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When the skulls go marching in

A brief press conference in Mexico City on November 16, 2018:

Thanks to WEIRD Magazine for the video and to Yvonne for the info.

11 Comments to “When the skulls go marching in”:

  1. 1
    mike whiteley says:

    Steve’s the lone wolf yet again. All the Brits chose a cut from In Rock. You’d think maybe Don would’ve picked a Purple track he helped to write.Such is the power of that 48 year old slab of vinyl.

  2. 2
    Scott says:

    Love the Giant Guitar but they painted the wrong line-up on it. It has MK2 on it. It should have the current Line-up not mk2

  3. 3
    Micke says:

    Great press conference!

  4. 4
    Tommy H. says:

    I was a bit astonished that 4/5 chose a tune of In Rock as their favorite but nobody would name Child in Time. It clearly was the standout on In Rock, next to Speed King. Apart from its legendary intro, riff and guitar solo, it established Gillan as one of the best rock vocalists of all time and, I’m quite sure about it, also got him the job of being Jesus on the original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar. Steve’s choice was interesting for more than one reason.

  5. 5
    mike whiteley says:

    So……that’s it for 2018,then.
    Who knows what next year will bring ??
    No point in speculation,really..
    I wish the band a well deserved break,however long it turns out to be.

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    Tommy H @ 4- these days i think CIT the weakest track on In Rock, so I wasn’t at all surprised with 4 band members not choosing it. So many other great tracks that I can still listen to off that wonderful album, but never CIT. I grew tired of it by the mid 80’s & when I witnessed Purple live in 1984, it was Blackmore’s solo that was the only interesting bit for me. It is Gillan’s screams that ‘annoy’ me! Also, after finding out that the intro quiet section is a rip off so to speak, well enough said there! Back in the early 70’s when I was very young & a new listener to rock music & very impressed by so many things I heard, I thought it was awesome. Funny how things change after a decade or so! Cheers.

  7. 7
    MacGregor says:

    Regarding Child In Time & my previous comment, It is an iconic track no doubt, but not my favourite. My comment saying it is the weakest track is not really what I meant. It just doesn’t resonate with me like it used to. In regards to some of the other band members mentioning other songs on that In Rock album, Gillan may have an interesting opinion on CIT. After all, he set the bar incredibly high with his vocal prowess back then & I suppose in many ways, singing so full on, it may have affected his vocal delivery from then on. It is definitely a 70’s only track in many ways. Gillan owns it totally. I certainly wouldn’t want to listen to anyone else trying to sing it. When we went to Purple in 1984 in Sydney, some friends of mine who were always blown out by his vocals, were keen to see if he could pull it off still. He did very well with it & they were impressed indeed! We were lucky back then as Purple commenced their world tour in Australia & New Zealand, so Gillan was fresh, vocally.
    I wonder how he went as the tour progressed, singing that song. I also wonder what he thinks about CIT nowadays, in hindsight? Cheers.

  8. 8
    NWO says:

    @ Tommy – In Rock was recorded after Jesus Christ Superstar.
    @MacGregor – I remember the DP reunion/comeback tour fairly well April Fools 1985! Amazing enough only 2 things stand out from the show. The back in forth vocal/guitar solo with JC Superstar mixed in and CIT! That was in Toronto Canada and Ian’s voice was brilliant that night. Next thing I really remember was John Lord’s solo/Perfect Strangers and Lazy. Just freaking awesome! Then I start to get concerts mixed up. Especially tracks from Machine Head….

  9. 9
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @ 7 MacGregor, just wondering which night it was that you attended the Sydney DP concert in 1984?. I was at the first one of three, on the 12th. Gillan’s voice was never better on that night.
    I’ve attended a lot of concerts over the decades by so many acts in so many venues… but DP 1984 in Sydney is the best musical memory of my life, bar none.
    There’s a bootleg c.d. of the concert on youtube you can download, but the sound quality isn’t the best.
    I love the studio & early live versions of CIT, Gillan really blew his voice out by th the mid 1980’s. You need to keep in mind that, in rock & roll, there is very little that is original…
    Rock is an all consuming vulture… it chews everything up & spits it all out again in a slightly reconfigured form… I first heard the basic tune to KAYBD on a calliope on a carousel.. I think RB might have heard it too, pre 1980s.
    Anyway… thoughts? Anyone?…
    Smiles to ya!

  10. 10
    MacGregor says:

    Sir Blackwood @ 9 – I went to the first gig also, purely because we were passing time in the city waiting for Thursday’s gig. I said to a few friends, what are we doing wandering about in the city when we could possibly get some tickets & we did. We were pissed off because our Tull gig on the Monday evening was called off after 20 minutes with Ian Anderson’s voice issue! Anderson’s vocal was never the same after that 1984 world tour. Then of course we were at the ‘Arnold from Liverpool’ concert. I wanted to go to the third also, as our flight out of Sydney was delayed for 24 hours. No one else was interested & as we were put up in a room for the night out of the city, I didn’t feel like travelling back in by myself. We were lucky here in Oz getting Purple first up in many ways, Gillan’s voice & he & Blackmore seemingly getting on ok. As history has shown, that can never last too long. Maybe others around the world were lucky in getting Purple ‘played’ in a little more. It sure sounded fine too me though, 2 wonderful nights indeed! Classic Yes performing at the same venue in 2003 was special also. I have been to many great gigs, but those 2 do stand out for many reasons.
    Happy days indeed, well except for the Tull gig! Cheers.

  11. 11
    Rock Voorne says:

    Gillan did not lose his vocalchords due to CIT but because he consumed so much tobacco and alcohol.
    And touring so intensively did not help.

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