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Mexico press conference

A complete press conference in Mexico City was posted on YouTube. With the questions varying from very interesting, to mundane, to borderline insulting, with much lost in translation, it is interesting to see the band summoning their collective wits to turn the proceedings into something entertaining.

Thanks to Chava Rock for sharing the video and to Nigel Young for bringing it to your attention.

14 Comments to “Mexico press conference”:

  1. 1
    Doug MacBeath says:

    Should be watched seated…

  2. 2
    al says:

    my mother who doesn’t speak English at all,can do a better translation than this dumb ass lady who massacred the whole interview.What a joke!

  3. 3
    Larry Ray Toering says:

    I beg to differ because their answers were informative. I wouldn’t rubbish this press conference!

  4. 4
    Erick Nava Riefenstahl says:

    I speak spanish and I have to say that the translator doesnt have any idea about who is who or what’s going on… She doesnt even translate things properly! Its an interesting conference but its kind of sad that the promoter could not find someone with a little bit of knowledge about the band.

  5. 5
    Ozzie Carrillo says:

    I agree Erick Nava Riefenstahl.I agree.

  6. 6
    Milan says:

    THS, I absolutly LOVE your guys´ style to link youtube videos (using stills for links, how you even do that?) instead of embedding. Every other site, would´ve embedded those four videos and INCREDIBLY slowed things down on my part when scrolling down the comments, kudos for that!

  7. 7
    uwe hornung says:

    Actually, a press conference that long with all five members is something to savour and the Mexican journos, most of them a handful of decades younger than DP, are respectful, genuinely interested and no worse informed than if this had taken place in Berlin, Rome, Paris or London. Well, let’s face it, in London they would have been less respectful, less interested and a lot worse informed and the interview would have lasted 90 seconds. There are translation issues, yes, but the earnestness and lack of being jaded of those Mexican journalists take me in for them. How many Western (female to boot) journalists can you think of, the young age of that Mexican jornalist lady professing to like Uncommon Man, who would be able to name a “favourite track” off “Now what?!”????

    So Don’s fave DP album is WDWTWA – excellent taste the man, I like that one too. It’s underrated in DP’s canon (and by the band themselves, probably because of the unhappy circumstances of its recording).

  8. 8
    MacGregor says:

    uwe @ 7 – Yes it is a wonderful record WDWTWA, I was playing some of it again just the other day! I was playing the instrumental jam track with Blackmore on bass, a wonderful session & Ian Paice’s drum sound is ‘to die for’!
    In regards to the press conference, I enjoyed it, even though looking at it from a comedy perspective at the start, it sort of had a look of ”what the fuck are we doing here’ from the band members. Cheers.

  9. 9
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Don favors WDWTWA due to the fact the keys and Piano are at the forefront due to TMIB being mainly MIA…..

  10. 10
    MacGregor says:

    Incredibly difficult press conference because of the language ‘barrier’ between band & journalists. Gillan looks peeved at times & his ‘smack in the mouth’ comment says it all & was a good answer in regards to the money question. Maybe they are jet lagged also which wouldn’t help. Cheers.

  11. 11
    Deeperpurps says:

    In 1975 I bought my first DP album, Machine Head and that opened the Purple door for me. Next one was the compilation 24 Carat Purple which then led me on a journey of discovery of their earlier albums. My 3rd acquisition was WDWTWA and that one has always held a special place in my collection even after all these years since.

    I remember reading all those gatefold newspaper clippings over and over again and being awestruck by the mystique of the band. I was impressed by the adulation they rightfully deserved, but even more impressed by their defiance in the face of the critical drubbing they received in so many of those articles. It was evident to me even way back then in 1975 that the band was all about musical integrity and not about hype.

    And the music on that album, absolutely wonderful! It stands up very well on its own even with the absence of Blackmore soloing: there’s not a duff track in the lot. Fantastic keyboard work all the way through by the maestro Jon Lord. In fact as this album was such an early exposure to Purple for me then, I had no idea what amazing Blackmore guitar work was awaiting me on other albums. So in effect I was not looking or searching for Blackmore on WDWTWA, I was just wanting to hear more good music which there is in spades on that album.

    For me Who Do We Think We Are will always be in my top 5 Purple albums.

  12. 12
    MacGregor says:

    Deeperpurps @ 11 – Greetings. I used to own that 24 Carat Purple also. Yes, the WDWTWA album is a special album in many ways. As I have stated before in regards to Blackmore’s lack of guitar at times, I enjoy that, too much guitar at times like any instrument, can be a touch tedious!
    ‘If in doubt leave it out’ is a good way to look at it. If a musician doesn’t feel they can contribute something of quality to a piece of music, leave it for someone else or don’t have it in there. Isn’t there a track or two on Now What without any lead guitar? That is a good thing indeed! Cheers.

  13. 13
    Deeperpurps says:

    Hi MacGregor! Yes, I agree, sometimes “Less Is More”. Its not about all the notes one can play, at times its the notes one does not play that makes for a classic song or solo. Kind of like David Gilmour’s approach we have spoken of before.

  14. 14
    MacGregor says:

    Deeperpurps, yes indeed & talking of Gilmour, I have not long arrived home with the ‘new’ Floyd disc & I will be submersing myself into the void this weekend big time! 5:1 DTS & getting in the groove for a 95% instrumental jamming album more or less from Gilmour, Mason & Wright! Hooray!
    I have read some positive review from ‘fans’ with NO EXPECTATIONS! Some negative reviews from ‘fans’ who appear to EXPECT something else for some strange reason. Cheers.

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