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Same bed every night

Don Airey in Kingston, Canada, February 9, 2012; photo © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Metal Express Radio has a fresh interview with Don Airey. They spoke about the effects of the pandemic, the new album, Bob Ezrin, replacing Jon Lord, Don’s years in Rainbow, and his home town of Sunderland. They also paid tribute to the late Martin Birch:

Deep Purple and Rainbow too worked extensively with Martin Birch over the years and he sadly died a few weeks ago. Did you ever work with Martin?

I worked with him on Cozy Powell’s Over The Top and on Bernie Marsden’s first solo album. You didn’t really notice him in the studio. He was very quiet and the opposite to Bob Ezrin. He was very firm and ready for the take and when it came, he’d get it. I remember when we did Over The Top, Cozy and I decided to get Jack Bruce from Cream to come and play bass and he’s such an incredible player. He’d been having a lot trouble with a couple of producers in the studio who said his bass playing wasn’t good and his sound was too old fashioned and he came to us a bit nervous. Jack came in and Martin asked him to play a few notes which he did and Martin just said “OK, thanks” and Jack went “Was that it?” and by doing that Martin was able to reassure Jack and in 10 seconds he gave him his confidence back. He did another wonderful thing as Cozy wanted to use an orchestra but it was going to cost ten grand. I offered to do it for the price of a pint on a synthesizer. So, me and Martin worked over night on the “1812 Overture” and we put the orchestration onto the album and it sounded fantastic.

Read more in Metal Express Radio.

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4 Comments to “Same bed every night”:

  1. 1
    D'ablo Bicasso says:

    Great interview; I’d forgotten he was on Cozy’s Over the Top. Fantastic album

  2. 2
    Aireight says:

    Great story about Over The Top. The liner notes detailed an elaborate amount of instruments used on the track.

  3. 3
    Philippe Pomiès says:

    Un grand musicien… Le digne successeur de Jon Lord !

  4. 4
    Buttockss says:

    @ 1……. I agree to both comments.👍

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