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Like a normal pub band

Simon McBride live at Lieder am See, Spalt, Germany, 2022-07-16; photo © Stefan Brending, CC-BY-SA-3.0 de

India’s Deccan Herald has a short interview with Simon McBride:

The Irish singer-guitarist joined Deep Purple officially last year as a replacement for Steve Morse. He is set to perform in Bengaluru on Saturday and Sunday with members Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Don Airey and Roger Glover for BookMyShow Live’s newest IP, Bandland.

McBride, who has never been to India and hopes to soak in the culture briefly during his short trip to the country, said Deep Purple’s music has always been a huge influence, not just on him, but on music lovers all over the world.

“They’ve influenced me over the years. I learned their songs when I was a kid so it’s incredible for me to be a part of that. I never ever thought or believed that my name would be attached to Deep Purple but now it is. I treat them like we’re playing in a normal pub band or something,” McBride told PTI in an interview.

Read more in Deccan Herald.

Photo © 2022 Stefan Brending, cc-by-sa-3.0 de

6 Comments to “Like a normal pub band”:

  1. 1
    Gregster says:


    Simon said qt.(* = with minor grammar editing by myself )…

    “I meet people on the streets who don’t listen to music. *They just look at social media or look at whatever tech talk. It’s a strange existence for *them, because I grew up in that world of listening to music all the time”…

    Very interesting point imo. My family & I generally grew-up with music all around us a lot of the time, from the car radio to home stereo systems & TV. In fact, when we were really young, it was the car radio that kept us sane when travelling interstate all-day in the car…

    And now-days at Christmas time, with so many gifts to buy for nephews & nieces etc etc, you’d expect CD’s to be the perfect gift to send everyone, but no-one owns a stereo any-more, & apparently even new cars aren’t even kitted-out with CD players, yet alone tape-players…It’s all disposable, downloadable, garbage…

    I’m sure things will change, as you might-as-well-be-dead unless there’s some music playing !

    Merry Christmas / Happy New Year Simon & everyone !

    Peace !

  2. 2
    MacGregor says:

    ‘With new members replacing old artists’ Sheeesh, it is starting to sound ominous indeed. Come to think of it & looking back were Gillan & Glover younger than Evans & Simper? Hughes & Coverdale would have been younger than Glover & Gillan, Tommy Bolin was younger than Blackmore. JLT younger than Gillan in 1989, Morse younger than Blackmore, Airey younger than Lord & McBride younger than Morse. It is starting to sound like Ian Paice is the oldest when he is not as old as the other two veterans Gillan & Glover. And now Adam Wakeman in for Airey. Fascinating isn’t it. Cheers.

  3. 3
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    I know in the United States (and probably everywhere), we lived and breathed music in the 1960s through the 1980s, and I’m sure it was the same way ever since the proliferation of radio programs in the 1920s. Once the music started to go to the toilet in the 1990s, and corporate radio began to play “classic rock” (read: play only the “hits”) over and over, it began to die. And I think society began to die at the same time.
    People no longer have common things to discuss, such as the same musical tastes. And too much fragmentation of the TV dial, too. 500 channels, NetFlix, pay services, et al. It’s nice to have choice, but the infinite number of choices leaves no one on the same page.
    When we grew up, there were about four channels on local TV and just three networks. So, the next day at work or school, people might say, “Hey, did you watch Monday Night Football last night?” or “Did you watch ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’?” Now, no one is watching the same thing, listening to the same thing. It’s not just a divide between generations, it’s a divide within a given generation. We have less and less in common. And people are living virtual lives inside their SmartPhones. Rather than going to the movies and hanging with friends, they’re sitting at home watching NetFlix on their 72-inch TV screens.

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    Well it is just typical of Ian Gillan to cause trouble, it appears that he is 2 years older than Rod Evans, so that blows the ‘younger replacing the older’ right out the door. From the beginning Gillan has upset the apple cart. Cheers.

  5. 5
    Gregster says:

    @3 said…

    qt.”And people are living virtual lives inside their SmartPhones”…

    Great post,well observed, I couldn’t agree more, & I’m glad someone-else sees what’s going-on…

    People are allowing themselves to be mind-controlled, & are happy to even pay for the service.

    Peace !

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    @ 3 – yes indeed the ‘real world’ inside a phone, the one they see regularly & then they hear a truck or something & look up & then…………….. it obviously wasn’t in their ‘real world’. Times were looking suspect about, well as you said the nineties, when phones & computers(internet) came out. People were communicating via texting even though they were in the same room at the abode they all shared. Sounds like a comedy sketch but alas that is real & getting worse. I Robot. Thanks for the reminder of The Six Million Dollar Man. Ha ha ha, we use to sit glued to the tellie watching that & other shows. We knew it wasn’t real of course but the occasional fantasy of ‘if only I could be like him, then I will show them all’ always gave us some sort of confidence until we walked back out into the real world.. Oh well not to worry.. If it wasn’t him it was Superman or Batman or someone else. Even Count Dracula had an appeal of sorts, Imagine all those ladies throwing themselves at us & their partners were just brushed aside with contempt. Alas even The Count is mortal in the end it seems. Cheers.

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