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It worked out well

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[Warning: contains setlist spoilers] Cory Frye, who became mildly famous in these quarters after his passionate review of Now what?!, has a feature in Oregon’s Albany Democrat-Herald promoting Purple tour. It is a well written introduction of the state of the band in 2014 for the uninitiated, based on an interview with Steve Morse.

On joining the band:

Roger had a lot to do with that. He has very eclectic tastes. He’d heard a live performance I’d done with the Steve Morse Band — all-instrumental, something that might have turned off a few rock players, but Roger was intrigued. When I heard they were interested in me, I thought, ‘That’s interesting. Do they know what I do?’ But it’s worked out well.

On Don Airey:

Don’s a vast well of musical knowledge. He’s wonderful to play with, generally good-natured and easy to get ideas back from. He’ll throw them back with a variation. We don’t even have to talk. The intro to “Uncommon Man” (“Now What?!”) was totally improvised, just us sitting in the studio with Bob (Ezrin, producer) telling us, “Just jam now, like I saw you do in concert.” That’s a wonderful thing. I try to guess the next chord Don’s going to play, and he tries to guess where I’m going.

Read more in Albany Democrat-Herald.

Ah, and by the way, if you believe setlist.fm, Highway Star was back to the set yesterday in Arizona as the opener. Which means Après Vous is out and we’re left with just 3 songs from the last album: Vincent Price, Uncommon Man, and Hell to Pay 🙁

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov (deep-purple.ru) for the info.

11 Comments to “It worked out well”:

  1. 1
    Val Feldman says:

    Just cut the best new song

  2. 2
    MrPtheDPfan says:

    Shoot , was looking forward to Après Vous , but would feel a little miffed without H S . So hard for them to do a show , especially in the U.S. and not play the big oldies people expect . Too many songs they could do , ( hint , “No One Came” ) but I’m sure they’re having to keep it under two hours . You just can’t do enough to keep everybody happy . Good interview piece , thanks .

  3. 3
    George Martin says:

    Thank God Highway Star is back!, however drop Into The Fire and put Apres Vous in its place. And while I’m at it, drop Strange Kind Of Woman and put Smooth Dancer in its place. Can’t wait to go!

  4. 4
    LRT says:

    Good guy who did this article. As for the setlist report from Arizona. Major bummer but a few new ones will impress the blackberry pickers of Oregon who will be there to see the old stuff anyway, it will show them plenty. 😀

  5. 5
    Scott says:

    You’ve got to be “bleeping” kidding me. First they take out Above and beyond now Apres Vous. I’m a die hard Deep Purple Fan, I love the old songs but I want to hear the new stuff. Are all the new songs going to be out of the set by the time they hit Canada????

  6. 6
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Hmmmm, and they wonder why they are categorized as Classic Rockers here in the States? This is their opportunity to push the tour as a promotion of their NEW ALBUM, WTF? That should be the title of the next album….. ?WTF!

    I still say they should open with Out of Hand and should also put in Weirdistan.

  7. 7
    DPfender says:

    I’m not surprised. Some in the US might be disappointed if HS wasn’t included. Apres Vous does have a great spot for Steve & Don, but maybe not a good choice for an opener. Still, a reported 2 hr set is something not to miss (and I won’t).
    The classic rock categorization has been a frustration for them here for too long (song:MTV). They just haven’t been appreciated. If this great new album can’t change it, nothing will.

  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Bananas, Now What, and now WTF?!

    Maybe they should do a rap album as well.

  9. 9
    Bopper says:

    True, I don’t need to hear Highway Star again live, I’d be just as happy to hear Ted the Mechanic .

  10. 10
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:


    Hard to be appreciated for the new when you only rely on the old. They should have stuck by their evolutionary state and kept current by pushing and promoting each of their albums along the way, thereby keeping them current and KNOWN at each level. You can’t make miniscule appearances here and just play the old catalogue and then expect the masses to know otherwise. Especially without proper promotion. Oh well….. !SOS? for the next Live Album Title? At least we get some really good Studio stuff from our heroes. Too bad the folks who are none the wiser have no clue…..


    Dude, their albums (especially NW) are awesome. Too bad your ears are plugged up with Blackness…. Their Live set needs attention though…..


  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Tracy, I think you listen to more BN music than me . lol.

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