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On the Lake Geneva shoreline

Euronews has a news report on the closing of the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival featuring our heroes:

Thanks to Space Truckin from deep-purple.ru for the link.

27 Comments to “On the Lake Geneva shoreline”:

  1. 1
    Pete says:

    Outstanding…. How about the whole song ?

  2. 2
    BIG AL says:

    It just doesn’t seem right without Blackers @ the healm!!After all, he wrote the riff!!

  3. 3
    micke says:

    “Infamous riff…” mmm, ok.

  4. 4
    MrPtheDPfan says:

    “It just doesn’t seem right without Blackers @ the healm!!After all, he wrote the riff!!” …..Hey Al , it’s not just you who feels this way . This keeps coming up , time and time again . But realistically . give it the hell up .RB is not interested in performing and or recording with the band . And probably never will . So what do all the Morse haters (or whatever you want to call the detractors) want these guys to do . Just quit?Never perform these songs again? Sit on their hands ? Start brand new bands ? Sorry that these things happen , but trouble happens in bands just like any business . I , for one am very happy that they have found a way to play on . It’s not the same , no . But it’s still a hell of a show . Roger , I think I read is 69 years old ? For chrisakes , how many good years have these gentlemen have left ? Many . I hope . But time is marching on. You want to bitch ? Fine , but I’d rather enjoy the music . How many bands of this age still have 3 of the 5 most famous members ? NOT MANY ! Rock On DP !

  5. 5
    Roberto says:

    that china is an aeroplane…but less than his right crash…

  6. 6
    Skúli says:

    Riff seems just right.

  7. 7
    HardRockPete says:

    Roger is closing in on 66, not 69:-)

    Even if Gillans voice isn’t quite up for the harder numbers anymore (at least not every night), like Highway Star and Into The Fire where he sounds a bit dodgy at the moment, they still have a life ahead of them. They still have a lot of fun on stage, they enjoy what they do, they enjoy touring, they enjoy playing good music in front of an audience and I, as a long time fan who’s accepted the personel changes and (few) changes musical direction, I still love taking in a Purple show. They’re the soundtrack of my life!! During the early 80s, when I became a fan, I listened to the late 60s/ early/ mid 70s stuff, after 84 I listened to PS, and only PS, for over a year, after the 93 tour (when I saw them live for the first time, MKII) I’ve been “with them” for each step of the way. They’re my band, they’re my guys. I wish them all the best, no matter who’s playing the guitar or the keyboard. They’re top notch!!! They’re MY BAND! They’re MY GUYS!!!

    Many “die-hards” believe that they couldn’t survive without Blackers. Then they recorded Purpendicular, their best record since Perfect Strangers. PS could easily been the follow-up to WDWTWA, Purp could’ve been the follow-up to PS. With Airey they’ve done two good records with a couple of dodgy tracks and a production worthy of NOTHING. Nontheless, in a live setting the songs work incredible well.

    Hail to Purple!! May you long continue!!!

  8. 8
    buttocks says:

    @4 Could not agree more with your analysis, you hit the nail on the head and put Blackmore to bed. The band has moved on as so……..Ritchie, just be thankful that we can enjoy the time left with the band before the sunsets.

  9. 9
    MacGregor says:

    MrPthe so called Dp fan, seems to think that a charade is real? Purple was & always will be Messrs Blackmore, Lord & Paice with whoever was on bass guitar & vocals! I guess it is a sign of the times, that certain people go for the shallow things in life, because they cannot get the real anymore! Better off with the real mate, it lasts a lot longer!

  10. 10
    SEVEN-47 says:

    Couldn’t agree more “MrPtheDPfan!”

  11. 11
    Mads Rud Larsen says:

    I agree with all you said you MrPtheDPfan!
    besides that: Roger is 65, 66 at 30 December 😉

  12. 12
    BIG AL says:


  13. 13
    olivier says:

    everytime I read a comment like (2) I get the impression the guy just woke up from a ten years sleep…

    And frankly there is a lot of musicality, groove, swing, sweat, power, fun, feelings experiments and great writing skills in everything they did since ’96 so I don’t mind if it’s different.

  14. 14
    Woodruff P Hoppinstopp says:

    Saw D.P at Bethel N.Y this year and they are better than ever. Ritchie and Jon Lord are great but not missed at this show. Power to the Purple

  15. 15
    BIG AL says:


  16. 16
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Same ole jargon from the same ole Pinheads…..

    One thing is for certain, the RB Worshippers are an unhappy bunch. Constantly bitching about something that they have no control over except limiting their music appreciation to a dead end road. There is plenty of Old Blackmore Purple to listen to whiners. Just plug in your headphones and dig up your Old stuff and be happy. Meanwhile, the rest of us will do the same along with enjoying the rest of the Purple catalogue of outstanding music that has and will come our way. Long live Purple, no matter what MK is in existence. It’s guaranteed Purple Rock.


  17. 17
    MacGregor says:

    Yes it hilarious to see Trace the Zero Hero’s comments! Pinhead indeed!
    We worship no-one & are simply stating our opinion, just like she is, although without the drivel. No whining here also & no bitching indeed! I note the words she chooses to use, Ha! There isn’t any limitation to the music that I am into & I appreciate the real deal in music, especially these days as the class has disappeared out of the class, so to speak.

  18. 18
    Annemie says:

    That’s the point… NOW …there ISN’T anything to enjoy…
    And pinheads or not…they keep on using 80% Mk2 stuff which they aren’t able anymore to perform…
    But …I wish all the best to all happy heathatheads 8)
    Cheers !!!

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

    @16 &17….

    Again. Been to any shows lately? Seen this last venture? If not, why express what you don’t know? Whatever tunes they play, from whatever era they choose, they do it up right. As much as I would love more MK7/8 tunes in the set, I still enjoy what they do still. This latest outing is different than the rest. Even though they chose the set list they did, they showed a different vibe. Morse and Airey were showcased much more than in the past, and I believe when they release and tour the new album, they will bump it up even more.


  20. 20
    Annemie says:

    # 17
    First class comment too 🙂

    Oh Tracy…are you feeling well? You are answering your own comment 😀

    Concerning last showcases, I noticed that Steve works hard and that tries to do his very best in variety and tunes.Steve would be a wonderful country or Irish folk guitarist, but he owns no hard rock soul.I think he found that out for himself, for sure during this last years. Once more, this man does truly all he can…even reproducing certain Blackmore tunes as for ex. in Highwaystar.Tunes at which he says he is proud to RE-discover…they would go back to the roots….that speaks for itselves, doesn’t it?

    Concerning Airey, the man who used to play so beautiful in Rainbow…he became so lazy! He just changes now and then some opening solo at the beginning from a concert or a song…or his own individual solo.He may call himself proud record holder of the unchanged HS-solo during 10 years.Oh my God, when I compare him these day’s with doctor Lord…what do I miss this maestro !

    And you noticed right, there rule different vibes.That is necessary needed these days with a singer who can sing barely in tune and who don’t possess even the power to finish the songs completely sang out.I’m not surprised that Don and Steve will have to catch the attention to spare the singer.
    Still, Ian does all he can!

    We follow Deep Purple, we all do.We follow also their side and solo projects.We also follow ex members, and last but not least the founders of DP.

    Our critics, the good aswell as the bad , our irritation or joy…all that is prove we all care and we all still watch and compare.
    Nothing worse then no critic anymore but silence !


  21. 21
    Larry R. Toering says:

    Hey Big Al…. riddle me this one… did Zeppelin EVER go through line-up changes that subsequently SHOULD always result in at least a little style change for their own authenticy if anything? They would have to have, in order to say anything like that about them concerning Purple’s widely different background in that aspect. Talk about ‘shallow’ -that was a pretty easy one to blow a huge hole right through. Others might want to take note there as well, besides the fact that we don’t make up their criteria, they do. It’s just so obvious that this is what some people are on these blogs to do, like some little kids who say their Dad can beat up yours, or something to that tiny effect. It tends to border on retardation when adults do the same.

  22. 22
    Larry R. Toering says:


    Okay, so suggest to us just where the bass and vocals come in where Blackmore, Lord and Paice are concerned that COULD ever top that of Gillan and Glover. Try a suggestion on that one. I can see you or any of the bitching crew saying that it wouldn’t matter who was playing with them and it would still be Purple. Well… if that much is true, it might tell you something about how the fans who do accept Morse and Airey feel as well. Very simple this one, even you can handle it. The music isn’t all a band has the responsibility of making either, and in some cases even stand ins help better than childish inabilities to get along and go with the flow. Not the case here, but if you think so then you’re entitled to your opinion, although it *might* be in fact wrong. A band that gets along is a real band, regardless. One that doesn’t, stops being a band the minute that happens… but some people refuse to understand that. To replace such outcasts is always a brave thing, but it’s a good thing only one of them was an outcast, the other just got too old for rock ‘n roll on the road all the time.

    About the term ‘outcast’ -you may ask, how could be be the outcast when he was the leader? Simple, you would be mistaking Deep Purple for Rainbow, which isn’t your fault unless you don’t follow closely enough, as it’s too insestuous for some to remember the difference.

    Blackmore fans can=Gillan hater crusaders… or sometimes around here anyway. Let go of the obsession and become free people for once, I say! It’s unhealthy to be addicted to a conflict that isn’t even ours, and once you let go it will likely be back to business as it were, before all this drama entered the picture. You can tend to make the universe out to be microscopic in size.

  23. 23
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    OK……I meant 17 and 18 obviously, but neither answered the question….

    Again, been to any of these shows with Orchestra or any others lately????

    It doesn’t seem that way with what you express here. Quite the opposite of the majority of those whom have.


  24. 24
    Eddie6string says:

    I go away from my keypad for two weeks & what happens???

    Hey Guys – Do express your opinions. And do so with Passion, but remember to make friends afterwards!

    Remember, there are only two types of Deep Purple Fans;
    1) Those in the Band
    2) Those not in the band (Given the amount of times ig has told an audience that they are in the band, this premise may implode at any moment)

    I’m sure there is room in our lives for differing opinions & there’s many a deeply entrenched Bias about who makes the best DP (And here’s the Rub) almost irrespective of musical output.

    Personality is inseparable from musical style, especially in Live performance; Steve Morse is nothing like RB & RB is nothing Like Steve Morse, therefore (As Spike milligan once said about a similar scenario) They are identically different!

    Vive la Difference!!!

    I am comforted that, at least three members of the current line-up have declared themselves to be Deep Purple fans.

    Oh, & I’ll correct my own mistakes in this posting – thanks!

  25. 25
    BIG AL says:

    I truly feel sorry for for sharing my own opinion.What irks me is that when this subject is brought up,and it often is, certain people always turn it into a love/hate crusade. I have said before,Its my OWN opinion to prefer the band when RB was in it. I never hacked on anyone in or out the band, or any line up. The Zero is good for this. Go to the band’s website and check out the poll archives to see who the favorite guitarist is, the favorite time in the bands’s history,and who they would like to see work with the band again.Are all these people retarded too? Why don’t we hear anything on the radio post Perfect Strangers? I know other people share this opinion and good for them,and for those who feel RB tried to kill the band and loathe him for it, kudos. It only a meaningless opinion. Some people need a hobby I guess. I say enjoy the band,whatever the line up, they are the greatest!!!!!!

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

    Bill Al…

    If your reference to The Zero is to me, and you alluding to the fact that I ‘hack’ on band members, you obviously have me confused with a couple of others here. I have been a staunch advocate of supporting whatever MK is in the present. I have stated over and over that they are ALL important and each one as valid as the next. I do ‘hack’ on those who consistently rag on Steve Morse though. Yes I do understand the fact that there is a favorite line-up and even song from tis long term band, but the overbearing, repeated complaining regarding one or the other member is really childish and becomes monotonous after a while. Also, your reference to what is played on the radio is also a misnomer. The newest material played on the radio is from the 1973 album…”Who Do You Think We Are”…(Woman from Tokyo). Nothing is played from any Purple Album beyond that point, including the 6 albums Ritchie played on. Burn, Stormbringer, PS, HOBL, S&M, TBRO. It’s a promotion issue plain and simple.


  27. 27
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Sorry for the type-os…

    I meant ‘Big Al’, ‘are’, ‘this’.

    I’m sure you can fit these where they belong above.


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