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Don Airey speaks in Italy

Don Airey was interviewed for the Heavy Demons Radio Show backstage before his show in Brescia, Italy on March 14th:

Then on March 16th he spoke to the Rock Rebel Magazine in Genova:

And just to leave you with some music, here’s a great clip from Don & Friends’ performance in Vienna on March 18th:

Keyboards: Don Airey
Drums: Darrin Mooney
Bass: Laurence Cottle
Guitar: Rob Harris
Vocals: Carl Sentance

Thanks to Yvonne Osthausen and Blabbermouth for the info, and to Reigen Live for the live video.

2 Comments to “Don Airey speaks in Italy”:

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    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    So, Conan O’Brien cut his hair and joined a band? I watched the whole video of the performance and it was painful. Not the sound or the playing. Conan on the Microphone. The guy has a good voice. Quite good. His stage presence is just bloody awful. Great sound though. Don was tearing it up to say the least. 3 Rainbow tunes were touched upon. Guitar was quite ‘Blackmorish’. I’d pay to see them live…..

    The interviews were quite good. Loved his answers when asked for the word describing various players. He showed heartfelt compassion towards Gary Moore. Seems to be his biggest admiration. Says he misses him dearly. His album ‘Still Got the Blues’ was first to mind when asked about working on other peoples albums and when asked about various players, he remarked the Gary Moore was the most brilliant guitarist he ever knew.

    Don I’d have to agree on all 3 counts.


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    MacGregor says:

    WTF is it with interviews being conducted in a noisy environment, again???? The first priority should be, lets go somewhere quiet for this interview. It almost makes you want to jump in there & tell all concerned to shut the f..k up, stop slamming those doors & get that dog out of here!!!! Crazy!
    Anyway, nice to hear Airey talk of his past recordings & bands. Especially Sabbath’s Never Say Die record, he played superbly on a couple of very melodic tracks, an under rated album that one! Also the Difficult To Cure album, what an enjoyable album that is & Airey really came to the fore on that Rainbow album, much more involved compared to DTE. His Hammond organ solo on the Beethoven track along with Bobby Rondinelli’s double kick drum, is superb indeed! When I first heard that album way back then, I was very impressed with his playing & remember thinking, this guy is on a similar level to that of Jon Lord.
    Man has he played with some great guitar players over the decades & I noticed the pause in the response to both Rhoads & Moore, plenty of emotion & feeling there for Airey no doubt. His Blackmore answer ‘tortured genius’ I think he said, how true & Iommi ‘riff meister supreme’, a classic!
    The live performance material of this ‘new’ band is impressive, nice to see some classic Rainbow in there, I thought the vocalist did a good job on the DTE songs, nice to hear a version of Beethoven’s Ninth, what a classic track! Cheers.

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