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A riff for eternity

rolling stone germany march 2022 cover

German edition of the Rolling Stone magazine is celebrating 50th anniversary of Smoke on the Water with a cover story in their March 2022 issue.

Thanks to Tobias Janaschke for the heads up.

10 Comments to “A riff for eternity”:

  1. 1
    Dr. Bob says:

    Wow, that means that I’ve been listening to the 25th anniversary remixed/remastered version for 25 years!

  2. 2
    sidroman says:

    Screw Rolling Stone they have always been a flavor of the month type of Magazine. My brother for Christmas back in the mid 90’s when grunge was the craze got me a years subscription, I don’t know why? I never read a single issue.

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    They were always less anti-Purple than they were anti-Zep – at least one mag that did not succumb to the general Zep craze (which continues to this day). Both In Rock and Machine Head had respectable to good reviews.

    And lest we forget: A rookie teenage journo called Cameron Crowe (“Amost Famous”) joined Mk III on a lengthy US tour and had – BURRRN!!! – his baptism of fire.

    And they could be humorous: I remember how they panned the Rainbow debut with the comment that it was so clichéd it made one wonder whether In Rock and Machine Head had not been “born by accident, rather than intent”. They inter alia complained about how the keyboards had been relegated to a background function on the recording. This after commenting on In Rock that Jon’s organ playing was “overly loud in the mix”, but made up for it in quality.

    And those lengthy “Unknown Legends” interviews they have done with Brett Tuggle, Neil Murray and Don Airey are great and really in-depth.

  4. 4
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    A joke. But no politics here. :>


  5. 5
    Buttockss says:

    At first i thought wow, Rolling Stone has Deep Purple on the cover in America. Then i read the fine print Germany, and not to my surprise why would Rolling Stone magazine have Deep Purple on their cover in America. LOL!!!!😆

  6. 6
    francis says:

    c’est sur que maintenant ce qu’il reste du groupe est incapable d’écrire une aussi bonne musique….

  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Well, to get on the Rolling Stone US edition cover, you have to be creative and persistent!


    (Needless to say, staying sober while playing live on German TV wasn’t part of the job description!)


    Back in 1974, my three favorite bands were Alice Cooper, Deep Purple and – you guessed it! – Dr Hook & The Medicine Show.

  8. 8
    Kevin S says:

    I”ve always wondered why the American Rolling Stone Mag. has always disrespected Deep Purple and especially Ritchie Blackmore. Well, at least Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show got on the cover of “TheRolling Stone.” As far as the rather poor treatment of Purple and Ritchie, I guess only “Sylvia’s Mother” knows.

  9. 9
    Uwe Hornung says:

    It’s not all black or white with Rolling Stone. Lester Bangs was a RS journo (before he joined CREEM) and he was certainly no heavy rock hater, he once wrote a nice article that within its confines of exaggerated drama, volume and long solos, heavy rock/heavy metal is actually quite varied: “All heavy rock bands sound alike only to the unaccustomed ear.”. He then went on to set out how the (then) Big Three (DP/LZ/BS) differ and how bands like Trapeze, Foghat, Grand Funk Railroad, Mothers Finest and Alice Cooper Group all have their own niche. Plus how Cream and Hendrix influenced them all and were the common roots. That was a good piece.

  10. 10
    GAVIN MOFFAT says:

    You may have heard an American record label executive on a BBC doc’ about “The British invasion” say …
    “Are Deep Purple great? … I don’t think so!”.

    That kind of sums up Rolling Stone Magazine and the ilk and of course whoever runs the “American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”. “Recognition” which came too late for Jon Lord.

    Deep Purple were/are too musical for most American rock fans. Rolling Stone is more interested in political/cultural commentary (poetry/prose) set to music than … music. I love Joni Mitchell however because she pulls off both.
    Musicality and musicianship, generally just don’t register.

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