roll’s rock don’t mean the stone either.. Like Gillan preaches on his DVD, heavy metal is the most horrible word to describe a music genre, he’d rather call it racket 😀

  5. 5
    AndreA says:

    I’m agree with Uruguaypurple,anyway if I take HARD LOVIN’MAN from InRock I say that this piece is heavier than nowdays metalband….I’d like to listen this heavy song on stage…with modern sound….it could be fantastic,they’d break the a** to many most famous metal band if they want!

  6. 6
    Tail Gunner says:

    Heavy Metal?

    Aint that what the yanks dropped all over the middle east?

  7. 7
    Seven-47 says:


  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    There is a musicdoc about the genre ROCK and AGAIN(grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!)they are shown in the show together with metalbands………………..

    Ofcourse they have influenced people from that genre but :

    PUNK had a lot to do(IMHO, I should say) with influencing metal and EVERYBODY can understand that PUNK and CLASSIC ROCK(Which is being used in the last years as word for the genre concering old school rock)are very different!!!!!

    I know that Ian Gillan also dissaproves of the word Classic Rock.
    But, I do not want to start the SETLIST FRUSTRATION theme again, like many others have said as well :
    DP are a bit hypocritical about being labelled “Classic Rock” because LIVE they underline the stigma in a negative way by playing way too many “well known tracks”.

    I am convinced they SHOULD play newer material again and again.
    And if the material is as strong as the PURPENDICULAR ones those tracks might become “classics in their own right” as well.
    Why should Rosa’s Cantina be less popular LIVE than HUSH?

    I always loved Classical(…)stuff like bach, Chopin and so on.
    So then, …………..

    Be proud of that and show us your integrity(?)by playingg newer stuff and tracks like HardLovin’man……..Yep, things like that too.

    Start with :

    1)And the adress/Mandrake root”
    2) Newer stuff then
    3) HardLovin’man/Fools/Rat bat Blue ….time…………..Things like that
    4) newer stuff again
    5) Don airey solo spot. NO STARWARS!!!! Be the great successor of Jon LORD, not a synth fucker.
    6) Reunion stuff tracks like (lesser played )songs from HOBL and PS and The battle rages On…………: DOA, Unwritten law, Strangeways……

    Oops, Now I did it again……………….

    Don’t crucify me.
    I will stumble back on it myself………

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    Mr Jone says:

    I was just thinking about this…how sick I am of “smoke on the water” and “Highway Star”. I hate those songs now. Why? Cause they’re played to death, and then some.

    Personally, my faves is from the Purpendicular and Bananas albums(save for the lousy production on the latter)

    But, that’s just me. I know a lot of people would get disappointed if they didn’t play them.

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    dpprpl says:

    Sad to report but Hard Lovin’ Man live is not going to happen. I was backstage in the Mexico City concert and asked Roger about it, he said it doesn’t work live, then I replied it was funny since Iron Maiden has made a career out of that track and he just laughed and said bye: and off to the stage!
    That’s the DP part in the Heavy Metal history, they explored into new territories and opened many doors of interpretation. As classifications go, they apply to so many of them it really doesn’t matter:
    Yes, Deep Purple started Heavy Metal but it’s definitely not a heavy metal band. Think about progressive, they were one of the bands to get it started it just as well, and they’re not thought as being a progressive band.
    and btw, The Spanish Archer is a fantastic solo made into a song! (with the structure of Beethoven’s Ninth er- rather Difficult to Cure)
    Cheers. (I also talked with Steve and Don, -lucky dog!!)

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