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The secret to keep going

Don Airey at the Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Jun 10, 2009. Photo: Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA.

Don Airey was interviewed for Times of India:

Back in the 60s, the music industry was all about the singers and the songwriters. That has come back now with Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, and Madonna. You don’t really hear about a keyboard player doing anything great or a guitar player. It’s come back to the singers and the songs. Which, I think, is why Deep Purple survived. We are different, and people want to see different. Kids want to see a band. They don’t want to see people miming to a tape.

Read more in Times of India

3 Comments to “The secret to keep going”:

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    Gregster says:


    What a good read, & it’s also refreshing to learn that the band has their eyes & ears open, & are still learning.

    Perhaps the one thing overlooked was that back in the 1960’s TV was relatively new, & to appear as a band on TV helped spread the word & sell your music…And by the 1980’s, if you were a popular soap-opera personality, you could sell records too…

    Good to see that matters have gone full-circle, but not having music-education in schools or school-bands to play in may slow the really good band process down a bit, along with having nowhere to play, at least here in Oz, where poker-machines & horse / dog racing prove far more popular in most pubs…And the publican doesn’t have to fork-out for a band in any losses, its all positive money going into the till, no outlay…

    But there’s always hope lol !

    Peace !

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    Hassan nikfarjam says:

    Deep purple was and is different. They do their own thing and that’s their key to survive as a band and as individuals. You can always listen to the band or you can focus on the instruments or vocals seperately.

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    MacGregor says:

    The demise of ‘grassroots’ venues & the like continues unfortunately. More disappointing news from Old Blighty. Cheers.


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