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Eclipsed celebrates Purple’s 50th

Eclipsed cover 04-2018

German magazine Eclipsed is celebrating 50th anniversary of the band in style. The current April 2018 issue has a historical picture of Mark 2 on the cover and 18 pages dedicated to the band inside. This includes the roadmap for the rest of the year, a career retrospective, timeline from February 1968 to the present day, a 2-page spread on Ritchie Blackmore, and reproduction of a 1970 Jon Lord interview. Later issues of the magazine will include:

  • May 2018: profiles of guitar players — Blackmore/Bolin/Satriani/Morse, guest guitar players, plus pictures and interviews;
  • June 2018: profiles of singers — Evans/Gillan/Coverdale/Hughes/Turner;
  • July-August 2018: profiles of bass and keyboard players — Simper/Glover/Hughes and Lord/Airey, the drummer — the one and the only, and producers — Paice/Birch/Ezrin (Glover and Bradford are not mentioned for some reason);
  • September 2018: Deep Purple as a live band;
  • October 2018: 50 greatest songs.

Even those of us who do not understand the language, can appreciate the scale of the undertaking.

Customers from select EU countries can purchase issues of the magazine online through Eclipsed shop. The rest of the world is kind of out of luck.

Thanks to Deep Purple Tour Pages for the info.

14 Comments to “Eclipsed celebrates Purple’s 50th”:

  1. 1
    Kevin Kober says:

    Nice. But on a separate subject, are Sonic Zoom records still avail from anywhere; specifically I’m interested in the re-issued California Jam CD…

  2. 2
    Moreno Cassina says:

    Grandissimi per me nr 1 al mondo

  3. 3
    Les Hedger says:

    Sorry Beatles, Stones and Zep fans, this is the greatest Rock band of all time (IMHO)!!!

  4. 4
    Nikos says:

    That looks great. It’s a shame I can’t read German

  5. 5
    Rikk Desgres says:

    You don’t see a lot of late Mark II photos.

  6. 6
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Happy Easter to all…

  7. 7
    DeeperPurps says:

    Very nice work by that German magazine. Hopefully one of the UK rock magazines will do something high quality such as this later on in the year. Planet Rock had a good Deep Purple issue a couple of months back; and I see the new upstart Rock Candy magazine is not shy about covering Purple either. I just wish Classic Rock magazine would take a proper decent stab at covering Deep Purple’s 50 year career, however that publication generally shows heavy favouritism towards Led Zeppelin and AC/DC while giving quite scant coverage to the Purps, so I’m not holding my breath.

  8. 8
    Andrea Gagnoni says:

    Best band in the World !!!

  9. 9
    Karl-Heinz says:

    Fantastic, boys and girls for ECLIPSED. Much appreciated.

    But I still wonder , why there are no new CD’s or DVD for this anniversary announced. Why the music industry does not celebrete this rare birthday?
    I think there are still rarities in the vaults.


  10. 10
    Micke says:

    That pic is the only deep purple pic I have on my wall. People always ask.. who are they..

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    Jannw says:


  12. 12
    vladad says:

    Thanks a lot, thanks for all! I’ll see you again, and again, and……

  13. 13
    Ivica says:

    Danke Deutschland

  14. 14
    Rock Voorne says:

    Weird pic where they sliced off a big part of Gillans and Blackers hair.

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