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Morse and Hughes in Tommy Bolin tribute

Steve Morse and Glenn Hughes both have contributed to an upcoming Tommy Bolin tribute album. The album, yet unnamed, is being put together by producer Greg Hampton of the Tommy Bolin Whips and Roses fame. Fabrizio Grossi (Whips & Roses I & II, Glenn Hughes) is also on board as Associate Producer/Mix Engineer. Other musicians who already recorded their parts are:

  • Steve Lukather (Toto, solo)
  • Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Brothers)
  • Brad Whitford (Aerosmith)
  • Nels Cline (Wilco, solo)
  • Oz Noy (Roger Glover, Nile Rodgers, solo)
  • John Scofield (Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, solo)
  • Prairie Prince (The Tubes, drums on Savannah Woman and Wild Dogs)
  • Peter Frampton (Humble Pie, solo)
  • Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)
  • Joe Bonamassa (Black Country Communion, solo)

Also in negotiation or committed to the project are Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Tom Morello and Derek Trucks.

Thanks to Tommy Bolin Archives and Blabbermouth for the info.

29 Comments to “Morse and Hughes in Tommy Bolin tribute”:

  1. 1
    Roberto says:

    Prairie Prince was not the drummer on Savannah Woman and Wild Dogs!
    anyway Tommy is, in my opinion,the most underrated guitar player ever…just listen to ‘teaser'(with a wonderful production made by Tommy Bolin too) ‘from the archivies vol.1’ and ‘whispersandroses vol.1’…he could play anything with his own style, being so young and writing wonderful material…I’m glad steve morse would partecipate in…

  2. 2
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @1: Maybe he drums on those tracks on this tribute album?

  3. 3
    Vincek says:

    I love Tommy Bolin!
    It is unfortunate that MK4 is not recorded another album!

  4. 4
    Dave says:

    Prairie Prince did play on those songs, as well as the versions on Whips & Roses. It’s in the Touched By Magic book, which also talks about this tribute album. The “few other surpises” might include some of Tommy’s playing on it as well. Should be awesome.

  5. 5
    SEVEN-47 says:

    Looking forward to this, I’ve always appreciated his style of playing. I liked the direction he took THE JAMES GANG after replacing Joe Walsh, and the direction DEEP PURPLE was going before their premature demise.

  6. 6
    max says:

    Ah…what a bunch of first class players! The appearance of artists like John Scofield and Warren Haynes makes it pretty clear that this seems to be NOT your average tribute album – the kind we`re washed away by theses days. (Apart from the fact that Joe Lynn Turner is not listed here…). I`m really looking forward to it and hope it will live up to the high expectations…

  7. 7
    Joanna says:

    Peter Frampton! How nice. I saw him live in Brighton. I’m sure the album will be cool! I’m looking forward.

  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    It might be possible that this time around an ENJOYABLE tribute is recorded.

    It saddens me to say that I, more than instrumental parts, love Tommy s VOICE.

    The warmth in his voice I d like to compare with the full richness of Rod Evans.

    And unlike many others, I believe that Joe Lynn Turner is more able than Glenn to delivber vocals in this style.

    Glenn is great but too often he spoils it by going overboard and/or singing wayyyyyyyyyyyyy to high.

    Very eagerly looking forward to BCC II though : )

    Way back I got stoned and ex communicated for comments like this on a Glenn Hughes board but overhere more people understand the ” contradictions”.

    Ok, lets put up another ” tribute( : ) related topic :

    I hope that OTR will again play shows this year in my “region”.

    I could ditch them in favour of KANSAS though.
    I d like to see both but more than ever my budget is on the verge of recession.(….)


  9. 9
    Roberto says:

    @4 but if you read inside the ‘teaser’ booklet the drummer is not Praire, maybe he recorded other versions than the ones appeared on the ‘teaser’ album..

  10. 10
    stoffer says:

    Roberto—Teaser LP cover literally 12″ in front of me, Savannah Woman, (Drums: Prairie Prince)
    Wild Dogs, (Drums: Prairie Prince) btw what a great, great record! 🙂

  11. 11
    Rascal says:

    This maybe a very interesting tribute to TM. Some good names involved. Goood to see Myles Kennedy, and Warren Haynes up there!

    At least this involves artists that dont attempt to make careers out of the ‘tribute’ scene.

    Should be worth a listen

  12. 12
    Jim Sheridan says:

    Purplepriest, I know what you mean. Glenn has a terrific voice, better than most. He does unfortunately give in to the temptation of what I call hamming it up. One of the cool things about Tommy Bolin’s singing is that he never did any of that, none of the sighs or screams or wooo yeah baby baby babies that Hughes (or even Plant or Coverdale or Roth) get into.

    From what I have read, Billy Gibbons has indeed laid down his guitar parts for this also.

  13. 13
    Roberto says:

    @10….yes you are right…sorry…
    anyway I think that album is a masterpiece….Tommy is the most underrated guitar player ever (with his own style sound and incredibly versatility) and songwriter too!!!!
    I love too his voice, very warm as @8 said (even if his vocal range was very small, but that was not a problem)…and don’t forget the production of ‘teaser’ album which is really incredible…Tommy took part in the production!!!So I think Tommy was a genius…
    As a drummer I want to add that the performance of the drummer Narada Michael Walden is one of the most,if not the most terrific drums execution I have ever heard…

  14. 14
    George Fotis says:

    I would prefer to buy a unreleased live recording over this. That way you can hear the real Tommy & not somebody else playing his tunes. The Deep Purple livein Miami 76 bootleg sounds fantastic. You can’t hear him playing much better than that, he was his best. Some of those rare recoding needs to be released!

  15. 15
    Roberto says:

    @14 are you referring to ‘on the wings of a russian foxtrat – live california 1976? that one is an official album and not a bootleg…anyway a masterpiece of a live album in my opinion…

  16. 16
    jim sheridan says:

    Roberto, he is indeed talking about a bootleg of DP in Miami on their US tour. One of the best Mark IV shows we have.

  17. 17
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    YES Roberto,

    You are indeed correct about this particular concert. I had the luxury of attending that concert and was totally blown away by the overall performance of the Whole Band that night. It’s one of those defining moments in time I suspect. The fact that over the time of his tenor with Purple, having the inconsistent ability to play up to snuff due to his addiction and whatnot, it was hit or miss (mostly miss) as to the quality of Bolin’s ability and performance from show to show. When I came across the Miami Bootleg and put it in my sound system, I was able to totally relive the moment and confirm the fact that on That night, he and the rest of the band Were Truly DEEP PURPLE.

    If any of you do anything at all, make sure you track down This bootleg. It will clear up any doubts about who they should have been and what they could have continued with had he and Hughes not indulged into the substance game thereby ironically reducing the Substance of the Band…..

    As far as this Tribute Album, I like the variety of performers that are on it. The Hughes/JLT discussion is of no substance. Hughes had a close relationship with Tommy (unfortunately) in and out of Purple. He sang backup on TEASER. He lost a friend when Tommy passed and is an Obvious No-Brainer choice to take part in this endeavor…..JLT on the other hand????? Tommy was a Guitarist extraordinaire whom would also Sing, but even though he had a soothing tone and genuine ability to hold a note, he wasn’t known for his voice. Vocals aren’t the main issue here. JLT is just doing what JLT does. Tributes. Nothing wrong with it, but to argue as to who is the better voice for a Bolin song is mute as far as I’m concerned. It again (hopefully) isn’t supposed to be an emulation of Bolin but a Tribute, as with the DIO Tribute show. Complaining that the singers didn’t sound enough like DIO was absurd. DIO is DIO. BOLIN was BOLIN. Hopefully, they will play His songs with Their interpretation of them, yet keep somewhat in line with their original feel…..Steve Morse is a Great choice for this and I would have loved to see Jeff Beck too. Actually Blackmore should have taken part. That would have been a classy way for him to give credence to the Man whom kept Purple alive after he Bailed……..Would love to hear a Blackmore version of Teaser……


  18. 18
    purplepriest1965 says:

    ” The man that kept Purple alive”.

    Although I have a big soft spot for Tommy I dont think your assesment is right.

    Probably you dislike me using a quote(Correct me if you think I quote wrong, please)but wasnt it Jon Lord that said :

    ” Everywhere we went the choice for Tommy led to unravelling our reputation.”.

    Well, something along these lines.

    Unfortunately I did think of this comment by Lord last week as well.
    Maybe they are still going to shut me up, but right now I feel current DP is doing something alike with their ” approach”.

    About the DRUG ISSUE.

    Enlighten me but where did you find the material that it was Glenn that led Tommy into drugs?
    AFAIK Tommy was a drugaddict before he met G.

    A friend of mine complained about his hero keith Emerson.
    Reading his autobiography this friend seemed to be genuinely surprised Keith took so many drugs in the past.
    He was convinced Keith must have been led into this shit because he met up with Zeppelin a lot.

    My reply :

    Ritchie met up a lot as well, espescially with Bonzo.
    Can anybody tell me now if my idea is naive that Blackers always stayed clean?

    Ofcourse its a hypocritical debate because alcohol is a (hard-)drug as well.

    Well, at least RB did not pollute the air people around him tried to breath.
    Let alone the stench of this bewildering phenomena.

  19. 19
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Priest…again you maintain your abstinence toward the fact that Purple was and Is Purple without your Man in Tights….

    As I stated….it was hit or miss as to Bolin’s performance during his short lived tenor. Lord was, at the time eluding to the fact that they did receive much negative responses on the first out offerings from the ‘Hardcore’ Blackmore fans. As our present hero Steve Morse also received. Then upon his lack luster performances from time to time, due to his addiction, it became evident that unless he changed, it was ‘going down’……

    The remark regarding Hughes and the drug thing is this…Yes Tommy was already into the Drug issue. Unfortunately, teaming up with yet another Druggy, combined with the sudden impact of the ‘Big Time’ with Purple and the money to boot, thereby contributing to his habit, the result was super out of control abuse and the rest is history. ‘Show me your friends, and I’ll show you who you are’. Yes, Blackers and many others are lucky enough to have enough discipline to ‘Just say No’. The weaker don’t. So, in befriending the Other Addict in the band, obviously paved the way for what is now a tragic legacy in the Purple realm.

    That being said, the evidence does exist as to the skill and ability that Bolin did have. It is proven in his prior recordings before his massive success with Purple. All of which were absolute magical moments. CTTB is another example. Unfortunately, he rarely duplicated the performance Live. The Miami Show is as close as it gets and truly did give a snapshot into his genious…..

    As far as your typical bitching remark regarding Morse as usual….Time to change your name to ‘Re-Mark’ instead of just Mark, since you constantly repeat and make the same Remarks over and over and over regarding the MIA Man in Tights.


  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Ok, mmhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Drugs are bad.

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Who s Mia?

  22. 22
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Missing In Action…….

  23. 23
    Joe Morrissey says:

    Prairie did indeed play the drums on Savannah Woman and Wuld Dogs Looking forward to the Tribute cd as well as Teaser Deluxe being released March 8th. Only hope that one day a really well done Documentary or movie about Tommy’s life will be made.

  24. 24
    BlackSparrow says:

    Tommy had a great sound in the studio. Got to agree with Jon Lord his live performance or lack of performance were frightening at least. Saw him or them being Deep Purple at Long Beach and I must say to this day I have no idea what I was hearing or seeing it was one of the worst if not the worst show I have ever seen. May Tommy Rest In Peace. dawn may soon be breaking the day has just begun………

  25. 25
    Roberto says:

    @24 hope you are not referring to the show recorded on the cds ‘on the wings of a russian foxtrat – live california 1976′ which is a masterpiece of a live album in my opinion…the best deep purple ever did after MIJ….

  26. 26
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Personally I feel it would be fitting for the Present Purple to do a song on the album. ‘Owed to G’ would be perfect and Gillan could maybe ad some Harmonica instead of sing since he refuses to do anything from that era…..



  27. 27
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Present Purple





  28. 28
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    In the Toilet


    Thank goodness I like DP.


  29. 29
    Bill Major says:

    Tommy fell apart because of the heroin. Listen to Billy Cobham’s Spectrum and even the James Gang stuff and the Alfonse Monzon stuff. He did the Cobham thing when he was 23. Blacksparrow is right. I saw them in Atlanta within a month of the Long Beach Show which was recorded for King Biscuit and they did not come on stage until 11:00 and Coverdale had to basically prop him up on stage. It was bleak. Very bad show. It did not take him long to go down the tubes. Really a shame because he could play when he was 20 to 23 and he really wrote great stuff. I love guys like that can cover the whole “Spectrum” of styles the way he did. How many people can go from Savannah Woman to The Dealer. Just a shame.

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