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The many facets of Purple family

Gary Moore Band with Ian Paice, Don Airey and Neil Murray performing Hurricane at the Westfalenhalle, Dortmund in 1982:

Cozy Powell with Jack Bruce, Max Middleton, Clem Clempson and Don Airey playing two songs from his Over The Top album — Killer and The Loner. Old Grey Whistle Test, January 8, 1980:

Graham Bonnet video for the track called Night Games from his 1981 Line-Up album featuring Micky Moody, Cozy Powell and Jon Lord:

Thanks to dirdami and peavy82 for the uploads and to Kerry for helping to bring it to your attention.

27 Comments to “The many facets of Purple family”:

  1. 1
    TruthHurts says:

    Still wonderful after all these years…I remember singing along to “Night Games” on my walkman back in the day as a schoolkid doing my paper round.

  2. 2
    AndreA says:

    Bonnet,Micky Moody, Cozy Powell and Jon Lord: Great Band!

  3. 3
    Roberto says:

    always loved paice solo on hurricane, he played like an hurricane!(even if I don’t like so muche the sound of his drums at the time)
    p.s. clem clempson is from colosseum, isn’t true?

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    George Fotis says:

    Both Cozy Powell and Ronnie James Dio were the best thing to come out of the Purple family . Dio’s a quality singer and his voice is still very good to this day .
    Have a listen to the new Black Sabbath album.
    Those earley Rainbow albums are timeless, Ritchie’s guitar playing was at it’s best back then. After that Cozy when on to greater things , Michael Schenker Group, Black Sabbath,Brain May etc he was a really great sounding drummer. His playing still sounds modern and interesting. I’m gald i bought some more albums with his drumming on them. Plus after Purple i bought some Gillan albums which all sound great. Really like Tommy Bolin as well , have bought some of his other work.

  5. 5
    metaljim says:

    #3 Yes Roberto, Clem Clempson was in Colosseum, where he replaced guitarist James Litherland on their 3rd album. However, his main claim to fame was replacing Peter Frampton in Humble Pie.

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    cpt.hook71 says:

    Clem Clempson was also long time member in Humble Pie. he filled in for Peter Frampton. it has been said, that he was also a top candidate to replace Ritchie in 1975, but the remaining band preferred Tommy Bolin.

    Don Airey is a great musician. i appreciate his synthesizer work very much, even more than his Hammond playing.

    there’s so much really great music to explore in this “family”!

  7. 7
    Sami says:

    Clempson was also a member of Rough Diamond, a short-lived, yet good band fronted by late David Byron of Heep fame. Check their sole album out, it’s actually quite good rock ‘n’ roll.

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    Kimmen says:

    Just as cool as it gets. I think the GMB jam confirms that DP gigs should hold more space for improvisation, they have so much to give. For those who like the voice of Graham Bonnet’s, I strongly recommend Apollo Papathanasio (Firewind, Evil Masquerade, ex-Time Requiem, ex-Majestic), who has a very similar ring and actually is a bit more precise. For those who still are stunned by the brutal accuracy of Cozy Powell, I don’t know what to say. Such a shame I never had the opportunity to see him in action, he left us just before entering Yngwie’s Facing the Animal tour.

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    rob says:

    hey !!! i just added the gary moore vid to my youtube !!!! right !!!! excellent vid !!!

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    HZ says:

    Maybe it’s not appropriate in this context, but I have to say: This is why I always loved DP or Rainbow more then LZ or BS. Look at the “family work”. Look at any of them individually. Since Ritchie discovered Dio, or to be precise took him into the hard’n’heavy music in one of his most productive years (just look at Rising); and also Gillan and Hughes worked with Tony in BS (seems to me that Tony wants to work with every Ritchie’s singer 🙂 ) is that make BS and Tony part of DP family :-)? Ok, I’m joking. But honestly…

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    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Gary Moore has been a main part of my Music Diet for years now. He was introduced to me by a friend whom like myself was a Purple fanatic during the time when Purple didn’t exist. Moore fell into the Purple ‘Family Tree’ by encompassing himself with Purple People during the ’80’s. From that point on, I fell in love with his style and always felt he should have been the replacement for ‘TMIB’ in Purple.
    Cozy will always be missed (by those who know who he was), and was the consement, all around drummer who could do it all. He fit in wherever needed and did it well. Purely underrated and one whom should go down in history as one of the best.


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    Kimmen says:

    Gary Moore in DP is indeed an interesting thought! I’m not quite sure the compositions and jams coming out of it would have struck my personal fancy better, but I’m absolutely sure they would have been fleshy enough. I’ve always thought he’s got the greatest guitar sound in business, so convincing and having neither too little nor too much of anything. Always sharp, audible note for note, and yet so intense and flowing.

  13. 13
    Gillan89 says:

    You discused about new rare materials that appeared on the youtube (Cozy Powell, Gary Moore, Bonnet…)
    There are more interesting videos for you to check, it would be grate to check them out


  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:

    It has the risk that one gets lost in YouTubes for many hours instead of getting off my butt to do something useful.
    But its very enjoyable indeed.

    I looked at the ones you provided Gillan89, thank you!

    Espescially the Mister Universe from 79 is extremely exiting.
    The ones from Japan 78 I already saw in 1986
    That was on a Belgian Fanclubday organised by Marc Brans. I m not sure what he is up to nowadays.

  15. 15
    dirdami says:

    This must be among the best 1984-1985 Deep Purple concerts, Live in Malmö Sweden 18 June 1985
    Just check out these clips:



  16. 16
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    It may be time to ignore THS and just go to YOUTUBE and pump in anything you wish to see. Seems nothing else makes it to the site but YOUTUBE videos that can be checked out, without waiting for THS to Moderate and decide what you can see or read….



  17. 17
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi Tracy

    Dear THS mate, ahem, keep remembering that dialogue on this board has become a bit unreal because of this moderating phenomena.
    And thats the reason not everything you post is commented on…..

    Right now I m reading through Michael Heatley s THE COMPLETE DEEP PURPLE.

    I would not say it is, but it is good reading.
    Here and there, I do find things I did not know or forgot , ofcourse they might be DUBIOUS but we all can think for ourselves as well so…..

    Back to the moderating issue.

    You could draw a comparison between authorising posts and or comments on boards like these and authorised or NON authorised books on the matter.

    Right now I tend to lean to favour NON AUTHORISED……

    Guess why……

  18. 18
    Sami says:


  19. 19
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi Sami

    Was looking forward to have a laugh but on my pc does not work.
    And no, its NOT a grumpy old computer!!!!!


    Its a pity.

    Humor is best when one can take a piss at oneself, me thinks.

    Maybe its time for a new off the record thread and introduce daily a GOOD, ahem, comedy list of links.

    Perhaps it provided enough relaxation to stay out of each others hairs?

    Rock On!


  20. 20
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    I tend to lead more toward the way it was…..

    I’d much rather they just exempt or bar those minute few, whom abuse this site than pick and choose each one of out entries. Plus, the choices made these days as to what they will accept as ‘News’ over what they won’t except lends me to feel the site is in the hands of a 3rd World Dictator whom only posts what He sees fit….

    The way it is set up now, the continuity of the entries that are posted is broken and many points are missed due to many of the points being ommitted. By the time your entry is ‘moderated and posted’ the subject has already changed 5 times. Takes all the ‘Communication’ out of the issue.

    The Magic and the Fire seems to be leaving this site, much like your description of Purple since the Man in Black became the Man in Tights…..it’s just not that important anymore….

    I guess my YOUTUBE point is very simple yet not simple enough…

    One thing positive about all this….I waste less time on my computer now, and more time in the Hot Tub…..


  21. 21
    Sami says:

    Hello Priest & Tracy!

    It’s not a real link of course, but just a joke meant to be taken in a good way….nothing malicious about it.

    Good points from both of you, although I personally agree with the moderation: it keeps ie. the personal attacks off the site, and about time too!!

    Anyways, two more days at work and then it’s Mid-Summer & vacation time for five weeks(which I’m gonna spend in tights of course), Thank God 🙂

    Have a great summer everyone & KIPPIS to ya all!!

  22. 22
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I do have sympathy for moderating on some level but this goes too far.

    Indeed, THE FLOW is broken now.

    But spending too much time behind this screen is indeed a good argument to do a lot of moderation anyway?

  23. 23
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Hi Sami,

    Thanks for acknowlaging the point here.
    I can’t speak for PRIEST, but I can, and will speak for myself…
    As you know, upon the decision to ‘Moderate’, I too was on board. BUT…’that was then and this is now’….time has passed and I have re-evaluated the issue, based on my experience here since….

    Moderation completely dissolves the proper response to the articles that are posted. There are many of us whom have been around since the conception of this site, and sorry to say…being one whom has not only ‘Blogged’, but also contributed many articles, reviews including pictures and even offered a total “One of a Kind” rarity that only I AM IN POSSESSION OF (See below)…..

    It urks me to say the least, to be ‘Monitored’ when I have proven to be a decent contributor to this site. My suggestion again, is to BAR THOSE WHOM ARE ABUSERS. That at least isn’t censorship, it is laying the law down and enforcing it. Otherwise it is subjective and personal and selective. Which takes the ‘Real Time Fun’ out of responding to articles and issues…

    The way of those in charge cause me to “Feel Like Screamin'”. I detest any sort of censorship. I’d much rather be BARRED than MONITORED. Warn me, bar me, but don’t monitor and censor me. If I am Bad, then punish me. If NOT, Leave me alone…..

    Come on, this is a DEEP PURPLE site. HARD ROCK!!! Not some lame SOFT ROCK site such as…..(can’t think of anything…don’t go there, but might if they will let me speak)….

    It’s time to lift the ‘Monitoring Rule’ and enforce the ‘Abuse Rule’. Let those whom don’t abuse this site be. Ban those whom do abuse this site. Surely you have the ability to do that, and it takes less effort.



  24. 24
    Sami says:

    Hi there!

    ‘The Abuse Rule’ or a similar approach really sounds like a good way to go, and it surely will help to keep the rapport more natural & flowing. So, very well put Tracy & Priest(Mark) also. Let’s wait and see what the moderators can come up with. Thanks for the link Tracy, will check it out…Rock on guys, catch you later.

  25. 25
    Joanna says:

    Thanks! well done.

  26. 26
    buzzbee says:

    purple family best ever. can never be topped at all the bands they have been in or created. god bless all huminly possible out in the world thanks!!!

  27. 27
    Rascal says:

    This type of moderation was never gonna work…………

    But what the hell………..all good things come to an end…..

    The spiralling decline begins…….

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