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Making of the Butterfly Ball

Very interesting interviews with Roger Glover, Ronnie Dio, Eddie Hardin, Ray Fenwick, and Alan Aldridge (author of the book). This was filmed circa 1999 (a poster of a 1999 DP gig in Hamburg can be seen at one point).


Thanks to roddershimself for uploading the video and to Andrey Gusenkov for bringing it to your attention.

20 Comments to “Making of the Butterfly Ball”:

  1. 1
    olem says:

    What an Album!!!!! Pure poetry and great music!

  2. 2
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Its been in circulation on DVD boot since it aired. A most enjoyable piece.

  3. 3
    stoffer says:

    Nice job, and yes, very interesting. Butterfly Ball will always have a special place in my collection, I still have the LP I bought in the cutout section at “Record Bar” (complete with hole punched in it). When my kids were little they would play it over and over while reading the words and looking at the illustrations. Since then I have purchased the CD and the forgetable DVD, but really the entire LP is filled excellent music and talented musicians. Thanks for reminding me, as it is now playing!

    Cheers and Happy 2010 to all Purple fans everywhere

  4. 4
    stoffer says:

    Almost forgot, best wishes Ronnie Dio, GET WELL SOON.

  5. 5
    kraatzy says:

    I remember – a long time ago – a get the LP and I was astonished about the style of this music, but I like it.
    Years later (I was 13 or 14 years old) the film was shown in a little “youth time-out place” (I don´t know the right english word for it. In german it called: “Jugend-Freizeit-Stätte”).
    There was a room for about 100 people and there were only me and another older guy, who wanted to see THIS film… !!!
    10 or 15 minutes after starting the film, the cinema operator came to us: “Would we like to see this film or not.? If not, we will get out money ( 2,- DM ) back, because nobody else want to see this film. We both told him, that WE want to see this film and we get it and we enjoyed it.
    I was very proud, that me and only ONE another guy could see this film here in Bremerhaven.

    The film was amazing !!!



  6. 6
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    My favorite part of this effort was the fact that it brought Ian Gillan out of retirement when Roger talked him into singing on the Live performance of the Album. I remember how ecstatic I was seeing that, and how I also knew at that point, Purple would Reign again. All that aside, it’s just another ‘Collection Piece’ to me. It’s hard to watch it all the way through. I have agree with Roger on this one….quite embarrassing.


  7. 7
    T says:


    Vielleicht du meinst “Youth Center”?

    Like Stoffer, I also obtained my copy of Butterfly Ball in a less than perfect edition. A friend of mine in English class was selling out his LP collection and among them was Butterly Ball, hardly worn but not new. Best of Cream and Steppenwolf’s For Ladies Only were also in that stack. I think I got them for a buck apiece.

    I, too, was shocked at the kind of music it was and didn’t think much of it except for “Love Is All” when this song was included on the Concerto Tour.

    In that regard, I’m with Tracy: It’s not a high point necessarily, but good memories and a historically important event that brought a lot of the Purple family in the same room at the same time. It succeeded for what it was intended.

    Stoffer: Oh, yeah…Record Bar…how many DP & related imports did I get from THAT store… The imports used to come in heavy plastic LP slips that have kept the covers mint to this day.

  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    The live version was completely destroyed by those childish interruptions.

    Sometimes I almost feel like screaming seeing creatures like that again, but now on a BN stage!!!!!

    Yesterday I saw Graham Bonnet doing a song for the 1991 live edition of Wind In The Willows, incl Lord, Airey and so on….
    Somehow it felt he could have been a good adding to the vocalist department of the Butterfly Ball…..

    A pity that GB realised too late WHAT he got when given the chance to work with Ritchie.
    Would not have mind a 2nd album with him on board with Rainbow.

    Ofcourse thinking of way back it makes you confused.
    What would have happened when….

    1 Gillan joined before Down To Earth was completed?Espescially because Glover, HIS FRIEND AND CO WRITER…. was already on board.
    Did RB not try to lure Lord into Rainbow as well?

    2 Rainbow had done a 2 vocalist thing with JLT and GB? I read strange stories about that transfer period…..

    3 Would things like ALCATRAZZ with Yngwie, MSG with GB, and so on happen if GB had stayed on board?

    4 What would DIO have done with the DTE tracks?

    I still feel bad not buying that special vinyl of DTE way back.
    Although I dont remember if it was coloured red, white or gold…..

  9. 9
    Roberto says:

    I always considered butterfly ball as the most underrated masterpiece ever done…I bought when I was 16 and suddenly felt in love with it…
    Hope Glover will do something similar soon…

  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Sometime Butterfly Ball is THE music which does bring back the feeling I did have while I was at school, as a child of 10.

    I did not start to get interested in music at all around my 12th.

    So maybe subconsciously that album and sound and FEEL became my soundtrack of a period I was not ven listening to music.

    The 70 s were a different time and although I d like to think I did not have a clue bout anything somehow it still went under my skin….

  11. 11
    james jay says:

    @7 while in the philippines– i purchased several so-called copies of different groups and artists. the good thing was most of those albums purchased came with those slip-covers over them—probably to protect the merchandise from sun-warp–most vendors were outdoors and in-door vendors lacked AC. gets very hot /humid in the flips. that said–i did not appreciate Buttterfly Ball until a years later. what a contrast to their comfort zone.

  12. 12
    purplepriest1965 says:


    I usually know what that means.

    IMHO their comfortzone is since 1993 not earlier…..

  13. 13
    woody p says:

    When we saw D.P at Hampton Beach N.H told Roger what a wonderful piece of music he did. what a guy. Then he signed the cover after the ball Casino Ballroom

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Who is N.H.?

  15. 15
    Svante Axbacke says:

    NH is New Hampshire, which is a place where Hampton Beach is, not a person.

  16. 16
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Oh Dear….
    Silly me.
    Thanx for educating me.

  17. 17
    Woodruff P. Hoppinstopp says:

    Excuse our shorthand Nice show at Hampton Beach casino ballroom New Hampsha. Is the children learning. W

  18. 18
    Woodruff P. Hoppinstopp says:

    oops. back again.Is the children learning not intended for our Purple Friends.But for our shorthand.Heard Ronnie Dio is setting summer tour dates. Dont misunderestimate the dragon slayer. W

  19. 19
    buttocks says:

    finally picked up this interesting story on a great album, at the time it came out Ronnie James Dio was dealing with his illness. As time has moved on, i am deeply saddened with his death, the two songs he worked on in this album stand the test of time, which to me make this album stand out.

  20. 20
    Michiel says:

    Three songs.

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