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Something different

Roger Glover, Quebec City, June 4, 2011; Photo © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Blabbermouth has a few quotes from Roger’s recent interview with Planet Rock radio regarding “turbulent time” caused by Blackmore’s departure from the band.

It was surprise to me when Ritchie handed in his notice and said he didn’t wanna play any more gigs after Helsinki. And we were on tour at the time. It was so difficult to take in. Somehow we were determined to carry on, if he was gonna do that. Joe Satriani was a temporary replacement, which did show us the way that we could exist without Ritchie. But I felt very strongly that you can’t replace Ritchie. He is who he is, and there’s no way you can replace him.

If you get someone to play like him or similar or something like that, it would have been a horrible comparison. We needed something different. And to me, the character of PURPLE always was Ritchie and Jon as instrumentalists, and they’re both virtuosos. So you’ve gotta have a virtuoso. There’s thousands of guitarists who can play, but there’s very few who stand out as being very individual and different to everyone else. And I felt Steve presented that. He asked me when we first met, he said, ‘What do you want from me?’ I said, ‘I want you to be yourself. You can’t be in the band unless you’re yourself, a hundred percent.’ And he said, ‘So I can play anything?’ I said, ‘Yeah. Anything will do. We’ll let you know if we want it or not.’

‘Purpendicular’ was one of the happiest albums I’ve ever made, because suddenly we found ourselves writing songs we could never have written before.



2 Comments to “Something different”:

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    RB says:

    Purpendicular is one of my all-time favourite albums by the band, it was like nothing that they’d ever done before and is easily THE best Steve Morse era album. I still listen to it and it always sounds fresh and vibrant. The only song I’m not so keen on is Soon Forgotten (I prefer the bonus track to that), but even then I admire the fact that they were trying to be different and a bit left-field. Purple has always managed to reinvent itself with new lineups (well the JLT album was a awful reinvention!) and Purpendicular is right up there.

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    Manos says:

    Deep Purple were upgraded with Morse. But Morse was downgraded joining Deep Purple. I totally understand Blackmore when he mentioned that. He would have been a great musician instead of a great performer in endless tourings. But I guess that is what fans like: listening the same old stuff a thousand times.

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