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Classic Rock Awards polls open

Deep Purple - Now what?! artwork; image courtesy of Edel/earMUSIC

The Classic Rock Awards polls are now open and our boys are in the running in two categories that you can vote for:

  • Now what?! is shortlisted for Album of the Year
  • Machine Head 40th anniversary is shortlisted for Reissue of the Year

As far as we can tell, any red blooded creature of 16 years of age with an email address is eligible to vote. Results will be announced on November 14 at the Roundhouse in London when Black Sabbath will receive their Living Legends award.

Cast your vote now.

43 Comments to “Classic Rock Awards polls open”:

  1. 1
    Craig Irons says:

    Awesome album! Love it.

  2. 2
    AL says:

    next year will be the 30th Anniversary of Perfect Strangers.hopefully we will get a good package of remix or remastered with some good extra bonus studio and live performances.

  3. 3
    cyclone says:

    @1 right on!

  4. 4
    Nick Kyrgios says:

    Now What?! Got my vote!

  5. 5
    MacGregor says:

    Any takers on Sabbath getting album of the year? Cheers.

  6. 6
    patricia lorena vargas says:

    me encanta deep purple y voto machine head como mejor clasico y por y ahora que para album del año gracias a deep purple la vida es mas agradable gracias deep

  7. 7
    patricia lorena vargas says:

    mejor clasico machine head tambien tiene mi voto

  8. 8
    scoot says:

    I had to vote for Now What?!…I just want the boys to have another glorious year that rivals 1972, or 1984, or 1975.

  9. 9
    rik_uk says:

    I voted ‘The Graveltones’ as Best New Band, best of the bunch 🙂

  10. 10
    Deeperpurps says:

    MacGregor @5…..you are correct Sir! Black Sabbath will win the contest, not necessarily based on the music, but on the promotional efforts of its management team, and the media buzz around the band and the album. The Ozzy & Sharon / Sabbath promotional juggernaut has far more sway and influence than Purple’s could ever hope to have.

    Both Sabbath’s 13 and Purple’s Now What?! are very strong offerings for these bands in their twilight years. Based on sheer musicality, tunefulness and musicianship, Purple should win the award, however promotional hype will alter the course of proceedings and Sabbath will walk away with the trophy.

    Purple simply does not get the exposure it needs – part of the blame should go to its marketing team, but most of it should go to the anti-Purple bias in the major rock media (Rolling Stone Magazine, unenlightened critics, and assorted hangers on). Sorry to sound so cynical and jaded but it is simply the reality for Purple, most unfortunately.

  11. 11
    LRT says:

    Sure, I’m a taker on Sabbath’s album being comical in it’s best moments.

  12. 12
    Al says:

    @10 right on !

  13. 13
    BobLawrinz says:

    It really is a shame.
    Now What?! is light years ahead of 13. But music doesn’t stand a chance against that marketing machine.
    The only good Sabbath was infused with purple overtones. I know zombies are popular these days but do they have to take their marketing to that extreme and have one as lead auto-tuneator.
    Anyway, lets all vote for our guys and support them the best we can.

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Classic Album series is about breaking grounds.

    I always felt IN ROCK was more like that than Machine Head.

    Possibly a buisness decision because in the USA Americans fail to recognise IN ROCK as the album that started it all and hang on to MH?

  15. 15
    MacGregor says:

    BobLawrinz @ 13- ‘light years ahead’? Both albums hark back to the past big time, there isn’t anything ‘new’ on both albums though, the “been there done that” saying springs to mind. Sabbaths ’13’ bludgeons ‘Now What’ into the abyss. ‘Now What’ weaves in & out of 13 with musical complexity at times………& offers more diversity, but not all the time! Each album has the ‘rock’ thing going for it in the year 2013, both albums have good songs with plenty of melody & great playing & both albums have boring songs as well, but at least in a pleasing sort of way, it all leaves the ‘modern so called rock music’ in it’s wake! It is only rock n’ roll, but I like it!
    ” The only good Sabbath was infused with purple overtones'” – now that is hilarious, which Purple overtones are you talking about?
    I only mentioned Sabbath at my previous comment at 5, because I think it may get the album of the year! But it may not, Bowie may get it, Purple may get it, Justin Bieber may get it……..Cheers.

  16. 16
    Deeperpurps says:

    Really it is all about marketing and shilling product…..it is not about music, it is all about image and hype. Another underrated band that received short shrift from the music media, and worse than that, outright hostility from critics was Grand Funk.

    In the early 70’s Grand Funk was filling stadiums all over the States, and was hugely popular, however they suffered nothing but disdain from the critics and Rolling Stone Magazine. They were accused of not being able to play their instruments and of being too simplistic and unsophisticated. Yet it is the same music media and critics who lovingly adore such questionable “musicians” as Sex Pistols, The Ramones, etc, yada yada yada……….

    In the same way that Grand Funk was deemed unworthy, so too is Deep Purple deemed unfashionable. The rock music media is a very fickle beast that chooses not to recognize true musicianship, and opts instead to laud gimmicks, image, outrageous behavior, etc, etc…. (case in point: Ozzy!!!)

    So don’t be too surprised that Sabbath wins this little contest….it is already a done deal – hype will win the day and true music will lose…..Sorry for Purple but that’s the reality folks.

  17. 17
    Jack says:

    Deep Purple’s Now What is an amazing álbum!!! Sabbath’s 13 is a very repetitive and boring álbum, with only 3/4 songs worthwile. Sabbath is only getting tons of publicity, that’s pure and simple fact. Based on the music only, Purple should win!!! And as an advice, the Purple boys should get a new management to give’em more exposure, Now What has achieved a very good response, but I know they need more radio airplay, media coverage, that’s the management’s task. Deep Purple forever!!!

  18. 18
    BobLawrinz says:

    MacGregor I respect your opinion. I respect your right to share your opinion. However, this is a Deep Purple fansite and I am first and last a Deep Purple fan.
    I truly do not like Sabbath’s album. It has no highlights or any distinguishing features. Deep Purple’s is full of fun, musicality and surprises. That is just an opinion of course but one I am free to express.
    As far as the purple overtones, I meant, Gillans album, and Dio’s stuff; note the expression was overtones not purple people. I also think Glenn Hughes did some good work with Iommi. BTW, I think Heaven and Hell is the only really good Sabbath album. I also think, “The Devil you Know” is far better than 13. Also, I am sure many diehard Deep Purple fans don’t fully agree with me either but that is my opinion.
    I have nothing against Sabbath. Good luck to each and every one of them. My problem is with the lowest common denominator radio stations and up their own hole serious music journo’s slavish adherance with the status quo; Led Zepplin invented everything and Sabbath are the ultimate rock group.
    Again an opinion, but I think history has been rewritten to make this the established view of the musical landscape.
    Anyway, I will finish the same way I did earlier. Let’s get out the vote and get as many votes for rocks greatest group; Deep Purple!

  19. 19
    MacGregor says:

    BobLawrinz @ 18 – I don’t have any issues with your opinion at all, go for it & it is always good to read a passionate comment or two.
    We all like or dislike whatever we choose. The Purple overtone comment was a reply from me to clarify what you meant, that is all.
    I like ‘Seventh Star’ with Hughes on vocal, but it is really an Iommi solo album & a damn good one at that. I love the H & H debut album also, witnessed that tour in 1980 in Sydney & again 2007 in Brisbane, ‘The Devil You Know’ is ok for me, a couple of good tunes but I like 13 more, as I hear more stronger songs at times. I like the ‘Now What’ Deep Purple album in places also, a strong album from this lineup is good to hear. Each to their own. I don’t care for radio stations or journalist opinions, but I can see your point in it being annoying at times. Cheers.

  20. 20
    Deeperpurps says:

    BobLawrinz @18 in re MacGregor @ 15……I see exactly what you are saying and agree wholeheartedly….In my estimation the best Sabbath albums were the ones with vocalists who could actually sing, read Dio, Gillan, Hughes and Martin…..As Dio once said, “Ozzy couldn’t carry a tune in a suitcase!” For sheer musicality, melody, hard rock edge, etc, the strongest non-Ozzy albums are Heaven & Hell, Mob Rules, Born Again, Seventh Star and The Shining. And for hard metal it is the Dio-led Dehumanizer…..The common denominator on all those is the Blackmore /Purple / Rainbow influence…..But you won’t read that anywhere in the mainstream rock music media. What you will read in most music magazines is how wonderful Zeppelin, Sabbath, AC/DC. Guns & Roses, Nirvana, U2, Kiss, et al all were/ are, on and on and on ad nauseum each month….they reheat those leftovers up month after month and it all becomes very very tedious……And as usual Purple always always gets short changed for whatever reason. I have my theories but that will be for another rant!!

  21. 21
    cyclone says:

    well said @18 especially the Led Zep and Sabbath comment towards the end of your comments…If DP is always listed as 1 of the top 3 classic bands…why do they always get treated like the freckled face step-child? Talent wise..DP and their roundabout MK line-ups always gave outstanding musicianship from MK 1 to the current…thanks.

  22. 22
    Svante Axbacke says:

    Every time this kind of topic comes up I am surprised of how hostile people seem to be against other bands than DP. It’s rarely, “well, I don’t like them but fine, I don’t have to listen to them”. It’s more along the lines of “they don’t have any talent”, “they can’t sing/play”, “they have ripped off all their songs” and of course this comes with the underlying meaning that Deep Purple can do no wrong. For not liking a band, these people seem very familiar with the material in order to so elaborately write them off.

    I wonder if these people listen to nothing but Deep Purple all day? It can’t be a minority of rock fans who like both DP, LZ, BS and a bunch of similar bands of their era.

  23. 23
    MacGregor says:

    Svante @ 22 – well said, I agree totally. Deeperpurps @ 20 – Ozzy Osbourne vocally is a very melodic singer. The Sabbath material he is part of would not have any melody if he ‘couldn’t carry a tune in a suitcase’! Also, the Diary & Blizzard albums are full of great songs, the melody on a vocal lyrical song is from the vocalist, period! The so called comment apparently attributed to R J Dio, but I doubt that actually.
    I have never come across Ronni James Dio slagging Ozzy anywhere, in my 40 years of hard rock dedication. All the Sabbath & Purple & Rainbow vocalists are very good singers indeed. Blackmore & Iommi would NOT have ever worked with a lead vocalist who couldn’t sing a proper melody!
    Now the so called lack of respect or media coverage & other popularity issues apparently attributed to Deep Purple from some fans, still makes me wonder! Deep Purple in my 40 plus years of rock devotion are way up there. I have always read about Purple in many magazines & on the net in these later years. They are constantly mentioned & referred to by so many artists, journalists & rock music aficionados! I refuse to believe Purple don’t receive enough credit or recognition or praise.
    Or is it the later Morse era Purple that doesn’t get much press coverage & fans from this later period of the band are pissed off that Purple are not mentioned as much as they seem to think they should be, I am perplexed as to the thinking here. Why are some people worried that Purple apparently don’t get the ‘respect or recognition’ that they deserve, when I see nothing but respect, recognition & influence throughout the decades!
    Regarding strong Sabbath albums, Born Again is actually one of their weakest albums, not many strong songs on that album. A couple of decent tunes sure & it’s a different Sabbath album because of Gillan’s vocal melody/style. Seventh Star is NOT a Sabbath album, it was written & recorded as Tony Iommi’s solo album, period! The fascist record company insisted on it being released with the marketable Sabbath moniker attached to it. I love that ‘solo’ Iommi album with Hughes. The Dio era is very strong indeed with Sabbath, some of my favourite actually & also the Tony Martin era. Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, Tyr & Cross Purposes are wonderful hard rock albums. Forbidden is weak though, a bit like Born Again, these two are not bad albums, just weak compared to others in the songwriting department. Just my personal opinion on these topics. Until next time. Cheers.

  24. 24
    cyclone says:

    @22..it’s not that people dislike bands like Led Zep-BS-Rolling Stones…it’s the constant overrated writings and promos on these groups. If DP is considered one of the three giants of classic rock where is the ritzy news for coming out with a fresh new album ? Further more.. when was the last time Rolling Stones came out with anything new since…..198? They tour once every five years and quiet frankly sound horrible live. DP are no spring chickens yet constant tour non stop..I happen to like other bands…. Steely Dan-The Guess Who-The Animals-MSG-UFO-Saxon etc…and even some classic 70’s funk….however DP remains my favorite….thanks

  25. 25
    ralle says:

    Thanks Svante, you’re so right !

  26. 26
    Deeperpurps says:

    MacGregor @23…..on the topic of Dio’s opinion of Ozzy’s abilities, here are a few references:

    “Ozzy Osbourne is a moron. He couldn’t carry a tune around in a suitcase.
    Ozzy, you’ll never be welcome here again and nobody needs you.”
    Ronnie James Dio hits the press trail for the ‘Mob Rules’ album in 1981…….Reference: http://www.daveling.co.uk/quotes.htm

    “AS OZZY’S star rose again with a couple of blisteringly good solo albums, and as Dio grew comfortable in his own new skin, an entertaining slanging match began. Ozzy’s stage show soon incorporated a circus dwarf called Ronnie. Dio retorted that Ozzy ‘couldn’t carry a tune in a suitcase’. “………..Reference: http://www.planetrock.com/music/backstage/editorial/black-sabbath-the-dio-years/

    I do not disagree with you about Ozzy….in fact he turned in some good solid performances on some of the early Sabbath albums and his early solo records. He has a certain knack with phrasing and is able to create a simple melody over top of the bruising rhythms of Geezer and Tony Iommi, but really he is quite a limited singer when compared to many others. He is more of a vocal stylist and personality than an accomplished singer. It has worked well for him nevertheless.

    As for coverage of bands in the music press, I prefer to refer to what I see on magazine racks as it is a good barometer of what is happening on the music scene from month to month. A very good magazine is Classic Rock, but even it suffers from Zepplinitis, AC/DCitis, Kissitis, Sabbathitis, Slashitis, Hendrixitis, etc etc………a disproportionate number of covers and main features have been devoted to those bands / artists in the past 13 or so years ( I am talking dozens each) whereas Purple-related covers / main features have scored 3 maybe 4 maximum in that same time period.

    And please don’t get me started on Rolling Stone magazine!! It has recently issued a magazine cover with an airbrushed glamourized photo of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber / terrorist, but can’t find it in its heart to give even 5 minutes to a review of Purple’s Now What?!

    Really if Deep Purple get all the credit, recognition and praise they deserve why are they not yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame???…..Sorry Purple Priest!!….here we go with that issue once again!!! I will stop here on that particular topic.

    Bottom line for most of us Purple fans….unless we actively search out internet articles and are observant enough to catch the odd little snippet about Purple which is smothered in all the fawning coverage of other bands in various media, we simply don’t find very much written about them as compared to other bands.

    And Svante @22, I understand what you say but I really don’t see a lot of hostility on the part of people contributing to this particular thread. They are expressing their opinions for the most part in a civil way. People’s likes and dislikes, taste, opinions, subjective views, etc are sure to come out in a passionate way on a site such as this one, after all it is a Deep Purple fan-based website. The general trend of this particular debate has the Ozzy Sabbath fans debating the merits of that music vs. current and past Purple versions, and the various hybrid groups which cross-over between both bands. And references are made to other groups in certain contexts. I don’t see where the hostility is, nor where there is an indication that people are limited in their music choices to Purple only.

    Gents! What I do enjoy is lively debate and I really appreciate everyone jumping in on this particular thread to share their thoughts….this is one of the better ones I have seen in a long time…..let’s all continue!!!!!

  27. 27
    MacGregor says:

    Deeperpurps @ 26 – thanks for the quotes link, very funny a lot of them, Lemmy is a good laugh with his comments & interviews, classic. Also Zappa, what a legend he was!
    I have never read or heard Dio say that before, but I do remember back in the early 80’s there was some media interest in Ozzy being pissed off with Sabbath doing the ‘Live Evil’ album. Then in a pathetic return he did the ‘Speak Of The Devil’ live album, all Sabbath songs, post Rhoads of course. Was it Brad Gillis on guitar from memory. I remember I bought the album, then threw it away.
    With any press though, it is hard to know whether or not it is true, so I don’t tend to take a lot of notice. But there may have been ‘bad blood’ between Osbourne & Dio back then. Ozzy was out of control then as well & full of resentment towards Iommi also.
    As I told Jeff Summers at the “The Bottle Took A Beating’ section, I don’t regard Ozzy as a great vocalist, but he sings melodically & there is a difference. Ozzy’s vocal melodies worked wonderfully with Sabbath & also his early solo material. Cheers.

  28. 28
    MacGregor says:

    Deeperpurps @ 26 – thanks for the quotes link, very funny a lot of them, Lemmy is a good laugh with his comments & interviews, classic. Also Zappa, what a legend he was!
    I have never read or heard Dio say that before, but I do remember back in the early 80’s there was some media interest in Ozzy being pissed off with Sabbath doing the ‘Live Evil’ album. Then in a pathetic return he did the ‘Speak Of The Devil’ live album, all Sabbath songs, post Rhoads of course. Was it Brad Gillis on guitar from memory. I remember I bought the album, then threw it away.
    With any press though, it is hard to know whether or not it is true, so I don’t tend to take a lot of notice. But there may have been ‘bad blood’ between Osbourne & Dio back then. Ozzy was out of control then as well & full of resentment towards Iommi also.
    As I told Jeff Summers at the “The Bottle Took A Beating’ section, I don’t regard Ozzy as a great vocalist, but he sings melodically & there is a difference! Ozzy’s vocal melodies worked wonderfully with Sabbath & also his early solo material. Cheers.

  29. 29
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I recall an article in which both singers, Osbourne and Dio, were interviewed.
    An double interview, so to say.

    Osbourne : Asked about his plans by cynical interviewer Kees Baars he responded he would like to distance himself from that typical stupid Sabbath drone and show more of his love for the Beatles.

    Dio : He talked very demeaning about Osbourne’s quality as a lyricist. That Geezer almost always wrote them, anyway. And he ridiculed the Paranoid lyrics 🙂

    The magazine is called Oor(=Ear) or Muziekkrant Oor.
    It is still around but it more and more included other stuff besides music as well.

  30. 30
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Btw, there is also an article in which interviews with Gillan and Coverdale are combined into a double-interview.
    Also has numerous interesting quotes 🙂

  31. 31
    MacGregor says:

    pp1965 @ 29 – yes, I suppose when we look back at the main vocalist from a successful band being replaced by someone else, there has been bad blood at times. Or at least some degree of uncertainty, Coverdale replacing Gillan, Dio replacing Ozzy, maybe even Tony Martin sounding sort of like Dio, as I remember reading a few things there also, if it is true that is.
    Then there is the Coverdale thing with Jimmy Page, didn’t that infuriate Plant when they performed Zeppelin songs live? I am not sure, but EGO is a powerful thing indeed, in any aspect, with any individual. It can be called PRIDE also.
    I remember a journalist calling Ronnie James Dio, Ronnie James Ego back in the 1980’s. Dio was at that time a little ‘on himself’ also.
    It was hard for Dio to replace Ozzy though, he would have been given a fair bit of stick no doubt. I was at the original H & H gigs in November 1980 in Sydney, & there were so called fans carrying on with crap, but thankfully they were out numbered big time! Cheers.

  32. 32
    Deeperpurps says:

    MacGregor @ 27. Yes I had the Speak of the Devil live Ozzy album too and promptly sold it to a second hand store for less than a dollar way back then. It paled in comparison to Black Sabbath’s Live Evil album of the same era. You are right about Brad Gillis on guitar for that one. He was with Ozzy in the interval between Randy Rhoads and Jake E. Lee. He went on to the band Night Ranger not long after leaving Ozzy. Of note in the old LP 33″ album Speak of the Devil, if you open the gatefold, you will see Ozzy perched on a throne, and below him between his legs is a dwarf dressed up as a vampire. The dwarf was nicknamed Ronnie. There was a lot of bad blood between Ozzy and Dio back in those years.

  33. 33
    Deeperpurps says:

    Gents, a little bit of statistical information about cover shots / main features of Classic Rock Magazine. Now as I have mentioned earlier, CRM is a very good publication, probably one of the best for people like us who appreciate hard rock music in all its various shapes and forms. But that magazine does also have a definite trend or bias towards certain groups and artists. The magazine started publishing in 1998 and up to now has produced 187 issues. I have most, not all of the issues, probably about 80% of them.

    Based on my research, which I qualify is by no means scientific!, I have calculated the number of magazine front covers devoted to bands over the course of Classic Rock mag’s 15 year run. You will note that there are decimal points in some of my calculations. Those represent partial front cover exposure which a band(s) may have shared with others. If four different bands are on the front cover, they each get .25. If three bands on the cover, they each get .3. If two bands, they get .5 each, and so on.

    Further qualifying these calculations, I do not have all the magazines nor access to all of the front covers/ main features, however those which I do have do provide a very good representative sampling of the preferences and leanings of Classic Rock Magazine. I will not list all the bands and covers, but the following is a list of my main findings:

    17.8 for Led Zeppelin and/or its members
    14.1 for Slash and/or Guns ‘n’ Roses and/or Velvet Revolver
    13.8 for Ozzy and/or Ozzy-led Black Sabbath
    10.3 for AC/DC
    7.8 for Jimi Hendrix
    7.3 for Metallica
    7.0 for Pink Floyd and/or its members
    6.1 for Aerosmith
    5.25 for Kiss
    5.0 for Iron Maiden
    5.0 for Thin Lizzy
    5.0 for Van Halen and/or its members
    4.1 for The Rolling Stones
    4.0 for Queen.

    Now there are several other bands / artists who have also had a cover of 2. But for our purposes (and I am referring to you Purple people who read this website), here is what our heroes have been getting in the way of front cover / main feature coverage, as compared to the other above-noted group’s rankings:

    0.25 for Whitesnake
    1 for David Coverdale
    1 for Black Country Communion (ie: Glenn Hughes)
    1 for Ritchie Blackmore
    1 for Dio
    1 for Dio-led Black Sabbath
    2.3 for Deep Purple…… (the .3 is for Glenn Hughes on front cover of latest isse #187 with Slash, and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard)

    So there you have it Gents. The best most comprehensive rock magazine out there where you are most likely to find any Deep Purple-related news, but that’s the best it can do for the Purple!?!??

    To recap, Led Zeppelin scores 17.8; Black Sabbath/ Ozzy scores 13.8, and Deep Purple’s total aggregate score is a mere 7.55 (I include Dio and Dio Sabbath within the Purple camp for this exercise). Our colleague Cyclone @ 21 above said it well: “freckle-face step-child” ….yes that does certainly come to mind!

    So this brings me back around to my original argument….Deep Purple does not get the recognition, respect, coverage, or attention it deserves as compared to many other bands. And as a result, I am doubtful that they will win this little contest.

    Black Sabbath is being positioned to win it hands down, just look at all the nominations it has received in the Classic Rock Awards various categories (Album of the Year; Band of the Year; Event of the Year). Purple is not nominated for Band of the Year nor for Event of the Year……why not???, what are the criteria????

    I throw this out to you and am enthusiastically awaiting your feedback!!!!

  34. 34
    purrfect stranger says:

    13 or the new Purple album? Have not heard 13 in its entirety but I like two or three of the songs. I like the new Purple but it aint In Rock or TBRO. Gonna throw you guys a curve and vote for Satch. Hey stop putting down the Stones take a long listen to I Got the Blues or Cant You Hear Me Knocking before you criticize your elders, the greatest rock and roll band in the world.

  35. 35
    MacGregor says:

    Deeperpurps @ 33 – It is all about the ‘flavour of the month’ in my opinion. Any news publication, music promoter, music venue & record company will always be interested the ‘flavour’. We know that from experience over the last 5 decades or so. If an Ozzy version of Sabbath had been going throughout the 90’s & 2000’s, there is no way they would be this popular at this moment in time!
    35 years is a long time in rock music, it is a popular ‘fad’ at the moment. Reunion’s are a best seller usually, so Sabbath fit the category with the new album & a ‘world’ tour, giving some people something that has been missing for a while in their lives. That is why I mentioned Bieber at my post @ 15, joking of course, but I was referring to the ‘popularity’ side of things. David Bowie is in there, he is back in the news in a way also & a big name. But unless he commences touring, he may not be as popular. Cheers.

  36. 36
    MacGregor says:

    Deeperpurps @ 32 – Yes I do remember that image now you mention it! Sheesh, typical of Osbourne back then to say soemething like that, & after Rhoads, Daisley & Kerslake ‘saved’ his career, so to speak! I also remember Brad Gillis in the press sort of slagging the ‘simple’ & not hard to play & even boring Iommi things he had to play on that shallow live album! Brad Who? People & their ego’s, a big problem with humanity, but we won’t go there! Cheers.

  37. 37
    Deeperpurps says:

    MacGregor @ 35 – yes I agree, its all about flavour of the month and sadly Purple is rarely to music media /industry’s tastes. I wonder however if more couldn’t have been made of the fact that here we have a band that has been together (exception 1976 to ’84) for 45+ years and have just released a new and very strong album after 8 years, and that they are taking it out on tour!

    That though is apparently is not enough to score “event of the year” or “band of the year” consideration. The Stones who have not produced anything remarkable on an album in over 20 years show up for a concert in Hyde Park and it garners them a Band of the Year consideration!? Mick Taylor joins them for a song or 2 and it becomes the Event of the Year!? Really?!

    And really who is going to remember David Bowie’s new album a year or 2 from now….but the mere fact that he has released something / anything after a few years absence, now gives him Band and Event nominations!?

    None of this is surprising however, it is all par for the course. I have seen it time and time again since the 70’s. Purple once again wins the freckle face step-child award!

  38. 38
    cyclone says:

    @33 your research appears spot on. Over exposure of the status quo. thanks for pointing that out.

  39. 39
    MacGregor says:

    Deeperpurps@ -37- Deep Purple may yet win album of the year though. It is never over until the final call. The result may surprise many indeed! Cheers.

  40. 40
    Deeperpurps says:

    MacGregor @39, I agree. Let’s see how it all turns out. Whichever way it goes will certainly be more grist for the mill in this particular debate. All the best!

  41. 41
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:


  42. 42
    MacGregor says:

    So Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree wins album of the year with his solo band ‘Raven’ album! So much for the Sabbath & Purple theories? Old codgers, time to stand aside for the younger generation I suppose! At least Wilson is a class act indeed. Cheers.

  43. 43
    MacGregor says:

    Having said that about the ‘old codgers’ At least two ‘oldies’ from the classic era won an award each. Ian Anderson ‘Prog God’ & Hawkwind’s Dave Brock ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award, both fully deserved I must say!
    Marillion winning band of the year is suss though! Hang on a minute, this is the ‘Progressive Music Awards! Damn & blast! Cheers.

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