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The sacred fire

Le Soleil in Quebec City has published not only an excellent review of the Deep Purple performance at the Festival d’été de Québec, but also did a great feature on the band in the days leading to the show. Written by Nicolas Houle, a rock journalist, longtime DP enthusiast and also a longtime THS reader. It is all in French, but even from the rough automated translation one can see that it’s a work of love for the band. He even dug into the newspaper archives and found a picture of Randy California standing in for Ritchie Blackmore on April 6, 1972. Kinda makes you wish that every newspaper on the planet had a staff Purple enthusiast.

Roger Glover, Ottawa Bluesfest, July 18 2015; photo: © Nick Soveiko cc-by-nc-sa

The feature includes an interview with Roger Glover, followed by a who-is-who writeup of everybody who has been a member of the band over the years. Roger spoke about his very beginning, his debut with the band — Hallelujah, the 1984 reunion and how the band was irritated by the fact that only the money side of it draw attention, on how the band never thought that Smoke on the Water would be a hit, about his opinion on Joe Lynn Turner choice as a singer for Purple, and many other things.

Steve Morse, Ottawa Bluesfest, July 18 2015; photo: © Nick Soveiko cc-by-nc-sa

In the second part of the feature Nicolas spoke to Steve Morse, who explained that talking of the end of the band is a taboo thing with other members. He fears that DP may be one of those bands who crashed on the road. Among other topics, he shared his opinion on Whitesnake’s The Purple Album, explained why the band doesn’t have the same following in the US than in the rest of the world, and the chemistry with Bob Ezrin.

Thanks to Nicolas Houle for the info. Pictures are from Ottawa, July 18, by truly yours.

Comment to “The sacred fire”:

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    kraatzy says:

    Je ne pas parlez francais … 🙁 Please give it to me in (german or) english.


    LLRnR (Blackmore wan´t to Rock)


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