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Voices from the past

An interview with Nick Simper was posted a couple of weeks ago (although it is not clear when it was recorded). Nick talks about his work with The Good Old Boys, Nasty Habits, the days long gone with Jonny Kidd & the Pirates, and of course Deep Purple. Listen to the interview on Mixcloud (warning: their flash player is rather intrusive and can do weird things to your browser/antivirus).

Tony Edwards, the cunning linguist, makes a little speech on the band’s 40th anniversary addressed to the German musical establishment:

And the last but not least, Colin Hart spoke to Z Rock R magazine:

SM: And what apparently was the most unmanageable circumstance for Rainbow and/or Deep Purple which YOU managed successfully?

Colin: Some of the most difficult things with Rainbow were related to getting out of situations created by Ritchie, damage from practical jokes, being late, pushing boundaries of time constraints. With Deep Purple there were a few things. The almost impossible group and orchestra dates in London. The crew were great on those shows. Travel and lodging problems were quite tricky. Also trying to control an almost impossible guest list and make it all look easy! When Ritchie came back to Purple in ’84, it was quite difficult to try and work his requests to blend with those of the rest of the band and try to make it all work and keep everyone smiling. He tried hard to make life hard!

Read more in Z Rock R magazine.

Thanks to Yvonne Osthausen for the info.

9 Comments to “Voices from the past”:

  1. 1
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Is Edward’s voice synchronised? 🙁

  2. 2
    Andrey Smirnov says:

    The best vocals on the all – time best guitar solo Ritchie

  3. 3
    al says:

    nothing new and revealing to be honest !

  4. 4
    kraatzy says:

    A very nice interview from a very symphatic old man …

    Have a very nice and long retirement 🙂



  5. 5
    Tommy H. says:

    @ 3: I agree. It’s like Colin said during his interview: The stories we don’t know about would get the man into trouble. There are a few documentaries about Deep Purple out there and their content is relatively similar. It’s somehow funny that Tony argues about not being asked for a documentary for all those years and then he brings nothing new to the table. And to be honest: He’s not Peter Grant.

  6. 6
    Errol Arias says:

    Interview with Nick Simper ?? All i can see , listen and read is Tony Edwards speaking in German from his village in Toscana !! (BTW, nice use of money , Toscana is beautifull indeed )

  7. 7
    Lutz says:

    @ 1 purplepriest,

    no, listening to him talk with a slight accent, Edward’s voice is for sure not synchronised. If I remember it correctly, in earlier years, he also had interviews on german radio and TV stations, where they talked in german. But anyhow, he speaks a good german, maybe it has improved over the years.



  8. 8
    errol arias says:

    something weird i cannot understand. According to this note : http://www.thehighwaystar.com/news/2010/11/13/tony-edwards-rip/ mr.Edwards died in 2010!

  9. 9
    Lutz says:

    @ 8 errol,

    this is a little speech on Purples 40th anniversary. This means it must have been recorded in 2008.

    Greets, Lutz

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