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To thine own self be true

Don Airey, 2002. Photo: Nick Soveiko.

DeepPurple.org has an exclusive interview with Don Airey. He talks about his new album A Light in the Sky, Stanley Kubrick, Aurora Borealis, ways to cope with musicians’ stress, and jamming in 7/4.

Read the interview here.

Thanks to Mike Garrett and Gordon Dale for the info.

18 Comments to “To thine own self be true”:

  1. 1
    T says:

    Every Purple fan should visit this interview and then click on the link to the sample “Shooting Star.” Let me save you some time:


    From the first growls of the Hammond, this song is fabulous! Parts are a little reminiscent of “Perfect Strangers,” but the rest would have been at home on “Down to Earth.” Graham Bonnet would have been right at home.

    The riff could have been saved for Purple’s next album!

    Looking forward to *this* one. Enjoy!

  2. 2
    micke says:

    Sure, this one could fit niceley on a Purple album.

  3. 3
    Patrick says:

    wow is this a outtake from down to earth ?? 🙂 is it juss me or don’s playing is getting super heavy !!? hmmm……..

  4. 4
    Reinaldo Alves says:

    This is good DON !!!

    really good. Come with intro and solos like this in the next Purple album, please…

  5. 5
    Bo says:

    Great music from a VERY great person. Since to old days with Rainbow (even in the studio in Copenhagen) you habe ALWAYS been a true gentleman. Look forward to see you soon.

  6. 6
    elprupdeep says:

    more hammond like this Don please for the next DP album god this is good. Intro is a top one. its like an appetiser you know before a good meal or a fourplay before a good hummm f…something.cheers guys long live Don & DP.

  7. 7
    Scratchplate1 says:

    Do you guys really like this?? It sounds like paint by numbers 80’s Metal to me…I for one would be very disapointed if this were on the next Purple album;((

  8. 8
    David P says:

    An average song with a good production. I wish that the next Purplealbum has a clear sound like this…

  9. 9
    Wizard says:

    Ah yes, this is quite good and with a little tweaking, I think that at least part of that sounds like it could work on a Purple CD, Different ideas are always welcome, I think that Blackmore would like those lyrics

  10. 10
    David Sanderson says:

    The vocals sound like Biff Byford having his bollocks gripped like Gene Hackman did to that redneck in missippi burning in the bar scene, in short it sounds like a typical 80’s opening act with limited PA use, my old school reports consisted of much do better, back to school Don.

  11. 11
    stoffer says:

    Very good song by Don, (hammond sounds gooooood!). I would like to hear more though.

  12. 12
    purplepriest1965@hotmail.com says:

    Does NOT remind me of DOWN TO EARTH which is one of my favourites.

    I like the sound , the Hammond(I wish Jon came back to do a rerun on Perfect Strangers and House of Blue Light and The Battle Rages On……………..SYNTHS are dreadful. I said it then and I was RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)but I am not very happy with the singer……….

    I do like harmonies though…………..

  13. 13
    purplepriest1965@hotmail.com says:

    Concerning DP playing the Kremlin (yeah,I was asleep) ;

    Joe Lynn Turner(around 1990) :

    “Let’s face it, the CREDIBILITY is lost. We have to crawl our way back up like bitches…”

    Maybe Ian Gillan heard : Whores instead of bitches?

  14. 14
    Scratchplate1 says:

    Doesn’t this riff sound a little like a staggerd version of knockin’ at you back door?? And as for blackmore liking the lyrics i quote “Rock me like a huricane?” “Take me to a cosmic plain?” I don’t think so…they are so dumb!! Perhaps we may have heard them once or twice before…? Back in the 70’s/80’s? Nothing wrong with that era of course…i loved it. But this music of ours should be more challenging and progressive…Don is of course an incredible musician and I know he loves rock. But I’m pretty sure that if he played this to Purple for potential inclusion on there next album, it would have been rejected!

  15. 15
    purplepriest1965@hotmail.com says:

    Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,” any HAMMOND flavour like in “Sun Goes down” or in this song………………………
    But what the hell………………….

    Let’s celibrate the return of the Man in Black……….

    Yeah, I know…………Difficult To Cure………

  16. 16
    Tricky Trev says:

    Ham it up for this cheesey song, Ham and cheese in a sandwich = filler, this song is a filler, nothing more, put it between 2 rounds of bread, eat and forget, typical filler.

  17. 17
    Tracy Heyder says:

    Actually, all in all not a bad tune…..

    Lyrics and vocals kill it. If it was shortend in the middle by around a minute, and proper lyrics and vocal put on, it would be a pretty good song. The refrain 3 minutes into the song is great, but needs to happen a minute sooner and remove the sinceless vocal chatter during it.

    Singer sounds like a cross between JLT and Joey Tempest from “Europe”. Both great singers, but both make my skin crawl and I can only take them for a short time. After a short while, I want to pour gasoline all over myself and strike a match.

    Not a bad tune at all, once you redo it with proper vocals and lyrics.

    My opinion….but SPOT ON!!!!!


  18. 18
    Reidy says:

    This is exactly the kind of stuff purple have resorted to all too often since they reformed. The question I always ask is, ‘if it was on In Rock, or Fireball, would you have bought it?’ The answer’s ‘no’. Fine for your average, run of the mill tripe-peddlar, but not what Purple should aspire to. Would have fitted with most of the crap on ‘House of Blue Light’, but thankfully, nowhere near as good as ‘Rapture…’.

    And on the subject of lyrics, Blackmore has been happy with some of the tosspot lyrics written for Rainbow and, to a lesser degree, Purple since they reformed, so he’s not the best of judges.

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