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Force of nature

Roger Glover; Photo © 2005 Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Roger Glover was the featured guest on BBC’s Rock Show With Johnnie Walker this Saturday, September 19. He appeared on the show’s Rock God segment. Roger nomination for the deity was not one of his bandmates, but Gary Moore:

When we had the reunion in 1984 — Deep Purple, that is — Paicey came in — he’d been with the Gary Moore band for a couple of years, or several years — and he said, ‘Gary Moore’s gonna be huge one day. He’s brilliant.’ And I’d never thought about it. I was aware of him, of course, in Thin Lizzy and stuff, but I never thought about it much until he moved to America where I was living at the time. Not only moved to America, but he moved one road away from me. I had a little studio there in my house, and I helped him do a demo, ‘Cold Day In Hell’. After about a year, he decided to move back to England, but he had nowhere to stay for the last night, so he and his family stayed in my house. He came down to the studio and he said, ‘What are you up to?’ So I was playing him a song — a very simple chord sequence, with just drums and bass — and he said, ‘Oh, would you like some guitar on it?’ I said, ‘Well, yeah.’ And the next day, about an hour before the limo came to take him to the airport, he reminded me, he said, ‘Oh, did you want some guitar on that song?’ I said, ‘Oh, yeah. Okay.’ He played three versions — three takes, I should say — of the song without having heard it before — it was just a chord sequence to him — and somehow he plucked a beautiful melody. I sat there and listened to what he had done, and I was just blown away with the power of his fingers. I picked up a guitar and tried to bend the notes like he had, and there was no way I could do it. And he does it with such pitch control and such feeling. I mean, I had a whole new respect for Gary.

Since that day, which is a long time ago now, it’s rested on my computer, and I will be releasing it one day. One day, I will release an album of studio bits and pieces and demos that I did, and it’ll be included on that. We worked together since then a few times, and he was just an absolute force of nature when it came to playing the guitar. Very underrated. And I’d love to have worked more with him.

The show can be replayed for one month after the airdate on the BBC website. The segment in question starts at around 27’50” (and nice of them to open it with Nothing at all).

…Or, alternatively:

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info and transcript, and to Yvonne for the youtube link.



10 Comments to “Force of nature”:

  1. 1
    DeepOz says:

    “I will be releasing it one day”, let’s hope that day is soon!

  2. 2
    TRAORÉ MOUSTAPHA says:

    J’AIME BEAUCOUP CETTE REVUE QUI TRAITE TRÈS SOUVENT LES NOUVELLES DES DEEP PURPLE ET D’AUTRES GROUPES ET ARTISTES DU HARD ROCK ET HEAVY METAL.
    REALLY I AM VERY GLAD FOR THAT.
    VOUS SAVEZ DEEP PURPLE ETAIT ET EST JUSQU’À PRÉSENT UN GRAND GROUPE DE HARD HARD ET HEAVY METAL. POUR S’EN PERCEVOIR IL EST SORTI 3 GRANDS GROUPES : WHITESNAKE ; IAN GILLAN BAND ; RAINBOW ET DEEP PURPLE LUI-MÊME.
    CELA VEUT DIRE QUE TOUS LES MEMBRES DES DEEP PURPLE DU DÉBUT JUSQUE MAINTENANT SONT DES VÉRITABLES GÉNIES VRAIMENT DES GÉNIES.
    MA PREMIÈRE FOIS DE VOIR UN GRAND POSTER DES DEEP PURPLE C’ÉTAIT EN 1978. J’ÉTAIS FOU DE CE GROUPE EMBLÉMATIQUE.
    J’AI ÉGALEMENT ÉCOUTÉ UN GROUPE QUI MARCHE EXACTEMENT DANS LA MÊME DIRECTION QUE LES DEEP PURPLE 《IRON MAIDEN 》. C’ÉTAIT LES DEEP PURPLE DES ANNÉES 1980’S. À PARTIR DE CETTE DATE J’AI AIMÉ 《TED NUGENT ; LED ZEPPELIN ; WHO ; MOTORHEAD ; BLACK SABBATH ; JOE WALSH’S GROUP; TEN YEARS AFTER AND SO ON …》. REGARDS.

  3. 3
    Staffan says:

    Me and some friends met Roger 24 years ago and he told us that he has loads of exciting material in his homestudio, yet unreleased, Purplestuff and other, and, as he told us, the material was something “guys like you would die for”, well, he said something like that as I recall it. So after Purple has ended, we have still something to look forward to!

  4. 4
    Buttockss says:

    Red, green, black or blue 😁

  5. 5
    Yvonne says:

    You can as well listen to the segment on YT.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=6mCD3rpMj8w&feature=emb_logo

    Another superb interview with Roger was conducted for the September issue of Bass Player.

    https://www.magzter.com/de/article/Music/Bass-Player/DEEP-THOUGHT

  6. 6
    Bob Beamer says:

    One of my favorite radio stations, KTYD 99.9 in Santa Barbara, California, shared this same article today. I commented:

    Roger Glover is a legend. I’m so glad he’s been around making such wonderful music for the last 50ish years.

  7. 7
    Pitar Pan says:

    I love DP since forty six years, you are super! Greetings from Bulgaria!

  8. 8
    Aireight says:

    Just when I was wondering if Ian and Don talked about Gary from back then, this comes out. It’s another story like the one Greg Lake told about sitting alone with him and listening to him play the most beautiful, heartbreaking Irish music you could ever hope to hear. Can’t wait to hear the track someday. I appreciate Roger sharing this.

  9. 9
    George Martin says:

    Why not work on releasing it now? Heaven only knows when you will be able to tour again so this would be great for the fans to have in the mean time. I say release anything you have, I will buy it.

  10. 10
    rock voorne says:

    @ 9 exactly.

    Even worse….
    He might be gone within 1 year or we might be gone within 1 year.

    Have mercy, release all the chestnuts.

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