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Six String Salute

Six String Salute was a virtual concert held on September 17 to support all the crew members who found themselves out of their jobs due to the pandemic. One of the numbers featured there was a “progressive arrangement” of Stormbringer done by Joel Hoekstra on guitar, Dino Jelusić (Animal Drive, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) on vocals, Virgil Donati (a card-carrying member of the Ian Paice Appreciation Society) on the drums, and Tony Franklin (who played with everybody and their dogs) on bass. Here it is, with a beatific smile from Mr. Hoekstra:

The whole event (if you have 2+ hours to spare):

Thanks to Akemi Ono for the heads up.

13 Comments to “Six String Salute”:

  1. 1
    Micke says:


  2. 2
    Larry says:

    Awesome, you guys rock! Thanks for sharing your talent.

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    It’s OTT alright, but all participants operate skillfully and with vigor. Probably also the first time in the history of man that Stormbringer was performed with a fretless bass (and a fretless bass solo!). Good fun.

  4. 4
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Yabba dabba dooooo!!! 🎸🎵🎶

  5. 5
    stoffer says:


  6. 6
    Patrick says:

    GREAT !!!
    C’est géant !

  7. 7
    errol arias says:

    Great ! But you call this “a Progressive arrangement” ??? Mon Dieu!! .. and in the other hand , this vocalist would be a great replacement for Ian Gillan.. Great voice , new blood, new ideas..

  8. 8
    Nick Soveiko says:

    errol arias: we didn’t call it that, it’s a quote from hoekstra.

  9. 9
    Mark says:

    Very good great Vocalist and guitar player percussion too

    Greetings from Poland want to see Deep Purple and U live concerts 2021 hope pandemic ended.

  10. 10
    Uwe Hornung says:

    That song was never among the most cerebral of DP compositions to put it mildly. Always sounded like a speeded up Sabbath tune to me, could even picture Ozzy doing Coverdale’s vocal line (which is rather untypical of the former Redcar resident). Lady Doubledealer, not the brainiest number either, at least had that Beatlish “I gave love to you …”-bridge to lighten things up.

    Stormbringer (the song) sounds a bit like DP must sound to people who actually dislike Purple, perceiving them (falsely) as brainless. There is something Wayne’s World’ish to it. : – )

    I’ve heard it’s a very popular number in America though! ; – )

  11. 11
    stoffer says:

    @10 I’m sure most “Americans” do not think of DP as brainless, quite the opposite actually, just some of the people that post here ; – )

  12. 12
    Pacuha says:

    Dino Jelusić and Animal Drive were the front group for the Whitesnake last year in Zagreb. They were great.

  13. 13
    Dr. Bob says:

    FANtastic! One of the best DP covers I’ve heard in a while.

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